3 NBA FanDuel Value Plays to Target on Friday 5/14/21
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.
Kent Bazemore, SF, Golden State Warriors ($4,900)
Stephen Curry, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, and Mychal Mulder are all listed as questionable against the New Orleans Pelicans. While we wait on the final injury report, we know that Bazemore is fully healthy and has played 28-plus minutes in seven of his last eight games.
Bazemore often produces fewer than FanDuel point per minute but is still able to exceed his salary-based value. That should be the case yet again in this one as we have Bazemore projected for 31.98 minutes and 29.9 FanDuel points, making him the second-best value option among small forwards.
This game features a 224.5-point over/under and 2.0-point spread, and both teams are in the top 10 of the league in offensive pace. This should be a very favorable fantasy environment, and it's a spot you'll want to get some exposure.
Raul Neto, PG, Washington Wizards ($4,600)
Although he is listed as a point guard, Neto has been starting at shooting guard for the Wizards, who are still fighting for the seeding in the play-in round. This has helped Neto see at least 25 minutes in five straight games while taking double-digit field goal attempts in three out of his last four. That scoring upside will come in handy versus the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are allowing the sixth-most (42.43) FanDuel points per game to shooting guards.
Neto comes in projected for 28.12 minutes and 24.0 FanDuel points, making him the fifth-best value option among point guards on this slate. With a slate-high 229.0-point over/under, this game is one you'll want a piece of, and Neto is an economical way to get exposure to it.
Kira Lewis, PG, New Orleans Pelicans ($3,800)
As noted above, the Pelicans-Warriors matchup is a great spot for fantasy production.
The Pelicans are another team dealing with a number of injuries, including Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Zion Williamson. Both Ball and Williamson are ruled out for tonight's game, while Ingram is questionable. This means we should be seeing Eric Bledsoe and Nickeil Alexander-Walker in the starting lineup, with Kira Lewis Jr. coming off the bench. Lewis has been coming off the pine and has played 18 or more minutes in three of his last four games.
Our projections have Lewis going for 24.97 minutes and 20.4 FanDuel points, making him the third-best value option among point guards. If this game stays close, we could see Lewis exceed those numbers in what should be an ideal fantasy environment.