When looking at “bargains” on FanDuel, typically we’ll focus on players who are priced at $6,000 or lower.
We have a monstrous 12-game slate on tap tonight, meaning I will be ranking the top ten bargains by priority to your FanDuel NBA 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 - Stanley Johnson – SF – Detroit (FanDuel Price: $3,900)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has been ruled out tonight, meaning Stanley Johnson will likely start at shooting guard with a healthy 35 minute complement. Johnson has been a very good fantasy producer with periodic spot-starts, and he should easily exceed value for this near-minimum price point. He has some upside also, displayed by topping 35 fantasy points in 31 minutes vs Brooklyn last Saturday.
2 - Zach LaVine – SG – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $6,100)
LaVine has been a bargain staple ever since he was granted the starting role. He continues to see heavy minutes (35-40), translating to a solid 31 fantasy points per contest over the past four. His price is starting to rise out of the bargain threshold, but we shouldn’t be concerned about that tonight. The matchup against a fast-paced Sacramento team that ranks 29th in defensive efficiency vs shooting guards greatly outweighs that small concern. Target with confidence in all formats.
3 - Bradley Beal – SG – Washington (FanDuel Price: $5,500)
Simply put, Beal is way too cheap for his talent, playing time, and overall usage. He is back to seeing 32-35 minutes per game, yet his price reflects his minute-limit (around 25) earlier in the month. Needless to say, this is a pricing discrepancy to take advantage of, despite the overall neutral matchup against Atlanta. The high-scoring, competitive nature of this game should help sustain Beal.
4 - Jon Leuer – PF – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $4,000)
Tyson Chandler is unlikely to play tonight, which is good news for Leuer’s fantasy prospects. Chandler left last game early, and Leuer benefitted with 33 fantasy points in 32 minutes off the bench. He has always been a solid FP/minute producer, and now he should see enough playing time to be considered a viable fantasy commodity. The matchup against a weak Lakers frontcourt doesn’t hurt either.
5 - Jordan Clarkson – SG – LA Lakers (FanDuel Price: $5,500)
Clarkson is a good play on the surface, but he’d turn into a great play if D’Angelo Russell is ruled out. Clarkson’s minutes have been somewhat spotty over the past few weeks, but he’d be locked into 32-35 minutes with more ball-handling responsibilities if Russell sits out. That’s very good news considering Phoenix ranks dead last in defensive efficiency against both shooting guards and point guards. Pay attention to the news feed for an update on Russell’s status.
6 - Deron Williams – PG – Dallas (FanDuel Price: $6,000)
There are a ton of really good, well-priced point guards tonight, so I’m considering Williams more of a tournament option within that. Of course, he is cash playable as well, especially if you can’t quite reach more expensive options like Knight, Rubio, Lillard, Paul, or Curry. D-Will erupted with 60 fantasy points last game, and he’ll take on that same Portland defense tonight. I’m not expecting a repeat performance, but the bargain price and marginally higher usage with Chandler Parsons out seems like a fine situation to target.
7 - Julius Randle – PF – LA Lakers (FanDuel Price: $5,900)
Larry Nance could return tonight, but I’m not too concerned about him eating into Randle’s minutes. Coach Byron Scott mentioned that he’ll give the younger players extra burn over the last month of the season, and Randle is already seeing fantasy benefits from that mentality. Randle put up 43 FP in 34 minutes yesterday vs Memphis, and the matchup against Phoenix tonight is much better.
8 - P.J. Tucker – SF – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $4,600)
Tucker’s role of 33-37 minutes is very safe within the Phoenix rotation, and he has been pretty solid within that lately. The matchup against LA Lakers (ranked dead last vs SFs) suggest more of the same. Tyson Chandler’s likely absence should help his rebound rate and playing time as well.
9 - Mason Plumlee – C – Portland (FanDuel Price: $5,200)
Plumlee has really stepped up with Meyers Leonard injured, averaging 30 minutes and 32 fantasy points over the past three. That includes a breakout 43 fantasy point performance Sunday against Dallas, the same team he’ll face again tonight. Plumlee’s salary is still too cheap considering his expanded role with Leonard out.
10 - Darrell Arthur – PF – Denver (FanDuel Price: $3,700)
Arthur should see around 30 minutes if Kenneth Faried misses another game. Even though Arthur has had some mixed results within that role lately, and great matchup against Philadelphia should inspire his “good side”. Keep an eye on the news feed to see if we can get confirmation on Faried’s status before lineups lock.
Jusuf Nurkic – C – Denver (FanDuel Price: $4,100)
Otto Porter – SF – Washington (FanDuel Price: $5,100)
Darren Collison – PG – Sacramento (FanDuel Price: $5,600)
Wesley Matthews – SG – Dallas (FanDuel Price: $3,800)