When looking at bargains on FanDuel, typically we’ll focus on players who are priced at $6,000 or lower. I’ll be ranking these picks by priority to your lineups for tonight’s eight game slate starting at 7:00 ET.
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 - Mason Plumlee – C – Denver (FanDuel Price: $5,600)
Reports this afternoon suggest Nikola Jokic is more doubtful than questionable, still feeling “very weak” with an illness. That means Plumlee could be looking at his third straight start, hitting 30 and 37 fantasy points respectively in the past two. The matchup is good as well, facing a Boston team that ranks 29th in rebound rate.
2 - Evan Fournier – SG – Orlando (FanDuel Price: $5,600)
Per usual, the shooting guard position is somewhat uninspiring tonight. Fournier is a serviceable solution to that problem, holding a reasonable salary with a heavy allotment of minutes. Playing against a Charlotte team that ranks 26th in defensive efficiency vs opposing shooting guards should help. Fournier could also see a boost if Nikola Vucevic (questionable) misses this game, but I like him either way.
3 - Marvin Williams – PF – Charlotte (FanDuel Price: $5,900)
I’m looking towards Williams in all formats tonight, as he’ll see a heavier workload with Frank Kaminsky still sidelined. He has posted 36 fantasy points in two of the past three with Kaminsky out, and I’m thinking he’ll continue that pace while facing an Orlando team that has been playing much faster since the All-Star break. Also, Orlando isn’t as good against power forwards as their ranking suggests, given Serge Ibaka’s strong defensive abilities have been traded away.
4 - Terrence Ross – SF – Orlando (FanDuel Price: $4,500)
You don’t necessarily have to select a cheap small forward, but Ross is available if you need to save some cap space. He’s still underpriced considering the starting role in Orlando. Ross has been somewhat up-and-down as of late, but seeing 35+ minutes gives him strong potential to surpass his value threshold of 23 or so fantasy points.
5 - Sean Kilpatrick – SG – Brooklyn (FanDuel Price: $4,200)
Kilpatrick profiles as more of a tournament selection tonight. He’s a volatile player by nature, and the Brooklyn rotation tends to be fluid at times. Having said that, I don’t mind him if he’s the last piece of your cash game lineup. The shooting guard position has low opportunity cost tonight, so you could conceivably take a chance on his upside. Speaking of which, Kilpatrick has been heating up with 30+ fantasy points in three straight. Playing at Dallas isn’t the best fantasy situation, but hopefully the minutes and usage keeps funneling towards the former Cincinnati Bearcat.
Cody Zeller – C – Charlotte (FanDuel Price: $5,100)
If you are looking for a pivot away from Mason Plumlee (or that injury situation doesn’t pan out), Zeller is another plausible bargain commodity at center. He’s seeing heavy playing time with Frank Kaminsky on the shelf, something that could translate to positive value against an Orlando team that ranks 22nd vs centers and 23rd in rebound rate.
Quincy Acy – PF – Brooklyn (FanDuel Price: $3,600)
Brook Lopez has been ruled out tonight, meaning Acy could see more playing time in his stead. Acy already notched 22+ FP in two of the past four with Lopez healthy. Soaking up more minutes (looking at 22-24), usage, and rebounding opportunities against a Dallas team that ranks dead last in rebound rate makes for some decent fantasy potential.