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 eight 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 - Ricky Rubio – PG – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $5,600)
Rubio has been a maddening fantasy commodity this season, but he has apparently turned a corner as of late. He’s seeing a ton of minutes and playing some quality basketball, leading to 31+ fantasy points in each of the past three games. He has an excellent matchup to keep the streak going, as Atlanta ranks 29th in defensive efficiency against opposing point guards.
2 - Montrezl Harrell – PF – Houston (FanDuel Price: $3,500)
The power forward position is somewhat underwhelming tonight. That, combined with the need for value options (in order to reach Westbrook, Harden, Giannis, etc) moves Harrell up the “bargain priority list”. Clint Capela will miss extended time, and Harrell posted 19 fantasy points in 22 minutes vs San Antonio in the first game without Capela. That’s all you really need from him at minimum salary, and a nice matchup at Phoenix should help his cause.
3 - Mason Plumlee – C – Portland (FanDuel Price: $6,100)
Plumlee is coming off a career game last night, and he has now hit 31+ fantasy points in four of the past five. That includes nice 46 and 55 FP gems as well. His floor/ceiling combination is very nice for a mid-range (relative) bargain. Taking on a Dallas team with frontcourt injuries and a dead last ranking in rebound rate looks good.
4 - Gorgui Dieng – PF – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $5,500)
I like Anthony Davis, but I won’t necessarily prioritize him over other expensive players like Westbrook, Harden, or Giannis. That means I’ll probably deploy a “value-value” strategy at the power forward position. I’ve already highlighted Harrell as a minimum-salary filler, and Dieng is a solid complement to save that much-needed cap space. Like the other Minnesota starters, he sees a ton of minutes routinely. The matchup is neutral, but this is an excellent game environment and an agreeable price for Dieng to meet value.
5 - Kent Bazemore – SF – Atlanta (FanDuel Price: $4,400)
I’d like Bazemore more if Dwight Howard (game-time decision) was out again, which would funnel more usage and rebounds his way. However, Bazemore is a fine value pick regardless. He was on a minutes-restriction coming back from injury, which has since been lifted. That has depressed his salary to an artificially low level, and savvy DFS players will see this as a prime “buy low” opportunity. In two recent games without the minute restriction, Bazemore has hit 29 and 31 fantasy points respectively. He could be within that range in an excellent, competitive game environment tonight.
Rajon Rondo – PG – Chicago (FanDuel Price: $6,000)
Rondo is similar to Rubio in terms of raw projection. I’m siding with Rubio as a higher priority, as he’s cheaper with a better matchup, but that doesn’t mean we should dismiss an underpriced Rondo completely.
Steven Adams – C – Oklahoma City (FanDuel Price: $5,600)
If you don’t have enough salary to make Mason Plumlee work, Adams is a fine pivot downward against a New Orleans team that ranks in the bottom five vs centers and in rebound rate.
Devin Booker – SG – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $5,900)
I’d try to spend the extra $600 to get Zach LaVine in this price range at shooting guard, but Booker is not a bad bargain commodity himself. He has been heating up as of late, and this is an elite game environment in a high over/under vs Houston.