3 Daily Fantasy Basketball Value Plays for the Two-Day 5/17/16 and 5/18/16 Slate
With only one game apiece on both Tuesday and Wednesday, 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.
Steven Adams, C, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams has become a fantastic young talent for the Thunder. He is playing well on both ends of the floor and the result of that means extended minutes for the Kiwi. He has played more than 35 minutes in each of the last six games.
It was unclear what Oklahoma City was going to do with Adams against a smaller Golden State team. After Game 1, the answer is that they are going to play him close to 40 minutes. Adams had a point differential of plus-19 -- by far the best in the game.
From a fantasy perspective, he put up 16 points and 12 rebounds for 33.4 fantasy points. Over his last four contests, he is averaging 32 fantasy points per game. At a mere $5,000, Adams provides a ton of value.
The only negative to Adams is that he will be very highly owned by fantasy players.
Patrick Patterson, PF, Toronto Raptors
FanDuel Price: $4,200
Patrick Patterson may slide under the radar in this slate with solid power forward options and many stars available. He put up a very nice 29.2 fantasy points in Game 7 against the Heat. His production has increased with his minutes since Jonas Valanciunas went down due to injury.
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.
Plus, his $4,200 is very attractive for someone playing so many minutes.
Dion Waiters, SG, Oklahoma City Thunder
FanDuel Price: $3,800
Dion Waiters is the risk/reward option of the slate. His near-minimum price tag is appealing, and his minutes seem to be trending upwards.
In Game 1, Waiters scored 17.2 fantasy points, which doesn't sound incredible, but it was good enough for 4.5 times his cost (points per $1,000 in salary).
The 30 minutes in Game 1 is the most promising stat for Waiters. He will likely play around 30 minutes the entire series as the Thunder go a little smaller to match up with the guards of Golden State.