3 Daily Fantasy Basketball Value Plays for the Two-Day 5/26/16 and 5/27/16 Slate
With only one game apiece on both Thursday and Friday, 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.
Andre Roberson, SG, Oklahoma City Thunder
FanDuel Price: $3,900
As expected, Andre Roberson's price increased in this slate due to his 50-fantasy-point outburst. However, there is still value to be found at his new price tag. To reach five times his cost (points per $1,000 in salary), he will have to score 19.5 fantasy points. In the series he has put up 18.5, 9.6, 22.7, and 49.9 fantasy points, respectively.
The 49.9 is unrealistic, so keep the expectations a bit lower. But, even in the first three games, he averaged 0.77 fantasy points per minute. That production over a modest 30 minutes of playing time would equal 23 fantasy points.
Adding in Game 4 brings his per-minute production to 0.95 fantasy points in the series. There is a lot of room for regression at his price tag. Roberson should be able to get you at least 20 fantasy points tonight.
Andre Iguodala, SF, Golden State Warriors
FanDuel Price: $4,300
Andre Iguodala has been solid this series for the Warriors. He hasn't exploded for a ton of fantasy points, but every night has been relatively satisfying. He is averaging 21.8 fantasy points through the first four games.
Iguodala's minutes have been slightly limited in three of the four games due to blowouts by each team. If both teams can keep Game 5 close all the way to the end, Iguodala could play 35 minutes and have plenty of opportunities to provide value.
Serge Ibaka, PF, Oklahoma City Thunder
FanDuel Price: $5,200
In case you can't tell, I don't like the inexpensive options in the Cavaliers/Raptors series. Some of the high-priced players are viable options, but the Warriors/Thunder matchup is much better for saving money.
A third player in that game to look to is Serge Ibaka. Ibaka has scored at least five times his cost in four of his last five games. His playing time seems to be a lock at around 33 minutes a game, and he is currently averaging 0.78 fantasy points per minute.
A surprising key to success has been the small Thunder lineup of Russell Westbrook, Dion Waiters, Roberson, Kevin Durant, and Ibaka. That lineup has outscored the Warriors 91-35 in the last two games.
I doubt Oklahoma City is going to have their way again with the Warriors pushed to the brink, but either way, Ibaka will be on the floor in the middle of a fast-paced game for close to three quarters of playing time.