5 NBA FanDuel Value Plays to Target on Wednesday 12/28/22
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.
Pat Connaughton, SF/PF, Milwaukee Bucks
FanDuel Salary: $3,900
Pat Connaughton shapes up as the best-projected value in numberFire's model by a long shot. He's got a value rating (i.e. FanDuel points projection per $1,000) of 5.92 in a matchup against the Chicago Bulls.
Connaughton's Milwaukee Bucks hold a top-five implied team total, thanks to their status as 4.5-point favorites in a game with a nice 232.0-point over/under.
Connaughton is being projected for 30.2 minutes tonight, which would be a season-high. He started on Christmas Day, his first start of the year, and in that game, he played 29.5 minutes and accrued 27.3 FanDuel points, both season-bests.
Malik Monk, SG, Sacramento Kings
FanDuel Salary: $4,600
Monk, in games against teams outside the top 10 defensively, has averaged a robust 1.02 FanDuel points per minute across 24.4 minutes for 24.8 fantasy points per game.
He's projected for 23.2 minutes tonight, and that's enough to consider rostering him, especially in Nuggets/Kings stacks.
Thomas Bryant, C, Los Angeles Lakers
FanDuel Salary: $5,700
Bryant has now started eight games, and in them, he's averaged 27.6 minutes and 28.1 FanDuel points (1.02 per minute).
The Miami Heat are a top-10 defense by defensive rating but also allow a league-average number of rebounds.
Bryant, via CourtIQ, has averaged 1.15 FanDuel points per minute without both Davis and James on the floor this season and 1.08 without Davis.
Killian Hayes, PG, Detroit Pistons
FanDuel Salary: $6,000
In his 23 starts, Hayes has averaged 29.4 minutes and 28.8 FanDuel points on a per-minute output of 0.98 fantasy points.
Jonathan Kuminga, SF, Golden State Warriors
FanDuel Salary: $4,500
Kuminga's usage rate is a nice 19.6% without those three on the floor across a 275.6-minute sample. Although Kuminga doesn't usually slide into the starting lineup, in 13 games with at least 20 minutes played, he has averaged 27.9 minutes and 25.3 FanDuel points (0.91 per minute).