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 11-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 – Gary Harris – SG – Denver (FanDuel Price: $6,400)
Those who frequent this column understand that I’ll occasionally exceed the arbitrary $6k bargain threshold if I truly believe in a player’s value. I truly believe in Gary Harris’ value. Even with Will Barton and (probably) Nikola Jokic back in the fold, Harris is looking at full starter minutes in a quality matchup. New Orleans ranks sixth in pace and 29th in defensive efficiency vs the shooting guard position. This game represents the best fantasy environment (225 over/under with 1 point spread) of the night, and Harris has plenty of momentum following Wednesday’s 36 point (52 fantasy point) outburst.
2 – James Johnson – PF – Miami (FanDuel Price: $6,200)
The power forward position doesn’t carry many intriguing “price plays” above $6500. That makes the consistency of James Johnson even more of a priority for your FanDuel lineups. I should probably clarify my remarks about Johnson’s so-called consistency: While he isn’t usually known as a stable DFS producer, Johnson has morphed into that title by picking up more minutes and usage with Hassan Whiteside out. Case in point, he’s averaging 33 minutes and 33 fantasy points over the past three games, never dipping below 30 FP through that span. I’m expecting more of the same at Charlotte tonight.
3 – Wilson Chandler – SF – Denver (FanDuel Price: $4,600)
You probably don’t need me to tell you this, but Wilson Chandler is not an exciting fantasy pick. I just had to clarify that in case you got the impression that I was excited about this write-up. Putting that lack of enthusiasm aside, Chandler could be a fine bargain option this evening. Even though Jokic and Barton are expected to play tonight, Chandler should still see around 30+ minutes in the Denver frontcourt. This is a fast-paced, high-scoring game that should lead Chandler to reasonable fantasy value of around 25 fantasy points.
4 – JaMychal Green – PF – Memphis (FanDuel Price: $5,400)
While his inconsistent game log doesn’t inspire much confidence, I’m believing in JaMychal Green through all formats tonight. Here’s why: 1) The playing time is there, seeing 32+ minutes in five of the past six games. 2) Through that stretch, Green has notched 28+ fantasy points half of the time. Granted, the other half showcased his low floor (9-16 FP), but that leads me to the next point. 3) This is an excellent matchup to hope for Green’s “good side”. Atlanta ranks dead last in defensive efficiency vs opposing frontcourts and 29th in rebound rate. 4) If Tyreke Evans (questionable) is out, Green could fill some of that usage void. I like him regardless of Evans’ status, as the price/matchup potential combination is enough in my opinion. The lower-than-usual opportunity cost at power forward (on FanDuel) feeds his rationale also.
5 – Andrew Harrison – PG – Memphis (FanDuel Price: $4,500)
I just mentioned how Tyreke Evans is questionable. If he misses a second straight game, Andrew Harrison becomes a fine DFS bargain. Harrison looked good with Tyreke out on Wednesday, putting up 35 FP in 29 minutes. He’s clearly outplaying fellow guard Mario Chalmers, and the opportunities will flow his way if Evans remains sidelined.
One of the bigger injury items for tonight revolves around Lauri Markkanen’s (questionable) status. If he’s out, Nikola Mirotic ($5900) would skyrocket to the top of these bargain rankings. Mirotic filled in for Markkanen in the past two games, notching 37 and 44 FP respectively.
Is E’Twaun Moore ($4800) for real? My guess is no, as the 41 and 31 FP outings over the past two games seem more of an aberration than anything. However, he’s still cheap on FanDuel while looking at a high-scoring matchup. Consider Moore a value tournament option in case the heat wave continues, but I’m not trusting him for cash games.
Jamal Murray ($5700) had fun with Will Barton out of the lineup Wednesday, posting 28 points, 11 boards, and 4 assists at Boston (52 FP). Barton is expected to return tonight (along with Nikola Jokic), meaning Murray is more of a risk/reward tournament option. Having said that, I can’t deny the quality of this matchup against the fast-paced Pelicans, and Murray posted 39 FP on them earlier this season (11/17).