FanDuel NBA Value Plays: Wednesday (12/6)
There are 10 games on the FanDuel main slate tonight but there are a number of injury issues that you need to be aware of. There looks to be only four healthy players in the 10K and above price range with Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron, Boogie Cousins, and Kevin Durant.
The Denver-New Orleans game should be exciting with its 221 projected total. The Atlanta-Orlando and Golden State-Charlotte games are also expected to be fairly high-scoring with 218 totals.
Even though there are less high-priced players than normal, you will still need to free up some salary if you are going to fit a star or two 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!
Rajon Rondo (NOP): $6,000 vs. DEN
This is a much higher price than we normally look at in our value plays. But technically a value play doesn’t have a price limit. A great value is a great value regardless of price. However, we normally equate value with salary savings. Rondo represents a potentially massive savings compared to many of the guys in the 6-8k range. His projections are comparable. He has averaged 36.9 FD points in his last three games, including one against the stingy Utah defense. This game should be a high scoring game. This is one of my favorite overall plays tonight.
Shaun Livingston (GSW): $4,300 at CHA
Can’t say that I am confident in this play because he has only had one game of 20+ FD points this year. It was a 29.4 performance against Orlando in mid-November. It was also the only game of the season that he has played at least 20 minutes. Why that is important is that he might see a huge minutes uptick with Steph Curry out. He has some explosive potential. Definitely worth the look.
Buddy Hield (SAC): $4,300 at CLE
Playing Sacramento players is always risky and Hield is no exception. In his last five games, he has had games of 34.2 and 38.0 FD points. But has also had two games with single digit stinkers! Overall, in his 21 games this year, he has earned 30+ FD points in seven of them. He is risky but has a lot of upside against a poor Cavs defense.
Bogdan Bogdanovic (SAC): $4,100 at CLE
Bogdanovic is a safer play if you really want to roll the dice with Sacramento players tonight. He has played 27 and 30 minutes in the last two road games. Tonight he gets the defensively-suspect Cavs. In addition to his usage, he has earned 22.3 and 28.6 FD points in the last two games. On the year, he is averaging 18.2 FD points. in 27 and 30 minutes, respectively on the road
Damyean Dotson (NYK): $3,800 vs. MEM
He exploded for 27.9 FD points on Monday night on the road at Indiana. He has played 21 and 29 minutes in the last two games with Tim Hardaway, Jr. sitting out. If Hardaway continues to sit then Dotson is an interesting option. He is not very safe but he is essentially min-priced so he might be worth a shot if you want to punt. Memphis is not playing great right now, especially against shooting guards.
Wilson Chandler (DEN): $4,800 at NOP
He has been hurt and finally returned to the lineup. He always has upside every time that he suits up but especially when Nikola Jokic is sitting out. In his return game, he didn’t shoot very well but we might be able to chalk this up to getting his legs back under him and playing against a tough Dallas defense. The last time that he played against New Orleans back in mid-November, he went for a double-double and earned 33.4 FD points. New Orleans are not very good defensively. He is risky because of coming off of injury but this is projected to be a high-scoring game.
Dante Cunningham (NOP): $4,600 vs. DEN
He is a little more pricey than I would like to pay but with Anthony Davis out, Cunningham is locked into increased minutes. He has earned 26.8 and 25.4 FD points, while starting the last two games in place of Davis. This Denver-New Orleans game is the second highest total of the night at 218. Denver is not very good defensively.
Jakarr Sampson (SAC): $3,500 vs. CLE
Who? Yep, you probably don’t know who this is which means it will be a genius or insane play. He was recently recalled from the G-League and played well enough Monday in Willie Caulie-Stein’s absence that coach Dave Joerger had some very kind words including saying that we might see more of him. Skal Labissiere was sent to the G-League team so there might be even more opportunity for Sampson. He is a very good rebounder and should be playing with urgency. He played 24 minutes on Monday and could see even more minutes if the Cavs blow this game out. He only had 12.1 FD points in Monday’s game but he is a dart throw that might respond better now that he has gotten his feet wet.
Jeff Green (CLE): $4,600 vs. SAC
Green has averaged 24.5 FD points in the last five games. In a potential blowout against a bad Kings team, he should be a fairly safe play to return value. He is not averaging a ton of minutes lately (24.2 MPG) but should see that amount as a floor with the possibility for more if it is a blowout.
Gorgui Dieng (MIN): $3,900 at LAC
He is averaging 25.5 FD points in his last four games but only averaging 21.25 MPG. I love Dieng’s talent but he doesn’t get a lot of opportunity in Minnesota. He performs when he plays but the problem is how much he’ll play. He should be able to return value for you in his normal role with the chance of upside but he does carry risk.
Cody Zeller (CHA): $3,700 vs. GSW
When you play on FanDuel, unless there is a slam dunk value Center then play a stud. This is not a position that I like to save money. Yes, Boogie Cousins has not been tearing it up but he doesn’t stink. At any night that you go value and fade Cousins, he could go for 60-70 FD points and then you lose. With that being said, if you still aren’t convinced and absolutely want to go with a value then Zeller might be an option. His minutes and production are inconsistent. But he has gone above 20 FD points twice in the last four games. Did I mention that Cousins is playing in a high-scoring game without Anthony Davis to take away shots or rebounds? Just asking for a friend.
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.