FanDuel, typically we’ll focus on players who are priced at $6,000 or lower.
Let me just tell you that there are plenty of fine option under that salary threshold for this Wednesday slate of games. Because of this, I will be ranking the value plays in terms of priority to your lineup.
Just a quick note that these player picks were organized early in the day. For the NBA, there is usually a plethora of news trickling out through the afternoon, which could open up some more value plays. Be sure to keep posted with the NBA Headlines & Injuries section, as the wonderful contributors over there will break down the DFS consequences of every piece of news.
Now onto the bargain plays:
1 - Alex Len – C – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $3,500)
Tyson Chandler has been ruled out for tonight’s game, meaning Alex Len will likely draw another start. Len dominated at Brooklyn last night, producing 39 FP in 35 minutes. The Suns will probably need him to play significant minutes once again, as he’s their best chance of keeping Pistons’ big man Andre Drummond off the glass. Foul trouble has been a frequent concern throughout Len’s young career, but the minimum salary designation combined with potential upside makes him a risk worth taking in all formats.
2 - Isaiah Canaan – PG – Philadelphia (FanDuel Price: $4,400)
Canaan won’t put your FanDuel team in tournament contention all by himself, but it’s a low probability he’ll put up a fantasy score that hurts you. In other words, he’s a placeholder for value, with a good chance at achieving around 25 FP once again. That’s all you really need from him in this spot, and his consistent 30-32 minute role makes that a reality.
3 - Bismack Biyombo – C – Toronto (FanDuel Price: $3,900)
I already mentioned Alex Len as my #1 value play of the day, but there’s an interesting game theory approach to the Center position tonight. Alex Len does have fouling tendencies, which could leave him with a moderate fantasy total. In that case, Biyombo, at a lower ownership percentage, could help put your FanDuel lineup ahead of the pack. Even though Bismack doesn’t have much of an offensive game, this matchup feeds into his strengths quite well. The Hawks rank 24th in efficiency allowed to opposing Centers and 26th in rebound rate. Biyombo will see 30-35 minutes tonight.
4 - Jerryd Bayless – PG – Milwaukee (FanDuel Price: $4,600)
What can we make of Jerryd Bayless? He has taken over the starting point guard job for Milwaukee, seeing 33-36+ minutes in the past five games. That has translated to fantasy totals of 32, 32, 26, 27, and then a clunker of just 13 FP last game. So which version of Bayless will we see tonight? The matchup at San Antonio isn’t exactly promising, but then again, the cheap price and heavy minutes don’t look too bad either. Isaiah Canaan is safer as a cheap PG play, but Bayless has more upside in the minutes.
5 - O.J. Mayo – SG – Milwaukee (FanDuel Price: $3,800)
Mayo has been thrust into the starting lineup for Milwaukee, seeing minute totals of 44 and 31 over the past two. That makes him an automatic value play at a shooting guard position that otherwise doesn’t have much satisfying cheap picks. If Mayo is listed in the starting lineup once again (expected), he should see enough minutes to pay of this near-minimum salary, allowing you to pay for the top studs like James Harden and Anthony Davis.
6 - Jeremy Lamb – SG – Charlotte (FanDuel Price: $4,700)
Lamb provides instant-offense off the bench for Charlotte, and he has maintained that role very well as of late. He is averaging 27 FPPG over the past three games, seeing between 26-32 minutes. Jeremy Lin, another Charlotte backcourt member will try to play through a sprained ankle tonight. If he’s limited in some way, Lamb could end up eating up some of those minutes for even more upside.
7 - Clint Capela – C – Houston (FanDuel Price: $4,900)
I like the two aforementioned Center value plays (Len and Biyombo) a little more, but we can’t completely write-off Capela either. Ever since being named Houston’s starting Power Forward, Capela has been a double-double machine. However, sometimes he gets pinched for minutes when Houston rolls out smaller lineups. If that happens, he’ll only see 22-25 minutes. If not, he could get 30+ minutes, with some awesome upside. That’s the risk/reward situation we are looking at here.
8 - T.J. Warren – SF – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $4,400)
Warren is a tournament only recommendation, as we aren’t quite sure what his minutes will look like. It appeared that he was usurping the starting SF, P.J. Tucker, by seeing more playing time in four straight games. Then Warren only got 19 minutes (14 FP) at Brooklyn last night. If, for some reason, Warren bounces back to see 30+ minutes, he will be an excellent “per dollar” producer in a decent matchup with the Pistons. That’s a pretty questionable “IF” though.
9 - Julius Randle – PF – LA Lakers (FanDuel Price: $5,900)
I like Julius Randle, and the matchup against Washington (ranked 25th in defensive efficiency vs Power Forwards) looks nice. However, lineup configuration likely calls for a “studs and scrubs” approach tonight, and Randle’s $5900 salary doesn’t exactly fall into that mentality. He’s a fine pick as a filler to round out your lineup, but not necessarily a priority to squeeze in.
10 - Cody Zeller – PF – Charlotte (FanDuel Price: $3,600)
With Al Jefferson out, Cody Zeller will draw the start at Center. He’s a decent speculative pick, especially considering that he’ll have less competition for rebounds with Jefferson out. However, this is a tough matchup with Golden State, and we aren’t exactly sure how many minutes Zeller will see. He’s a calculated tournament risk for minimum salary, but it’s probably better to look elsewhere when assembling a safe cash game lineup.