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!
Luka Doncic – G - Dallas (DRAFT Projection: 35.0)
I believe that Doncic’s projection should be pushed well over 40 fantasy points, maybe somewhere closer to the 42-43 FP range. Tonight’s matchup is outstanding for fantasy potential, playing up in pace against a New Orleans team that ranks sixth in possessions per game and 23rd in defensive efficiency vs. opposing backcourts. Luka has been rolling with 44+ fantasy points in four of his past five games, and tonight’s welcoming draw sets him up for continued success.
Lauri Markkanen – F - Chicago (DRAFT Projection: 32.8)
Bobby Portis and Zach LaVine will continue to miss time for the Bulls, meaning Lauri Markkanen should keep seeing extended minutes and usage. He has produced 40+ fantasy points in four of his past five games, and I’d be surprised if he didn’t find himself near that total in a high-scoring tilt vs. Minnesota – who ranks 20th in defensive efficiency against opposing power forwards.
FANDUEL & DRAFTKINGS BARGAINS
Lou Williams – SG – LA Clippers (FD: $5400 / DK: $6600)
Williams is a much better bargain selection on FanDuel than DraftKings, as he’s $1200 cheaper on FD. The economical FanDuel salary comes despite Lou hitting 39 fantasy points in two of his past three games since returning from a four-game absence. Tonight’s game environment vs. Sacramento looks fantastic for fantasy potential. We have a 238 over/under between two teams that rank in the top ten for pace. The Kings rank 28th in defensive efficiency against opposing backcourts, opening the door for Williams to keep doing his thing.
Jordan Clarkson – SG – Cleveland (FD: $5400 / DK: $5700)
The matchup at Memphis doesn’t look great, but Clarkson has some other things working in his favor tonight. For starters, the Cleveland backcourt rotation will be thin with Rodney Hood and David Nwaba doubtful. Clarkson was already seeing 30-35 minutes per contest, and now he’s a safe bet to find himself in the higher end of that range. Also, the Cleveland guard has been a strong fantasy asset with 28+ fantasy points in five of his past six games. There’s a great chance he’ll see extra opportunities and playing time to keep that going tonight.
Harrison Barnes – SF – Dallas (FD: $6000 / DK: $6000)
This recommendation is probably better on FanDuel with less opportunity cost at the small forward position. As mentioned earlier with Doncic, the Mavericks are in a good spot while playing up in pace against the Pelicans. A heightened 228 over/under tells the same story. New Orleans ranks dead last in defensive efficiency vs. opposing small forwards, so there’s a good chance Barnes will get in on the action. The Dallas forward has been trending upward as of late, and this is a great matchup to keep that theme.
Rodions Kurucs – PF – Brooklyn (FD: $4000 / DK: $4600)
Allen Crabbe will continue to miss time for the Nets, meaning Kurucs should stay in the starting rotation. He has looked good in that role, turning it on over the past two games with a 33 minute 33 fantasy point average. Kurucs is still cheap on both sites, and I’m confident that he can keep producing against a Charlotte team that ranks 21st in defensive efficiency vs. power forwards.
Alex Len – C – Atlanta (FD: $4200 / DK: $4100)
This recommendation depends on an injury. John Collins is questionable for Atlanta tonight. If he’s out, Alex Len could see a larger role with more minutes. That was the case on Sunday, as Len broke loose for 45 fantasy points in 34 minutes at Detroit. Tonight’s matchup against Indiana doesn’t look great on paper, but Len is the type of player who could flirt with upside if the minutes correspond. Keep an eye on Collins’ status.
Thaddeus Young – PF – Indiana
Nemanja Bjelica – SF – Sacramento
Thomas Bryant – C – Washington
Tyler Johnson – PG – Miami