FanDuel NBA Value Plays: Wednesday (11/29)
There are 10 games on the FanDuel main slate tonight. The Indiana-Houston and the Golden State-Los Angeles Lakers games should be fun and high scoring. You could look at stacking these games to give yourself more GPP upside. There are 12 players priced at $9,000 or more. James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Boogie Cousins, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant and Ben Simmons are the highest priced players – all above 10K.
You will need to free up some salary if you are going to fit one or two of the high-priced players into your lineup tonight. Here are 12 plays that are worth considering as you set your lineup for tonight’s slate of games. Remember to check the news and injury reports, especially in the 30 minutes prior to lock. Use all the information available to you to make the best decision possible for your lineup. Good luck and have fun!
Tyus Jones (MIN): $5,200 at NOP
If Jeff Teague sits again tonight then Jones is a great play. In the last three games (all of which he has started), Jones has averaged 38.2 FD points. To say that Jones is playing well is an understatement and he is doing it without scoring a ton of points. He is dishing out assists, grabbing rebounds, and committing his fair share of thievery. That is good because New Orleans just can’t seem to take care of the ball.
Ish Smith (DET): $3,800 vs. PHO
This is a pace up situation for Detroit. Smith has gone for 30+ FD points twice in the last 8 games. For a player coming off the bench that is pretty good. Considering that the spread is 12 points tonight, Smith should be in line for extended minutes. He has been up-and-down lately but at this price tag and in a potential blow out, I like his chances to hit 5X value with good upside.
Isaiah Whitehead (BKN): $3,800 at DAL
He was called up from the G-League on Monday and then responded by scoring 24 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists in 27 minutes. Only in America! The Brooklyn Nets are ravaged by injuries. Whitehead historically has taken advantage of his opportunities. The cautionary tale is that there are no guarantees that he will continue to get the opportunity for minutes, especially considering the Nets are rarely predictable with their rotation. This also should be a low paced game. He is purely a punt play and I rarely like playing those at the Point Guard position.
J.J. Barea (DAL): $4,700 vs. BKN
If you like playing players in good matchups against bad defenses then Barea is a good option. If you like riding a hot hand, then Barea is a really good option. He has earned 30+ FD points three times in his last seven games (averaging 23.6 FD points during that stretch).
Ellington has averaged 21.4 FD points in his last five games. Now, he did struggle mightily from the field last night putting up a big goose egg and not coming close on a couple of his three-pointers against the Cavs. But in his previous four games, he reached 6X value in three of them. He is a scorer and he can heat up. He is in a good matchup tonight against a Knicks team that doesn’t defend the arc very well. He also should be very low-owned after doing nothing last night.
Lance Stephenson (IND): $5,200 at HOU
If Victor Oladipo sits tonight then Stephenson is a great play though he is a little more pricey than I’d like (similar to Tyus Jones). This is going to be a high scoring game and Stephenson likes to score. He is in double-figures each of the last three games in real-life scoring. He has earned at least 20 FD points in seven of the last eight games so his floor is fairly steady. He has scored 38.1 and 30.1 FD points in the last two games.
Kelly Oubre (WAS): $4,300 at PHI
He is taking advantage of John Wall being out as he is putting up a lot more shots and playing extended minutes. In the two games that Wall has been out, he has had 31.8 and 26.7 FD points. He is playing on back-to-back nights, which could affect his shot but that is only cause for mild concern. I would fire him up in a nice pace up matchup against the Sixers. He has gone over 30 FD points in three of his last nine games so he definitely has upside. He is one of my favorite plays tonight with a good floor and a good ceiling.
O.G. Anunby (TOR): $3,500 vs. CHA
This is a punt play at min. price but Toronto really likes their rookie first-round draft pick. With C.J. Miles out tonight there might be additional minutes for Anunby to pick up. He earned 21.2 FD points Saturday at Atlanta in only 17 minutes. I like his chances to hit value with Miles out. He probably won’t win you a GPP but he could be solid if you are looking to find salary relief.
Ryan Anderson (HOU): $4,300 vs. IND
He is a boom or bust type player and I typically like playing him a little bit more on the road but this is a nice matchup for him tonight. This is a pace up game and he should be able to grab some boards against Indiana. If his shooting is on then he has the chance put up a nice number tonight. He is averaging 21.6 FD points this year, which is right at 5X value. He is fairly solid, plus in two of his last five games he has put up at least 28 FD points. I won’t feel great clicking his name but there are not a lot of other good value options tonight at this position.
Jordan Bell (GSW): $3,500 at LAL
This is a complete punt play or dart throw. But if this is a blow out like most expect then Bell might see additional minutes since he had such a great game last Friday night in a spot start for the injured Draymond Green. He earned 43.2 FD points in that game. In the two games since, he has averaged only 10.2 FD points but that is only playing 6 MPG. Game flow was against Bell in those games. The Warriors like this rookie but if the Lakers can miraculously keep this game close at the Forum then you wasted a roster spot on Bell. If the game is a blow out then you might look smart.
Greg Monroe (PHO): $4,300 at DET
If you can afford it, plays Cousins or Drummond tonight at the Center position and watch those points accumulate. I am not in the market to pay down for players at the Center position with those two having juicy matchups. But, if you insist on playing with fire scarecrow then you might talk yourself into an interesting revenge narrative play. The last time the revenge narrative was in play for Greg Monroe last week against Milwaukee, he responded with 40.5 FD points. This was his 2nd 40+ point explosion in the last six games. He did not play last night so that could mean that he sees a lot of minutes tonight on the back-to-back.
Jamy Bechler is an NBA fantasy contributor for FantasyPros. His DFS twitter is @WinningDFS101 and his website is www.FantasyFocusFootball.com. Even though he offers his advice on players and contests, after additional information and consideration, he may end up using different players and strategies than what he recommends.