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 10-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 – Kyle Kuzma – PF – LA Lakers (FanDuel Price: $6,000)
Kuzma looks like a pretty nice lift on FanDuel tonight, and here’s why: 1) The salary has fallen into bargain territory, a drastic difference from other DFS sites. 2) The matchup vs Charlotte is expected to be competitive (2 point spread), where Kuzma should push for 33+ minutes. 3) The Hornets rank 23rd in defensive efficiency against opposing power forwards … As if that wasn’t enough, the power forward position is somewhat lackluster on FanDuel, making Kuzma even more of a priority with less opportunity cost.
2 – Avery Bradley – SG – Detroit (FanDuel Price: $6,000)
Bradley isn’t a 100% necessity, but he’s a decent SG2 option if you’re looking in the mid-range salary level. Reggie Jackson and Stanley Johnson will continue to miss time, leaving Bradley with secure minutes and backcourt responsibilities. He’s a confident DFS play tonight expected to meet value somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 fantasy points.
3 – Dennis Smith Jr. – PG – Dallas (FanDuel Price: $5,900)
Smith Jr has really found his groove while averaging 35 fantasy points and 29 minutes over the past three games. This is an excellent spot for him to ride that momentum, looking at a home matchup vs Chicago – who ranks 27th in defensive efficiency vs opposing point guards and 27th in assists allowed. There’s some risk with Smith residing in Dallas’ crowded backcourt, but he has earned the minutes as of late.
4 – Marco Belinelli – SG – Atlanta (FanDuel Price: $3,900)
Belinelli has quietly pieced together 21+ fantasy points in four straight games. There’s some risk with his profile as a shooting-dependent player who only sees around 20-23 minutes per contest. However, the sub-$4k salary negates some of that apprehension. Belinelli is nothing more than a value filler who will hopefully give you 20+ fantasy points yet again. He’s looking confident in his shot at the moment, posting 23 fantasy points last Saturday against the same Portland team he’ll see tonight.
5 – Dirk Nowitzki – PF – Dallas (FanDuel Price: $5,400)
Dirk has been surprisingly solid lately, hitting 27+ fantasy points in six of his past seven. That represents excellent efficiency considering he only plays 23-26 minutes per contest. It’ll be difficult for him to maintain that pace for much longer; however, tonight’s matchup (Chicago ranks 27th vs PFs) seems like a comfortable landing spot to keep Dirk going.
We have a pair of tournament bargains at the center position in Pau Gasol ($5500) and Jonas Valanciunas ($4900). Both big men come with inconsistent playing time but excellent matchups to take advantage of. Gasol will face a Phoenix team that plays fast while representing one of the worst all-around defenses in the league. Valanciunas has an even better draw, considering Milwaukee ranks 29th in defensive efficiency vs centers and dead last in rebound rate. If either of these guys comes close to 25 minutes (that’s where the risk comes), they’ll have an excellent opportunity to post a solid return.
Marquese Chriss ($5800) has been on fire lately while averaging a solid 34 FPPG over the past four. He’s finally seeing playing time around 30 minutes every night, which really elevates his DFS stock. However, tonight’s draw is a difficult one (at San Antonio) with plenty of blowout risk to curb Chriss’ minutes and subsequent production. If this one stays competitive, Chriss could make good yet again, but that seems like a risky offer. We’ll place him in the “tournament only” conversation for that reason.