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!
Deandre Ayton – F – Phoenix (DRAFT Projection: 36.0)
The rookies seemingly continue to be underrated on DRAFT. Ayton has notched 45 FP in two of his first three games, and that’s where his projection should lie. The only blunder came in a blowout loss at Denver, but Ayton has been straight fire otherwise. A fast-paced matchup against the Lakers should keep the flame alive.
Luka Doncic – G - Dallas (DRAFT Projection: 30.1)
Doncic will continue to carry the Mavericks with Dirk Nowitzki and Harrison Barnes out. He’s stepping into one of the highest over/unders of the night (236) at Atlanta. There should be plenty of room for Luka to maintain his impressive start to the season, and I’m moving his projection closer to the 40 FP range.
DraftKings & FanDuel Bargains
T.J. McConnell – PG – Philadelphia (FD: $3,900)
McConnell is a better play on FanDuel than DraftKings due to a better price and less opportunity cost. Of course, his fantasy viability is directly tied to the status of Ben Simmons (currently questionable). If Simmons is out, McConnell should see more minutes (28 or so) while running the point for Philadelphia. He did that with success while going for 25 FP in 32 minutes off the bench in yesterday’s overtime loss.
Garrett Temple – SG – Memphis (FD: $3,900 / DK: $4,000)
Garrett Temple is probable tonight, and that makes him an interesting DFS bargain on FanDuel and DraftKings. He is seeing heavy playing time for the Grizzlies, seeing 33 and 35 minutes respectively over the past two. As long as he’s seeing that much floor time, he should be able to piece together a reasonable return on investment. He went off for 30 points (43 FP) last Friday vs Atlanta, so it’s nice to know he has some upside while heading into a promising matchup at Sacramento.
Wendell Carter – PF – Chicago (FD: $5,200 / DK: $4,000)
Carter seems to be picking up steam within the banged-up Chicago frontcourt. He saw 31 minutes last game at Dallas compared to only 9 off the bench for Robin Lopez. That could be the theme moving forward as well. His first three games were pretty difficult matchups against Embiid, Drummond, and Jordan, but he was able to find some success in the latter. Tonight’s matchup vs Charlotte is easily the best matchup of this young season for Carter. There’s a good chance he’ll take advantage.
Marvin Bagley – PF – Sacramento (FD: $5,000 / DK: $4,800)
It seems that Bagley’s role may change on a game-to-game basis. Having said that, he has some amazing upside compared to these mid-range salaries. Bagley has seen 30+ minutes in two of four games this season. In those outings, he posted 44 and 46 FP respectively. The other two games combined for 35 minutes and 32 fantasy points. Having said that, he’s still very underpriced, and the coaching staff is gaining trust in him very quickly.
Jaren Jackson Jr. – PF – Memphis (DK: $5,400)
Jackson checks in with a reasonable discount to consider in one of your utility spots on DraftKings. He’s another rookie who is still underpriced despite averaging 32 FPPG in his first three games. His minutes could be more stabilized with JaMychal Green out and Marc Gasol already banged up. Jackson struggled in a tough matchup at Utah on Monday, but this is a nice bounce-back spot at Sacramento. You can look to him through all formats on DK, and he’s a secondary play on FD as well.
Keep an eye on the status of Iman Shumpert. He’s questionable tonight, and Frank Mason could take over for 25+ minutes if he’s ruled out. Mason hasn’t gotten much playing time this season, but he has posted an efficient 64 FP in 52 minutes overall. That could lead to a positive fantasy return if the minutes flow his way.
Alex Len is a bargain tournament play. He finally made good on his expanded opportunity within the beat-up Atlanta frontcourt by registering 46 FP in 32 minutes at Cleveland on Sunday. In typical fashion, Len has been extremely volatile with fantasy outputs of 15 FP apiece in his two other games. He’s a boom-or-bust GPP value.