4 Daily Fantasy Basketball Value Plays for the Two-Day 5/4/16 and 5/5/16 Slate
With only one game set for both Wednesday and Thursday, daily fantasy contests include both nights.
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 four guys who can help fill the gaps in your lineup.
Tristan Thompson, C, Cleveland Cavaliers
FanDuel Price: $4,800
It seems that Tristan Thompson is going to play significant minutes against the Hawks this entire series. Atlanta rolls out both Paul Millsap and Al Horford, so Cleveland responds by rolling with Thompson to stay as big as possible. Kevin Love's shoulder injury also helps Thompson.
In the first game,of the series, Thompson played 40 minutes and scored 8 points while hauling in 14 rebounds. He scored 31.8 fantasy points and had a value of 7.1 (points per $1,000 in salary).
Thompson could be a bit of a contrarian play with the likes of Horford, Hassan Whiteside, and Jonas Valanciunas being available in this two-day contest. However, he offers significant savings compared to the other three.
Kent Bazemore, SF, Atlanta Hawks
FanDuel Price: $5,600
Kent Bazemore saw 36 minutes of playing time in Game 1 and produced a stat line of 16 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Bazemore piled together a 36.4-fantasy-point night against Cleveland.
There were some issues on the defensive end, but he is too important on offense for the Hawks to take him off the floor.
He took 14 shots in Game 1, which is promising for his sustainable fantasy value. In fact, Bazemore is averaging 13.8 shot attempts per game this postseason.
Dennis Schroder, PG, Atlanta Hawks
FanDuel Price: $3,900
Dennis Schroder had a career night in Game 1 against the Cavaliers. He took 20 shots on his way to 27 points, 3 rebounds, and 6 assists, which was a career high in postseason points.
He was easily in perfect lineups Monday night, as his value was 9.9 times his cost -- the best of the slate.
Schroder usually plays about 20 minutes per game, so his 28 minutes in Game 1 were probably due to his hot hand. So, the minutes may dip a little from Game 1, but there is still value to be found because there is no denying his success against Cleveland.
Joe Johnson, SF, Miami Heat
FanDuel Price: $4,700
Joe Johnson has been repeatedly one of my favorite value plays this postseason. If you read this article every day, you are probably sick of hearing about him. However, he continues to be a safe play night in and night out.
He did have the benefit of overtime in Game 1, but he was still productive in regulation. He was 7 of 19 from the field and scored 30.4 fantasy points. The bad percentage from the field is actually promising because he was already valuable while shooting 37 percent from the field.
Johnson is averaging 0.69 fantasy points per minutes, per NBAWowy.com. Pair that with his consistent 35 minutes per game, and he is right at 5.2 times his price tag.
This game is Thursday night, so you'll have to wait a bit to watch him play. But the balance of savings and safety will be worth it.