3 NBA FanDuel Value Plays to Target on Wednesday 3/8/23
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.
Isaiah Joe, PG, Thunder ($4,400)
As of early Wednesday, Isaiah Joe is the standout value play on tonight's slate.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jalen Williams are out for the Oklahoma City Thunder. With those two off the floor this year, Joe owns a 20.2% usage rate and produces 34.4 FanDuel points per minute, according to CourtIQ.
Joe has already been pretty busy of late. Over the past seven games, he's started four times and is averaging 28.2 minutes per night. We peg him to see 30.2 minutes tonight and have him scoring 24.9 FanDuel points -- 5.66 per $1,000.
There's upside for more if OKC can keep it close against the Phoenix Suns. That is a big if, though, as the Thunder are 13.5-point 'road dogs and are on the second leg of a back-to-back.
Still, Joe projects as an excellent point-per-dollar play on a night without many great values (as of now).
Al Horford, PF/C, Celtics ($5,700)
Al Horford's DFS production has been all over the place lately. Over his last four games, he's scored 54.8, 19.5, 41.7, and 16.9 FanDuel points.
The 54.8-point explosion was aided by overtime, but that came in the first game since Robert Williams was injured. The Boston Celtics will be sans Williams again today, and Horford could be in for another high-end output in a clash with the Portland Trail Blazers.
This game has a juicy 230.5-point total, although there's blowout risk with the spread at 10.0 points and the Blazers in the middle of a road trip. For as long as he's out there, Horford can roast a Portland D that's been a sieve versus centers in recent games, permitting 60.8 FanDuel points per night to the position -- the fifth-most -- over the last seven games.
Our model has Horford just shy of that magical five-times barrier, projecting him to total 28.3 FanDuel points (4.96 per $1,000), but he's capable of a huge night in this spot.
Patrick Beverley, PG, Bulls ($5,100)
You know value is thin if I'm writing up Patrick Beverley, but he checks a few boxes tonight.
The Chicago Bulls are on the road to face the Denver Nuggets in a game with a 226.5-point total and 8.5-point spread. The Nugs have been very giving to floor generals over the last seven games, allowing 59.9 FanDuel points per night to point guards, the second-most in that span.
Of course, Beverley isn't your normal point guard, and he hasn't netted double-digit real-life points since January 28th. What he has going for him is big minutes, getting at least 29 minutes in four consecutive outings, and his ability to contribute in all the stats other than scoring.
He's pulled down at least five boards in five of his past six games and is capable of racking up blocks and steals, tallying five combined blocks/steals in an outburst of 46.0 FanDuel points last week.
We project Beverley to record 25.6 FanDuel points (5.01 per $1,000), and he's a solid value option.