3 NBA FanDuel Value Plays to Target on 2/24/21
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-salaried options into your lineup.
Let's take a look at three players who can help fill in the gaps in your lineup.
Lonnie Walker, SG, San Antonio Spurs ($3,500)
The San Antonio Spurs are going to be without a number of players tonight, making them a main source of value.
Here are the players the Spurs won't have tonight: DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Keldon Johnson, Devin Vassell, Quinndary Weatherspoon, and Derrick White, and LaMarcus Aldridge listed as questionable. This is going to change their starting lineup and rotation considerably tonight and that means we should be seeing Lonnie Walker in the starting lineup. Considering Walker is the minimum salary of $3,500, you can expect him to be very chalky on this slate.
Walker is currently projected for 32.21 minutes and 21 FanDuel points tonight, making him the second-best overall value play. Tonight's matchup versus the Oklahoma City Thunder has a total sitting at 216 points, with a 1.0-point spread. While that total might be a bit low, both teams are in the top 12 of the league for the fastest-paced offensive teams, giving a good indication we could see the over hit. That would mean more potential production for Walker, who doesn't have to do a lot to exceed value, to begin with.
Saben Lee, PG, Detroit Pistons ($5,000)
Lee has played 28 and 32 minutes in his last two games, which is massive considering he played a total of 17 minutes over the prior 10 games. We know that the Pistons traded Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks, and are without Delon Wright and Blake Griffin for various reasons. This has allowed Lee to step into the Pistons' rotation and see big minutes, which should continue tonight in a soft matchup versus the New Orleans Pelicans, who are allowing the third-most (50.88) FanDuel points per game to opposing point guards.
Lee has been coming off the bench for the Pistons, which means he sees a good amount of court time when Dennis Smith, Saddiq Bey, and/or Jerami Grant are off the court. When this is the case, Lee is producing 1.23 FanDuel points per minute from a 17.0% usage rate. That per-minute production is very strong for a player who is only $5,000 and will allow him to exceed value quickly.
Jeremy Lamb, SG, Indiana Pacers ($5,000)
Anytime you see an over/under this high you should be looking to target it in DFS and doing so via some value plays is always a good choice. Jeremy Lamb is one of those value plays you should consider since not only is the game environment very strong, but the matchup is worth attacking. Right now, the Warriors are allowing the fifth-most (43.12) FanDuel points per game to opposing shooting guards.
We also see the Warriors allowing the 11th-most (13.3) made three-pointers per game from opposing teams. This should benefit Lamb, who is taking 3.9 three-point attempts per game this season while making them at a 50% clip. On top of that, both teams are in the top-10 for the fastest offensive-paced teams, which should help with overall scoring tonight.