For bargains on FanDuel, typically we’ll focus on players who are priced at $6,000 or lower.
There are plenty of fine option under that salary threshold tonight games. Because of this, I will be ranking the Top 10 Value Plays in terms of priority to your lineup, also outlining a few more to consider for good measure.
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.
Before we start, I just want to mention that Alex Len is a superior value play at $6,600. Technically, he is over our $6k bargain threshold, so he won’t be featured in this column. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be targeting him!
Okay; now onto the bargain plays:
1 - Mario Chalmers – PG – Memphis (FanDuel Price: $5,300)
The matchup is tough against Boston, who ranks in the top five for defensive efficiency against point guards. However, Chalmers is locked into 40+ minutes as Memphis’ starting point guard with Mike Conley out. Even though he may not display pretty efficiency metrics tonight, he’ll undoubtedly see enough volume to hit value at this cheap price point. Target with confidence in all formats.
2 - JaMychal Green – PF – Memphis (FanDuel Price: $4,600)
Chris Andersen, Marc Gasol, and Brandan Wright are all out. Zach Randolph is doubtful. That should mean 32-35+ minutes for Green, even despite Matt Barnes returning to the lineup. Green is one of the few big men capable of putting up big minutes for Memphis, and they’ll likely need him to fulfill that role one again. Green exploded for 48 FP in 37 minutes against Cleveland on Monday. While it’s somewhat naïve to assume that production tonight, he should maintain solid value in a nice matchup against Boston (21st vs PFs this season).
3 - Robert Covington – SF – Philadelphia (FanDuel Price: $5,700)
As it turns out, “Big Shot Rob” is a fine value selection once again. Nerlens Noel will return for Philadelphia tonight, but Covington’s minutes are still secure due to Jahlil Okafor’s continued absence. Covington has been solid as of late, averaging 34 FPPG over the past three, despite facing some pretty difficult matchups. The draw against an up-tempo Houston team (ranks 27th vs SFs) boosts his fantasy prospects even more, and he can be trusted in all formats tonight.
4 - Nerlens Noel – PF – Philadelphia (FanDuel Price: $6,100)
As I mentioned in the previous write-up, Nerlens Noel will return tonight, following a two game absence. He is greeted by the best possible matchup for a power forward, as Houston ranks dead last in defensive efficiency against that position. Noel will need to do the heavy lifting for Philadelphia’s frontcourt, as Jahlil Okafor has been ruled out for another game. We all know Nerlens carries some lofty upside, and this prime matchup should bring out the best in him.
5 - Matt Barnes – SF – Memphis (FanDuel Price: $4,800)
Barnes will surely benefit in stable playing time (35 or so minutes) due to the injury situation in Memphis. Overall, Barnes has a somewhat risky profile (just look at the game log if you don’t believe me), but some of that is smoothed out by more playing time and usage with the Grizzlies shorthanded. I prefer Robert Covington for $1000 more, but I don’t mind falling back on Barnes if it makes a huge difference to your lineup.
6 - Tobias Harris – PF – Detroit (FanDuel Price: $5,800)
I’m pretty frustrated that Tobias is listed as a power forward now, as he used to be a solid value within a small forward position that is usually in desperate need of such commodities. He’s less of a priority at a deeper power forward position, but that doesn’t mean we should overlook him completely. Tobias doesn’t have a ton of upside, but there’s a good chance he’ll contribute his regular 28-30 fantasy points, posting solid value. The matchup is non-imposing as well, given Dallas ranks 19th in defensive efficiency against power forwards.
7 - Devin Booker – SG – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $5,700)
This matchup looks very neutral for Phoenix, but as I mentioned with Mario Chalmers earlier, volume should prevail. Booker has been the go-to guy for Phoenix lately, and they’ll need him to play that role in a somewhat high-scoring, competitive home game against the Knicks. He is averaging a solid 37 FPPG over the past three, and it’s not inconceivable to expect him somewhere within that range tonight.
8 - Lance Stephenson – SG – Memphis (FanDuel Price: $4,400)
Some people may write off Lance Stephenson, now that Matt Barnes has been listed as probable. However, I believe that would be a mistake. Stephenson was already seeing around 20 minutes with the Grizzlies somewhat healthy, and now he’ll play backup point guard (Conley out) for 10 more minutes and a much higher usage rate. Stephenson is not a must play, but he’s a decent filler in all formats if you need to save more cap space.
9 - Tony Allen – SG – Memphis (FanDuel Price: $4,500)
Allen is probably better served in tournaments, as we aren’t entirely sure what his minutes will look like with Matt Barnes back in the mix. In the case that he does see 30-35 minutes, he would make a fine value pick, given his ability to fill up the stat sheet with points, rebounds, and steals. In a better matchup, he would be cash game playable, but the uncertainty and neutral draw translates to more of a tournament filler.
10 - Patrick Beverley – PG – Houston (FanDuel Price: $5,000)
Beverley is more of a tournament pivot away from Mario Chalmers, or you could use him in conjunction for a value tandem at point guard. Either way, Beverley is probably better served for your tournament lineups. He is seeing more minutes with Ty Lawson out of town, and that should continue in a prime matchup against the Sixers.