3 NBA FanDuel Value Plays to Target on Friday 3/10/23
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.
Jaden McDaniels, SF/PF, Timberwolves ($5,400)
Since reshaping their team, the Brooklyn Nets have been a nice fantasy matchup for small forwards, and that puts me on Jaden McDaniels.
Over the last 15 games, the Nets are permitting the eighth-most FanDuel points per night to small forwards (40.9).
On a small slate where two of the high-total games come with blowout risk, this matchup has no such concerns as it boasts a 4.5-point spread and 231.0-point total. Both teams sit in the top 12 in pace over the past 15 games. It should be a great game environment for fantasy.
McDaniels has seen at least 29 minutes in seven of his last eight games, and I like his floor/ceiling combination in this spot.
We need to take a look at Mike Conley ($5,500), too. As of early Friday, Conley is our algorithm's top point-per-dollar play of the slate at a projection of 32.4 FanDuel points (5.89 per $1,000).
Malik Beasley, SG/SF, Lakers ($5,300)
Malik Beasley is logging big minutes for the Los Angeles Lakers, and he's a low-salary way to get exposure to LA's matchup with the Toronto Raptors.
This game has a 225.5-point total and tight 1.5-point spread. LA is operating at the league's fastest pace over the last 15 games, and Beasley has been a key cog since coming over via trade, playing at least 27 minutes in five of the past six games.
Our model has Beasley scoring 25.8 FanDuel points (4.86 per $1,000), and there's upside for more against a Raptors defense that's surrendered the sixth-most made threes per night to small forwards, which suits Beasley's game.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Nuggets ($5,100)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has a dream matchup with the San Antonio Spurs.
San Antonio has been ceding a lot of fantasy points to pretty much every position. Shooting guard is no exception as the Spurs are allowing the third-most FanDuel points per game to the position over the past 15 games (46.9).
Blowout risk is a legit worry as the Denver Nuggets are 12.0-point home favorites. With that said, the Nuggets' 124.0-point implied total is a slate-best clip, and there's always a chance San Antonio is able to be more competitive than we assume.
KCP projects for 25.2 FanDuel points (4.95 per $1,000). He's an economical -- and likely fairly contrarian -- way to get a piece of a Denver offense that could go berserk on Friday.