When looking at “bargains” on FanDuel, typically we’ll focus on players who are priced at $6,000 or lower.
We have another two-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 - J.R. Smith – SG – Cleveland (FanDuel Price: $5,100)
Smith is the easiest value pick of this slate. The shooting guard position is unbelievably weak today, as JR is actually the most expensive commodity within that. Even though he wasn’t great last game, I’m expecting him to see plenty of looks and minutes to contribute the usual 25+ fantasy points he’s sustain in majority of these playoff games.
2 - Steven Adams – C – Oklahoma City (FanDuel Price: $4,900)
The center position actually has several plausible value plays today. Adams, Thompson, Kanter, and Duncan are all serviceable in their own right, but I have it narrowed down to Adams and Thompson. The rationale has to do with playing time, as Kanter and Duncan seem capped around 20 minutes in sub-optimal matchups. I’m leaning towards Adams as the best value pick here, as he has been seeing 36-40+ minutes in this series, giving him a nice floor/ceiling upside. Even though Tristan Thompson has a better matchup (Atlanta struggles on glass), I’ll take the increased opportunity that comes with the OKC big man.
3 - Danny Green – SG – San Antonio (FanDuel Price: $4,200)
Even though Kyle Korver had more fantasy points than Danny Green on Friday (23 to 19), I still believe Green is the correct pick for a similar salary. Korver’s range of outcomes are very wide in a tough matchup against Cleveland, as he totaled 17 fantasy points total in the first two games of this series. Green, however, has averaged 32 minutes and 24 FPPG through three games in a more up-tempo game against a weaker Oklahoma City defense. I still believe Green has the best floor/ceiling combination (other than J.R. Smith) at the shooting guard position.
4 - Tony Parker – PG – San Antonio (FanDuel Price: $5,000)
Parker had a breakout game on Friday, putting up an efficient 35 fantasy points in 35 minutes. It would be foolish to assume a repeat performance, but it’s nice to know he’s capable of some upside. Somewhere around 25 fantasy points is probably a more reasonable projection, which I would gladly take for this cheap salary. If Parker hits 25 fantasy points, the value comparison would be 40 FP for Kyrie and 55 FP for Westbrook at their respective salaries. That doesn’t even include the benefits of extra cap space by choosing Parker over one of those options.
5 - Kent Bazemore – SF – Atlanta (FanDuel Price: $5,400)
In an ideal world, you’d probably want to snag LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard at small forward. However, that likely means you’ll have to go cheap at power forward, where there aren’t many exciting value plays (I’m not sold on Channing Frye keeping up his production level). If you need some value at the small forward position, Bazemore is an inconsistent pick who does have upside if things fall his way. We can’t forget that he posted 36 fantasy points in the series opener, then disappointing with 18 total fantasy points in the next two games. In the event that Bazemore gets somewhere near the production of Game 1, you’ll be ahead of the curve with one of the better value picks on the board.