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 seven-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 – Darren Collison – PG – Indiana (FanDuel Price: $5,300)
The point guard position doesn’t have many comfortable “price plays” in this slate. Darren Collison is the exception, vaulting him to the top of these bargain standings. Simply put, Collison is underpriced on FanDuel. He only needs 26-27 fantasy points to reach value, which coincidently represents his average on the season. Playing up in pace against the Lakers should help.
2 – Domantas Sabonis – PF – Indiana (FanDuel Price: $6,000)
Sabonis will look to take advantage of a fantasy-friendly matchup against the Lakers as well. With Myles Turner out, Sabonis has consistently seen around 30 minutes, translating to a solid 27 FPPG through his past five games. There’s reason to believe he can expand on that mark, taking into account that LAL ranks 29th in defensive efficiency vs power forwards and first overall in pace.
3 – Jordan Clarkson – SG – LA Lakers (FanDuel Price: $4,200)
Lonzo Ball has been ruled out and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is doubtful. Josh Hart and Jordan Clarkson will pick up the slack while likely seeing 25+ minutes apiece. They have similar salaries on FanDuel, which has me siding with Clarkson of the two. He has a better fantasy profile with the proven ability to reach for upside when the minutes correspond. There’s a good chance that will take place tonight with the Lakers shorthanded. Clarkson could see even more upside if Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma (both questionable) are sidelined as well. Either way, I believe Clarkson represents a respectable value filler.
4 – James Johnson – PF – Miami (FanDuel Price: $5,400)
Johnson’s salary is artificially low at the moment, as a few games with reduced minutes (injuries, ejection, etc) are factored in. However, Johnson should be set with his usual 25-30 minute workload, which is good news considering a fantasy-friendly matchup at Brooklyn. The Nets rank 28th in defensive efficiency vs power forwards, fourth in pace, and 19th in rebound rate. I’m confident Johnson can reach value with at least 27 or so fantasy points tonight.
5 – Wilson Chandler – SF – Denver (FanDuel Price: $5,000)
This recommendation is injury-contingent. Jamal Murray has been upgraded from doubtful to questionable tonight. If he’s out, Will Barton would likely see some time at point guard, freeing more minutes for Chandler at small forward. There’s also a chance Denver will run small-ball sets against Phoenix, keeping Chandler on the floor. This would help solidify his fantasy profile as a solid bargain commodity.
If you need more value at small forward (or if Chandler doesn’t work out), take a look towards Dillon Brooks ($3900) of Memphis. He has posted back-to-back solid outings for the Grizzlies, and James Ennis III has been ruled out of this game. Brooks should see quality minutes to try and extend his streak of quality performances.
As mentioned earlier, Kyle Kuzma is questionable for the Lakers. If he’s out, Larry Nance Jr ($4900) would profile as a nice bargain through all formats. Nance has always been a solid FP/minute contributor, and Kuzma’s absence would help stabilize the playing time and subsequent confidence for DFS enthusiasts.