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!
Hassan Whiteside – C – Miami (DRAFT Projection: 30.9)
This projection for Whiteside seems to be on the low side, as I believe he deserves to be closer to the 38 FP range. He easily has upside beyond that, proven with a monstrous 21 point, 23 rebound, and 55 fantasy point effort vs Brooklyn on Tuesday. Goran Dragic and Tyler Johnson will both continue to miss time for Miami, which could keep pushing usage to the big man. The matchup is great against a Chicago team that ranks 26th in defensive efficiency vs centers.
Trey Burke – G – New York (DRAFT Projection: 27.2)
Trey Burke has been on fire for the Knicks hitting 41 and 56 fantasy points in two of his past three games. The 29-6-11 performance at Boston was particularly impressive, especially considering he did it in only 31 minutes. Keep in mind that Burke lost his starting job earlier this season, and he actually didn’t play in a few games (DNP-CD) in a few games earlier this month. It seems that has lit a fire under Burke, and he is now producing with extreme efficiency off the bench. There’s a chance he’ll keep that going while playing a fast-paced New Orleans team that ranks 28th vs point guards.
FANDUEL & DRAFTKINGS BARGAINS
Trey Burke – PG – New York (FD: $4900 / DK: $4400)
I just mentioned Trey Burke as an underrated prospect on DRAFT. He’s a pretty good bargain on FanDuel and DraftKings as well. As you can see, his salary on both sites hasn’t caught up to the recent wave of production with heightened usage off the bench. Consider Burke a high-upside value commodity who blends nicely through all formats.
Noah Vonleh – PF – New York (FD: $4800 / DK: $4300)
Trey Burke isn’t the only Knick to impress as of late. Vonleh is coming off solid back-to-back games with 46 and 42 FP respectively vs Portland and Boston. He’s still cheap on both sites while playing up in pace vs New Orleans, firmly keeping him in the value conversation for FanDuel and DraftKings. He’s another New York lift to keep in mind through all formats.
Jerami Grant – PF – Oklahoma City (FD: $5400 / DK: $4400)
A glance at Grant’s game log may give the impression that he’s an inconsistent fantasy producer. However, an injury limited him Monday at Sacramento. Grant has otherwise produced 32+ fantasy points in two of his past three, bouncing-back from Monday’s injury to produce 38 FP in 34 minutes at Golden State on Wednesday. He’s has a good chance to keep things going vs Charlotte this evening.
Thaddeus Young – PF – Indiana (FD: $4900 / DK: $4000)
This is an injury-contingent play, as Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis are both questionable tonight. Keep in mind that Victor Oladipo will miss tonight’s game as well. If Turner and Sabonis are both out, Young would step into a more prominent role for a team that needs someone to soak up vacated usage. Keep an eye on the injury report as we move closer to tip-off.
Rodney McGruder – SG – Miami (FD: $4900 / DK: $4800)
McGruder isn’t anything special, but he has a high fantasy floor while seeing starter minutes for Miami. Goran Dragic and Tyler Johnson will continue to sit out, so McGruder will be seeing plenty of playing time yet again. The matchup looks good against a Chicago team that ranks 29th in team defensive efficiency. I’ll be looking towards McGruder as a value filler on FanDuel.
Rajon Rondo is out and Josh Hart is questionable for the Lakers. If Hart is out, that would secure more playing time for Lonzo Ball against a Utah defense that ranks 24th in defensive efficiency vs opposing point guards.
Jeremy Lamb is a mid-range value play who has been performing very well with 34+ fantasy points in three of his past four games. His efficiency seems unsustainable at the moment, but Lamb has been seeing more shots as opposing defenses key on the red-hot Kemba Walker.
Al Horford has been ruled out for Boston. That should result in 18-20+ minutes for Aron Baynes, who is priced near the minimum on FanDuel and DraftKings. He’s a realistic punt play considering the matchup potential against an Atlanta team that ranks 22nd vs centers, first in pace, and 24th in rebound rate.