Welcome to the NBA DFS Bargains column, where we’ll sort through value plays 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 a great way to stay on top of everything.
With that, let’s go ahead and dive into the bargain bin!
FANDUEL & DRAFTKINGS BARGAINS
Royce O’Neale – SF – Utah (FD: $3500 / DK: $3300)
Ricky Rubio and Raul Neto are both doubtful tonight, which should result in more minutes for O’Neale. Donovan Mitchell will likely slide over to point guard, and O’Neale will take his spot on the wing. The last time Rubio and Neto were out (Feb 22 at Denver), O’Neale ended up logging 39 minutes. Granted, he only notched 16 fantasy points in that game, but seeing a full workload at minimum DFS salaries is nothing to scoff at. I believe the potential reward outweighs the risk of an inefficient performance here.
Serge Ibaka – PF – Toronto (FD: $5500 / DK: $5400)
We’ll need to pay attention to who is starting for Toronto tonight. The Raptors have been playing matchups when deciding to give Ibaka or Marc Gasol more time with the starting unit. Ibaka was the clear winner last game while tallying 44 fantasy points through 30 minutes against Houston. I’m thinking he’ll get the starting nod tonight against a fast-paced New Orleans team that requires more athleticism than size in the frontcourt. If that’s the case, Ibaka makes for a strong all-around bargain yet again.
Frank Kaminsky – PF – Charlotte (FD: $4400 / DK: $3900)
Kaminsky continues to make the most of his return to the rotation while averaging 24 minutes and 24 fantasy points over his past three games. The price has marginally risen as a result, but he’s still a confident bargain to offer salary relief through all formats. A beautiful matchup vs Washington helps outweigh the rising cost, as the Wizards currently rank dead last in defensive efficiency to power forwards.
Evan Fournier – SG – Orlando (FD: $5800 / DK: $5700)
Fournier is a reasonable mid-range play who becomes even more confident if fellow shooting guard Terrence Ross misses his second straight game. That would result in Fournier holding a more secure fantasy floor around 30 FP. The matchup isn’t too bad either, looking at a competitive home draw against a Dallas team that ranks 20th in defensive efficiency to shooting guards.
UPDATE: Terrence Ross is no longer listed on the injury report. Fournier still holds some DFS value, but he’s less of a primary option in the wake of this news.
Delon Wright (SG – MEM) had a monster 44 fantasy point showing on Sunday with Mike Conley out. He decided to keep it going despite Conley’s return with 37 fantasy points through 26 minutes on Tuesday. I’m not banking on that level of efficiency, but there’s also the feeling that Wright is turning a corner. Tonight’s matchup is tough against Utah, so he’s more of a risk/reward tournament play than anything.
Jrue Holiday is out for New Orleans, which means Frank Jackson (PG – NO) should see more minutes in the backcourt. He has been reasonably efficient with 22+ fantasy points in three recent games where he saw more than 26 minutes. He could realistically see upward of 30+ minutes tonight, helping his floor/ceiling combination.
The following bargains were labeled as risk/reward picks in today’s NBA GPP Pivots article:
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