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 three-game main slate starting at 7:30 ET.
Shabazz Napier (PG - MIN) is one of the top bargains of tonight’s three-game slate. Jeff Teague, Andrew Wiggins, and Karl-Anthony Towns are all doubtful this evening, which creates a massive usage void for the Timberwolves. A similar scenario played out on Monday, as Wiggins/Towns were sidelined with Teague only playing 20 minutes. Napier stepped up 42 FP in 34 minutes, and starter-like playing time should propel him to DFS value despite the non-inspiring draw at Milwaukee.
Jarrett Culver (SF - MIN) is the next Minnesota player to benefit from the absence of their three key players. It was the Culver-Napier show on Monday, as the rookie from Texas Tech came through with 44 FP in 38 minutes. The Wolves have to lean on this duo once again, and Culver follows the same rationale as his teammate above. While the matchup is tough, the rookie should see enough minutes and opportunities to post respectable value for DFS purposes.
Carmelo Anthony (SF - POR) hasn’t been shooting the ball well recently, but he’s still seeing starter-minutes and plenty of attempts. In other words, it’s only a matter of time until he comes through with a monster game. That could happen tonight, as “Melo” might have extra motivation while returning to his former home of Madison Square Garden. His salary has dropped because of those shooting woes, and now seems like a good time to buy low.
Gorgui Dieng (C - MIN) is almost priced out of bargain territory after averaging 39 FPPG over his past five games. He has admirably held down the Minnesota frontcourt with Karl-Anthony Towns sidelined, and the Timberwolves need him to maintain that role tonight. Per the theme with these Minnesota value plays: the matchup isn’t great, but Dieng should return serviceable fantasy production due to sheer attrition.
JaVale McGee (C - LAL) is a cheaper tournament pivot away from Dieng, and he’s worth rolling the dice if you need extra salary relief to make your GPP lineup work. As we all know, McGee has a high range of outcomes while seeing usually 15-18 minutes per contest. JaVale could find a path to upside against a Phoenix team that ranks 20th in defensive efficiency to centers.
Robert Covington (PF - MIN) is another player who will need to step up with Teague, Wiggins, and Towns out. The veteran forward has been pretty good in that role, averaging 36 minutes and 35 FPPG over his past three. He should see another heavy workload with upside in steals, blocks, and three-pointers. Covington is a strong value choice through all formats, as he could realistically post a 15 point, 10 rebound line with numerous steals/blocks.
Eric Bledsoe (PG - MIL) is a tournament bargain who carries some risk with blowout potential against a depleted Minnesota team. However, Bledsoe has a cheap salary and an excellent matchup on paper while playing up in pace against a Wolves team that ranks 20th in defensive efficiency to point guards. Food for thought in GPPs.
Danny Green (SG - LAL) is probably a better choice on FanDuel than DraftKings or Yahoo. You are locked into playing two true shooting guards on FanDuel, and Green makes for a decent filler to round out the position. His recent fantasy production has been pretty spotty, but he should see 25+ minutes tonight against a Phoenix team that ranks 21st in defensive efficiency to shooting guards.