3 NBA FanDuel Value Plays to Target on 8/10/20
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.
Tim Hardaway Jr, SG, Dallas Mavericks ($4,900)
The Dallas Mavericks have already ruled out stars Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, as well as starter Dorian Finney-Smith. Therefore, we have 76.9% combined usage for the Mavs up for grabs, and no active players above $5,000. Especially in cash games and single-entry tournaments, do not turn anywhere else for value unless you are in the mood to enjoy a second-straight day of Mike Muscala baskets going in or not.
The former New York Knicks' top option should be the place to start. Hardaway usually runs the offense with Luka Doncic off the hardwood, which explains his team-leading 27.9% usage without Doncic and Porzingis on the floor. He is a talented scorer that averages 0.98 FanDuel points per minute when the Mavericks' top two options are not on the court, which would be well worth this price tag should he deliver on that mark.
Maxi Kleber, PF, Dallas Mavericks ($4,700)
Finding the correct replacement for Porzingis is much tougher, especially with Finney-Smith also not assuming his minutes in the frontcourt. Something to keep an eye on is the possible insertion of Boban Marjanovic into the starting lineup. The massive, 7'4" center is never going to be an All-Star, but he is a FanDuel points monster, averaging 1.33 FanDuel points per minute in his limited time this year. For context, his last game as a full member of rotation was a 31-minute start earlier this year against the Nuggets, where he posted 31 points and 17 rebounds.
Boban has two definite drawbacks, however, which is a non-existent floor should his defense be too poor, and that he would occupy a center spot that will be a great way to spend salary with few playable studs, as Nikola Jokic and Deandre Ayton are great options. Maxi Kleber is much safer, as he has been a mainstay in the rotation since entering Orlando, averaging 26.4 minutes in the bubble. Kleber delivered in two March starts as well, averaging 36 minutes and 36.95 FanDuel points in those two games before the break.
Trey Burke, PG, Dallas Mavericks ($3,700)
The third best Mavs' player to target on offense is Trey Burke. This would absolutely be a spot for Seth Curry, but their last game was Curry's first time back from leg soreness, which he has battled the entire time in the bubble, and was limited to 21 minutes. Curry started that game, which means he will be sharing usage with Hardaway, Kleber, and Justin Jackson. Burke is an unknown, as Delon Wright or Jose Juan Barea could also enter the lineup.
But, coming off the bench would actually significantly increase his usage in the same minutes, so not starting might be an even better turn of events for the Michigan Wolverines' product. Burke has shown his scoring prowess when given the opportunity, as he has averaged 32.5 FanDuel points per game in the bubble when he has seen at least 25 minutes.
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