When looking at “bargains” on FanDuel, typically we’ll focus on players who are priced at $6,000 or lower.
We have another three-game playoff slate upon us, meaning I will be ranking the top five 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 - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – SG – Detroit (FanDuel Price: $5,600)
The last time Cleveland-Detroit played, KCP was highlighted as the top bargain option. Same thing, different day. The matchup isn’t great on paper vs Cleveland, but Caldwell-Pope is an extremely safe candidate to reach value based on sheer playing time. He has amassed 28 and 29 fantasy points through the first two games respectively, which is right where we need him to be. On this abbreviated three-game slate, he makes for an easy value selection once again.
2 - Kent Bazemore – SF – Atlanta (FanDuel Price: $5,500)
Bazemore has a nagging knee injury, but he is considered probable for tonight’s tilt in Boston. It didn’t slow him down in Game #2, as Bazemore was able to produce a solid 26 fantasy points in 29 minutes. He’s a stat sheet stuffer who can contribute in every category, and his price is still cheap despite topping 37+ FP in three of the past five. He’s less expensive than the likes of Jae Crowder and Marcus Morris, yet he’s a better overall fantasy option. Proceed with confidence.
3 - J.R. Smith – SG – Cleveland (FanDuel Price: $4,700)
We are forced to select two values at shooting guard tonight, as there isn’t anyone priced above the $6,000 threshold. I already outlined Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as the best SG1, and I also believe J.R. Smith is a fine pick for SG2. He has been solid through the first two games of this series, averaging 35 minutes and 25 fantasy points. If you can’t quite fit him, pivoting down to Kyle Korver isn’t a bad move, but it does come with more risk.
4 - Tim Duncan – C – San Antonio (FanDuel Price: $5,300)
Duncan has been churning out some efficient stat lines against the beat-up Memphis frontcourt this series. He has played a total of 48 minutes in two games, good enough to produce 46 fantasy points. I believe that rate of efficiency is sustainable for a player like Duncan in a matchup such as this. 25 fantasy points is his floor, and he has upside for more if this game stays somewhat competitive.
5 - Patty Mills – PG – San Antonio (FanDuel Price: $3,600)
Mills is a PG2 filler that will allow you to spend up on expensive picks elsewhere (LeBron, Kawhi, Love, etc). He doesn’t see a ton of playing time (around 20 minutes), but the lines have been very efficient nonetheless. He’s good for 17-22+ fantasy points any given night, which is all you really need from him on this short slate.