When looking at “bargains” on FanDuel, typically we’ll focus on players who are priced at $6,000 or lower.
We have a four-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)
I’m just going to come out and say it: he should be a fixture in your lineups. Caldwell-Pope has the best floor/ceiling combination of any value play on the board. Whether you are reaching up for James Harden or not, Caldwell-Pope needs to be in one of your SG spots. He has been seeing nearly 40 minutes in each of these playoff games, propelling him to average a super-consistent 29 FPPG. You won’t find that kind of stability in another other bargain pick today.
2 - Kent Bazemore – SF – Atlanta (FanDuel Price: $5,600)
Bazemore is dealing with a stiff knee, but it hasn’t slowed him down throughout this series, and he’s considered probable for tonight’s game. In fact, Bazemore has thrived with 39, 26, and 36 fantasy points respectively in the first three games of this series. He should be hovering around that level of production once again, as this up-tempo matchup really suits his playing style. Target with confidence.
3 - Jonas Jerebko – PF – Boston (FanDuel Price: $4,000)
Jerebko started last game, played 37 minutes, and produced 33 fantasy points. However, we aren’t sure what his role is moving forward. We can assume that the strategy worked last game, so Boston should replicate that plan tonight. However, Brad Stevens has always been unpredictable with his rotations (especially in the frontcourt). Despite that, I’m taking a chance on Jerebko, as the opportunity cost at power forward is low, and the return on investment potential is captivating. You’ll have to take some chances on a short slate, and Jerebko is a calculated risk worth taking.
4 - Evan Turner – SG – Boston (FanDuel Price: $5,600)
There’s a decision to be made at the shooting guard position. I already mentioned locking in Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, which leaves one remaining spot. Should you pay up for James Harden, or go with another steady value pick in Evan Turner? Well, it depends on if how you prioritize Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James, and a semi-expensive point guard. You could snag both Leonard and James if by going “value-value” at shooting guard … Anyway, Turner inspires confidence today, as he’s seeing a larger role with Avery Bradley out. He has surpassed 30+ FP in two of three games in this series, and another certainly is not out of the conversation.
5 - Shaun Livingston – PG – Golden State (FanDuel Price: $4,300)
Stephen Curry mentioned that he “should be back” for tonight’s game, which dissipates some of the upside for Livingston. He should still see around 25 minutes, which is enough to offer a solid return in this up-tempo matchup at Houston. Also, if Curry is limited in any capacity (or they try to preserve him), Livingston could step into a larger role. I believe he’s a fine value filler either way.