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!
Stephen Curry – G – Golden State (DRAFT Projection: 42.1)
Curry was listed in this spot on Wednesday, and he came through with a beautiful 64 fantasy point performance at Cleveland. This 42.1 FP projection is higher than Wednesday (40.1), but Curry remains underrated in the DRAFT rankings. That’s an adjustment you’ll likely want to make before entering a draft. Curry is averaging 46 FPPG on the season, and he has clearly hit his stride in three games following the extended absence. He’s facing a Milwaukee team that ranks below average in defensive efficiency vs opposing point guards this evening. The over/under is set at a whopping 239 total, and Curry should be a significant part of that.
Myles Turner – C – Indiana (DRAFT Projection: 31.0)
Victor Oladipo is still out, and now Domantas Sabonis is questionable for tonight’s game at Orlando. I believer Turner is a strong fantasy acquisition regardless of Sabonis status, but his ceiling would obviously rise if the other Indiana big man is taken out of the equation. Turner has looked good with 41+ fantasy points in three of his last four, and he should be on his way to extending that streak – assuming he can stay out of foul trouble.
FANDUEL & DRAFTKINGS BARGAINS
Mike Muscala – C – Philadelphia (FD: $4200 / DK: $3800)
Joel Embiid will be resting tonight, which gives Mike Muscala a sizable promotion with more playing time. Muscala was already an intriguing DFS streamer off the bench while averaging 27 minutes and 25 fantasy points over his past four games. A larger role with more minutes makes him a no-brainer for value on both FanDuel and DraftKings.
Bam Adebayo – PF – Miami (FD: $5500 / DK: $4200)
Hassan Whiteside is out tonight, which should put Bam Adebayo in an excellent spot to thrive. Adebayo has been notching some solid box scores even with Whiteside in the lineup, averaging 26 fantasy points and 20 minutes over his past ten games. That equates to a strong 1.31 FP/min rate that could come in handy with more secure playing time this evening. I’m pegging Adebayo for at least 25-30 minutes tonight, which puts his fantasy baseline around 32+ fantasy points. Things look even better considering the matchup against a Phoenix team that ranks 27th vs centers and 23rd in rebound rate.
Rudy Gay – SF – San Antonio (FD: $5800 / DK: $5900)
Gay’s minutes have been all over the place lately, but some of that deals with blowouts and managing back-to-back situations. The Spurs didn’t play yesterday, and they don’t have a game tomorrow. They are looking at a competitive matchup while playing up in pace vs the Lakers. That has me believing that Rudy Gay will see quality minutes (32-35) in this draw. He posted 45 fantasy points against the Lakers on Wednesday, and there’s a chance we’ll see an encore tonight.
Josh Jackson – PF – Phoenix (FD: $5500 / DK: $5500)
I’d like to have confirmation that T.J. Warren is out before rolling with Jackson. Warren hasn’t practiced yet, so a return seems unlikely. However, it would be nice to get some early confirmation on that front. Remember, Devin Booker is out indefinitely, and Josh Jackson has been seeing a ton of minutes and opportunities as of late. He’s fresh off a nice 31 fantasy point performance at Portland last night, and the Suns will need him to keep carrying the load if Warren remains out.
Jordan Clarkson – SG – Cleveland (FD: $5400 / DK: $5200)
Clarkson has been up-and-down from a fantasy point of view lately. A closer look reveals that Clarkson usually ends up with a solid performance when Cleveland is competitive. That is expected to be the case in a home draw vs Sacramento tonight, as the Kings are three point favorites with a lofty 221 over/under. Sacramento ranks 22nd in defensive efficiency vs opposing backcourt players, leaving an opening for Clarkson to rack up some numbers.
I already mentioned how Hassan Whiteside is out for Miami. It should be noted that Wayne Ellington is also out while Goran Dragic is probable to return from an eight-game absence. There’s a chance Kelly Olynyk (PF/C) could pick up the slack caused by Whiteside’s absence. He’s on my tournament radar for FanDuel, but the $4000 salary on DraftKings is worth a look through all formats … Staying with Miami, Dwyane Wade (SG) is a tournament option on both sites. He has shown some insane efficiency with upside of 32, 36, and 50 fantasy points in three of his past five games. Playing a Phoenix team that ranks 24th in defensive efficiency vs opposing backcourts could keep him going.
Reggie Jackson (PG) is an interesting value proposition on both FanDuel and DraftKings. He has shown some fantasy viability with 33+ FP in four of his past six games. The matchup vs Philadelphia looks mediocre on paper, but Jackson could see more opportunities with ruled out for several weeks.