3 NBA FanDuel Value Plays to Target on 9/8/20
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.
Eric Gordon, SF, Houston Rockets ($5,400)
Opportunity cost is one of the most important concepts to keep in mind playing NBA daily fantasy on FanDuel. Lineups can only have a max of two players per position, and therefore, sometimes it is hard to get to every best play on the slate, as many of them can be stacked at one position. Despite exceeding 28 FanDuel points, and having a value score of 5.00 or better on FanDuel, in nine straight games, Eric Gordon sees a $200 price reduction from Sunday on this slate. Why? Opportunity cost.
Small forward is stacked with LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and the red-hot Jae Crowder, but Gordon is worth prioritizing at this salary this small with a floor this high. Gordon's 21.7% usage rate is easily third of the Houston Rockets starters behind Russell Westbrook and James Harden, with the next highest rate on the offense just 11.7% with P.J. Tucker. His role in the offense is secure for his expected total, and is worth drafting despite plenty of great options.
Eric Bledsoe, PG, Milwaukee Bucks ($5,200)
The injury to Giannis Antetokounmpo helped the Milwaukee Bucks rediscover their starting point guard, Eric Bledsoe. In the second half on Sunday, Bledsoe was second on the Bucks in usage rate at 25.6%, behind Khris Middleton, and his massive 38% usage rate in the overtime win.
Bledsoe is a slam-dunk play if Giannis were to miss this game due to his ankle injury that forced him out of Game 4, but the point guard is certainly worth consideration even if the presumptive back-to-back MVP winner were to give it a go. Bledsoe's minute's trend has been positive throughout the series, as he only saw 25.8 minutes per game in their series with the Orlando Magic, but that is all the way up to 33.7 minutes per game in this series against the Miami Heat despite missing Game 1.
Tyler Herro, SG, Miami Heat ($5,000)
Believe it or not, Tyler Herro had his poorest game of the series on Sunday against Milwaukee, even despite making two huge three-pointers in overtime that kept the struggling Heat within distance. He only scored 11 points, which translated to 18.8 FanDuel points, for his efforts--largely due to his fellow sharpshooter Duncan Robinson absorbing plenty of the shot attempts with a 6-for-12 showing from three-point land in Game 4.
Herro's offensive aggressiveness certainly won't hurt his case to be on the court, provided he does make it there, as has been downgraded to questionable with the same hip injury he played through Sunday. Herro has exceeded 30 minutes off the bench in six of his last eight games, as well as exceeded 25 FanDuel points in six of his last eight contests as well. That FanDuel points total would pay off requisite value at this salary, which reduced to $5,000 here because of his poor showing Sunday, could be a potential blessing in disguise.
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