3 NBA FanDuel Value Plays to Target on 7/30/20
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 three players who can help fill in the gaps in your lineup.
Reggie Jackson, PG, Los Angeles Clippers ($3,800)
The Los Angeles Clippers have had trouble staying inside the bubble. All of Patrick Beverley, Louis Williams, and Montrezl Harrell could be missing from the Clippers return game against the hated rival Los Angeles Lakers. That frees up two very distinct values, one in the frontcourt, and one in the back.
Reggie Jackson was actually bought out by the Detroit Pistons, in what was a disaster for both sides stemming from the 2015 trade that sent him to Detroit from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Many questioned Jackson's decision to join the Clippers, as while they are contenders for this year's championship, he was expected to receive very little playing time toward earning a new contract.
As with many unknowns, this value play is based on whether or not Patrick Beverley clears quarantine protocol by tipoff on Thursday. At this point, not seeing any practice leading up to this game, a personal hunch is the championship contender Clippers play it safe and start Jackson instead. Whichever of the two ends up playing should be projected by numberFire for over 29 minutes of action, as Beverley is now, and both are incredibly affordable.
Royce O'Neale, SF, Utah Jazz ($4,900)
O'Neale and Jordan Clarkson should both see a heavy boost in both minutes and usage, as Bogdanovic is leaving behind 33.1 minutes per game and a hefty 25.9% usage rate in his wake. O'Neale gets the nod here given his listing as a power forward on FanDuel.
The power forward spot could be messy on Thursday, with Anthony Davis, Zion Williamson, and Kyle Kuzma all listed as game-time decisions. O'Neale, at the very least, is projected to start and play 29.5 minutes. It's not sexy, but no room to be picky on a two-game slate in a quarantine bubble.
Ivica Zubac, C, Los Angeles Clippers ($4,500)
Ivica Zubac is numberFire's top value play, currently projected for 28.5 FanDuel points, good enough for a 6.43 FanDuel value rating at this very reasonable price tag. He is the main beneficiary from Montrezl Harrell leaving, as he just gets to play more. Zubac leads the Clippers in minutes played without Harrell on the floor at 1,150.
This is a brutal slate in terms of finding matchups, as three of the four teams playing are 11th or better in defensive rating this season, and all four are inside the top half of the association in rebound percentage. Zubac's increased minutes should at least allow him to take advantage of his solid 1.15 FanDuel points per minute rating this season, and that type of production could make him a cornerstone piece of the winning tournament lineup on such a small slate.
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