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 a great way to stay on top of everything.
With that, let’s go ahead and dive into the bargain bin!
FANDUEL & DRAFTKINGS BARGAINS
Mason Plumlee – C – Denver (FD: $5000 / DK: $4400)
Paul Millsap is questionable tonight. If he ends up missing this game, Plumlee will likely start in his place for the second straight time. Plumlee was able to translate that into a beautiful 37 fantasy point performance through 32 minutes on Monday at Detroit. Facing a Brooklyn team that ranks 21st in defensive efficiency to frontcourts and 26th in rebound rate could inspire more of the same. Keep an eye on Millsap’s status, and don’t be afraid to pounce on Plumlee if he’s out.
Davis Bertans – SF – San Antonio (FD: $4300 / DK: $4100)
LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMar DeRozan, and Derrick White are all out for San Antonio this evening. Bertans stepped up with White on the shelf last game, contributing 27 fantasy points through 33 minutes at Sacramento on Monday. Consider that his baseline with room for much more while Aldridge and DeRozan join White on the sidelines. Go ahead and target Bertans with confidence as one of the better all-around bargains on both sites.
Kenrich Williams – PF – New Orleans (FD: $3600 / DK: $3100)
Anthony Davis is out, Nikola Mirotic is doubtful, and Julius Randle is highly questionable. I would be very surprised if Randle ends up playing, especially with his name mentioned in trade rumors. That leaves the door open for Kenrich Williams to keep doing his thing. The New Orleans’ forward has been solid with a 32 FPPG average through 33 minutes per game over his past four games. I’m expecting him to keep that role in a comfortable draw against a Chicago team that ranks 21st in defensive efficiency to power forwards.
Jakob Poeltl – C – San Antonio (FD: $3500 / DK: $3200)
As mentioned earlier, San Antonio will be shorthanded tonight without Aldridge, White, and DeRozan. Aldridge’s absence could lead to respectable playing time for Poeltl in the frontcourt. I’m expecting somewhere in the neighborhood of 20-25 minutes. In contests where Poeltl has seen more than 18 minutes, he’s averaging 20 FPPG (8 games). He certainly has upside beyond that with Aldridge out, and Poeltl should be able to provide a nice return on investment when considering the near-minimum salary.
Darius Miller – SF – New Orleans (FD: $4800 / DK: $4800)
The Pelicans will still be without most of the regular starters, which means Miller will be called upon for another 36+ minute workload. He has been up-and-down in that role, but Miller has notched 30+ fantasy points in three of his past six. He’ll have a chance to get back within that range while facing a bad Chicago defense that ranks 22nd in team d-eff.
While I like Bertans and Poeltl the most, I’m not ruling out Patty Mills (PG – SA) or Marco Belinelli (SG – SA) as respectable bargain commodities while stepping up for the shorthanded Spurs. Rudy Gay (SF – SA) is a reasonable mid-range pick who could fall into more usage as well.
There are a few value picks I’m gravitating towards on DraftKings but not FanDuel (due to salary constraints). Marvin Bagley III (PF – SAC) has been playing out of his mind lately. The matchup looks good against Houston, and the price has yet to catch up fully on DraftKings at $5800 … Shabazz Napier (PG – BKN) will be asked to keep producing with Spencer Dinwiddie sidelined. He has handled that role very well with a 32 FPPG average over his past five games. Even though the matchup doesn’t look great (vs Denver), he’s a solid filler for only $5300 on DK.
The NBA GPP Pivots column details some tournament bargains such as:
- Iman Shumpert – SG – Sacramento
- Jae Crowder – SF – Utah
- Marvin Williams – PF – Charlotte
- Brook Lopez – C – Milwaukee
- Willie Cauley-Stein – C – Sacramento
You can get more details on those players by viewing the complete article here.