3 NBA FanDuel Value Plays to Target on Tuesday 1/31/23
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.
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.
Quentin Grimes, SG/SF, New York Knicks
FanDuel Salary: $4,100
The best sub-$6,000 value of the night in numberFire's projections is easily Quentin Grimes, who is expected to play 34.3 minutes at a $4,100 salary for the New York Knicks.
Grimes is locked into a starting role and has averaged 33.4 minutes and 22.1 FanDuel points across his starts this season.
The Los Angeles Lakers are a mid-range defense, and when excluding teams in the top and bottom 10 in defensive rating, Grimes averages 0.70 FanDuel points per minute (it's a dreadful 0.56 versus top-10 units).
With a few five-digit salaries worth chasing tonight, Grimes' $4,100 tag really helps out, and he's in one of the best composite game environments (matchup, total, and spread) on the board.
Jericho Sims ($4,700) is also a good value play for the Knicks.
Mark Williams, C, Charlotte Hornets
FanDuel Salary: $4,300
A dominant per-minute fantasy producer (1.29 FanDuel points per minute), Mark Williams is projected for 18.7 minutes and 22.1 fantasy points tonight in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
That Charlotte Hornets versus Bucks game has an over/under (244.0) that is 12.0 points higher than any other game, so Williams could be set up for a lot of production even without cracking 20 minutes.
Williams has still averaged 1.21 FanDuel points per minute even against top-10 defenses on the year, so we shouldn't need to worry too much about the matchup itself.
Pat Connaughton, SF/SG, Milwaukee Bucks
FanDuel Salary: $5,000
Let's stick in that high-totaled game.
Pat Connaughton has 18 straight starts under his belt and has stayed in the starting lineup while Khris Middleton has come off the bench in his four games since returning.
In his 18 starts, Connaughton has averaged 29.4 minutes and 21.4 FanDuel points (0.73 FanDuel points per minute).
That per-minute rate doesn't jump up a ton against bottom-10 opponents, but it doesn't hurt that the matchup and game environment are so good.