When looking at “bargains” on FanDuel, typically we’ll focus on players who are priced at $6,000 or lower.
We have a two-game playoff slate upon us, meaning I will be ranking the top five bargains by priority to your FanDuel NBA lineups.
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.
Bismack Biyombo – C – Toronto (FanDuel Price: $5,500)
With Jonas Valanciunas out for the rest of the series, Biyombo becomes an ideal value commodity. Valanciunas had been beating up Miami inside before succumbing to injury, and now it’s Biyombo’s turn. With JoVal out last game, Bismack played 31 minutes while producing 35 fantasy points. I’m expecting more of the same tonight, especially with the Heat missing their star big man Hassan Whiteside.
Joe Johnson – SF - Miami (FanDuel Price: $5,500)
As I just mentioned in the previous write-up, Hassan Whiteside will be out for the rest of the series. This essentially provides a boost to the rest of Miami’s starters, as they will be asked to play more minutes in a smaller lineup, soaking up more rebounds and shot attempts in the process. Johnson was already seeing high minute totals and respectable fantasy performances, and he came through with 32 FP in 41 minutes vs the Raptors in Game 4 on Monday. He could post a similar line, which makes him one of the most appealing targets at an otherwise uninspiring small forward pool.
Al-Farouq Aminu – PF – Portland (FanDuel Price: $6,300)
You should probably lock Draymond Green into your lineup. From there, the debate is between Al-Farouq Aminu and Luol Deng as the PF2 alongside him. They are both seeing around 40 minutes per contest, but Aminu has displayed a much better FP/minute efficiency in the higher scoring matchup. That’s the way I’m leaning tonight, given that Aminu has carved out a role to produce 36 and 40 fantasy points respectively in the past two games.
Justise Winslow – SF – Miami (FanDuel Price: $3,500)
With Hassan Whiteside out, Miami went to a smaller lineup that sometimes featured Winslow manning the center positon. It may seem unconventional, but it’s good for Winslow’s fantasy stock, especially considering the minimum price point. Winslow ended up with 16 fantasy points in 31 minutes last game. Other small forward options like Harrison Barnes, Andre Iguodala, Maurice Harkless, and DeMarre Carroll have been in that similar range, so we might as well take the savings (and increased playing time) with Winslow.
Cory Joseph – PG - Toronto (FanDuel Price: $3,600)
I’ll be trying my hardest to work in Damian Lillard and Stephen Curry in the same lineup. However, it appears that the shooting guard position is tempting us to “pay up”, and Draymond Green deserves attention as well. In the case that Lillard and Curry don’t both fit, we can pivot down to Cory Joseph for near-minimum salary. Jonas Valanciunas’ absence lead to Toronto playing smaller for majority of the game. Joseph saw a postseason high 37 minutes in Game 4. He only poured in 17 fantasy points, but the uptick in minutes ultimately helps his fantasy potential moving forward.