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!
Kyrie Irving – PG - Boston (DRAFT Projection: 36.4)
Kyrie has been looking good lately with 44+ fantasy points in five of his last six games. There’s reason to believe he’ll surpass that threshold again tonight while facing a Chicago team that ranks 26th in team defensive efficiency and 21st vs opposing point guards. The Bulls also rank below average in assists and steals allowed to opposing backcourts, which bodes well for Irving’s upside. I believe his 36.4 FP projection on DRAFT is too low, and I’m moving him above the 40 FP mark at the very least.
Nikola Mirotic – F – New Orleans (DRAFT Projection: 33.5)
Julius Randle – F – New Orleans (DRAFT Projection: 28.2)
Nikola Mirotic is questionable on Wednesday. If he plays, I believe he has an excellent chance at surpassing this projection against a bad Minnesota defense with a whopping 235 over/under. If Mirotic misses another game, Julius Randle stands to benefit once again, and his projection would skyrocket above the current 28.2 FP level. Randle has been a beast with 46 and 35 FP while averaging 36 minutes in the past two games without Mirotic. He becomes one of the better values on DRAFT if Mirotic is declared inactive.
FANDUEL & DRAFTKINGS BARGAINS
TJ Warren – SF – Phoenix (FD: $6400 / DK: $5800)
TJ Warren has earned himself heavy playing time with some solid performances as of late. Over the past three games, Warren is averaging 39 minutes and 42 fantasy points. His salary continues to lag behind the recent bump in playing time and subsequent production. Tonight’s matchup vs San Antonio doesn’t look great from a defensive efficiency standpoint, but go ahead and play Warren with confidence due to his ascending role for the Suns.
Derrick White – PG – San Antonio (FD: $5600 / DK: $4700)
Derrick White has taken over the starting point guard spot for San Antonio, a role that has him seeing somewhere around 28-30 minutes per contest. There will likely be some inconsistencies from a fantasy standpoint this season, as we observed over his past two games. However, White has proven himself capable of upside, and tonight’s matchup at Phoenix looks great. The Suns rank 29th in defensive efficiency vs opposing point guards, and White remains cheap on both FanDuel and DraftKings. Go ahead and play him with confidence on both sites through all formats.
JR Smith – SG – Cleveland (FD: $4400 / DK: $4000)
The Cavaliers are an injury mess at the moment with George Hill, Kevin Love, and Sam Dekker sidelined. On top of that, Cedi Osman and Kyle Korver are questionable tonight. All five of those mentioned players missed yesterday’s game vs Charlotte, where JR Smith stepped up for 29 fantasy points in 39 minutes. He would be forced into heavy playing time yet again if Osman and Korver remain inactive. Keep an eye on the injury report and be prepared to utilize him as a value filler if the news breaks his way.
Al-Farouq Aminu – PF – Portland (FD: $5300)
Aminu has been a volatile DFS asset this season, but I don’t mind streaming him in certain matchups. Facing a Lakers team that ranks second in pace and 23rd in team defensive efficiency is one of those matchups I had in mind. Portland will need Aminu to log respectable minutes in an effort to guard LeBron James, and there’s a chance the Blazers’ forward could fall into the high-scoring atmosphere. It helps that Aminu is great with peripheral stats, which led to 35 FP in 32 minutes the last time he faced LAL.
Brook Lopez – C – Milwaukee (FD: 5900 / DK: $5000)
Lopez is more of a tournament play than anything, as his recent barrage of three-pointers seems unsustainable. However, BroLo is earning more playing time while heating up, totaling 37 and 36 minutes while producing 43 and 42 fantasy points respectively over his last two games. He’s still moderately priced on both sites, and clearly finding a groove within this offense. He may be worth a look as a value filler or tournament differentiator.
If the Cavaliers remain shorthanded (checking on Osman & Korver), Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr deserve some attention – especially on FanDuel where there’s less opportunity cost without multi-position eligibility.
The Minnesota Timberwolves unsurprisingly find themselves in the highest-scoring game of the night, but finding confident DFS plays on that team is tricky. Andrew Wiggins and Jeff Teague are both questionable tonight. They are fine mid-range picks if playing. Josh Okogie and Derrick Rose gain appeal if they are both out.
Kevin Knox is getting the starting nod for New York tonight. He’s nothing more than a tournament pick even if the minutes trend upward in this starting role. Knox is a scoring-dependent fantasy producer that warrants risk/reward status.