5 NBA FanDuel Value Plays to Target on Friday 1/13/23
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.
Andrew Nembhard, SG/PG, Indiana Pacers
Bennedict Mathurin, SG/SF, Indiana Pacers
Nembhard FanDuel Salary: $5,300
Mathurin FanDuel Salary: $5,600
The Indiana Pacers are all sorts of banged up for tonight's game against the Atlanta Hawks, a team that ranks 13th in defensive rating. Tyrese Haliburton is out, and Myles Turner and Aaron Nesmith are questionable.
With Haliburton off the floor, Bennedict Mathurin holds a 30.6% usage rate and a per-minute average of 0.95 FanDuel points, via CourtIQ. Andrew Nembhard's usage rate is nearly half of that by comparison (16.6%), but he still has averaged 0.93 FanDuel points per minute in the split.
T.J. McConnell ($5,000) also deserves attention with his 17.5% usage rate and 1.02 FanDuel-point-per-minute average sans Haliburton.
Either way you go, the Pacers are a go-to spot for value on this slate
Kenyon Martin Jr., SF/PF, Houston Rockets
FanDuel Salary: $3,900
KJ has only eight starts on the season but has averaged 30.5 minutes, 13.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.0 combined steals and blocks for 24.3 FanDuel points in them.
The Kings are 24th in defensive rating; in matchups with bottom-10 defenses, Martin has upped his per-minute fantasy output to 0.87, compared to 0.78 in all other matchups.
Walker Kessler, C, Utah Jazz
FanDuel Salary: $5,600
Kessler projects for 28.5 minutes and 32.4 FanDuel points tonight, thanks to a positive matchup against the Orlando Magic, who are 25th in defensive rating.
Kessler has generated 1.16 FanDuel points per minute in games against bottom-10 defenses, so that type of efficiency plus the minutes makes for a very easy suggestion.
Terance Mann, SG/SF, Los Angeles Clippers
FanDuel Salary: $4,800
Terance Mann is set up for a value rating (i.e. FanDuel points per $1,000 in salary) of 6.00, the second-best of the night behind only Martin Jr.'s 6.61, per our algorithm.
In games without George, Mann has started in 12 of 13 matchups and has averaged 30.4 minutes and 25.9 FanDuel points (0.85 per minute).
In a date with the Denver Nuggets (22nd in defensive rating), Mann is a safe bet for quality low-salary production over 35.8 projected minutes.