All but two NBA teams are active on Wednesday, providing a vast array of options when building your FanDuel lineups. Whether you play in massive tournaments or smaller leagues, the Bargain Bin is here to help you find low-cost players with upside.
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$6,000 - $5,000
Terrence Jones makes the cut at $6,000 even, and he's in a perfect position to exceed that valuation. Dwight Howard is suspended for Houston's opener and Donatas Motiejunas (back) is still out, leaving T-Jones with all the playing time he can handle. Clint Capela ($4,400) will start at center and Montrezl Harrell ($3,500) should get some burn off the bench, but neither guy thrills me.
C.J. McCollum's preseason hype hasn't inflated his FanDuel cost too much, as he's still a steal at $5,200. His usage was consistently high this preseason and he's guaranteed big minutes, especially with Gerald Henderson (hip) on the shelf. There's no way I can pass him up at this price point, especially in what should be a fast-paced game vs. the Pelicans.
Marcus Morris improved his stock with an 18-point, 10-rebound, four-assist gem vs. the Hawks on Tuesday. The key was that he logged 37 minutes, while none of Detroit's reserves logged more than Stanley Johnson's 24 minutes. As long as SVG is playing Morris this much, he's a safe bet at $5,700.
Mo Williams ($6,000) is fresh off a 37.3 fantasy-point outburst vs. the Bulls, but I'm lukewarm on him vs. Mike Conley and the Grizzlies' defense. Memphis was the sixth-toughest team against opposing PGs last season and they had the fifth-slowest pace, which isn't a recipe for success.
Quick hits: Thaddeus Young ($5,600) should exceed this valuation in big minutes vs. the Bulls. Nikola Mirotic ($5,500) is tempting but I'll take a 'pass' until I see him playing 30 minutes consistently -- he logged 25 minutes on Tuesday. Emmanuel Mudiay's hamstring injury isn't serious and he's slated to start Wednesday. His usage should be sky-high and his FG% doesn't hurt in FanDuel, making him a high-upside play at $5,400.
$5,000 - $4,000
Gorgui Dieng at $4,900 stands out among other low-end centers. He's coming off the bench but will play substantial minutes with Kevin Garnett on a strict minute-limit and Nikola Pekovic still sidelined. In an expanded role after the break last year, Dieng averaged 10.4 points, 8.2 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.8 blocks per game.
Meyers Leonard is also undervalued at $4,900. The Blazers' starting power forward is coming off a nice preseason during which he averaged 10.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.8 blocks in only 25 minutes per game. I expect that playing time to creep closer to 30 minutes now that the games count, and if so Leonard should return solid value at sub-$5,000.
Rodney Hood is expected to start for Utah on Wednesday, giving him just the push he needed to be an excellent play at $4,200.
Jeremy Lin's importance for the Hornets' second unit is rapidly becoming clear, and he'll also share the court with Kemba Walker for stretches. Lin has been red-hot over the past four exhibitions, 16.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists, and he should fare well vs. a Miami second unit that features Tyler Johnson, Mario Chalmers and Gerald Green in the backcourt.
Quick hits: Robin Lopez ($4,500) has an expanded role in New York and should be a nice pick here. Shane Larkin ($4,500) is worth a look but I'm not sold on his upside even as a starter with Jarrett Jack (hamstring) ruled out. Danny Green ($4,200) lacks exciting upside but will be a steady play at this low valuation, better suited for H2H and leagues.
$4,000 - $3,500
Gerald Green is a very nice play at $4,000. He's been lighting it up all preseason and at one point had scored 66 points in 66 minutes over the course of three games. Scoring is supremely important in FanDuel, which makes Miami's designated bench scorer a lock as a value-added pick.
John Jenkins ($3,900) is an interesting gamble. He was terrific this preseason, averaging 20.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists, and the question is whether he can maintain a sky-high usage rate with Wes Matthews, Deron Williams and Dirk Nowitzki all playing. Given the minute-limits in Dallas, and their lack of bench scoring outside of Jenkins, the odds look pretty good.
Like Jenkins, Dwight Powell ($3,500) had an awesome exhibition season and is slated for a big role this year. Rick Carlisle loves him, justifiably, and he's averaged 28.4 FanDuel points over his past three games. There's a lot to like at this rock-bottom price.
Joffrey Lauvergne ($3,500) is a probable starter for Denver on Wednesday, going up against a depleted Houston frontcourt. He averaged 12.8 points and 8.4 rebounds in 25 minutes over Houston's past five exhibitions, good enough to beat this valuation handily tonight.
Kosta Koufos ($3,500) will come off the bench but he's looking at 24 minutes a night, which is enough for steady low-end FanDuel value. Nothing exciting, but serviceable.
Quick hits: Raymond Felton ($4,000) is starting for Dallas but I can't in good conscience recommend him to anyone. I'm keeping a close eye on Aaron Gordon ($3,900) but am not comfortable playing him while he's still dealing with foot issues. Hollis Thompson ($3,900) was intriguing, but the probable return of Nik Stauskas scares me away. Lance Stephenson also costs $3,500 if you're into that sort of thing...I'm not.