For "bargains" on FanDuel, typically we’ll focus on players who are priced at $6,000 or lower.
Let me just tell you that there are plenty of fine option under that salary threshold for this Wednesday slate of games. Because of this, I will be ranking the value plays in terms of priority to your lineup.
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 - Corey Brewer – SF – Houston (FanDuel Price: $3,500)
Trevor Ariza has officially been listed as doubtful after exiting last night’s game with a lower back injury. This will likely move Corey Brewer to the starting lineup, as he replaced Ariza to put up a quality 31 FP outing in 34 minutes yesterday. He’ll likely see those minutes if starting, having a good chance to replicate that extremely valuable performance in a high-scoring matchup with the Wizards (who have given up the most FP to opposing small forwards).
2 - Jon Leuer – PF – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $4,400)
Leuer has been starting for Phoenix as of late, as Markieff Morris has been demoted to the bench (and single digit minutes). Leuer has cut out a nice 30-35 minute role within this, which is a great value opportunity considering his efficient contributions across the board. He has a favorable matchup against the Magic tonight, and should be looked at in all formats.
3 - Alex Len – C – Phoenix (FanDuel Price: $4,300)
Sticking with the Suns here, Center Tyson Chandler has been ruled out of tonight’s game. This will be his seventh consecutive game missed, and Alex Len has filled in admirably through that stretch. Sometimes he gets pinched for minutes if Phoenix goes “small-ball” or if foul trouble rears its ugly head. However, he has excellent upside for this cheap price, hitting 27 FP in each of the last two. The Suns will likely need him to counter Nikola Vucevic for most of the game.
4 - Cody Zeller – PF Charlotte (FanDuel Price: $4,000)
Zeller has posted 30+ FP in each of his last two games, getting the start for Al Jefferson. He will start again tonight, but the matchup is much more difficult against Miami. Notice that I have Jon Leuer ranked ahead of him as a PF value play. They can be used jointly in tournaments, but we are looking towards Leuer with the more favorable draw when deciding between the two.
5 - OJ Mayo – SG – Milwaukee (FanDuel Price: $4,600)
This play mostly comes down to the status of Greivis Vasquez, who is listed as questionable this afternoon. If Vasquez is out once again (Bayless already out), the Milwaukee backcourt will be shorthanded, requiring Mayo start at point guard and play 36 minutes. If that’s the case, he’s a relatively safe bet to meet value.
6 - Otto Porter – SF – Washington (FanDuel Price: $5,600)
Porter has been a rebounding machine, piling up 25 boards in the past two games. Marcin Gortat will be back tonight, so those numbers may take a slight hit. However, Porter will retain his 36+ minute role, which bodes well in a high scoring matchup (215 over/under) against the Rockets. His price is still fair after hitting 32 and 41 FP respectively in the past two.
7 - Patrick Beverley – PG – Houston (FanDuel Price: $4,100)
Beverley has been a placeholder for value recently, hitting 20+ fantasy points in each of his past seven games. He could get there once again, considering this is an up-tempo high-scoring battle with the Wizards. He won’t provide much in terms of upside, but Beverley represents solid value to help reach for the top-dollar stars elsewhere.
8 – Gorgui Dieng – C – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $4,600)
Dieng has been seeing more and more minutes over the past few weeks, using logging between 25-30 routinely. He has been towards the higher end of that spectrum recently, leading him to hit value in each of the past seven games. He has even sprinkled in some nice 32+ FP efforts along the way. Consider that this is his best matchup over that span (vs the Lakers), and Dieng looks like a solid fantasy candidate despite coming off the bench. Len is the better value Center pick, but he will be more popular as well. In case something happens with Len, you'll find yourself ahead of the pack if Dieng outperforms him.
9 - Wesley Matthews – SG – Dallas (FanDuel Price: $5,400)
Matthews sees a ton of minutes for the Mavericks, and he’s a fine value play tonight. His price has increased over the past week, due to a breakout recent performance. His production tonight may be back down to Earth, between 23-27 FP, as Devin Harris and Chandler Parsons are both healthy and taking potential shots away from Matthews. Still, it’s a high probability he gets in that mark.
10 - Marcus Thornton – SG – Houston (FanDuel Price: $3,500)
Thornton had a breakout game last night at Brooklyn, piling up 32 points, 6 rebounds (49 FP) in just 26 minutes. He saw more time with Houston going smaller, and Trevor Ariza leaving the game early. Obviously that type of “per minute” production is unsustainable, and Thornton has been a fleeting fantasy producer all year. That, plus we aren’t sure how many minutes he’ll see, makes him strictly a tournament pick in my opinion. Although you aren’t risking much for minimum salary.