Saturday’s NBA action provides us with a nice 10-game slate. The following article will dissect the schedule to find some top-tier targets and potential value plays. These plays are specific to FanDuel.
Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers, $10,000 – Paul is basically in play each and every time that he takes the court. Paul provides such a high floor (right around 35) on a nightly basis, so he should always be strongly considered. The Clippers will be playing up in pace on Saturday against the Phoenix Suns, who are currently playing as the fourth-fastest team in the NBA. Additionally, this game has the highest over/under on the evening at 210.5, according to the Vegas odds, meaning targeting players in this game is a wise decision.
Darren Collison, Sacramento Kings, $6,500 – As it currently stands, the point guard position does not offer much value on Saturday. Collison is guy that appears to be a tad bit underpriced on FanDuel. His current averages put him right at his value threshold on his $6,500 price tag. The Kings will be facing off with a Spurs team that will be playing in their second game in as many days, meaning there is a chance Gregg Popovich will elect to rest some starters. Regardless, I think the much-improved Kings will hang with this Spurs team at home. The Kings are currently playing at a top ten pace in the NBA – with that said, I like Collison to achieve value in this game.
Wesley Matthews, Portland Trail Blazers, $6,400 – Matthews is one of my favorite plays across the board on Saturday night. The Blazers will be without two important parts of their offense on Saturday night, with LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum both out. The Blazers already play with a very thin bench, which means Matthews will be relied on heavily to fill some of the lost production. Assuming the game stays close, Matthews will be pushing 40 minutes of playing time, while jacking up around 20 shot attempts. The increased workload makes Matthews a great play.
Thabo Sefolosha, Atlanta Hawks, $3,600 – Sefolosha is still hovering right around the minimum price after logging over 30 minutes of action in back-to-back games. This increased playing time is a result of an injury to DeMarre Carroll. Assuming Carroll is sidelined once again Saturday night, Sefolosha makes for a great punt/value play at the shooting guard position. Sefolosha is a recommended play simply based on his price and expected playing time.
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, $10,700 – After a slow start to the season, LeBron is back to playing like LeBron. He has specifically been on a tear in the Cavaliers’ last four games, averaging over 50 fantasy points per contest. LeBron is a matchup proof player; therefore his opponent usually does not play a factor in his expected fantasy output. The only player on the Hawks that could possibly slow down LeBron is DeMarre Carroll, who is most likely out with an injury. LeBron will be well worth his hefty $10,700 price tag on Saturday night.
Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves, $5,200 – Wiggins was on his way to a very solid performance on Friday night if it wasn’t for the absolute beatdown the Pelicans put on the Timberwolves. Minnesota was down by over 30 points at halftime, so Wiggins only ended up logging 23 minutes. Wiggins was able to produce 24.5 fantasy points in that short period of time. In the past few games, we’ve been able to see Wiggins began to take over on the offensive end of the court. If the Timberwolves are able to hang around a little bit longer in their matchup with the Mavericks on Saturday night, Wiggins will surpass value.
Pau Gasol, Chicago Bulls, $8,800 – Gasol is fitting in perfectly with new team. The Bulls run the perfect type of offense for Gasol’s game and he’s been of fire in his last two games (49.2 and 50 fantasy points). Derrick Rose is questionable for Saturday’s game with the Pacers - if he is unable to go, that will just solidify Gasol as a solid play. In Rose’s absence you can expect a much higher usage rate for Gasol, who has a very high floor. The big man is averaging 39 fantasy points and has yet to go under 32 fantasy points in any game this season.
Channing Frye, Orlando Magic, $5,000 – Power forward is another position that does not offer much in terms of value plays. Frye makes for decent option at $5,000. The risk with Frye is the fact that his game is very dependent on knocking down the three. However, his minutes have been very consistent as of late (over 30 in the last four games). Due to the secure playing time, Frye has a very low chance of completely burning you.
DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers, $7,100 – Jordan is back to playing the very heavy minutes that we became accustomed to last season (over 36 in the last four games). Jordan is a high-energy player; nearly all his fantasy points derive from his aggression and effort on the basketball court. Jordan is very capable of racking us some gaudy numbers in the rebounds, blocks, and steals categories. His modest $7,100 price tag on FanDuel has me looking his way on Saturday.