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 7:30 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 – Tyler Johnson – PG – Miami (FanDuel Price: $4,500)
Goran Dragic, Hassan Whiteside, James Johnson, and Justise Winslow are all doubtful/out for tonight’s game. That leaves Tyler Johnson with a clear path to 36-40 minutes as the team’s starting point guard. Johnson stepped into a similar situation last game, posting 28 FP in 39 minutes at Atlanta on Monday. He has an excellent chance of attaining value given the drastic uptick in playing time.
2 – Derrick Favors – PF – Utah (FanDuel Price: $5,500)
Utah and Miami are both shorthanded at the moment, so that’s the emphasis majority of today’s bargain plays. Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell are out tonight, leaving Derrick Favors to soak up plenty of usage and minutes for the Jazz. If you recall, Favors posted some impressive performances when Gobert missed most of November. His price has fallen since then, and Donovan Mitchell’s absence leaves even more of a void to be filled. Roster Favors with confidence tonight!
3 – Ricky Rubio – PG – Utah (FanDuel Price: $5,100)
As mentioned in the previous write-up, Donovan Mitchell is out tonight. That elevates Ricky Rubio to a more prominent role within the Utah backcourt. Rubio has actually posted some nice fantasy lines as of late, hitting 39 FP last Friday at Boston and 29 FP Monday at Houston. He’s certainly capable of producing within that level, and more secure minutes/usage should help him get there tonight.
4 – Josh Richardson – SF – Miami (FanDuel Price: $5,800)
Josh Richardson has been a huge beneficiary of Miami’s recent injury woes. He has notched 33, 45, and 47 fantasy points in the past three games respectively. He’ll have another chance to lead Miami, given that James Johnson, Hassan Whiteside, Justise Winslow, and Goran Dragic are all out yet again. Richardson was better known as a low fantasy point per minute contributor earlier in the season. However, he has shaken that notion with more usage for the shorthanded Heat.
5 – Alec Burks – SG – Utah (FanDuel Price: $3,800)
As mentioned earlier, Ricky Rubio’s minutes become more secure with Donovan Mitchell out. Alec Burks figures to benefit as well, soaking up more playing time with the second-unit. There’s a realistic chance Burks could see 25-30 minutes in tonight’s game. Whenever Burks has seen over 25 minutes this season, he’s averaging 32 FPPG (eight games).
The power forward position has plenty of value to offer tonight. Jordan Mickey ($4000) should see around 25 minutes for Miami tonight. He has performed well within that heightened role, averaging 26 FPPG over his past three … Brook Lopez has been ruled out for the Lakers. Julius Randle ($5500) and Kyle Kuzma ($5400) will look to benefit with more secure playing time. Of the two, Randle is more of a priority in my opinion. However, don’t overlook Kuzma in tournament situations.
Hopefully we get clarity on Draymond Green’s (questionable) status before lineups lock. If Green misses another game, Omri Casspi ($4600) and Jordan Bell ($4400) become fine values through all formats. Over the past three games with Draymond sidelined, Casspi is averaging 33 FPPG while Bell has notched 26 FPPG.
A flood of value has opened up with Utah and Miami. However, don’t forget about Justin Holiday ($5100) at shooting guard or Taurean Prince ($5800) at small forward. Holiday doesn’t rate as well as Burks on a “per dollar” basis. Regardless, he’s still a fine value filler at shooting guard. The fact that Orlando ranks 27th in defensive efficiency vs opposing shooting guards helps his cause … Taurean Prince is acceptable through all formats tonight. He noticed a few hiccups due to a tough matchup (at Memphis) and blowout (vs Detroit). Aside from those two games, Prince is averaging a solid 35 FPPG over his most recent five. He should be within that range given the competitive nature of this home draw vs Indiana.