Welcome to the NBA DFS Bargains column, where we’ll sort through underrated players on DRAFT while also mining for value in salary cap formats like FanDuel and DraftKings. Please take note that this article was created earlier in the day, so pertinent injury information and breaking news could add or subtract bargain situations. Paying attention to our NBA News & Headlines feed is one way to stay on top of everything.
With that, let’s go ahead and dive into the bargain bin!
Jimmy Butler – F - Minnesota (DRAFT Projection: 36.1)
Despite the rumors and trade speculation, Jimmy Butler is still a viable fantasy asset. If anything, he’s playing with a chip on his shoulder while trying to prove his worth to potential suitors. That’s not a bad situation for fantasy purposes. Butler came out with a nice 50 FP performance in 32 minutes at San Antonio on Wednesday, and now he’s looking at a much better draw against the Lebron-less Cavaliers.
Cedi Osman – F – Cleveland (DRAFT Projection: 23.7)
Looking to the other side of this same matchup, Cedi Osman is trying to help fill the void left by LeBron James. He was pretty good in the season opener, going for 38 FP in 33 minutes despite a tough matchup at Toronto. It remains to be seen whether this is the new norm for Osman, or he just happened to have a one-off strong performance. The matchup is better this time around at Minnesota, leading me to believe that Cedi can definitely beat this 24 FP projection on DRAFT.
DraftKings & FanDuel Bargains
Trey Burke – PG – New York (DK: $5,700 / FD: $5,800)
Burke was one of our top value options on Wednesday. He responded with an efficient 23 FP in 20 minutes, but we would’ve liked to see him get more playing time in the starting role. It’s hard to say if this is truly Burke’s role or if the Knicks’ blowout contributed to less playing time. I’m thinking he’ll see more minutes in what should be a competitive, high-scoring draw at Brooklyn.
Trae Young – PG – Atlanta (DK: $6,100 / FD: $5,600)
Young was able to post 14 points with 6 boards and 5 assists in 33 minutes at New York on Wednesday. He had a solid overall fantasy performance despite a subpar shooting night: 5-14 FG, 1-5 3PT. He’ll continue to see plenty of volume as an offensive-minded player for a Hawks’ team that has a ton of usage up for grabs. Having said that, the battle with Trae will be his lack of peripheral stats (steals & blocks) vs turnovers. For that reason, he’s nothing more than a tournament play on this slate.
Jerami Grant – PF – Oklahoma City (DK: $4,100 / FD: $4,800)
Patrick Patterson started at PF for Oklahoma City on Tuesday, but Grant saw more minutes by a 19 to 29 respective margin. I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the case moving forward, as Grant is a better all-around player who should be seeing that kind of playing time. He’s underpriced on both sites while taking that into consideration, looking like a solid bargain buy with the ability to rack up stats in all categories.
Willie Cauley-Stein – C – Sacramento (DK: $6,300)
This is more of a DraftKings exclusive, as Cauley-Stein is still cheap over there. For comparison, he’s $7500 on FanDuel. Willie had a surprising monster performance vs Utah and Rudy Gobert on Wednesday, dominating for 46 total fantasy points. Logic dictates that he should be able to make some noise in plenty of minutes yet again as the Kings will need his size against Anthony Davis and New Orleans.
Jaren Jackson Jr. – PF – Memphis (DK: $4,600)
Jackson is $6100 on FanDuel and only $4600 on DraftKings, so you can see the bargain opportunity at hand. The rookie was a lone bright spot in Memphis’ blowout loss to Indiana on Wednesday, racking up 30 FP in 25 minutes. His ability to produce in the peripheral categories is a huge bonus for DFS formats, and he’s looking at a healthy matchup against a banged-up Atlanta frontcourt. On top of that, teammate Marc Gasol is questionable tonight. Jackson would be in line for some extra lifting if he’s out or limited, but I like him regardless for a cheap price on DraftKings.
We really don’t know what the Clippers’ big man rotation will look like moving forward. On Wednesday, Boban Marjanovic, Marcin Gortat, and Montrezl Harrell were all in the 16-18 minute range. Boban was the big winner with an efficient 26 FP return. He’s a cheap GPP play while hoping he earned a workload of nearly 20 minutes.
Similar to teammate Willie Cauley-Stein, PG De’Aaron Fox thrived in a tough matchup vs Utah while posting a remarkable 42 FP effort. Adding to that, he saw a whopping 37 minutes in that game. Fox’s salary has shot up overnight, but he’s still underpriced while leading the Sacramento backcourt. He’s looking at a fast-paced matchup at New Orleans tonight.
Cedi Osman was mentioned in the DRAFT section of this article, and he’s an intriguing GPP pick for salary cap formats as well. As stated early, it’s hard to say whether Osman will be an integral player for the Cavaliers this season, but the matchup looks good for him to thrive again.
Ersan Ilyasova saw 29 minutes for the Bucks last game, finishing with a solid 27 FP performance. There will probably be a ton of volatility in the Milwaukee frontcourt rotation this season, changing on a game-by-game basis. However, Ilyasova is still cheap on FD and DK if the Bucks decide to spread the floor with a smaller lineup again tonight. He’s a tournament bargain for that reason.