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 nine game slate.
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 - T.J. Warren – SF – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $5,900)
Warren is too cheap considering his role for Phoenix. He has amassed 39+ fantasy points in three of five games this season, and a fast-paced matchup with New Orleans provides an exceptional game environment to get there again. Warren is a pretty easy bargain pick this evening.
2 - Tim Frazier – PG – New Orleans (FanDuel Price: $5,500)
Frazier was near the top of this list on Wednesday, ultimately putting forth a disappointing 7 fantasy point performance (not a typo) in just 15 minutes. The Pelicans’ rotation was wacky on a back-to-back set, and I’m thinking they’ll get back to their normal set (Frazier seeing 35+ minutes) at home vs Phoenix. The Suns ranked in the bottom five defensively against point guards last season, leaving the door open for Frazier to post his fourth 40+ fantasy point performance of the year.
3 - Nicolas Batum – SG – Charlotte (FanDuel Price: $6,400)
Batum isn’t technically under our bargain threshold, but he’s still a relatively value at a subpar shooting guard position. The consistency, matchup, and knack for contributing in every category makes Batum the type of player we love targeting in cash games. He’s a primary pick for a reasonable price tonight.
4 - Bradley Beal – SG – Washington (FanDuel Price: $5,300)
I should make it known that I’m also looking at Klay Thompson ($5,900) as a bargain shooting guard. However, if you don’t have the salary to make that work, Beal could put forth a similar line for a cheaper price. The Wizards’ guard is seeing a ton of minutes, and it’s only a matter of time until the shots start falling and high-upside performances follow. The $5300 designation is far too cheap for a high-volume player like Beal, and he’s playing in a high-scoring draw vs Atlanta.
5 - Taj Gibson – PF – Chicago (FanDuel Price: $5,700)
Gibson doesn’t have a ton of upside, but he’s a strong candidate to churn out solid value near his 28 FPPG seasonal average. I’m not going out of my way to pick Gibson, but I wouldn’t mind landing on him as a safe PF2 for cash games.
6 - Joakim Noah – C – New York (FanDuel Price: $4,200)
Don’t look at his game log; it’s ugly and misleading! Noah’s minutes have been limited by two blowouts and one game with foul trouble. Perhaps the best representation of Noah’s came with neither of those limiting factors occurring Tuesday at Detroit. Noah played 31 minutes and recorded a solid 31 fantasy point performance. Foul trouble permitting, he should see around 30 minutes in an expected competitive game. As an added bonus, Noah has a motivational incentive returning to Chicago.
7 - Nikola Mirotic – PF – Chicago (FanDuel Price: $5,100)
I mentioned Taj Gibson as a safe cash game with limited upside. His teammate, Mirotic is the opposite. The range of outcomes are pretty wide for Mirotic, but he does have substantial upside coming off the bench. If Mirotic catches fire, there’s a chance he’ll get more playing time down the stretch. In that scenario, production could snowball his way. However, if Mirotic has a subpar shooting night, the minutes (and subsequent fantasy points) could be lower than usual. He’s a tournament only play in my opinion.
8 - Larry Nance Jr. – PF – LA Lakers (FanDuel Price: $3,900)
I had intentions of ranking Larry Nance Jr. much higher than this. It was previously reported that Lakers’ Center Timofey Mozgov was doubtful. He has since been upgraded to a game-time call. Since this is the late game, we likely won’t have a concrete decision before lineups lock. If Mozgov were to miss this game, Nance could be in line for 27-29 minutes against the up-tempo Warriors. He is averaging 28 minutes and 29 fantasy points in that role over the past two games. My personal opinion is that the Lakers won’t rush Mozgov back, but it would be nice to have that added confidence before lineup lock. As it stands, Nance is a nice tournament pick and cash playable for those willing to tolerate the innate risk of this situation.
9 - Sean Kilpatrick – SG – Brooklyn (FanDuel Price: $4,700)
I’m looking at Kilpatrick as a tournament pick with upside. I’ll go as far as saying he’s cash playable in some instances, just because the shooting guard position is relatively weak tonight. With Jeremy Lin out, Kilpatrick could pick up some minutes at point guard. In that previous sentence, “could” is the operative word. We don’t really know what the Nets’ rotation will look like. Randy Foye is expected to play his first game of the year, so he should take over some of the ball-handling responsibilities. How much? We don’t know. If Kilpatrick is asked to expand his role, handle the ball, and shoot more, he’ll carry some fantasy upside.
10 - Lance Stephenson – SF – New Orleans (FanDuel Price: $4,000)
Dante Cunningham is suspended for tonight’s game. He was seeing anywhere from 25-35 minutes per night. That’s a good chunk of playing time to replace. While the Pelicans’ rotation is tough to nail down, you have to believe that some of those minutes will go to Lance Stephenson. Coming off his best game of the year, Stephenson racked up 35 FP in 45 minutes (overtime included) at Memphis. He had a nice 32 FP night (in 31 minutes) vs Golden State earlier this year, but has otherwise totaled just 32 combined fantasy points in three other outings. There’s some volatility involved with this pick, but Stephenson has upside if he sees increased playing time with Cunningham out.