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 five game (main) slate starting at 5:00 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 - Terrence Ross – SF – Orlando (FanDuel Price: $4,500)
Ross was disappointing for fantasy backers on Tuesday, where he failed to accumulate a single fantasy point in the first quarter. He ended up with just 16 FP in 35 minutes despite a great matchup vs NYK that night. However, he bounced back strong with 29 fantasy points in 35 minutes Friday vs Miami. The salary is way too low considering Ross is playing 36+ minutes per outing. Tuesday’s letdown seems like an outlier, as the former Toronto Raptor has racked up 26+ fantasy points in three other games in his new home. Play him with confidence against a Washington team that ranks 19th vs opposing small forwards.
2 - Willie Cauley-Stein – PF – Sacramento (FanDuel Price: $4,900)
The matchup isn’t great vs Utah, but Cauley-Stein is still a fine bargain pick in all formats. He’s seeing anywhere from 28-35 minutes in the wake of DeMarcus Cousins’ trade, which gives him fantasy potential for this economical price point. I’m thinking WCS will trend somewhat on the higher end of that range of playing time in an effort to counter Utah’s big frontline of Favors/Gobert. I’m not expecting a ton of upside, but the former Kentucky Wildcat should be within his value threshold of 25 fantasy points.
3 - Aaron Gordon – PF – Orlando (FanDuel Price: $5,200)
Gordon’s minutes and playing time suffered while he was dealing with a quad contusion. It appears that injury is behind him, posting 35 fantasy points in 32 minutes Friday vs Miami. Now Gordon will play a Washington team that ranks above average in pace, 27th vs opposing power forwards, and 21st in rebound rate. Needless to say, this draw sets up well for a potential repeat performance of Friday.
4 - Marcus Smart – SG – Boston (FanDuel Price: $4,900)
The shooting guard position is pretty weak tonight. I’m likely looking towards Seth Curry and a bargain filler, then moving on to more exciting players. We’ll need to see if Avery Bradley is still limited (around 25 minutes), which would help Smart’s cause. I’m thinking the minutes should stay around 30 either way, as Terry Rozier’s playing time has been eaten into with Bradley’s return. The matchup helps the rationale here, as Phoenix plays fast and ranks 28th vs opposing shooting guards.
5 - Brandon Ingram – SF – LA Lakers (FanDuel Price: $3,600)
Ingram made me want to throw my remote through the TV on Friday, posting just seven fantasy points in 26 minutes. Hyperbole and recent bias aside, he’s actually not a bad pick for near minimum-salary within this slate. Sure, there’s a chance he flops again, as rookie players tend to do on occasion. However, Ingram had posted 20+ fantasy points in three straight games before Friday’s disappointment. You don’t need him to do much for this basement price tag, and he could fall into the fast-pace, high-scoring nature of this game vs New Orleans.
Evan Fournier – SG – Orlando (FanDuel Price: $5,300)
As I mentioned earlier, the shooting guard position is a mess tonight. Seth Curry, Marcus Smart, and Evan Fournier are all decent picks, but nothing to get excited about. As for Fournier, he’s seeing 35+ minutes per contest and only needs 26 or so fantasy points to hit value. At the very least, I don’t believe he’ll put up a score that hurts your lineup, as the playing time seems to be secure.
Joe Ingles – SF – Utah (FanDuel Price: $3,800)
Rodney Hood and Joe Johnson are questionable tonight. If they are both out (or just Hood), Ingles will step into a more prominent role. He took that scenario and ran with it for 21 fantasy points in 36 minutes Friday vs Brooklyn. If we can confirm Hood and Johnson will miss another game, I’d rank Ingles ahead of Brandon Ingram with a more stable role in a better matchup (SAC 26th vs SGs & 25th vs SFs).