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.
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 - Clint Capela – C – Houston (FanDuel Price: $4,200)
Capela is simply too cheap as Houston’s starting big man, expected to tally at least 30 minutes (barring foul trouble). His playing time was difficult to predict last season, which left prospective DFS owners hesitant despite a solid FP/minute ratio. The Rockets are committed to getting him starter-like playing time with a thinner frontcourt rotation (and no Dwight Howard). He should feast against an up-tempo Lakers team that will give him plenty of volume.
2 - Serge Ibaka – PF – Orlando (FanDuel Price: $4,800)
The matchup isn’t great, but Ibaka is far too cheap in this spot. For comparison’s sake, he was $7000 on FanDuel during the preseason, and I considered that pretty fair. Speaking of the preseason, Ibaka proved himself as a force in the Magic frontcourt, looking to eat into Nikola Vucevic’s production. I love Ibaka in all formats, as he should easily surpass his artificially low value threshold.
3 - Rondae Hollis-Jefferson – SF – Brooklyn (FanDuel Price: $4,300)
The small forward position is one for value tonight. In order to fit superstars like Westbrook and Harden into your lineup, you’ll need to find some value in other spots. Hollis-Jefferson rectifies that problem. He doesn’t have a ton of upside, but his ability to rack up peripheral stats (particularly rebounds) gives him an excellent opportunity to meet value. He should see at least 30 minutes in a Nets’ starting lineup that needs his production.
4 - Devin Booker – SG – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $6,200)
Booker is slightly above the bargain threshold, but he’s still a fantastic “relative value” tonight. I’m expecting the Kings’ backcourt defense to be better with the addition of Arron Afflalo. However, Booker still holds capable fantasy upside due to elevated volume in an up-tempo, high-scoring tilt with Sacramento. I’m looking to him in all formats.
5 - Enes Kanter – PF – Oklahoma City (FanDuel Price: $5,100)
There’s a chance Kanter may see only 25 minutes tonight, but that should be more than enough to do some damage. With Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka out of the picture, Kanter will soak up more playing time and usage as a result. He could dominate an injury-plagued Philadelphia frontcourt, especially considering he’ll see time as the focal point of the second unit.
6 - Ty Lawson – PG – Sacramento (FanDuel Price: $5,100)
With Darren Collison suspended the first eight games of the season, Lawson is reportedly locked into 30-40 minutes as the starting point guard. The volume alone should help him surpass his value threshold. While and individual matchup against Eric Bledsoe doesn’t look great, Lawson should benefit from the up-tempo nature of this game.
7 - Aaron Gordon – SF – Orlando (FanDuel Price: $5,600)
Gordon and Hollis-Jefferson make for a very good small forward duo on FanDuel. They both carry a ton of value with great opportunities hit their respective projections. The draw (Miami) isn’t great for Gordon, but he’s an all-around contributor who is underpriced in this spot. The absence of Bismack Biyombo (suspended) could give him a couple more minutes in the Orlando frontcourt, maybe even seeing time at the PF spot.
8 - Jabari Parker – PF – Milwaukee (FanDuel Price: $6,100)
If you have the salary cap to upgrade Ibaka or Kanter to Parker, that isn’t a bad move. Parker has a more secure floor, especially considering a likely boost in usage with Khris Middleton out for a while. The Hornets frontcourt is missing pieces with Kaminsky out and Cody Zeller potentially limited. That could lead to fatigue and/or ineffective defense against Parker, who I believe is a beast waiting to emerge.
9 - Eric Gordon – SG – Houston (FanDuel Price: $5,200)
Gordon will reportedly start for Patrick Beverley (out three weeks) tonight. That means James Harden will likely take care of the ball-handling responsibilities while Eric Gordon plays the wing. There’s a chance he could see a ton of 3-point attempts against a bad Lakers defense, and this is an up-tempo matchup that could bring some fantasy production his way. If you can’t reach up to Devin Booker, Gordon is a decent fallback option.
10 - Will Barton – SG – Denver (FanDuel Price: $5,100)
The shooting guard position is surprisingly loaded with value. Barton may be underrated as a result. Gary Harris has been ruled out tonight, meaning Baton could start and see 30+ minutes. That gives him a nice fantasy scenario against an injury-plagued New Orleans backcourt that wasn’t good (defensively) to begin with.
Jae Crowder – SF – Boston (FanDuel Price: $5,500)
Jusuf Nurkic – C – Denver (FanDuel Price: $4,600)
Tim Frazier – PG – New Orleans (FanDuel Price: $5,000)