On FanDuel, typically we’ll focus on players who are priced at $6,000 or lower.
There are plenty of fine options 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 - Ishmael Smith – PG – Philadelphia (FanDuel Price: $5,200)
Smith has been a revelation this year, starting out for New Orleans then recently taking over the starting point guard duties for Philadelphia. The 76ers looked pretty good the last two games, led by some nice performances by Smith. Because of that, he should see another helping of 32-35 minutes against a Sacramento team that ranks 28th in defensive efficiency vs opposing point guards. Ish has an excellent floor/ceiling combination, and he’s playing with a ton of confidence.
2 - Omri Casspi – SF – Sacramento (FanDuel Price: $5,600)
Casspi is another player brimming with confidence, fresh off a career high 36 points (9-12 on 3-pointers) at Golden State. I’m not expecting Casspi to take the same amount of shots, as most of it came in the second half with DeMarcus Cousins out. Still, Casspi is far too cheap considering his role for the fast-paced Kings. Playing against a Philadelphia team that ranks dead last against opposing small forwards could inspire another high-upside performance.
3 - Evan Fournier – SG – Orlando (FanDuel Price: $5,500)
Fournier was amazing to begin the season, then he trailed off into fantasy irrelevance. Well, he’s back now, playing 33-36 minutes every game and averaging 29 fantasy points over the past five games. The salary is still low despite that recent uptick, and the matchup looks great against Brooklyn (27th vs shooting gaurds). There’s a chance Elfrid Payton could miss this game as well, which could lead to more backcourt minutes for Fournier. He’s a great play regardless.
4 - Shaun Livingston – PG – Golden State (FanDuel Price: $3,600)
Stephen Curry looks highly questionable for tonight’s game. If he is officially ruled out, expect Shaun Livingston to soak up more minutes at point guard. Sure, Golden State would spread the ball (and minutes) around in Curry’s absence, but Livingston would still be called upon for 27-30 minutes. That could easily lead to 25 fantasy points in this high-scoring tilt with Dallas, which is more than enough for the minimum price point.
5 - Taj Gibson – PF – Chicago (FanDuel Price: $4,800)
Some people seem torn between Taj Gibson and Jon Leuer as a cheap power forward tonight, but I prefer Gibson of the two (more on Leuer later). He is seeing a ton of minutes with Joakim Noah out, consistently hovering between 33-38 over the past five games. Through that span, he is averaging a solid 27 fantasy points per game, which represents solid value for the price. The matchup isn’t necessarily great vs Indiana, but I’m expecting Gibson to put up a nice fantasy line through sheer playing time.
6 - Chandler Parsons – SF – Dallas (FanDuel Price: $5,300)
If you need a cheap small forward to pair with Omri Casspi, look no further than Parsons. His minute restriction has been lifted, as he is now starting and playing 36 minutes per game. However, he is still priced as if he were only seeing 20-25 minutes. The matchup against Golden State doesn’t look great on paper, but the up-tempo nature of this game could help Parsons meet value.
7 - Jae Crowder – SF – Boston (FanDuel Price: $5,800)
If you don’t believe in Parsons as your second value small forward, you could spend the extra $500 on Jae Crowder in a much better matchup. The blowout risk in this game is real, but so is Crowder’s upside. Boston’s opponent, the Lakers, rank 27th against opposing small forwards, and Jae is averaging a nice 31 fantasy points per game over the last five.
8 - Jon Leuer – PF – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $4,800)
It’s not that I think Leuer is a bad value play tonight, there are just more questions than Taj Gibson for the same price. The matchup against San Antonio isn’t exactly great either. Markieff Morris will be back for Phoenix, and even though I don’t expect him to see a lot of minutes, he could cut into Leuer’s playing time. On top of that, P.J. Tucker has been seeing 38 minutes over the past two, somewhat at the expense of Leuer. He’s a fine tournament play, but not necessarily a “lock” for value.
9 - P.J. Tucker – SF – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $3,900)
That transitions well to Leuer’s teammate, the aforementioned P.J. Tucker. His salary is hovering near the minimum, despite his average of 26 fantasy points over the past three. It seems that he is getting some extra playing time with Eric Bledsoe out, but some of that may be curbed by Markieff Morris’ return. In other words, Tucker is a risk tonight, but one that could pay off handsomely in tournaments.
10 - Nikola Jokic – C – Denver (FanDuel Price: $4,700)
Jokic is another risky tournament play, as you never know how the Denver frontcourt rotation will pan out. However, he has been producing when given healthy minutes as of late. If he sees 25+ minutes while matched up against a Portland team that ranks 29th in defensive efficiency against centers, then there’s reason to believe that a high-upside performance could follow. After all, he put up 39 FP in 26 minutes in a much tougher matchup against the Spurs last week.