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 10-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 – Carmelo Anthony – PF – Oklahoma City (FanDuel Price: $6,200)
It’s strange to see Carmelo Anthony in a bargain column, but that’s the reality of this situation. At this price, Carmelo only needs a minimum of 31 fantasy points to reach value (5x his salary). He’s averaging 33 FPPG this season, hitting that value threshold in five of his past six games. In other words, it only takes a mediocre game for Anthony to represent a solid return. He should get there while playing up in pace at Orlando.
2 – DeMarre Carroll – SF – Brooklyn (FanDuel Price: $5,800)
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Allen Crabbe have been ruled out, meaning Carroll should see more minutes (and responsibilities) at small forward and power forward. He has been a solid fantasy producer throughout the season, and a heightened role could inspire more upside. On top of that, his opponent (Dallas) ranks 29th in defensive efficiency vs the small forward position.
Joe Harris ($4000) also makes for an interesting bargain prospect for the shorthanded Nets. I’d rather pay up for Carroll in cash games, but Harris is looking at extended playing time (around 30+ minutes) to make some fantasy noise.
3 – Avery Bradley – SG – Detroit (FanDuel Price: $5,300)
Don’t be discouraged by the game log! Admittedly, Bradley’s recent production (or lack thereof) is somewhat concerning, but there’s a lot to like about him tonight: 1) His price has bottomed out at $5300 on FanDuel. 2) He’ll be playing up in pace against a Phoenix team that ranks 27th in defensive efficiency vs opposing backcourt members. 3) The playing time remains very high, so there’s no concern with minutes … If there were ever a bounce-back spot for Avery Bradley, this is it.
4 – Caris LeVert – SG – Brooklyn (FanDuel Price: $4,800)
LeVert will stand to benefit from more secure minutes (around 30ish) with the aforementioned injuries to Brooklyn’s frontcourt. Crabbe and Hollis-Jefferson have missed the past two games (RHJ played 9 minutes vs Memphis before leaving), in which LeVert stepped up with 27 and 28 FP in 29 minutes apiece. He should carry a similar role tonight, leading to a promising DFS situation.
Sean Kilpatrick ($3600) may see more minutes off Brooklyn’s bench as well. His role is less defined than the likes of LeVert, Carroll, or even Harris, but he’s a tournament prospect who could post a valuable return on the near-minimum salary.
5 – Michael Carter-Williams – PG – Charlotte (FanDuel Price: $5,200)
Kemba Walker has been ruled out tonight, meaning Michael Carter-Williams should start and see around 30 minutes. It’s difficult to evaluate his fantasy prospects, as Nic Batum, Jeremy Lamb, and others will look to fill Kemba’s void. However, the extended playing time alone makes MCW a decent value filler to consider for your lineups.
We have some injury news to monitor with Mario Chalmers and Jeff Teague. Chalmers is listed as questionable, and his absence would pave the way for Andrew Harrison ($3500) to see heavy minutes – as Mike Conley will remain sidelined as well … Jeff Teague has missed the past three games, and he’s listed as questionable again tonight. If he’s out, Tyus Jones ($5300) becomes an easy value lift, proving himself as a solid fantasy contributor over the past three games. If either of these injury situations give Harrison or Jones a boost, I would rank them ahead of Carter-Williams.
Looking at the power forward position, Taj Gibson ($5100) and Larry Nance Jr ($4900) are prospective value selections. Gibson has been a solid value cornerstone while seeing heavy playing time for Minnesota. However, there’s risk in foul trouble while facing Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins … As for Nance, he was excellent while returning to action with 34 FP in 29 minutes at LAC on Monday. The matchup is somewhat tricky vs Golden State, and you never really know about the minutes with this Lakers’ frontcourt. For those listed reasons, I’m considering Gibson and Nance more risk/reward tournament bargains than solid cash game recommendations.