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 – Rajon Rondo – PG – New Orleans (FanDuel Price: $5,800)
Rondo has been magnificent over the past two games, producing 57 and 37 FP with 37 and 42 minutes respectively. Despite that, his salary has actually fallen below the $6000 mark on FanDuel. Over the past month, Rondo has usually logged minutes within the range of 26-28 per night. However, backup PG Jameer Nelson has missed the past two games, resulting in the aforementioned increased minutes (and production) from Rondo. Nelson is questionable again tonight; if he misses this game, Rondo becomes and easy bargain lift. At this salary, he is playable regardless of Nelson’s status, but we’d like him so much more if the minutes opened up.
2 – Gary Harris – SG – Denver (FanDuel Price: $5,800)
Harris notched a pair of rough games in the past week, sliding his salary to bargain territory. Aside from those mishaps, he has been pretty solid as of late, notching 34+ FP in five of his last seven. Harris will continue to log heavy minutes (36-40+) for Denver, helping his floor/upside combination. Now that Nicolas Batum has been listed as probable (erasing Jeremy Lamb as a value pick), the shooting guard position has become scarce of bargains. Harris serves as a plausible remedy to that issue.
3 – Daniel Theis – PF – Boston (FanDuel Price: $3,500)
Al Horford and Marcus Morris have been ruled out tonight, meaning Daniel Theis and Aron Baynes should see reasonable minutes in Boston’s frontcourt. The power forward position is pretty rough on FanDuel, which is why Theis ranks ahead of Baynes in this column. Each of them should see 20-25 minutes in a larger role, leaving them a clear path to post fantasy value relative to their near-minimum salaries.
4a – Wilson Chandler – SF – Denver (FanDuel Price: $4,100)
Nikola Jokic has been upgraded to questionable tonight. If he plays, I’m less enthused by Wilson Chandler for DFS purposes. If Jokic is out, Chandler could serve as a reasonable value filler, as the Nuggets will need him to log 30-35 minutes in their shorthanded frontcourt. He only needs 20+ fantasy points to reach his value threshold at this salary, something that should be attainable through sheer playing time.
4b – Mario Hezonja – SF – Orlando (FanDuel Price: $3,700)
If Jokic ends up playing, I’ll likely turn my attention to Mario Hezonja as a bargain small forward. Aaron Gordon has been ruled out for Orlando, meaning Hezonja should see a 30+ minute role. Hezonja isn’t necessarily a great FP/minute contributor, but he posted reasonable ROI with 21 FP in 31 minutes while filling in for Gordon last game. His opponent, the Clippers, rank 26th in defensive efficiency vs opposing small forwards.
5 – Aron Baynes – C – Boston (FanDuel Price: $3,600)
As mentioned earlier, Aron Baynes and Daniel Theis should see significant minutes with Al Horford and Marcus Morris out. I actually like Baynes the most of these two, considering he has more minutes with upside and production. However, Baynes is listed as a center on FanDuel, which comes with a ton of opportunity cost tonight (Cousins, Jordan, Gasol, etc). Baynes is still a fine target through all formats, but be more serious in using him if Anthony Davis ends up playing (lowering the need for DeMarcus Cousins at Center).
Darren Collison and Cory Joseph are questionable tonight. If both of them sit out, Victor Oladipo would likely slide into the point guard position with Lance Stephenson ($4500) joining the starting rotation. The outlook of 30-35 minutes with more ball-handling responsibilities would elevate Stephenson to a solid bargain through all formats. Keep an eye on this injury development as we move closer to tip-off.
As mentioned earlier, Nikola Jokic has been upgraded to questionable tonight. If he misses a sixth straight game, we can consider Trey Lyles ($4300) as a reasonable value filler. Once again, the power forward position isn’t great tonight, so taking a chance on Lyles doesn’t come with much opportunity cost. Lyles has been solid with Jokic/Millsap out, averaging 25 FPPG over the past five.