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 - Seth Curry – SG – Dallas (FanDuel Price: $4,100)
Curry was the top value play last night, and he reclaims that spot yet again. While the results didn’t exactly pan out vs Memphis (18 FP), the thin Mavericks’ rotation (Barea, Williams, Harris, Nowitzki out) will have him playing heavy minutes. The matchup rates slightly better against an Orlando team that ranks below average against opposing backcourts. He’s an easy pick within this slate.
2 - Alex Len – PF – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $4,800)
We need to see if Tyson Chandler is playing first. If Chandler is out, Len checks in as a top-flight value play. The matchup with Philadelphia is excellent, as the Sixers rank 29th against centers and 20th in rebound rate. While Len doesn’t necessarily see heavy minutes, even with Chandler out, he is a FP/minute beast who could rack up meaningful fantasy numbers in an expanded role.
3 - Evan Fournier – SG – Orlando (FanDuel Price: $5,500)
Fournier usually serves as my “safety valve” at shooting guard. I like him at this salary, especially considering he holds a heavy usage rate within the Orlando offense. He’s facing a makeshift Dallas backcourt that should enhance his upside. Fournier needs 27 fantasy points to hit value, a mark he should be able to hit with ease considering the situation.
4 - Harrison Barnes – SF – Dallas (FanDuel Price: $6,100)
Barnes disappointed last night, but that doesn’t mean we should write him off. He’ll continue to see a usage boost with Williams, Nowitzki, and Barea out. The matchup looks better tonight, facing an Orlando team that ranks below average in team defensive efficiency. I’m expecting Barnes to get back on track this evening, and you can deploy him in all formats.
5 - Justin Anderson – SF – Dallas (FanDuel Price: $3,700)
If you are trying to reach for Kevin Durant at small forward, perhaps you need some deep value to offset his cumbersome salary? That’s where Anderson comes in. He should see significant minutes off Dallas’ bench with the shortened backcourt rotation. He played 32 minutes yesterday, and I’m thinking he’ll log roughly 28-32 again tonight. That should put him in good position to churn out a respectable 20 fantasy points to maintain value.
Gorgui Dieng – PF – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $5,500)
If Alex Len doesn’t work out, or you need another cheap pick to complement at power forward, Dieng is certainly in the value conversation. He has been up-and-down all season, but the discounted salary accounts for that volatility. He posted 38 and 35 FP vs Memphis earlier this season already.
Josh Richardson – SG – Miami (FanDuel Price: $4,300)
If you need more value at shooting guard, you could reasonably pivot off Fournier to a guy like Richardson. His role of 32+ minutes has been stable with Justise Winslow out. Keep an eye on Winslow’s status, and reasonably consider J-Rich if he can’t go.
Kelly Olynyk – C – Boston (FanDuel Price: $4,000)
Olynyk, Embiid, and Cody Zeller are viable value picks at center. Olynyk’s viability depends on Al Horford’s status, but he’s too cheap for a starting role of 30+ minutes … Embiid is an excellent FP/minute producer in an up-tempo matchup with the Suns, but he’s considered questionable … Cody Zeller doesn’t generate much excitement, but he’s a cheap filler if all else fails.