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.
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 - Tim Frazier – PG – New Orleans (FanDuel Price: $5,700)
Frazier has been disappointing on the second half of back-to-back sets this season, otherwise impressing in nearly every other game. The Pelicans didn’t play last night, so the minutes should be safe for Frazier and his fellow starters. The price and matchup (home vs LAL) coincide.
2 - Dennis Schroder – PG – Atlanta (FanDuel Price: $6,000)
Schroder is a solid pick for the price, holding a high probability to surpass his value threshold of 30 fantasy points. He has been over that mark in three of the past four games, and a prime matchup with the 76ers adds confidence to the situation. Earlier this season, Schroder posted 31 fantasy points in 28 minutes in a blowout win vs Philadelphia. He has upside for even more if this one stays somewhat competitive.
3 - Marcus Smart – PG – Boston (FanDuel Price: $4,900)
Jae Crowder is doubtful to play again tonight, meaning Smart will continue to see starter minutes. That translated to fantasy success last night, racking up 39 fantasy points in 34 minutes. He’s underpriced given the increased playing time, making sense as a value pick in all formats.
4 - Derrick Favors – PF – Utah (FanDuel Price: $5,900)
Take advantage of this cheap price point while you still can. Favors was on a minutes-limit at the beginning of the season, but that has been lifted. He is averaging 34 minutes and 36 fantasy points over the past three game, which accurately reflects his game-to-game projection despite the bargain salary.
5 - Sean Kilpatrick – SG – Brooklyn (FanDuel Price: $5,300)
Jeremy Lin and Isaiah Whitehead are both out, meaning Kilpatrick will have more ball handling responsibilities. He has upside within that role, and this is a great matchup against a Phoenix team that plays fast and ranks in the bottom five at defending opposing backcourts.
6 - Justise Winslow – SF – Miami (FanDuel Price: $5,000)
The matchup isn’t great against Utah, but everything else lines up well for Winslow. His price is too low, the playing time is secure, and he has carved out a solid role within this Miami offense. He doesn’t present a ton of upside in this draw, but he’s a safe bet to reach his value threshold of just 25 fantasy points, something he has done in five of seven games this season.
7 - Marcin Gortat – C – Washington (FanDuel Price: $6,000)
One word to describe Marcin Gortat: solid. He doesn’t carry a ton of upside, but there’s a high probability he’ll give you 30 fantasy points, making a compelling case for cash game consideration. Don’t worry about his letdown performance last night, as the Wizards played small vs Cleveland, taking Gortat off the floor. That shouldn’t happen in a competitive match at Chicago tonight.
8 - Markieff Morris – PF – Washington (FanDuel Price: $5,400)
Morris is probably a better tournament selection despite carrying this economical price tag. His role changes game-to-game, and foul trouble can be a concern. However, when “Kieff” is feeling it, he offers quality profit potential as a bargain pick.
9 - Trevor Booker – PF – Brooklyn (FanDuel Price: $5,400)
Booker’s minutes can be somewhat volatile, but he has been efficiency aside from that. If he sees over 30 minutes in this matchup, the results could follow suit against a fast-paced Phoenix team that should provide plenty of stat-producing opportunities.
10 - Kelly Olynyk – C – Boston (FanDuel Price: $3,500)
I’m assuming Al Horford will not play again tonight. If that’s the case, Olynyk could start in his place. He is coming off a fantastic 31 fantasy points in 30 minutes last night. There’s always some volatility when looking at the Boston frontcourt, as you don’t know if Olynyk, Amir Johnson, or Tyler Zeller will see more run. However, it seems that Coach Stevens likes Olynyk’s versatility at the center position. I’m guessing he’ll get rewarded with more minutes after an impressive showing last night. The risk isn’t quite as big when you consider Olynyk is only minimum salary.