When looking at “bargains” on FanDuel, typically we’ll focus on players who are priced at $6,000 or lower.
We have another three-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: $5,400)
Pope is probably one of the most reliable value picks within this slate. From a value perspective, you need him to churn out 27+ fantasy points to be considered worth the salary. Even though the matchup against Cleveland isn’t great, he should safely surpass that total through playing time and opportunity alone. He posted 28 FP in 38 minutes last game, and that’s a very reasonable baseline again tonight.
2 - Joe Johnson – SF – Miami (FanDuel Price: $4,900)
You could look to Al-Farouq Aminu as a cheap small forward, but Johnson is the priority in my opinion. His playing time is more stable (35 minutes), and the matchup is better against a Charlotte team that ranked in the bottom five against opposing small forwards in the regular season. Johnson doesn’t necessarily have a ton of upside, but he’s a safe bet to hit value, and you’ll open up cap space by selecting him. That’s essentially what we are looking for in these bargains for a short slate.
3 - Cody Zeller – C – Charlotte (FanDuel Price: $4,500)
Zeller is somewhat of a risky pick, as he’ll only see around 20 minutes (if even that) in a tough matchup against Miami. However, we aren’t selecting Zeller on his pure fantasy prospects, it’s more about the lineup we can stack around him. Sometimes it pays off to choose an otherwise sub-optimal bargain play if it allows you to see some extreme upside at other positions. It’s important to remember that for shorter slates. In this case, we would hope Zeller can post 17-20 fantasy points, and the guys we roster around him go off.
4 - Ed Davis – PF – Portland (FanDuel Price: $3,900)
Davis is more of a power forward filler than anything else. The strategy in selecting him is similar to the Cody Zeller write-up above. Davis admittedly has more upside against a Clippers frontcourt more interested in playing offense than defense. However, we have to also consider that the power forward position has more opportunity cost in high-upside, expensive picks.
5 - Gerald Henderson – SG – Portland (FanDuel Price: $3,700)
I’m not sure if Henderson’s productivity last game was a direct result of getting blowout minutes, or if he will actually be an impact player in this series. That’s the risk we have to take into account, making Hendo more of a “tournament only” consideration. He produced 27 FP in 30 minutes on Sunday, and he has an all-around playing style that bodes well for fantasy purposes if the playing time remains.