5 NBA FanDuel Value Plays to Target on 2/26/20
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.
Josh Jackson, SF, Memphis Grizzlies ($3,500)
The Memphis Grizzlies have been hit with a few injuries, denting their roster and their playoff chances.
In what should've been a bit of a rebuilding year, Memphis has proven everyone wrong and are holding down the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference. That appears to be in danger since they lost their starting power forward, Jaren Jackson Jr., and their backup power forward, Brandon Clarke, in the span of a few days. But with them both out, we get even more value options.
Sitting at the minimum salary tonight, Josh Jackson is primed for a larger role tonight, and you want to jump on board now. He is projected to be in the starting lineup as the power forward tonight against the Houston Rockets, where the over/under is set at 234 points. Both the Grizzlies and the Rockets are sitting in the top five for the fastest-paced teams this season.
Shake Milton, PG, Philadelphia 76ers ($4,300)
If Simmons is going to be out for multiple weeks, we should see plenty of players step up and take some of that offensive usage. Milton is the starting point guard, and we want to look to him tonight at a great price tag, along with a phenomenal matchup. The 76ers are on the road to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are dead last in the league versus point guards, allowing 51.3 FanDuel points per game. The Cavs are a mess right now, and you should attack them on a nightly basis -- but hey, at least they're not Detroit.
Milton is carrying a respectable 21% usage rate and producing 0.88 FanDuel points per minute when Simmons is off the court this season. With a 220-point over/under and the Charmin soft matchup, Shake is going to be baking up easy fantasy points all night.
Trey Lyles, PF, San Antonio Spurs ($3,900)
We know that DeMar DeRozan should see a solid increase tonight, but we want to find some value on the Spurs, who can benefit from Aldridge off the court. Trey Lyles is worth considering tonight since he has shown to be effective with no Aldridge in the picture. In the current projected starting lineup, Lyles is producing 0.97 FanDuel points per minute -- slightly higher than his 0.82 per minute average for the season. He won't be a player to break the slate or anything, but at his price tag and his minutes, he is a strong value play tonight.
Up against the Dallas Mavericks tonight, we have a solid 231-point total and see the Mavs allowing right near the league average FanDuel points per game this season, sitting at 43.3.
Derrick Jones, SF, Miami Heat ($4,400)
The Miami Heat should wear their Miami Vice uniforms every night.
Are these Miami Vice “City” uniforms the best in the league? pic.twitter.com/uu6t3X0WHC
— NBA Unwrapped (@NBAunwrapped) November 25, 2019
I don't think this is a hot take (no pun intended) or anything, but those are the best uniforms in the league, and it's not particularly close. The Heat should be wearing those for every home game, which is where they find themselves tonight up against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
For this game, Jimmy Butler is still listed as questionable and that should continue to open up usage for Derrick Jones Jr. Jimmy G Buckets has missed the last two games for the Heat, and in that time, Jones has been in the starting lineup, posting 27 FanDuel points or more in each game.
This is a pace-up spot for the Heat, and if Jones continues to be in the starting lineup, you want shares of him against the team from the land of 10,000 lakes. More like 10,000 holes on defense. Boom, roasted.
Cody Martin, SG, Charlotte Hornets ($3,700)
That is 10 points lower than the next game, and it begs the question -- why the hell should I look at this game when there are eight others on the slate? I'm no scholar, but that is a fantastic question.
Here's the answer: the Knicks suck. But, we have a player like Cody Martin, who has played 25 minutes or more in two of his last three games. Devonte' Graham missed last night's game for the Hornets, and his status for today is questionable at best.
An opening for a bench player to grab a larger share of the offense is a spot you want to buy in early before everyone catches on. This is a horrible game environment overall, but Martin offers some nice salary relief and shouldn't be highly owned.