3 Daily Fantasy Basketball Value Plays for the Two-Day 5/16/16 and 5/17/16 Slate
With only one game apiece on both Monday and Tuesday, daily fantasy contests that begin today 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 three guys who can help fill the gaps in your lineup.
Patrick Patterson, PF, Toronto Raptors
FanDuel Price: $4,200
Patrick Patterson seems to be one of the safe cheaper options on the two-day slate. He is still expected to play a ton of minutes with Jonas Valanciunas still out of the lineup, and Patterson also can play smaller if the Cavaliers decide to go that route.
He is averaging 0.62 fantasy points per minute this season, per NBAWowy.com, and over his last five games, he is averaging 37.4 minutes per game. Pairing those two numbers together would produce just over 23 fantasy points -- which, at Patterson's price, is a really good value.
Harrison Barnes, SF, Golden State Warriors
FanDuel Price: $4,300
Harrison Barnes averaged 21.8 fantasy points in the three-game regular-season series against the Thunder. This series will be very fast-paced, which will help give Barnes plenty of opportunities to create fantasy value.
His upside isn't extremely attractive, but you know what you are getting when you roster him, as he's scored between 15 and 18 FanDuel points in his last four games.
Barnes offers you a lot of savings in salary and a decent level of comfort knowing you will net somewhere around 20 fantasy points from him.
Serge Ibaka, PF, Oklahoma City Thunder
FanDuel Price: $5,200
One of the biggest storylines coming into the Warriors-Thunder series is what the Thunder are going to do with the three bigs of Serge Ibaka, Steven Adams, and Enes Kanter. All three bring very different skill sets to the game, and it will be interesting how much each of them play.
Ibaka is a versatile defender who can step out and defend a guard, at least for a possession or two. That will likely earn him a few extra minutes as both Kanter and Adams are slower on the perimeter.
Even though Ibaka will gain extra minutes due to his defense, his offensive game will have equally as many minutes to produce fantasy value.
In the three-game season series against Golden State, Ibaka averaged 28.8 fantasy points per game, which equals 5.5 times his current price tag.