3 NBA FanDuel Value Plays to Target on Thursday 11/17/22
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 one of these lower-salaried options into your lineup.
Let's take a look at some players who can help fill in the gaps in your lineup on FanDuel tonight, using numberFire's daily fantasy basketball projections as a guide.
Ivica Zubac, C, Los Angeles Clippers
FanDuel Salary: $6,000
Sure, Ivica Zubac isn't near the minimum salary or anything, but it's a three-game slate, and he's just one of the best -- if not the best -- plays relative to salary we'll get across the six teams in action tonight.
Zubac has played at least 32.6 minutes in three of the past five games and has averaged 31.2 minutes in total over that five-game split.
He's a 1.01 FanDuel-point-per-minute producer on the season and has been at 0.95 or better in every year of his NBA career. The minutes will be safe, and the production generally follows for Zubac.
Jeremy Sochan, SF/PF, San Antonio Spurs
FanDuel Salary: $4,300
It's pretty telling that a player who has started every game of the season can be rostered for only $4,300, but it's also nice to know we have a solidified starter's role available to roster for only $4,300.
Jeremy Sochan has put up just 0.74 FanDuel points per minute and has gone over 22.4 FanDuel points just once (he got to 30.7 in that outing).
Sochan, though, has stabilized his production a bit. Although he's averaged just 17.8 FanDuel points per game, that's up to 20.6 over the past five games.
numberFire projects Sochan for 9.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists for 21.9 FanDuel points tonight. Steady. Sturdy. Affordable to roster, allowing us to access the true difference-makers tonight.
Joe Harris, SG/SF, Brooklyn Nets
FanDuel Salary: $3,800
Harris' usage rate is only 15.4% even without Kyrie Irving, but that's a bump of 1.7 points, according to RotoGrinders. Where Harris' true value lies, though, is in how low the salary is for the minutes.
Harris is anticipated to put up a respectable 19.9 FanDuel points (5.24 per $1,000). That makes him a top-four value play by numberFire's projections -- but best below $5,500.
He's the best projected minutes value by a long shot for tonight, and the $3,800 tag really lets you get up to the studs: Kevin Durant, Domantas Sabonis, Damian Lillard, and De'Aaron Fox. That in itself holds extra value.