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.
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 - Steven Adams – C – Oklahoma City (FanDuel Price: $5,000)
Adams has been toward the top of several FanDuel NBA Bargain columns through the first week, and here he is yet again. The salary is simply too cheap for the expected minutes and production. The usage rate and playing time has spiked from last season, and facing the Clippers (25th in defensive efficiency vs Centers last season) helps his cause.
2 - Tim Frazier – PG – New Orleans (FanDuel Price: $5,500)
Frazier is another player who has regularly outperformed his price tag, and the salary has yet to fully correct. The New Orleans point guard is averaging a consistent 37 fantasy points through four games, and it’s plausible to set his floor at 30 FP. While playing a back-to-back at Memphis isn’t exactly the best situation, Frazier is still a reliable value who should post a solid stat-line through volume and usage.
3 - T.J. Warren – SF – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $5,500)
Warren has been a beast for the fast-paced Suns. With the aging P.J. Tucker getting demoted to the bench, Phoenix seems content riding Warren, their small forward of the future. He hasn’t disappointed either, averaging 21 points and 6 rebounds through four games. We can expect more of the same in an up-tempo, high-scoring home draw with the Blazers.
4 - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – SG – Detroit (FanDuel Price: $4,500)
The shooting guard position is pretty shaky today. I like C.J. McCollum and Avery Bradley (if he’s playing), but their respective price points are somewhat prohibitive. It may be a decent strategy to look towards deeper value at shooting guard. Caldwell-Pope is an intriguing candidate in that regard. He sees 30-35 minutes nearly every night, translating to 35 and 28 fantasy points respectively over the past two games. A matchup against Brooklyn looks good on paper as well.
5 - Trevor Booker – PF – Brooklyn (FanDuel Price: $5,300)
Booker has churned out some strong performances as starter for the Nets. With Brooklyn taking a cautious approach with Brook Lopez, it appears they’ll rely heavily on Booker for frontcourt production. Blowouts have limited his playing time, but Booker has produced an efficient 119 fantasy points in only 101 minutes through four games this season (29 FPPG). The spread on tonight’s game is only four points, so Booker could see 30+ minutes to produce at his effective clip. I like this situation in tournaments.
6 - Enes Kanter – PF – Oklahoma City (FanDuel Price: $5,000)
Kanter has been a “hit or miss” value play through the first week of the season. I’m guessing he’ll see at least 25 minutes tonight, as the Thunder will likely need him to counter Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan up front. Of course, there’s some risk for foul trouble while going against Griffin, but Kanter also has a chance to dominate the Clippers’ second unit. Consider him a risk/reward fantasy option with upside for 30+ fantasy points but a floor of 15-17 FP.
7 - Dario Saric – PF – Philadelphia (FanDuel Price: $3,900)
Joel Embiid is resting tonight, and newly acquired forward Ersan Ilaysova is unlikely to play. That means Saric should see around the same minutes as last night, where he produced 25 fantasy points in 31 minutes vs Orlando. Saric has a decent inside/outside game, and he has a chance to snag some more boards with rebound-hog Joel Embiid not playing.
8 - Gerald Henderson – SG – Philadelphia (FanDuel Price: $3,900)
Speaking of Philadelphia being thin in the frontcourt, that should have a trickle-down effect to Henderson and the guards. Henderson should see a plausible usage rate with 30+ minutes for Philadelphia. At a weak shooting guard position, he provides some value.
9 - Mason Plumlee – C – Portland (FanDuel Price: $4,900)
Plumlee is a tournament pivot away from the popular likes of Steven Adams. While he was disappointing in last night’s blowout, I’m expecting Plumlee to see 30+ minutes in this high-scoring game. That should leave him with plenty of opportunities to surpass his value threshold.
10 - Nikola Mirotic – PF – Chicago (FanDuel Price: $4,900)
Mirotic is strictly a tournament option, as the power forward position is chock-full of legitimate options tonight. This Bulls-Celtics matchup is set to be within the top three of high-scoring games, and Mirotic could certainly get in on the action. He’s not afraid to shoot, and most of his upside comes from a high usage rate while playing with the second unit.