5 Daily Fantasy Basketball Value Plays for 1/29/16
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'll need to also find one of these lower-priced options to squeeze everyone into your lineup.
Let's take a look at five guys -- prices according to FanDuel -- who can help fill the gaps in your lineup tonight. Of course, remember to check our projections closer to tip, since so much can change in the NBA throughout the day.
Archie Goodwin, PG, Phoenix Suns - $5,000
Archie Goodwin's price is on the rise, but at $5,000, he is still a reasonable bet to hit value once again. The Suns will take on the Knicks this evening, a team that has surrendered ridiculous amounts of production to the point guard position in four of their last five games -- the Jazz backcourt being the only team that failed to take advantage. Starting point guards are averaging 49.48 FanDuel points in the aforementioned four games, including Kyle Lowry's 51.2 FanDuel points last night.
Regardless of whether Jose Calderon or Langston Galloway draw the start at point guard, the matchup isn't overly concerning. As long as Brandon Knight remains shelved, Goodwin provides a decent amount of security at a bargain price.
Wesley Matthews, SG, Dallas Mavericks - $4,900
Wesley Matthews has had three consecutive down games, but there's no better way to snap out of a slump than to take on the abysmal Brooklyn Nets defense. The Nets are allowing the most fantasy points to the shooting guard position this year -- and by a full point at that.
The perimeter defense of the Nets -- and starting shooting guard Wayne Ellington in particular -- leave much to be desired. As Matthews is averaging almost seven three-point attempts per game this season, he should have no trouble converting a handful of triples this evening. With his consistent playing time -- he's played below 30 minutes just twice over his previous 15 games -- and reduced price tag, Matthews should be able to return solid value.
Tobias Harris, SF, Orlando Magic - $5,900
The value at small forward is fairly thin this evening, and while Shabazz Muhammad deserves consideration in tournament formats, his matchup with the Jazz is concerning for cash games. Tobias Harris is probably towards the higher end of what we'd consider a "value play," but at $5,900, we're including him.
At first glance, the matchup with Jae Crowder is a concern, but on further review, the Celtics have actually allowed some decent games to opposing small forwards over the past couple of weeks. Over the previous three outings, the Celtics have allowed over 30 FanDuel points to starting small forwards. Harris should be able to get some extra work on the glass -- the Celtics allow the fourth-most rebounds to opposing teams -- to help boost his point total this evening.
Aaron Gordon, PF, Orlando Magic - $4,400
Averaging 28.96 minutes and 23.9 FanDuel points per game over his previous five, Aaron Gordon will now take on a Celtics' defense that has surrendered the second most FanDuel points to opposing power forwards on the season. As touched on above, Boston struggles rebounding the ball and particularly so against opposing power forwards, to whom they allow more rebounds than any other team in the league. With Gordon averaging eight boards per game over his productive five-game stretch, he's a prime candidate for a double-double this evening.
He's a cash game and tournament option, as he has the potential to return at least six times value if the minutes are there.
Spencer Hawes, C, Charlotte Hornets - $4,000
With premium options on the board at both guard spots and small forward, paying down at center makes a lot of sense tonight. Spencer Hawes disappointed against Rudy Gobert and the Jazz in his last game but should find the going a bit easier against Portland tonight. The Trail Blazers have actually contained opposing centers well this year -- they're in the top third of the league in terms of fantasy production allowed to the position -- but have given up an average of 27.86 FanDuel points to starting centers over the previous five games.
Look for Hawes to get back on track and return solid value on his modest $4,000 price tag on the road in Portland this evening.