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 11-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 – Bobby Portis – PF – Chicago (FanDuel Price: $4,900)
Nikola Mirotic has been downgraded to doubtful tonight, freeing Portis as an excellent DFS value option. Mirotic missed Monday’s game vs Houston, resulting in a season-high 33 minutes and 29 fantasy points from Portis. The Chicago power forward has showcased fantasy upside despite seeing somewhat limited minutes in a competitive frontcourt. His floor/ceiling combination vastly improves with a clear path to playing time tonight.
2 – Domantas Sabonis – PF – Indiana (FanDuel Price: $5,900)
Portis and Sabonis make for an easy one-two punch at power forward tonight. Myles Turner is doubtful for Indiana, opening Sabonis to a much larger role. If you recall, Sabonis profiled as a solid DFS play when Turner missed time at the beginning of the season. Domantas has shown fantasy viability despite coming off the bench lately, while 32+ minutes with more usage should help him build on that foundation.
3 – Shabazz Napier – PG – Portland (FanDuel Price: $4,200)
I’m having a difficult time understanding this one. Napier posted 32 fantasy points yesterday at Oklahoma City, yet his salary decreased by $500+. In fact, the Portland guard has been fantastic while filling in for Damian Lillard, averaging 35 FPPG in seven games with a starting role. That’s what really makes this bargain salary a headscratcher. Lillard is questionable again tonight, meaning Napier would become an easy value through all formats if he’s confirmed out.
4 – Bam Adebayo – C – Miami (FanDuel Price: $3,700)
Bam Adebayo was remarkable last night with 54 fantasy points in 32 minutes. I’ll let that sink in for a moment … Miami seems more comfortable putting Adebayo and Whiteside on the court together, which may become a trend moving forward. Having said that, Bam’s role is still somewhat uncertain, likely changing on a per-game basis. However, the upside is massive if he can see 25+ minutes yet again. After last night’s domination, you’d think he has earned those minutes. That would become more of a reality if James Johnson receives a suspension before tip-off (ejected yesterday for fighting).
5 – E’Twaun Moore – SF – New Orleans (FanDuel Price: $4,700)
Anthony Davis is considered doubtful tonight, and E’Twaun Moore sees a dramatic usage boost with AD off the floor. His minutes become stronger as well. Case in point: Davis missed four games in the month of December where Moore averaged 38 minutes and 30 fantasy points per contest. There’s some volatility in Moore’s scoring-dependent ways, but the usage boost should help him meet value around 25-27+ fantasy points this evening.
If E’Twaun Moore is too costly (or you aren’t sold on him), then you can sort through the other small forward bargains. Josh Richardson ($5600), Joe Harris ($4000), and Wesley Johnson ($3700) all check in as decent value fillers across different price points. Joe Harris should see more playing time and opportunities with DeMarre Carroll and Allen Crabbe out. Josh Richardson has been a solid producer for Miami lately, and he could benefit even more if James Johnson is suspended. Wesley Johnson is more of a GPP pick, but he’s near minimum salary while stepping into more minutes for the shorthanded Clippers.
Avery Bradley ($4900) and Wayne Ellington ($4300) emerge as intriguing bargains at shooting guard. I’d feel more confident in Ellington if Tyler Johnson (questionable) misses another game. On the other hand, Bradley seems drastically underpriced in this spot. Sure, he has posted a few duds since returning from injury, but he bounced-back nicely with 40 FP in 35 minutes at New Orleans on Monday. Remember, Detroit is still without Reggie Jackson, so they’ll need Bradley to hold things down in the backcourt. I’m thinking we’ll see his good side in a confident matchup at Brooklyn, who ranks fifth in pace and 25th vs opposing backcourts.