For “bargains” 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 full Wednesday slate of games. Because of this, I will be ranking the Top 10 value plays in terms of priority to your lineups.
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 - Zach Randolph – PF – Memphis (FanDuel Price: $6,300)
Okay, okay…so Randolph isn’t technically under the $6,000 “bargain threshold”. However, he’s just marginally above that mark, and not mentioning him within this column would be a complete disservice – that’s how strong of a play he is today. Marc Gasol is out, meaning Randolph will likely see more minutes and a much higher usage rate. We were already seeing shades of that with Gasol playing through an injury, as Z-Bo stepped up for 35+ fantasy points in three of the past four games. Consider that his floor tonight, as the matchup against Brooklyn (29th vs power forwards) looks tasty.
2 - Markieff Morris – PF – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $5,800)
Since the coaching change in Phoenix, Morris has been the focal point of this Suns’ offense. He’s playing heavy minutes, translating to a sweet 38 FPPG over the past four games. The matchup against Golden State looks difficult from a defensive efficiency standpoint, but we have to consider the high-scoring nature of this game (220 over/under). In other words, the Suns will put up some points tonight, and Morris the best bet to emerge with fantasy value. Target him with confidence in all formats.
3 - Gorgui Dieng – C – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $6,300)
Dieng resembles that of Randolph, mentioned earlier. He’s over the $6,000 bargain threshold, but still checking in as a clear-cut value play for tonight’s slate. Both Kevin Garnett and Nikola Pekovic are considered doubtful this evening, meaning Dieng will continue to start and log heavy minutes. That has translated to a healthy 35 FPPG over the past six, and that can be considered a reasonable projection for tonight. In other words, Gorgui provides production like a center priced at $7500 or so, but his price is drastically discounted considering. Take advantage while you still can!
4 - Rodney Hood – SG – Utah (FanDuel Price: $5,800)
Hood is on fire right now, as he’s forced to step up with several injuries to Utah’s backcourt. The former Duke Blue Devil is averaging 35 FPPG over the past three, including a nice 43 FP outing at Dallas last night. The matchup at hand (against New Orleans) is prime, as the Pelicans rank 22nd against opposing backcourt members. Hood’s salary will likely take a leap the next time we see him, so consider him underpriced relative to the recent production.
5 - Stanley Johnson – SF – Detroit (FanDuel Price: $4,900)
Johnson threw up a dud last game (15 FP), but don’t let that cloud your judgement tonight. He’s still a primary value selection in all formats. Stanley is logging heavy minutes with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope out for the rest of the month, seeing 36-40 minutes per contest. That translated to 44 and 31 FP in his first two starts respectively. I’m expecting him to be within that range tonight, as Denver ranks 26th in defensive efficiency against opposing shooting guards (the position Johnson is currently filling).
6 - E’Twaun Moore – SG – Chicago (FanDuel Price: $4,200)
Jimmy Butler will be out for a while, so we can continue to expect more from Moore. His minutes will remain around 33-38, which has translated to 24+ FP in the past three games with Butler out. Because of that, we can consider him as a safe value play, despite a mediocre matchup against Atlanta.
7 - Archie Goodwin – PG – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $5,400)
Even though Golden State rates well in the defensive efficiency metrics, their brisk pace of play often inflates the fantasy production allowed. For example, the Warriors rank 11th in defensive efficiency against point guards, but 20th in fantasy points allowed to that position. With an over/under of 220, I’m expecting the Suns to put up some points at home. We already mentioned Markieff Morris as a candidate to do some damage, but don’t forget about Archie Goodwin either. He’s seeing 38+ minutes as the starting floor general of this injury-plagued team, averaging a solid 30 FPPG over the past four. I believe he’ll get within that range once again.
8 - Jeff Green – SF – Memphis (FanDuel Price: $5,600)
Earlier, I outlined how Zach Randolph will see a usage boost with Marc Gasol out. Well, Mike Conley and Jeff Green are likely to see an uptick as well. It won’t be as significant as Randolph, but present nonetheless. That’s good news for Green, who has been on a scoring-binge as of late. The matchup tonight helps his cause as well, considering that Brooklyn ranks 20th in defensive efficiency against opposing small forwards.
9 - Aaron Gordon – PF – Orlando (FanDuel Price: $5,800)
Aaron Gordon’s price has risen, but it’s probably in a fair range at the moment. After all, he has produced 45 and 32 fantasy points respectively over the past two. As for tonight, I like Gordon much more if Tobias Harris (questionable) sits out. This would give a slight boost to Gordon’s minutes and usage, which subsequently resulted in those two solid outings earlier in the week. The matchup vs San Antonio looks tough, but Gordon was able to achieve 31 FP against the Spurs about a week ago.
10 - Evan Turner – SF – Boston (FanDuel Price: $5,900)
Turner has been a catalyst off the bench for a surging Boston team. He is averaging a healthy 33 fantasy points over the past five games, contributing in all statistical categories. Tonight’s matchup against the Clippers looks like a high-scoring, back-and-forth affair (209 over/under) that could yield abundant fantasy points all around. There’s a good chance Turner falls into that game environment.