FanDuel NBA Value Plays: Saturday (3/3)

Mar 3, 2018

Jaylen is as safe of a play as you will find for cheap tonight

It’s Saturday night and we have a six-game slate over on FanDuel. There are a few exciting matchups on the board tonight as the Cavaliers play the Nuggets at home and the Thunder travel to Portland to take on the Blazers. Both games have relatively high totals, so having exposure to star players in these matchup’s will be key. With players like Lebron James ($12,200) and Russell Westbrook ($11,200) sitting at the top of the pricing pool in these games, we’re going to need value across our lineups.

Here are a few value plays, $5,500 or less, at each position that will allow us to free up some salary we can afford our stud players.

Create FanDuel lineups using our DFS Lineup Optimizer tool >>

Point Guard

George Hill (CLE): $4,800 vs. DEN

In terms of inconsistency, Hill has certainly been the face of it over the past few weeks. In his past four games, Hill has fantasy outings of 17.1, 45.1, 8.9, and 30.9 FD points. So, which Hill are we going to get tonight? Based on the matchup, it should be the good one. The Nuggets are ranked 23rd in FD points allowed to PGs and Jamal Murray is a horrendous individual defender, ranking 92nd out of 99 PGs in DRPM this season. Hill’s strongest games over the past few weeks came in plus matchups against the Nets and Grizzlies, so he should be able to string together a strong performance against the Nuggets tonight.

Shooting Guard                                                                     

Dwayne Wade (MIA): $4,800 vs. DET

Wade has been playing some great basketball over the past two games, averaging 35.9 FD points across 25.3 minutes per game. With Wayne Ellington and Tyler Johnson both doubtful for tonight’s game, Wade should push for 25+ minutes again. If we take both of these players off the floor for the Heat, Wade has an insane 39.2% usage rate and averages 1.44 FD points per minute across 50.5 minutes. The usage spike represents a 7.3% bump, while the FD point increase is +0.34 per minute. While the matchup against the Pistons is average at best, 12th in defensive efficiency rating this season, Wade’s projected usage makes him too strong of a play to pass up at his current price tag.

Jaylen Brown (BOS): $5,300 at HOU

If you’re looking for a lower-ceiling, safe-floor option at the shooting guard position, Brown fits the bill. Over the past five games, Brown has averaged 25.6 FD points without exceeding 30 FD points in any game, which has put his production right near his price tag every single night. Overall, the matchup against the Rockets is favorable as they rank 19th in FD points allowed to shooting guards. On top of that, James Harden is not an MVP candidate for his defense, as he has a -0.50 DRPM rating this season. The key here for Brown is foul trouble. If he can avoid fouls against Harden, this is a decent spot for him to produce due to the Celtics’ projected bump in pace.

Small Forward

Reggie Bullock (DET): $4,600 at MIA

While he may not be the most exciting player to roster, Bullock has been a source of cheap production over the past few weeks. Bullock has averaged 23.5 FD points over the past nine games and he has exceeded 13 actual points in every one of them. Tonight’s matchup against the Heat is certainly not favorable, as they rank 13th in FD points allowed to SGs, but Bullock’s ability to score makes him a decent option at his price tag. He is also sure to have an ownership level lower than 10%.

Power Forward

Al-Farouq Aminu (POR): $5,200 vs. OKC

Aminu has been a bit inconsistent over the past four games, averaging 22.0 FD points, but a matchup against the Thunder is actually a perfect way to get back on track. The Thunder are ranked ninth in FD points allowed to PGs this season, but Carmelo Anthony is a weak individual defender that ranks 81st out of 91 PFs in DRPM this season. For Aminu, this is a spot where we can project him to play 30+ minutes against a high-powered Thunder offense. While Ed Davis has had two strong games in a row, I’m more inclined to fade him and take a chance on Aminu’s safer minutes floor. With his price sitting below $5,000, Aminu makes a ton of sense for tournament lineups tonight.

Center

Tristan Thompson (CLE): $4,500 vs. DEN

There aren’t a ton of cheap options at the center position tonight, so Tristan Thompson makes the most sense in terms of value. Over the past three games, Thompson has put up 23.0 FD points per game and has a safer minute’s floor, around 22-24, then other cheap center options tonight. The Nuggets are ranked 15th in FD points allowed to centers this season, but Thompson’s production generally comes on the glass and the Cavaliers will need his defense against Nikola Jokic tonight. He doesn’t have a high ceiling, so he may be better suited for cash games.

Create FanDuel lineups using our DFS Lineup Optimizer tool >>

Jay Brancato is an NBA and PGA fantasy contributor for FantasyPros. You can follow him on Twitter @jay_brancato.

What's your take? Leave a comment

1Saquon Barkley (NYG)RB
2Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)RB
3Christian McCaffrey (CAR)RB
4Alvin Kamara (NO)RB
5Melvin Gordon (LAC)RB
6DeAndre Hopkins (HOU)WR
7Davante Adams (GB)WR
8David Johnson (ARI)RB
9Le'Veon Bell (NYJ)RB
10Julio Jones (ATL)WR
 View All Rankings 
11Todd Gurley (LAR)RB
12James Conner (PIT)RB
13Joe Mixon (CIN)RB
14Odell Beckham Jr. (CLE)WR
15Travis Kelce (KC)TE
16Michael Thomas (NO)WR
17Nick Chubb (CLE)RB
18JuJu Smith-Schuster (PIT)WR
19Dalvin Cook (MIN)RB
20Antonio Brown (OAK)WR
21George Kittle (SF)TE
22Mike Evans (TB)WR
23T.Y. Hilton (IND)WR
24Marlon Mack (IND)RB
25A.J. Green (CIN)WR
26Keenan Allen (LAC)WR
27Amari Cooper (DAL)WR
28Derrick Henry (TEN)RB
29Adam Thielen (MIN)WR
30Leonard Fournette (JAC)RB
1Mike Trout (LAA)CF,DH
2Christian Yelich (MIL)LF,CF
3Mookie Betts (BOS)CF,RF
4Nolan Arenado (COL)3B
5J.D. Martinez (BOS)LF,RF
6Max Scherzer (WSH)SP
7Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL)LF,CF
8Alex Bregman (HOU)3B,SS
9Cody Bellinger (LAD)1B,CF
10Trevor Story (COL)SS
 View All Rankings 
11Javier Baez (CHC)2B,3B
12Justin Verlander (HOU)SP
13Trea Turner (WSH)SS
14Francisco Lindor (CLE)SS
15Jacob deGrom (NYM)SP
16Paul Goldschmidt (STL)1B
17Gerrit Cole (HOU)SP
18Chris Sale (BOS)SP
19Bryce Harper (PHI)CF,RF
20Charlie Blackmon (COL)CF
21Blake Snell (TB)SP
22Jose Altuve (HOU)2B
23Manny Machado (SD)3B,SS
24Freddie Freeman (ATL)1B
25Jose Ramirez (CLE)2B,3B
26Adalberto Mondesi (KC)2B,SS
27Whit Merrifield (KC)1B,2B
28Rhys Hoskins (PHI)1B,LF
29Trevor Bauer (CLE)SP
30George Springer (HOU)CF,RF
1Anthony Davis (NOR)PF,C
2James Harden (HOU)PG,SG
3Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)SF,PF
4Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)C
5Kevin Durant (GSW)SF,PF
6LeBron James (LAL)SF,PF
7Stephen Curry (GSW)PG,SG
8Nikola Jokic (DEN)PF,C
9Damian Lillard (POR)PG
10Russell Westbrook (OKC)PG
 View All Rankings 
11Victor Oladipo (IND)PG,SG
12Paul George (OKC)SG,SF
13Joel Embiid (PHI)PF,C
14Kawhi Leonard (TOR)SG,SF
15Chris Paul (HOU)PG
16Jimmy Butler (PHI)SG,SF
17Kemba Walker (CHA)PG
18Kyrie Irving (BOS)PG,SG
19Ben Simmons (PHI)PG,SF
20Jrue Holiday (NOR)PG,SG
21Rudy Gobert (UTH)C
22Andre Drummond (DET)PF,C
23John Wall (WAS)PG
24Kyle Lowry (TOR)PG
25Khris Middleton (MIL)SG,SF
26Donovan Mitchell (UTH)PG,SG
27Bradley Beal (WAS)SG
28Kevin Love (CLE)PF,C
29Draymond Green (GSW)PF,C
30LaMarcus Aldridge (SAS)PF,C
Build winning DFS lineups

Use the FantasyPros Lineup Optimizer to build winning lineups based on expert projections.