5 NBA FanDuel Value Plays to Target on 3/4/20
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.
Wendell Carter, C, Chicago Bulls ($4,000)
With the Chicago Bulls still dealing with injuries, they need players to play big minutes.
All year it seems that the Bulls have been dealt a bad card when it comes to injuries, and as one player comes back, another one gets hurt. Wendell Carter Jr. is the player who recently came back and has played 18 and 23 minutes in his first two games. Since they are so thin in their frontcourt, hopefully, we see Carter's minutes increase again tonight. In fact, we have him projected for 29 minutes and 29.3 FanDuel points tonight versus the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are on the second night of a back to back.
This game has a very solid over/under set at 229 points with a spread of only 3.5, in favor of the home Timberwolves. An easy matchup awaits Carter, as the Timberwolves are allowing 53.0 FanDuel points per game to centers this season. A great game environment for scoring, a soft matchup, and his minutes should be increasing.
Rui Hachimura, PF, Washington Wizards ($4,900)
All offense and no defense is what we want to see in NBA DFS since it brings the highest upside for all players. The over/under is set at a slate-high 240 points, and we see both teams in the top-13 for pace this season. This could be the best fantasy game of the night, so let's look at Rui Hachimura, a cheaper way to get exposure here. His stretch of games after the All-Star break has been great, posting 21 FanDuel points or more in six of his seven games. Some of them are under 1.00 FanDuel points per minute, but he is somewhat of a role player for the Wizards, which is to be expected.
Regardless of the production per minute fluctuating, he is playing nearly 30 minutes a night, has taken double-digit field goal attempts in three of his last five games, and has a great matchup tonight. The Trail Blazers are allowing 47.1 FanDuel points per game to opposing power forwards -- the fourth-most in the league -- putting Hachimura in a spot to extend his strong second half of the season.
Dillon Brooks, SG, Memphis Grizzlies ($5,100)
Shots, shots, shots, shots!
No, not the LMFAO song. Shots, that's what Dillon Brooks is taking right now, and he is taking a lot of them. Over his last four games, he has taken 17, 24, 22, and 26 field goal attempts. That is amazing volume for a player who is only $5.1K, and you want to be locking that into your lineups. Brooks and the Memphis Grizzlies are on the road to take on the Brooklyn Nets, where we have a solid over/under at 223 points and a spread of only 1.5 in favor of Brooklyn.
Our projections have Brooks going for 33 minutes and 28.8 FanDuel points tonight, making him the third-best value option among shooting guards. Yes, that is under 1.00 FanDuel points per minute, but he is exceeding salary based value, and you can't find this volume of shots at this price point from nearly anyone else.
Brad Wanamaker, PG, Boston Celtics ($3,600)
The Boston Celtics' injury situation is a mess tonight.
Kemba Walker played last night and is out tonight. Gordon Hayward and Jaylen Brown are both dealing with injuries from yesterday and have also been ruled out. Jayson Tatum (illness) didn't play last night and reportedly did not travel with the team, but he is now being listed as probable. Even with the surprise good news for Tatum, three of the five starters for the Celtics are out for their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
This means they need big minutes from their bench players, and that could mean Brad Wanamaker, who played 28 minutes and posted 19 FanDuel points last night. He has solid minutes -- when they had almost a full team -- and now they are without several players. Luckily for Wanamaker, this is an amazingly easy matchup against the Cavaliers, as they are allowing a league-worst 51.0 FanDuel points per game to point guards. Hello, chalk city tonight!
Denzel Valentine, SF, Chicago Bulls ($3,900)
Denzel Valentine should be another popular option on tonight's nine-game slate.
As noted above with Carter, the Bulls and injuries this season go hand-in-hand like l̶a̶m̶b̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶t̶u̶n̶a̶ ̶f̶i̶s̶h̶ spaghetti and meatballs. They simply cannot stay healthy, and this has led to Valentine entering the starting lineup with Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn both out. He played 21 minutes and posted 25 FanDuel points in his most recent game. That is what we should be seeing from him tonight against Minnesota -- a pace up spot and high over/under.
We have Valentine projected for 20 minutes and 23 FanDuel points, making him the eighth-best value option on the slate, regardless of position. He is under $4K and could be in the starting lineup.