FanDuel NBA Value Plays: Wednesday (3/21)
There are 8 games on the FanDuel main slate tonight with at least half of the games projected for 220+ points. The Raptors-Cavs game has a 226.5 total with Toronto on a back-to-back. The Clippers-Bucks game has a 226 total with Los Angeles also being on a back-to-back.
Six players are priced at $10,000 or higher with Lebron James having the highest price tag of $12,800. If you want to play James, Anthony Davis, Giannis Antetokounmpo, or any of the other studs tonight then you’ll need to find some salary relief to fit them into your roster.
Here are 9 value 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!
Ian Clark (NOP): $4,000 vs. IND
Clark has been playing 27.7 MPG in the last seven games. When rostering players for DFS purposes, we are looking for minutes. Clark provides that, especially if Holiday sits again tonight (he is currently a game-time decision). Clark has also been producing decently lately as he is averaging 23.3 FD points over the last four games. In the last seven games, Clark has reached at least 5X value in six of those games. He is averaging 14.4 PPG in real-life scoring during the last five games. He is playing well right now.
Antonio Blakeney (CHI): $4,000 vs. DEN
In his last five games, Blakeney is averaging 19.5 FD points and 23 MPG. With Zach Lavine and Kris Dunn still out for the “not tanking” Bulls, the rookie is getting increased opportunities to play. He is splitting minutes with Cameron Payne still (who is also a decent option tonight but at a higher price point). This is a pace up spot for the Bulls and the Nuggets are ranked 28th in DVOA.
Wayne Ellington (MIA): $4,200 vs. NYK
In his last five games, Ellington is averaging 22.8 FD points. He has been up and down with some big games and below-average games during that stretch but he is still logging a healthy dose of minutes (32 MPG). With Dwayne Wade sitting, Ellington gets the opportunity to be the scorer off the bench. He is a good GPP play but proceed cautiously in cash games.
Wayne Selden (MEM): $4,000 at PHI
He has reached 5X value in his last three games. He has earned 21.6 and 25.5 FD points in the last two games. Selden plays (and sometimes sits) for the Grizzlies, who are as unpredictable as any team in the NBA. Buyer beware when playing any Memphis players, especially if it looks like Tyreke Evans will play. If we get word that Evans sits again then Selden should be a good option. If you need another option at the same price point and don’t want to go with a Memphis player, then you can also consider Malik Monk. The Charlotte first-rounder has the talent and he has hit value each of the last two games but is not playing many minutes.
E’Twaun Moore (NOP): $4,400 vs. IND
Moore is probably a better cash game option, but he certainly could be used in your tournament lineups to save salary. His ceiling is typically not very high, but he quietly goes about his business and is a reliable player for the Pelicans. He is nearly a lock to play 30+ MPG. As for productivity, he has been above 20 FD points in each of the last four games.
CJ Miles (TOR): $3,500 at CLE
If you are looking for an extremely low-owned player with high upside, then you can consider Miles. The last time these two teams played back in January, Miles had 28.0 FD points. He is typically a player that is consistently going to get you about 4X value, which isn’t enough to win you money in GPP’s but he also has the potential to heat up. When he comes into the game, his role is to shoot the ball. In his last 11 games, he has earned 20+ FD points three times. The percentages say that he won’t go off for a big game but he does have the potential, especially since he is playing against the Cavs, who are ranked 30th in DVOA. If nothing else, rostering him frees up salary if you have a good feeling about one of the studs going for 70-80 points.
Jeff Green (CLE): $4,700 vs. TOR
Green is priced a little higher than we’d normally like to pay but he has been producing lately and the Cavs have a depleted roster. With Kevin Love just now returning and Tristen Thompson and Larry Nance out, the frontcourt is pretty depleted. Green has seen 31.3 MPG in his last six games (40+ in each of the last two). He is averaging 29.4 FD points in his last four games. This is not the greatest matchup for him tonight but the game is projected to be the highest scoring on the slate with a 226.5 total. high as he’s been all season. He should do enough to return solid value.
Noah Vonleh (CHI): $4,000 vs. DEN
It is never very fun to roster Vonleh because he doesn’t provide a high ceiling. But in his last four games, he has been earned more than 20+ FD points in each of those games for an average of 23.3 FD points. Denver is ranked 27th in DVOA at the position, so this is a good matchup. When you are trying to save salary to pay up for some studs, Vonleh might be a good option, especially if Markannen sits again. In a November matchup against the Nuggets when Vonleh was with Portland, he earned 28.5 FD points.
Bam Adebayo (MIA): $4,300 vs. NYK
You are going to want to find a way to get one of the higher end Centers into your roster tonight. There is a wide gap between the upper-level guys and the lower end guys. With that being said, though, if you want to differentiate your lineup and save a lot of money, then the absolute best option is Adebayo. With Hassan Whiteside out, Adebayo (and Kelly Olynk) have seen an uptick in minutes. He has averaged 23.6 FD points in his last four games. Adebayo is extremely athletic and has a lot of upside. He is very capable of going for 30-40 fantasy points.
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.