Welcome to the NBA DFS Bargains column, where we’ll take a close look at the best “per dollar” acquisitions for tonight’s daily fantasy slate.
Please note, these player picks were organized early in the day. For NBA contests, always check starting lineups and injury reports closer to game time. There’s typically a flurry of pertinent injury news in the hour prior to lineup lock, which could open up additional sources of value. Be sure to keep an eye on the NBA Headlines and Injuries desk.
We will focus on the 11-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Tyler Herro (SG - MIA) and Kelly Oubre (SF - PHX) were featured in today’s NBA DFS Plays article, and they highlight this bargain list. Both players make the most sense on FanDuel, where a mix of cheap salaries and lower opportunity cost promotes them through all formats. You can look towards Herro and/or Oubre on Yahoo and DraftKings as well, although the decision tree is expanded. Herro could start (or at least see significant minutes) with Dion Waiters out. He has shown the ability to contribute across the board this preseason, and Herro carries legitimate Rookie of the Year buzz … Meanwhile, Oubre finds himself in the highest over/under of the night (233.5) in this fast-paced tilt against the Kings. That should feed his playing style as a stat-sheet stuffer who thrives in the open court.
You could legitimately take Herro and Dwayne Bacon (SG - CHA) in the same lineup to save cap space for high-end plays like Karl-Anthony Towns, Kristaps Porzingis, Bradley Beal, and others. The Hornets are ripe with value opportunities while featuring a younger core of players sans Kemba Walker. That includes Bacon, who has a good chance to start in front of veteran Nicolas Batum. Regardless, Bacon should see plenty of opportunities to contribute in a 30+ minute role.
Jonathan Isaac (SF - ORL) came on strong last season, and there’s a good chance he takes a leap forward in 2019-20. Similar to the aforementioned recommendations, I like Isaac a little more on FanDuel, where the small forward position has fewer options to choose from. Isaac has the ability to contribute in every category, and we should see a well-rounded line against a bottom-ten Cleveland defense from 2018-19.
Zach Collins (PF - POR) is slated to start for Portland (Aminu no longer with the team), and he could earn a 28-32 minute role assuming he stays out of foul trouble. That immediately places him in the bargain conversation despite a subpar matchup (on paper) against Denver on Wednesday. Collins flashed some promise at times last season, and he should find more fantasy consistency with a larger workload.
Markieff Morris (PF - DET) has been dealing with a back injury, but he’s reportedly good to go on Wednesday. Morris will start for Detroit, and he could see a sizable role with Blake Griffin ruled out. Consider him a tournament option who is a borderline cash game filler on DraftKings.
As if we needed more value at the power forward position, P.J. Washington (PF - CHA) and Maxi Kleber (PF - DAL) are differentiators to keep on your tournament shortlist. Washington is somewhat of an unknown at this point, but he could see substantial minutes with the Hornets focused on developing young talent. I’d be more interested in him if news broke that he was starting on Wednesday … Kleber’s role for the Mavericks has more clarity around 25 or so minutes. We aren’t really sure how his numbers will look alongside Kristaps Porzingis, but Kleber is a strong bargain through all formats - especially with Dwight Powell ruled out.
Dewayne Dedmon (C - SAC) and Bobby Portis (C - NYK) are mid-range tournament picks at center. Dedmon will likely start in the highest over/under (233.5) of the night, which comes against a Phoenix team that ranked dead last in defensive efficiency to centers last season … Portis certainly has the skillset to make some fantasy noise, especially if his jumper is falling. Mitchell Robinson has been ruled out for the Knicks, so Portis should see expanded minutes (28-30+) to find his offensive rhythm. However, the matchup doesn’t look great (at San Antonio) and the Knicks’ rotation should be considered unpredictable at best, leaving Portis as a tournament only lift.
The Wizards need some help in the backcourt with Isaiah Thomas out. Bradley Beal will try to carry this team, but Ish Smith (PG - WAS) and Jordan McRae (SG - WAS) are tournament options alongside him. Smith doesn’t necessarily have a ton of upside, but the combination of 30-35 minutes and bargain price leaves him in DFS consideration. Meanwhile, McRae is a speculative tournament play that could provide scoring off the bench.