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
Terry Rozier – PG – Boston (FD: $4500 / DK: $4000)
Kyrie Irving is out with the flu tonight, meaning we can roll with “Scary Terry” in our DFS lineups. Rozier checks in with a short price in relation to that elevated role – promoting him to one of the best “per dollar” picks of the night. The matchup serves as proverbial icing on the cake, as Cleveland ranks dead last in defensive efficiency against opposing point guards.
Fred VanVleet – PG – Toronto (FD: $4600 / DK: $4600)
Kawhi Leonard will miss his fourth straight game, and VanVleet has stepped up with 31 FPPG while averaging 30 minutes in the previous three. He seemed more comfortable in that role last night, racking up 42 fantasy points with an encouraging 19-7-7 line. Playing alongside Kyle Lowry takes some pressure off VanVleet, giving him freedom to pick spots in the defense. He’s a solid bargain commodity while maintaining that heightened role for the shorthanded Raptors.
Jaylen Brown – SG – Boston (FD: $4300 / DK: $4300)
As mentioned earlier, Kyrie Irving will not play tonight. That sends a ripple-effect through the Boston lineup, and Jaylen Brown is in position to take advantage. Brown posted 38 and 34 fantasy points respectively in the past two games Kyrie has missed. I don’t believe that uptick is a coincidence. Similar to the rationale provided with teammate Terry Rozier, Brown should be able to take advantage of a Cleveland team that ranks 29th in defensive efficiency to opposing backcourts. Go ahead and look towards Jaylen through all DFS formats on both DraftKings and FanDuel.
Bobby Portis – PF – Chicago (FD: $5400 / DK: $5800)
Wendell Carter Jr. will remain sidelined for Chicago, meaning Bobby Portis should see more playing time in the frontcourt. He has responded with 24+ minutes and 31+ fantasy points in two of his past three games, and that should be considered his baseline tonight. There’s room for upside beyond that against an Atlanta team that ranks first in pace, 29th in defensive efficiency vs power forwards, and 24th in rebound rate. In other words, feel free to pursue Portis through all formats on this ten-game slate.
Jahlil Okafor – C – New Orleans (FD: $5500 / DK: $4600)
Anthony Davis will miss some time moving forward, and Okafor served as the primary beneficiary with 41 fantasy points through 35 minutes in his place at Memphis on Monday. I’m not expecting Okafor to log that many minutes on a nightly basis, but it’s nice to see that Coach Alvin Gentry trusts him. I’d feel better about Okafor’s DFS prospects if he was announced as a starter, but you can look to him through all formats either way. Remember that Andre Drummond is questionable on the other side of this matchup. If Drummond ends up playing, the Pelicans may need Okafor in an effort to counter the Detroit big man. Keep an eye on that situation as we move closer to tip-off.
There are a few more potential bargains to consider if injury situations break in their favor. Here’s the list:
- Zaza Pachulia – C – Detroit (if A.Drummond out)
- TJ McConnell – PG – Philadelphia (if B.Simmons out)
- Jonathan Isaac – SF – Orlando (if A.Gordon out)
- Corey Brewer – SF – Philadelphia (if J.Butler out)
Zaza Pachulia becomes a reasonable bargain through all formats if Andre Drummond is forced to miss another game … TJ McConnell could see more playing time – depending on how the Ben Simmons and Jimmy Butler injury situations turn out. His minutes are closer tied to Simmons in this situation … Jonathan Isaac posted a solid outing (32 FP in 31 minutes) with Aaron Gordon out last game. If Gordon remains sidelined, Isaac will look to keep the momentum in a promising draw at Brooklyn … Corey Brewer started with Jimmy Butler out last game, posting 25 fantasy points in 32 minutes. He would make for a fine value streamer if called upon for another start.
Eric Gordon (SG – Houston), Marcus Morris (PF – Boston), and Gordon Hayward (SF – BOS) fall into the honorable mention category for bargains on tonight’s deep slate. Morris and Hayward have the ability to pick up some usage slack with Irving and Horford out tonight. I believe Brown and Rozier are better all-around values, but I’m not writing off these two Celtics … Gordon has been up-and-down while battling through an injury. If he’s healthy tonight, he’ll be asked to serve as Houston’s second scoring option with plenty of opportunities to post fantasy upside. He’s a risk/reward value, but the matchup looks great at New York.
We have a substantial list of risk/reward bargains for large-field tournament purposes. They include the following players:
You can get more details on those recommendations by reading today’s expanded NBA GPP Pivots column.