3 Daily Fantasy Basketball Value Plays for 4/27/16

Injuries open up a lot of minutes for backups. Which inexpensive players will see a bump in value tonight?

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.

Jamal Crawford, SG, Los Angeles Clippers

FanDuel Price: $4,800

And the 2016 Sixth Man of the Year winner goes to... Jamal Crawford. Crawford won that award because he is extremely talented off the bench in his fairly limited minutes. However, when Chris Paul gets injured and sits out, Crawford is unleashed and becomes a fantasy stud as well.

In the last six games that Paul sat out, Crawford has averaged 37 minutes, 26 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and 19 field goal attempts. His monster numbers helped him average 39 fantasy points per game.

It shouldn't take much more convincing than that. Crawford gets the ball early and often and will do so again tonight. His $4,800 price tag is insanely low for now. Look for it to jump to around $6,000 after tonight's game.

The only negative to Crawford is that he may be 100% owned in every single contest.

Jeremy Lin, SG, Charlotte Hornets

FanDuel Price: $4,800

If you want to be contrarian and fade Crawford, Jeremy Lin may be your best bet. However, this pick is contingent on the fact that Nicolas Batum misses a third straight game.

Lin has been very productive in Batum's absence, as he is averaging 28.7 fantasy points over the last two games. The biggest reason for the jump in fantasy value is the sheer volume of shots. Lin has taken 26 shots in the last two games of the series.

He seems very safe in Game 5. Make sure to check in on Batum's status before the game. Lin is still a decent option with Batum in the lineup, but without him, Lin becomes significantly more valuable.

Shaun Livingston, PG, Golden State Warriors

FanDuel Price: $4,400

Shaun Livingston is another guy who will see an increased role due to an injury. I know it hasn't really been covered by the media much, so in case you haven't heard, Stephen Curry is injured and will miss some time.

Livingston is an all-around solid player who racks up fantasy points in multiple ways. For the series, he is averaging 12.5 points to go with 3.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game.

Livingston's price is low enough to find value. In fact, in all four games this series, he hasn't dipped below 5.7 times his cost (fantasy points per $1,000 in salary), which is very impressive.

He isn't as flashy as the two options above, but Livingston brings a lot of value to the table. I would be shocked if he didn't pay at least five times his salary tonight.