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 – Nemanja Bjelica – SF – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $3,600)
Jimmy Butler is doubtful again, meaning Bjelica should be granted another start. Butler has missed the previous two games, where Bjelica impressed with a total of 55 fantasy points in 60 minutes. He’s a fantastic three-point shooter with enough length to work the glass as well. In other words, he has a fantasy-friendly game that should easily lead to value with another 30 or so minute role. Go ahead and lock him in without hesitation!
2 – Andrew Wiggins – SG – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $6,100)
Jimmy Butler’s absence also provides a substantial boost for Andrew Wiggins. The former top overall pick is averaging 30 FPPG on the season, which actually represents his value threshold at this mid-range salary. There’s a good chance he’ll exceed that while seeing extra work sans Butler. In fact, Wiggins displayed his upside last game, hitting 49 fantasy points within that heightened role. He’s an easy pick through all formats tonight.
3 – Dejounte Murray – PG – San Antonio (FanDuel Price: $5,200)
Murray was the “bargain darling” of last night’s slate, amassing 53 fantasy points in 29 minutes. While I’m not expecting anywhere close to that level of production (or seven steals), Murray still represents a solid value commodity. His salary still doesn’t fully account for his new starting role with 27-30 minutes every night. Dejounte should be able to surpass his value threshold of 26-27 fantasy points this evening.
4 – Montrezl Harrell – PF – LA Clippers (FanDuel Price: $4,900)
Montrezl Harrell is vastly underpriced on FanDuel. DeAndre Jordan is doubtful again tonight, meaning Harrell will continue to see more work in the Clippers’ frontcourt. He has taken that promotion and churned out a solid 30 FPPG average over his past six. He’s seeing around 30 minutes every game, and the Clippers will need him on the floor again tonight. The matchup vs Boston isn’t great, but Harrell is a strong FP/minute contributor who should easily hit value at 25+ FP.
5 – Taj Gibson – PF – Minnesota (FanDuel Price: $5,600)
Taj Gibson has probably been mentioned in this column more than anyone else this season. His salary remains under the $6000 bargain threshold despite the unbelievable amount of minutes (37-40) and fantasy security that comes with it. There’s a chance he’ll see a little more work with Jimmy Butler out as well. Gibson isn’t a 100% necessity at a strong power forward position (Griffin, Aldridge, Simmons begging for attention), but he’s a strong bargain if you need salary relief.
Dejounte Murray is the top value at point guard; we have established that. Darren Collison ($5400) isn’t far behind, and they actually make for a sneaky-good bargain duo at the position. Collison finds himself in a delicious matchup against a Phoenix team that ranks dead last vs opposing point guards.
UPDATE: Collison has been ruled out tonight. Cory Joseph ($4500) becomes a viable bargain in his absence.
At shooting guard, Nicolas Batum ($6000) and Justin Holiday ($5500) enter the conversation along Mr. Wiggins – mentioned above. Batum’s minutes have been healthy as of late, which should serve him well against a New Orleans team that ranks dead last vs shooting guards and third in pace … Justin Holiday will continue to see more minutes and opportunities with Kris Dunn out. His opponent, Philadelphia, ranks 23rd in defensive efficiency vs opposing shooting guards.
At small forward, Kyle Anderson ($6200) has been rolling with Kawhi Leonard and Rudy Gay out, hitting 36+ fantasy points in three straight. Tonight’s matchup at Memphis is tricky, but Anderson’s new role should keep him in value consideration … Wesley Johnson ($4300) is more of a tournament pick in this slate. He has been up-and-down while filling in for the shorthanded Clippers, but there’s no doubt he carries 30-40 FP upside when things are going his way.
UPDATE: LaMarcus Aldridge has been ruled out. Davis Bertans ($3900) now profiles as a top three bargain on this slate.