For "bargains" on FanDuel, typically we’ll focus on players who are priced at $6,000 or lower.
There are several fine options under that salary threshold for this full 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 ofnews 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 - Matt Barnes – SF – Memphis (FanDuel Price: $4,900)
Barnes has been an amazing source of fantasy value since joining the starting lineup. Memphis has been playing “small ball” as of late, and it has actually resulted in a fair amount of success, so that should remain the plan moving forward. That’s good news for Barnes’ playing time, which has hovered around the 33-37 minute mark. He has hit 38 and 32 FP respectively in the past two games, and his opponent tonight (Chicago) ranks 24th in defensive efficiency vs small forwards.
2 - John Henson – PF – Milwaukee (FanDuel Price: $3,500)
Greg Monroe has been ruled out for tonight’s game, and Henson will likely start in his place. That was the case last night, and Henson was somewhat disappointing in that role. He played 24 minutes with 18 fantasy points. However, we need to remember that 20 FP is all we really need from a minimum salary player. Henson has been known to stuff the stat sheet in extended minutes before, and playing up in pace could help him get there tonight. There is some foul risk, but that is negated by the minimum price point and upside.
3 - Jon Leuer – PF – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $5,000)
Leuer’s price is rising, but he’s still an acceptable source for value on FanDuel. For his $5000 salary, he needs at least 23-24 fantasy points to “hit value”. He has done that in each of his past six games, and the sheer tempo of this matchup with Golden State should help him achieve it once more. If you have been using Leuer as a value play lately, don’t shy away because the salary has marginally increased.
4 - Jeff Green – SF – Memphis (FanDuel Price: $4,500)
I slightly prefer teammate Matt Barnes over Green, but they can actually be used in a lineup together, as they are both drastically undervalued. Each of them have been gobbling up minutes as starters, with Green seeing 45 and 40 minutes respectively over the past two games (resulting in 31 and 29 FP). Barnes does more in the peripheral categories, which is why he is preferred of the two. However, Green is a solid bet to churn out reasonable value based on sheer playing time.
5 - Raymond Felton – PG – Dallas (FanDuel Price: $5,100)
Felton has been surprising as of late. He posted some really good games while filling in for injured teammates (40 FP with Deron Williams sick), but the production hasn’t stopped with Dallas returning to full strength. Felton is still starting and seeing 30+ minutes as of late, hitting value in each of the past nine games. The matchup at Indiana isn’t necessarily great, but Felton is still underpriced considering that upswing in recent production.
6 - Zach LaVine – SG – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $5,700)
LaVine has hit 33+ FP off the bench in each of the past two games, and Coach Sam Mitchell hinted that some changes will be made to the starting lineup tonight. Rumor has it that LaVine and Gorgui Dieng may both start, giving them a nice boost in minutes and production. Say what you want about Zach LaVine as a player, but his game is fantasy friendly. Seeing more minutes will help assure his production, and give him more upside for the price. Keep an eye out to see if he’s starting.
7 - Michael Carter-Williams – PG – Milwaukee (FanDuel Price: $5,700)
Carter-Williams is starting to get things going for a decimated Milwaukee backcourt. Even though he’s coming off the bench, he is still seeing 30-32 minutes per game. That has translated to 38+ FP in three of the past four games and a much needed dose of confidence. The matchup with the Clippers isn’t great, but MCW is still cheap considering that recent production, and there aren’t many value plays with his level of upside.
8 - Rodney Hood – SG – Utah (FanDuel Price: $4,300)
Hood isn’t an exciting value play, but the shooting guard position isn’t exciting as a whole either. Hood is more of a filler today, as he could churn out a decent stat line that doesn’t hurt you, and his salary will allow you to pay for upside elsewhere. The key here revolves around a matchup with New Orleans, who ranks 21st in defensive efficiency against opposing shooting guards. In their last meeting, Hood put up a solid 27 FP performance.
9 - Gorgui Dieng – C – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $4,500)
I alluded to this earlier with Zach LaVine, but Dieng may be in the starting lineup tonight against New York. It’s only speculation right now, so be sure to double-check as we get closer to tip-off. Dieng has been a solid performer in a reserve role, and seeing more minutes as a starter would only help his fantasy cause.
10 - Gerald Green – SG – Miami (FanDuel Price: $4,000)
This play depends on the status of Dwyane Wade, who is listed as questionable with an illness. With other injuries to Miami’s backcourt, Gerald Green has been stepping in with decent production (27, 19, and 23 FP). Tyler Johnson will be back for the Heat, but Wade’s potential absence would leave a huge void for minutes and shot attempts for Miami. There’s a good chance Green would start, soak up those minutes, and his profile calls for scoring/shooting to pick up that slack.