When looking at bargains on FanDuel, typically we’ll focus on players who are priced at $6,000 or lower. I’ll be ranking these picks by priority to your lineups for tonight’s five game slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Just a quick note that these player picks were organized early in the day. For the NBA, there is usually a plethora of news trickling out through the afternoon, which could open up some more value plays. Be sure to keep posted with the NBA Headlines & Injuries section, as the wonderful contributors over there will break down the DFS consequences of every piece of news.
Now onto the bargain plays.
1 - TJ Warren – SF – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $6,300)
I’m taking liberty with the $6000 bargain threshold today, outlining some relative values slightly exceeding that salary level. TJ Warren is the first of that type, emerging as a staple in you FanDuel lineups this evening. His salary is artificially low due to leaving early one game (10 minutes at NYK on 11/3) followed by a subpar effort in a blowout at San Antonio. Other than that, Warren has amassed 36 fantasy points in four of his past five, including 62 FP last Wednesday (at WAS) and 48 FP on Monday (vs BKN). The matchup doesn’t look great vs Miami, but Warren should be able to provide a nice return on investment considering his current role/upside within this fast-paced Phoenix team.
2 - Kyle Kuzma – PF – LA Lakers (FanDuel Price: $6,300)
Kuzma is another relative bargain who marginally tops the $6000 limit. Having said that, it would be an injustice if I didn’t include him in this article. Kuzma has stepped into more usage and minutes with Larry Nance Jr sidelined with injury. The rookie is averaging 38 minutes and 34 FPPG in two games while enjoying that new role. His salary has yet to fully adjust for the new helping of minutes, and I’ll keep playing him until it does.
3 - Aron Baynes – C – Boston (FanDuel Price: $3,500)
We aren’t exactly sure how Boston’s rotation will look with Al Horford out. However, it stands to reason that Aron Baynes will benefit with more playing time. Baynes has been a solid contributor in limited burn this season, averaging .87 FP/MIN. If we extrapolate that to 25 minutes, a 21-22 FP projection seems entirely possible. That would represent a nice return on this near-minimum salary … Marcus Morris ($4100) will see more usage in the Boston frontcourt as well. He’s still cheap with potential to make good on his 25 (or so) minute allotment.
4 - Mike James – PG – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $5,300)
I’m not really excited about Mike James, especially considering a subpar matchup vs Miami. With that being said, James is still too cheap on FanDuel while taking into account his role as starting point guard for the fast-paced Suns. At this salary, you are satisfied if James hits 25-27 fantasy points. His current average stands at 25.71 FPPG in eight games with Bledsoe out of the mix.
5 - Evan Fournier – SF – Orlando (FanDuel Price: $6,100)
I’m liking the mid-range duo of Warren and Fournier at small forward. Sure, Kevin Durant demands plenty of attention as the top projected scorer of this position, but the upside in this value combination is undeniable. Fournier suffered from a poor shooting night in his last appearance on Sunday. However, his salary may have fallen a bit too far. Fournier is averaging 33.2 FPPG on the year, yet his value threshold (5x salary) hovers around 30-31 fantasy points. That means Fournier needs just an average game to hit value. A competitive tilt with the Knicks (20th vs SFs) should help provide that.
The shooting guard position offers plenty of value on this slate. I’m looking towards Avery Bradley ($6300) and Tim Hardaway Jr ($6000) as cash game commodities. Digging deeper, Jordan Clarkson ($4100) and Terrence Ross ($4300) represent risk/reward tournament plays that will allow you to stack the big names into your lineup.
I already outlined two small forwards, but Jaylen Brown ($5500) enters the mix if Fournier or Warren are too expensive. Brown could see added usage/responsibility with Al Horford out, and he was already considered to be a solid cash game commodity with 29+ FP in three of the past four.
Tyler Johnson ($4300) is one of my favorite bargain tournament options on this slate. The inconsistency is real, and most people will shy away for that reason alone. However, when Johnson gets going, he can realistically provide 7x return on his salary – as shown twice in the past four games.
At the time of writing this article, Kevin Durant has just been ruled out. Andre Iguodala ($4100) now enters the value conversation; however, Durant's usage and minutes will likely be spread between several players. While Iggy certainly mixes as a GPP bargain, I wouldn't necessarily force him into my cash lineups.
Tyson Chandler is listed as questionable. If he's out, Alex Len ($4700) would jump Aron Baynes in terms of "per dollar" value at the center position. Marquese Chriss ($3800) would be looking for more time/opportunity in Phoenix's frontcourt as well.