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 six 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 - Steven Adams – C – Oklahoma City (FanDuel Price: $4,700)
With Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and Kevin Durant as expensive options demanding your attention, you’ll need to hunt for plenty of value. The center position provides a clear path to salary cap relief, and it runs through Adams. Even though he was underwhelming Friday vs Phoenix, it’s nice to see Adams playing 35+ minutes per game. That should translate well against a fast-paced Lakers team that ranked in the bottom five in defensive efficiency against centers and rebound rate last season. The change from Roy Hibbert to Timofey Mozgov isn’t a drastic one to greatly improve those numbers.
2 - Eric Gordon – SG – Houston (FanDuel Price: $5,300)
Gordon has been solid in Houston’s starting lineup so far. He’ll face the same Dallas team he saw on Friday, racking up 30 fantasy points in that tilt. This is expected to be another high-scoring game environment perfect for fantasy purposes. Expecting a repeat performance from Gordon isn’t out of the question.
3 - Harrison Barnes – SF – Dallas (FanDuel Price: $5,400)
We all expected Barnes to take on a much larger role in Dallas, but the results after two games are very surprising. He has been a scoring machine, posting 50 real life points and 68 fantasy points in two contests. As I just said, this Dallas-Houston matchup provides a fantasy-friendly atmosphere, and Barnes could blow this bargain salary out of the water.
4 - JaMychal Green – PF – Memphis (FanDuel Price: $5,000)
I like Enes Kanter at the same price, believing he bounces-back in a great matchup after getting into foul trouble last game. However, he’s more of a tournament pick, and I’d rather roll with JaMychal Green as a value PF in cash games. He’s assured 30+ minutes in the Memphis starting lineup, and the playing time could increase on the second half of a back-to-back. Zach Randolph and a banged-up Marc Gasol could be limited while playing two games in as many days, which could open the door for Green to take advantage of a favorable draw with Washington.
5 - Wesley Matthews – SG – Dallas (FanDuel Price: $5,000)
Matthews doesn’t have a ton of upside, but I believe he’s a safe value play this evening. The Dallas shooting guard sees a ton of minutes consistently, and he’s not afraid to shoot the ball. As you could probably tell, I’m looking to attack the high total of this Dallas-Houston matchup, and Matthews provides a decent salary relief play if you are looking in this range. Pairing Gordon and Matthews at SG would allow you to strike a Westbrook-Durant combination that presents some great tournament upside.
T.J. Warren – SF – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $5,000)
I’d rather go with Barnes at SF in this salary range, but Warren presents some upside as well. Granted, there’s some blowout risk and he’s facing Durant plus the Warriors who are efficient defensively. Consider him a tournament only play.
Matthew Dellavedova – PG – Milwaukee (FanDuel Price: $4,400)
Dellavedova has a wide range of outcomes, as you never really know what his role will be any game for the Bucks. However, he’s cheap and seeing quality minutes in a Bucks’ offense that likes to push the pace.
James Ennis – SF – Memphis (FanDuel Price: $4,100)
Ennis is a fallback option at small forward. He doesn’t have a ton of upside, but he’s a decent candidate to contribute 20-25 fantasy points as Memphis’ starter with Chandler Parsons still out.