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 nine-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 – Ricky Rubio – PG – Utah (FanDuel Price: $5,900)
Rubio profiles as one of the better value commodities on FanDuel, holding a $5900 salary despite notching 31, 33, and 46 fantasy points respectively over his past three games. His sudden resurgence has resulted in more stabilized playing time, something we can take comfort in from a DFS angle. The matchup couldn’t get much better either, facing a Phoenix team that ranks fifth in pace, 29th vs PGs, and 28th in team defensive efficiency.
2 – Nicolas Batum – SG – Charlotte (FanDuel Price: $6,100)
Similar to Rubio, Batum has made a nice push as of late. His minutes remain secure around 33-36, providing a confident floor/ceiling combination for this stat-sheet stuffer. The matchup looks good in a competitive home matchup vs Indiana, who ranks 21st vs opposing shooting guards. Batum posted respectable value with 29 fantasy points against the Pacers on Monday, and that should be considered his fantasy floor (with upside beyond that) tonight.
3 – Jonas Valanciunas – C – Toronto (FanDuel Price: $6,300)
Valanciunas’ salary is marginally higher than our bargain threshold, but he deserves a spot in this column as one of the better mid-range plays at center. Unless injury situations open things up (this article was created around noon ET), the center position is pretty tricky tonight. Rudy Gobert and Al Horford have intriguing matchups, but I’m not necessarily forcing their bulky salaries if it compromises the rest of my lineup. That’s where Valanciunas comes in, playing much better with a 39 FPPG mark over his past five. Granted, there’s volatility within that, but JoVal’s uptick in minutes (high 20’s) has been promising through this recent heater.
4 – Larry Nance Jr – PF – LA Lakers (FanDuel Price: $5,400)
Nance has been up-and-down as of late, but this is an encouraging “get right” spot against a Brooklyn team that ranks 27th vs PFs and 28th vs centers. The silver lining of his recent inconsistencies comes in the form of a relaxed price point on FanDuel. I’m optimistic he can reach value (27+ FP) in this fast-paced, high-scoring, appealing draw.
5 – Jaylen Brown – SF – Boston (FanDuel Price: $5,900)
Brown would become a much better bargain commodity if Kyrie Irving (questionable) missed another game, as his usage would likely spread to the other Boston starters. However, even if Kyrie plays, Jaylen Brown makes for an interesting mid-range selection. He has plenty of matchup potential while facing Atlanta, a team that ranks dead last in defensive efficiency vs opposing small forwards.
I’m looking to pair Ricky Rubio with Russell Westbrook at point guard tonight. However, that’s easier said than done considering Westy’s $12300 salary. If you need more value at the position, Darren Collison ($5900) and Jarrett Jack ($3600) should be on your backburner. Collison has been near his value threshold in five straight games, looking like a pricing play in this neutral matchup. Jack is nothing more than a value filler for near-minimum salary, hoping he can make the most of his 20-25 minutes.
If you aren’t sold on Jaylen Brown (or need more value), Joe Ingles ($4800) makes for a viable filler. He’s doubtful to exceed his value threshold of 25 fantasy points, but he has been within that range in nine of his past twelve appearances. In other words, he’s not going to hurt your lineups. Playing up in pace at Phoenix helps that notion.
UPDATE - 3:45pm ET
Kyrie Irving has been ruled out tonight, making Terry Rozier ($6500) a popular DFS streamer who has better "per dollar" value than Ricky Rubio. In fact, a Rubio/Rozier PG-tandem doesn't look like a bad idea on FanDuel ... In addition, Jaylen Brown becomes a steadier DFS asset in the wake of this news.