3 NBA FanDuel Value Plays to Target on 10/22/19
One of the keys to finding success in daily fantasy basketball is uncovering potential value plays. If you're looking to roster a stud player or two, you need to consider squeezing in one of these lower-priced options into your lineup.
Let's take a look at five players who can help fill in the gaps in your lineup.
Patrick Beverley, PG, Los Angeles Clippers ($5,100)
NBA season is back! We kick off the 2019-2020 season with two games loaded with stars, meaning you will need some value plays to fit everyone in your lineup.
Finding value plays is a part of the daily process for NBA DFS since the star players take up so much of your available salary. Jumping off the page tonight is the fact there are truly no expensive point guards, and everyone will look to spend up at small forward or power forward. If you're going to save at point guard, you want to find the right one, which is where Patrick Beverley comes into play.
The Los Angeles Clippers are hosting the Los Angeles Lakers and the over/under is set at 223.5 points, so we should see the Clippers playing up in pace slightly. All of this bodes well for Beverley, who gets his fantasy value not from piling up real NBA points but rather filling up the entire stat sheet. He averaged only 7.6 real points per game last season but was able to manage over 22 FanDuel points per game by adding in with other stats.
Our projections have him coming in as the second-best FanDuel value on the slate, going for 32 minutes and totaling 29.3 FanDuel points.
Norman Powell, SG, Toronto Raptors ($3,900)
Plenty of scoring to go around in this one, which should put the Raptors in a good spot, as the Pelicans were among the worst defensive teams last season. Now, this is a new year with new players, but the Pelicans haven't made any changes that make you say, "I shouldn't attack them in DFS."
Coming in just under $4K, we have Norman Powell, who almost certainly won't be starting for Toronto but should see strong minutes off the bench -- our projections have him playing 28.52 minutes. If you are looking to pay up for LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, or Anthony Davis, you will need plenty of savings on this two-game slate. Powell is one of the few options under $4K who can be projected to rack up fantasy points, which is why he is our third-best value of the night.
Alex Caruso, PG, Los Angeles Lakers ($4,400)
The Los Angeles Lakers are already dealing with some injuries and it could have a big impact on tonight's slate.
As of now, the latest reports state that Rajon Rondo is listed as questionable for the game and will need to go through pre-game warmups to determine if he is available to play. The Lakers' other point guard, Alex Caruso, also has an injury designation, but he is listed as probable for this game. Caruso is the player to focus on tonight, as he could be getting the start. Even if he doesn't get the start and Rondo does play, Caruso should still see minutes throughout the game.
Caruso shined at the end of last season and while it won't be nearly the same lineup tonight, he has shown the ability to rack up fantasy points in a hurry. Our projections have him playing 20.2 minutes while posting 19.7 FanDuel points.