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 ten game slate starting at 7:00 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 - Lou Williams – SG – LA Lakers (FanDuel Price: $6,100)
Williams’ price has increased barely out of the unofficial bargain category, but he’s still a nice relative value within this slate. With the Lakers’ starting rotation riddled with injuries, Williams has become the de-facto offensive engineer for this team. An up-tempo matchup at Houston, who ranks 23rd in defensive efficiency against shooting guards, bodes well for a continuation of his hotstreak. Lou has enjoyed a heavy usage rate as of late, hitting 46 and 55 FP respectively in the past two.
2 - Marcus Smart – PG – Boston (FanDuel Price: $4,700)
Isaiah Thomas is out tonight, and Marcus Smart will likely start in his place. The ball handling duties will likely trade between Smart, Bradley, and Rozier, but I’m expecting a nice boost in playing time and usage for Smart either way. Simply put, he’s underpriced considering a much heavier workload in tonight’s game.
3 - Tyler Johnson – PG – Miami (FanDuel Price: $5,200)
Tyler Johnson’s fantasy stock is trending up with so many injuries to the Miami backcourt. That’s the case once again, as Johnson will probably see another heavy 34-36 minute complement. He is averaging 28 FPPG over the past five, and I expect him within that range once again.
4 - Will Barton – SG – Denver (FanDuel Price: $6,000)
I like Lou Williams more for a similar salary, and James Harden is demanding your attention at the other SG spot. However, if you want to go “value-value” with Williams and Barton, that could be a savvy tournament strategy. Barton has been overachieving since returning from injury, averaging 35 minutes and 36 fantasy points over the past three. He should get there again, as the matchup at Brooklyn is great (Nets 24th vs SGs).
5 - Tobias Harris – PF – Detroit (FanDuel Price: $5,600)
Harris has been a staple to the bargain rankings as of late, as he’s still chronically underpriced. He has been over 31 fantasy points in five of the last six games, and it’s a safe expectation to hope for a similar performance tonight. He’s a good pick in all formats.
6 - Thabo Sefolosha – SF – Atlanta (FanDuel Price: $4,100)
Sefolosha has been promoted to the starting lineup, now seeing 32+ minutes per contest. He’s still priced like a bench player, so that in-and-of-itself makes him a fine value selection at an otherwise weak small forward position. Also, Kent Bazemore is out tonight, which strengthens the playing time and usage even more for Sefolosha.
7 - Dwight Powell – PF – Dallas (FanDuel Price: $3,900)
The Mavericks’ rotation has been a tough one to figure out. However, with both Dirk Nowitzki and Andrew Bogut out, Powell’s playing time becomes a little more predictable. I’m expecting anywhere from 25-28 minutes for Powell tonight, which should be enough for him to post a solid return against a Sacramento team that ranks 29th against opposing power forwards.
8 - John Henson – C – Milwaukee (FanDuel Price: $4,700)
There are several quality bargains at the center position, but Henson may be my favorite of the night. He is a FP/minute beast, with 31+ fantasy points in three of the past five. The matchup playing up in pace against a Portland team that ranks dead last against centers and 27th in rebound rate should bolster his upside.
9 - Trevor Booker – PF – Brooklyn (FanDuel Price: $5,900)
Booker is one of those “in-between” picks that may go unnoticed. He has a mid-range price tag that could slip through the cracks. Booker has been solid this season when he sees quality minutes, and the playing time has been more predictable as of late. Playing up in pace against Denver is a good landing spot for one of his patented 35+ FP outings.
10 - Salah Mejri – C – Dallas (FanDuel Price: $3,500)
As I mentioned, both Dirk Nowitzki and Andrew Bogut are out tonight. That means Mejri will need to play 25-30+ minutes. There’s some foul risk going against DeMarcus Cousins, but the minimum salary attached to Mejri negates some of that concern. Mejri isn’t a must play, but he should approach 20 fantasy points if he can stay on the floor.
Bismack Biyombo – C – Orlando (FanDuel Price: $4,300)
As I just mentioned, the center position is loaded with value, so Biyombo isn’t a must play. Still, he’s coming off an excellent game, seeing 30-34 minutes per contest, and looking at a generous matchup against a Boston team that ranks 29th in rebound rate.
Josh McRoberts – PF – Miami (FanDuel Price: $3,600)
I’d rather take Powell for $300 more, but McRoberts isn’t a bad fallback option to blend within multiple tournament lineups. He is averaging 29 minutes and 23 FP over the past two, and should be within that same role yet again.