FanDuel Daily Fantasy Basketball Helper: Saturday 5/7/22

After a 9.3% salary decrease, Grizzlies' Desmond Bane ranks as numberFire's top value option. Which other players are important to Saturday's two-game slate?

If you're new to daily fantasy basketball -- maybe you started your DFS journey during the MLB or NFL seasons, or maybe basketball is your sport and this will be your first year giving it a shot -- you're in for a treat. The NBA scene changes on a week-to-week, day-to-day, and -- depending on injury news -- even a minute-to-minute basis, making every slate a unique one that requires an ever-changing approach.

With so much changing so quickly, we're here with plenty of tools to help you out. We have daily projections, a matchup heat map, a lineup optimizer, and a bunch of other great resources to help give you an edge.

Daily fantasy basketball is very reliant on a player's opportunity, so you'll need to make sure that you're up-to-date with key injuries. Our projections update up until tip-off to reflect current news, we have player news updates, and the FanDuel Scout app will send push notifications for pressing updates regarding your players.

We'll also be coming at you with this primer every day, breaking down a few of the day's top plays at each position.

Let's break down today's main slate on FanDuel.

Team Implied Total O/U Spread Key Injuries
BOS 105.5 213 2 Smart probable
MIL 107.5 213 -2 Middleton OUT
MEM 109.25 225.5 7 Brooks OUT
GS 116.25 225.5 -7 Payton OUT


Ja Morant ($10,800) - After a monster 75.6 fantasy performance in Game 2, Morant's FanDuel salary has increased to his highest point this season. The Grizzlies' superstar point guard has been ultra-aggressive against a Golden State Warriors team allowing the most points in the paint this postseason (46.6), accounting for 0.78 shot attempts per minute.

Stephen Curry ($9,500) - In four postseason starts since Curry's minutes restriction was lifted on April 24th, the 34-year old is averaging 1.25 FanDuel points and 0.59 field goal attempts in 151.23 minutes.

Jaylen Brown ($8,800) - Since the start of Boston's second round series, Brown's FanDuel salary has moved up 11.3%. In 76.2 minutes against a Milwaukee Bucks' unit allowing a 96.8 defensive rating, Brown has recorded 1.06 FanDuel points and 0.55 real-life points per minute.

Jrue Holiday ($8,300) - Milwaukee's point guard has played an active offensive role against a Celtics' team ranked fourth among current playoff teams in defensive rating, increasing his field goal attempts per minute from 0.45 to 0.53 during the second round.

Jordan Poole ($7,000) - Despite a recent lineup change, Poole is still averaging 0.71 real-points and 0.50 shot attempts in a 71.25 minute sample size this series.

Marcus Smart ($6,300) - In 442.8 minutes with Boston's expected starting lineup this regular season, Smart ranked fourth among his team in fantasy output (0.94 FanDuel points) and third in usage (16.9%).

Klay Thompson ($6,200) - numberFire's second ranked guard in value with a 5.73 rating and a 35.5 FanDuel point projection.

Desmond Bane ($5,800) - After a 9.3% decrease in his FanDuel salary, Bane stands as today's top value option with a 6.11 rating and a 35.4 FanDuel projection. In 1760.9 regular season minutes with Dillon Brooks off the floor, the Grizzlies' shooting guard has recorded 1.02 FanDuel points and 0.50 shot attempts per minute.

De'Anthony Melton ($5,500) - Melton has been extremely productive off the bench this series, producing 1.11 FanDuel points per minute. Memphis' pesky guard has already accumulated nine combined blocks and steals against a Golden State team allowing 16.9 points per game off turnovers this postseason.


Giannis Antetokounmpo ($11,000) - At his lowest salary point this postseason, "The Greek Freak" stands as Saturday's top option with a 56.6 FanDuel point expectation. Despite Boston's increased defensive attention, Antetokounmpo is still averaging 1.42 FanDuel points and 0.68 field goal attempts in 75.51 minutes this series.

Jayson Tatum ($10,000) - Boston's offensive leader has been in solid form throughout the playoffs, recording 0.67 real-life points, 0.10 rebounds, and 0.17 assists in 249 minutes. In a tough matchup against a Milwaukee team allowing the least amount of points in the paint among current postseason teams, Tatum ranks as numberFire's fourth overall option with a 45.8 FanDuel point expectation.

Al Horford ($7,200) - In 127.46 playoff minutes since Robert Williams' return, Horford is averaging 0.90 FanDuel points per minute.

Jaren Jackson Jr. ($7,100) - Jackson's FanDuel salary has moved up 16.3% to his highest point since February. Despite his consistent foul trouble, the 22-year old forward has accounted for 1.24 FanDuel points and 0.75 real-life points in 59.42 minutes this series.

Draymond Green ($6,500) - numberFire's third ranked value option at the forward positions with a 5.79 rating and a 37.6 FanDuel point expectation.

Andrew Wiggins ($6,100) - In 1503.8 regular season minutes with today's inactives, Wiggins is averaging 0.90 FanDuel points and a 21.6% usage rate.

Bobby Portis ($5,900) - Milwaukee's forward has recorded 0.98 FanDuel points per minute in his last five playoff starts since Khris Middleton has been sidelined.

Brandon Clarke ($5,600) - Despite his second unit role, Clarke ranks fourth among forwards in value with a 5.58 rating and a 31.2 FanDuel point expectation.

Ziaire Williams ($4,700) - The Grizzlies' forward is a probable candidate to start after Dillon Brooks was suspended for Game 3's contest. In 1233.8 regular season minutes with Brooks off the floor, Williams has accounted for 0.61 FanDuel points and a 14.6% usage rate.


Robert Williams ($5,100) - After a 7.2% decrease in his FanDuel salary, "Time Lord" ranks third among the slate in value with a 5.4 value rating.

Brook Lopez ($5,000) - In 197.27 playoff minutes, Lopez has recorded 0.86 FanDuel points and 0.29 shot attempts per minute.