3 NBA FanDuel Value Plays to Target on 1/29/20
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.
Jakob Poeltl, C, San Antonio Spurs ($4,400)
We saw Poeltl get the start the other night for the San Antonio Spurs against the Chicago Bulls, and he had one his best games of the season. He posted 40.1 FanDuel points in 35 minutes, making him one of the best value plays on that slate.
Tonight, he comes in at $4.4K and is a great value but has a tougher matchup. The Bulls are dead last in the league versus centers this season -- allowing 57.1 FanDuel points per game -- but tonight he is up against the Utah Jazz, who are allowing the 10th-fewest FanDuel points per game to centers, sitting at 51.1.
While this is a tougher matchup for Poeltl, we still have him projected for 35 FanDuel points in 32 minutes, which makes him the number one overall value on tonight's slate.
Marcus Morris, SF, New York Knicks ($5,800)
The short answer is yes, we can. The longer answer is it comes with Marcus Morris. He is slightly more expensive than a normal value play, but with six games on the slate, we don't have a ton of super cheap options.
So, we'll look to Morris in what is a truly strong spot for him. First off, this is a pace-up spot for the Knicks (ranked 21st) against the Grizzlies (5th), allowing for extra possession and more opportunities to rack up FanDuel points. On top of that, the Grizzlies are allowing the fifth-most FanDuel points per game to small forwards this season (42.1).
Over his last seven games, Morris is averaging 34 minutes and averaging 28 FanDuel points per game. Yes, he is under one FanDuel point per minute -- with a modest 21% usage rate -- but the floor of minutes is strong given how easy his matchup is tonight.
Trevor Ariza, SF, Portland Trail Blazers ($3,700)
This isn't going to be the most popular value play tonight, but Trevor Ariza is worth considering.
Since being traded to the Portland Trail Blazers, Ariza has seen action in two games, going for 37.4 FanDuel points in 35 minutes and then 10.3 FanDuel points in 31 minutes. Yikes. Two games on the opposite ends of the spectrum. One game where he is a great value play, one game where he does nothing. Hopefully, he can put all that aside tonight and embrace the fact this game has an over/under up at 238 points and features two teams -- the Blazers and the Houston Rockets -- who are in the top 12 for the fastest-paced teams in the league.
The Rockets are allowing 42.0 FanDuel points per game to opposing small forwards -- the sixth-most in the league -- putting him in a spot to find a nice middle ground of his first two games with his new team.