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 one way to stay on top of everything.
With that, let’s go ahead and dive into the bargain bin!
FANDUEL & DRAFTKINGS BARGAINS
PJ Tucker – PF – Houston (FD: $4900 / DK: $4700)
As I mentioned in today’s NBA GPP Pivots article, Houston will be thin in the frontcourt tonight. Clint Capela will continue to miss time, and Danuel House (averaged 29 minutes in past 12 games) has been sent back to the G-League. PJ Tucker should see a ton of minutes in the wake of that news, and he was already averaging 35 minutes and 27 FP over his most recent five games. Both of those numbers could be on the rise against a Brooklyn team that ranks 24th in defensive efficiency vs frontcourt players.
Maxi Kleber – PF – Dallas (FD: $4600 / DK: $4600)
Kleber’s role has grown lately while averaging 30 minutes and 25 fantasy points over his past three. We can safely consider that as his baseline, while there’s certainly room for further upside. It helps that he’s facing a San Antonio team that ranks 28th in defensive efficiency against opposing power forwards. Kleber’s salary is still too low on both FanDuel and DraftKings when considering his recently heightened role for the Mavericks. Tonight makes for a great time to take advantage.
Alec Burks – SG – Cleveland (FD: $5500 / DK: $5200)
Burks may seem like more of a tournament option, but I don’t mind looking towards him in cash games if you need a guard in this salary range. The matchup doesn’t look good with blowout risk in Portland. However, Burks’ playing time hasn’t exactly been curbed in recent runaway losses – still averaging 29 minutes in three of the most recent blowouts. Burks is averaging 33 FPPG over his past four, and it’s not a coincidence that Larry Nance Jr has missed all of those games. Burks’ salary has yet to fully adjust for that recent uptick.
Harrison Barnes – SF – Dallas (FD: $5900 / DK: $5700)
Barnes isn’t a must play by any stretch of the imagination. However, he makes for a decent mid-range filler in a fine matchup against San Antonio. Barnes has been seeing a full complement of minutes while scoring 22+ real points in two straight games. However, his overall fantasy production leaves some room for improvement while averaging just 26 FPPG over his past four. That’s also why he’s relatively cheap on both sites. Barnes will keep seeing enough volume to score points, and the peripheral stats should normalize back to their usual rates moving forward. He posted 30 fantasy points in an earlier meeting with the Spurs this season, and that should be considered his baseline tonight.
Evan Fournier – SG – Orlando (FD: $5600 / DK: $5100)
Most of Fournier’s fantasy production is tied to putting the ball in the basket, but he also sees enough minutes (36+ in past three) to inevitably find some peripheral stats. While he’s not the most exciting DFS option, I believe Fournier will be serviceable as a bargain commodity through all formats. It helps that he’s facing a Detroit team that ranks 24th in defensive efficiency against opposing backcourts.
As if we didn’t have enough value power forwards to consider, you can add three more players to the growing bargain list:
Morris has a better salary on FanDuel while Favors is more attractive on DraftKings. Aminu has the strongest matchup of that group, but he’s a risk/reward asset with blowout potential in Portland tonight.
We have a substantial list of risk/reward bargains for large-field tournament purposes. They include the following players:
- Royce O’Neale – SF – Utah
- JaMychal Green – PF – Memphis
- Gerald Green – SF – Houston
- D.J. Augustin – PG – Orlando
You can get more details on those recommendations by reading today’s expanded NBA GPP Pivots column.