3 Daily Fantasy Basketball Value Plays for 4/18/16
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 find one of these lower-priced options to squeeze everyone into your lineup.
Let's take a look at three guys who can help fill the gaps in your lineup tonight.
Patrick Patterson, PF, Toronto Raptors
FanDuel Price: $3,800
Patrick Patterson has been floating right around that 28 minutes mark, and that is staying relatively consistent. Coming in at almost a minimum salary, he only needs 19 fantasy points to reach fives times his cost (points per $1,000 in salary).
There is obvious risk with anyone this cheap, but he seems guaranteed to play a decent amount for the Raptors. In Game 1 of the series, he scored nine points to go with six rebounds, one assist and one block. That's a pretty unimpressive stat line, but that equaled a value of 4.9 times his salary.
Corey Brewer, SF, Houston Rockets
FanDuel Price: $3,500
Corey Brewer is a minimum salary on FanDuel and offers a ton of salary relief. Brewer started for the Rockets in Game 1 and played a surprisingly high 28 minutes.
Brewer was one of only two Rockets players (Clint Capela) to pay five times their price tag on Saturday night. If Brewer is in line for another 28 minutes tonight, he is a great daily fantasy option.
He shot 1-of-8 on the night and has now missed his last 20 three-point attempts. Breaking out of his shooting slump, even just a little bit, would do wonders for his fantasy value. Either way, Brewer could be a nice asset to own tonight, especially if he is in the starting lineup again.
Raymond Felton, PG, Dallas Mavericks
FanDuel Price: $4,700
During the regular season, we get to sort through injuries to find value, but during the playoffs, injuries don't pop up too often and players often play through them. This isn't the case in Dallas tonight. Jose Juan Barea has already been ruled out, and Deron Williams is doubtful for tonight's game and said that his pain level is as high as it's been. Enter Raymond Felton.
To me, Felton is the best value play of the day, and frankly, it isn't really close. With Barea out, and if Williams does miss, Felton will likely play close to 40 minutes against a fast-paced Thunder team.
Felton has excelled, fantasy-wise, in similar positions this year. On April 8th, Barea played just eight minutes before leaving with an injury and Williams didn't play at all. Felton scored 40.2 fantasy points. The next game, Barea sat out and Williams did play, but Felton still scored 33 fantasy points. Finally on April 13th, with Barea out, Felton scored 29 fantasy points.
With all of that said, even if Williams does play, I still like Felton as a solid inexpensive option. If Williams is sidelined with Barea, then Felton will be a must-play. Swallow the high ownership percentage and roster him.