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FanDuel NBA Bargains: Friday

Friday, February 9, 2018


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 – Jeff Green – PF – Cleveland (FanDuel Price: $3,900)

 

Cleveland’s recent flurry of trade activity has opened plenty of value for tonight’s slate. On top of the recent departures, newcomers like Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson, and Larry Nance are doubtful to make their Cavalier debuts. Jeff Green should see somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 minutes as a result, making him a confident bargain option for near-minimum salary. Remember that Cleveland is also without Kevin Love moving forward, creating even more of a void in the frontcourt. Even though Jeff Green is coming off the bench, he still has a clear path to plenty of minutes and opportunities.

 

 

2 – Cedi Osman – SF – Cleveland (FanDuel Price: $3,500)

 

Osman will start for the shorthanded Cavaliers tonight, instantly placing him into the value conversation. While he’s not necessarily an offensive stalwart, Osman will see starter minutes to provide a reasonable return on this dirt-cheap salary. I’m looking to combine him with teammate LeBron James at the small forward position.

 

 

3 – Tristan Thompson – C – Cleveland (FanDuel Price: $4,700)

 

Remember, you can only roster four Cavaliers on FanDuel, so choose wisely. Thompson should receive plenty of work with Kevin Love out and the new faces doubtful to make their debut. I’m finding Thompson as a plausible value pivot at the center position if Anthony Davis proves to be too expensive.

 

 

4 – Jerian Grant – PG – Chicago (FanDuel Price: $5,200)

 

Grant doesn’t carry a ton of upside, but he’s seeing full starter minutes for Chicago as of late. Kris Dunn will continue to miss time, leaving Grant with 30-35 minutes on a nightly basis. That has translated to 24+ fantasy points in six of his past eight games. At this salary, we are looking for him to contribute at least 26 FP to reach value (5x price). He has been hovering in that range lately, and facing a Minnesota team that ranks 22nd vs point guards could help.

 

 

5 – Derrick Favors – PF – Utah (FanDuel Price: $5,500)

 

Favors carries a modest salary despite seeing a consistent 27-30 minutes. His fantasy results have been very mediocre over the past week, but tonight’s matchup vs Charlotte (24th vs PFs) makes for a promising bounce-back opportunity. Favors is averaging 27 FPPG this season, which actually represents his value threshold for this salary. In other words, he only needs an average game to flip a positive return. The “plus matchup” should help make that a reality.

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES

 

If you aren’t sold on Favors, Al-Farouq Aminu ($5500) and James Johnson ($4700) are two bargain alternatives. Aminu has impressed in back-to-back games, and the matchup at Sacramento looks good. Meanwhile, James Johnson saw plenty of minutes (36) last game with Kelly Olynyk out. He failed to capitalize by only producing 14 FP. JJ should get another heavy dose of playing time with Olynyk doubtful, and I’m expecting him to return to his ordinarily efficient ways. This is a nice buy-low opportunity for Johnson.

 

 

As mentioned earlier, you can only roster four Cavaliers tonight. LeBron James, Jeff Green, and Cedri Osman are the three highest priorities of that group. From there, you could look towards Tristan Thompson, Kyle Korver, or JR Smith for value. Going with Korver or Smith could free up enough salary to make Anthony Davis work alongside King James. Alternatively, taking Thompson at center would clear enough cap space to give James Harden serious consideration at shooting guard.



Spencer Limbach is a multi-sport daily fantasy specialist for Rotoworld. He can be found on twitter @Spencer_JL.
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