3 NBA FanDuel Value Plays to Target on 9/2/20
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.
P.J. Tucker, C, Houston Rockets ($4,800)
Seeing upwards of 35 minutes per game in an offense like the Houston Rockets, who are 2nd in pace behind electric playmaker James Harden, would normally be someone that is always a target in daily fantasy at $4,800, but P.J. Tucker admittedly often gets overlooked, and that is not just because the Rockets' "center" is only 6'5".
Tucker had a woefully low 0.60 FanDuel points per minute in the regular season, but Tucker has earned a new nickname -- at least from me--of "Playoff P.J.". Tucker has sparked all the way to 0.68 FanDuel points per game in the playoffs--which is still low--but his tremendous defense has him locked into a role of 34.2 minutes per game in this series so far--even with an ejection in Game 5. Tucker and Brook Lopez are the default choices at center, and while Lopez's upside to score is far greater, Tucker's role has been consistent for Houston as they enter a must-win game on Wednesday.
Jae Crowder, SF, Miami Heat ($4,700)
The hope was, with ample opportunity to rest his injured ankle, as well as a shorter rotation with the need for better defenders to combat the onslaught of the Milwaukee Bucks, that Jae Crowder would play more minutes starting at power forward for the Miami Heat. He did just that, playing 34 minutes in a regulation win, which means he likely continues to see an increased role at a similar price to his cost against the Indiana Pacers, where he only averaged 25.8 minutes per game.
Crowder has hit a value score of 6.00 on FanDuel in three of his last six games, but Monday in Game 1 was just not his night. He only shot 37.5%, had 4 turnovers, and did not record a steal for the first time in three games. If those factors regress back toward the mean for Crowder, he can deliver once again as a high-minutes option at a low price tag.
George Hill, PG, Milwaukee Bucks ($4,400)
George Hill sullied many FanDuel lineups, as he got the start in place of Eric Bledsoe and was expected to well exceed his $4,400 price tag with the increased minute's load. He certainly saw the playing time, as he saw 34 minutes in Game 1, but was disappointing, taking only 5 shots and having 4 turnovers in the contest. In combination with Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez both scoring at their highest totals of the postseason, there was not much room for Hill to operate in the offense.
Bledsoe is questionable with his hamstring injury again for Game 2, which would lock Hill into another extensive role should Bledsoe be ruled out. At 0.90 FanDuel points per minute during the regular season, he is a more productive player than he showcased on Monday, and may come at reduced popularity in tournaments given how badly he scorned DFS players in Game 1.
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