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 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 - Matt Barnes – SF – Memphis (FanDuel Price: $4,900)
Barnes is the top value play on this slate due to a multitude of factors. He has been fantasy gold as of late, hitting 32+ FP in five of his past six games, yet the salary still remains suppressed despite that. His opponent tonight, Washington, ranks dead last in fantasy points allowed to opposing small forwards, and Barnes put up a solid 32.2 FP against them two weeks ago. Last, there aren’t a ton of great value small forwards, making Barnes an easy pick in this spot.
2 - Tim Frazier – PG – Portland (FanDuel Price: $3,800)
Damian Lillard is out tonight, meaning Tim Frazier will likely man the starting point guard spot once again. He hit 32 FP while playing a whopping 48 minutes last time around. There’s a chance he may not see that amount of playing time, as shooting guard C.J. McCollum could return tonight. Still, he’s a safe bet to see 35+ minutes, which should translate to solid value against a New Orleans team that ranks dead last against opposing point guards. If McCollum is out once again, Frazier will likely have to play the entire game, strengthening his upside.
3 - Jameer Nelson – PG – Denver (FanDuel Price: $4,600)
Nelson disappointed last night, producing just 19 FP in a great matchup with the Lakers. Still, that doesn’t necessarily hurt your lineup, considering his cheap price point. With Emmanuel Mudiay doubtful tonight, Nelson is in line for another start and 36 minutes against a fast-paced Phoenix team that ranks 21st in defensive efficiency against opposing point guards. He’s still a nice source of value.
4 - Lou Williams – SG – LA Lakers (FanDuel Price: $5,300)
Williams has been a fantasy stalwart ever since entering the starting lineup. For this moderate salary, he needs around 25-26 FP to hit value. He has achieved that in each of the past seven games, including a nice 29 FP performance (27 minutes) on Friday against Oklahoma City. He’ll face the Thunder again tonight, looking at a chance to pick up extra minutes if Kobe Bryant is out/limited on the second half of a back-to-back.
5 - Kelly Olynyk – C – Boston (FanDuel Price: $4,100)
Amir Johnson has been ruled out tonight, so Kelly Olynyk may get a second straight start. You may want to confirm that before tip-off, as Boston coach Brad Stevens is sometimes surprising with his rotations. In his last start, Olynyk put up 28 FP in 29 minutes vs Minnesota. The matchup vs Charlotte isn’t bad, as the Hornets frontcourt defense has fallen off without Al Jefferson in the mix (22nd in defensive efficiency vs Centers).
6 - Raymond Felton – PG – Dallas (FanDuel Price: $4,900)
Dallas starting point guard, Deron Williams, is listed as questionable tonight. If he’s out, Felton would receive a sizeable upgrade. He has been a solid play even with Williams in the lineup, and D-Will’s absence would mean more minutes and ball-handling responsibilities to improve his usual 20-22 FP average.
7 - Jared Sullinger – PF – Boston (FanDuel Price: $5,900)
Sullinger sat out last game with a back issue, but he’s officially listed as probable tonight. As I mentioned earlier, Amir Johnson has been ruled out for the Boston frontcourt, which means a tighter rotation all around. That could help solidify Sullinger’s seemingly fleeting minutes, and this is a decent matchup against Charlotte. I’m not going out of my way to roster him, but if he fits around the other plays you love, go ahead and pencil him in.
8 - Omri Casspi – SF – Sacramento (FanDuel Price: $5,100)
I would much rather have Matt Barnes than Casspi at SF tonight, but combining the two isn’t a bad tournament strategy. Lining up against Paul George doesn’t look great on paper, but Casspi is more of a beneficiary of getting set-up within a fast-paced offense. He has some decent upside in the highest-projected scoring game of the day at Indiana.
9 - Gorgui Dieng – C – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $5,300)
I’m looking at Dieng as mostly a tournament option tonight. He has been a nice source of value lately, but his price has risen $700 since we last saw him. On top of that, Kevin Garnett is back (could limit some minutes for Dieng), and the matchup against San Antonio isn’t great. Still, Dieng could see minutes off the bench even if this one gets out of hand, keeping him on my tournament radar.
10 - Jrue Holiday – PG – New Orleans (FanDuel Price: $5,600)
Holiday is another pick to look for in tournaments. He has surprisingly been over 30 FP in five of the past six games, despite only seeing 24-25 minutes usually. One side of me says that’s unsustainable, while the other side acknowledges that this is an inviting matchup against a beat-up Portland backcourt. Either way, consider Holiday a lower-owned GPP pick within this slate.