FanDuel NBA Value Plays: Wednesday (3/7)
There are 6 games on the FanDuel main slate tonight. Be aware that FanDuel is not including the lone 7:00 pm game on the main slate. Half of the games are expected to be high-scoring with plenty of fantasy goodness. The Cleveland-Denver game has the highest projected total at 230 in a game that is expected to be close. The New Orleans-Sacramento game and the Orlando-L.A. Lakers game are both expected to be in the 225-226 range.
There are only six players priced above $9,000 tonight. The red-hot Anthony Davis has an extremely high $13,000 price tag. Lebron James is close behind at $12,500. If you want to play these studs, you’ll have to find some value plays to give yourself some salary relief.
Here are 9 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!
D.J. Augustin (ORL): $4,900 at LAL
I really like the assortment of Point Guards priced above $6,000 tonight. From a roster construction standpoint, you can pay up for both slots at this position and not put yourself in a bad position. However, if you are looking for a cheaper play than Augustin might be your guy. This is a pace up situation for Orlando. Augustin is priced appropriately so you really aren’t getting a bargain other than you are saving some money and he easily could reach value. He earned 28.3 FD points at the end of January the last time these two teams squared off (though the Lakers look different now). In the last five games, he has averaged 27 FD points, with two games at 30+. He is also playing 32 MPG in that same five-game stretch.
Fred VanVleet (TOR): $4,800 at DET
Vanvleet is also priced appropriately. He has averaged 24.0 FD points in his last 12 games. However, he does carry some risk of not hitting value. But last night, he went for 33.1 FD points. This was impressive because he did it without scoring a lot of points. He had a bunch of steals and blocks. He is a scrappy player that can make things happen.
Ben McLemore (MEM): $4,200 at CHI
Was a surprise last-second scratch last night, which caught many DFS players off-guard (including me). His tournament ownership was around 11% last night and could be lower tonight if people don’t completely recognize that the goose egg he put up last night was a result of a last-second scratch. Memphis has a depleted roster and McLemore has put up 37.4 and 33.6 FD points in his last two games. Unless news comes our way that he is not playing again for some reason, I am locking him in.
Kobi Simmons (MEM): $3,900 at CHI
He is a little bit cheaper than McLemore (though I will probably play both in some of my lineups) but still expected to see a lot of minutes tonight. The G-League call-up has earned 27.3 and 19.2 FD points in his last two games, while playing 25 and 19 minutes. He has been a point-per-minute player and I don’t see that being any different again tonight against a Chicago Bulls squad that is “not-tanking”.
P.J. Tucker (HOU): $3,700 at MIL
In the last seven games, he is averaging 19.1 FD points. This is not great but he is pretty consistent and getting a decent amount of minutes (26.1 MPG). He doesn’t really have much of a ceiling but does provide salary relief going against a Milwaukee team that is not great defensively and doesn’t rebound particularly well. Tucker is one of those players that is a better real-life basketball player than he is at DFS.
CJ Miles (TOR): $3,500 at DET
Miles is one of my GPP favorites every night that he is min-priced. He has upside but also could do nothing. He is definitely not a cash play. With O.G. Anunoby out, Miles sees more opportunity. When he enters the game, he is there to shoot the ball. He is averaging 22.0 MPG and 22.1 FD points in his last three games. The last two times he has face Detroit, he has earned 14.1 and 32.3 FD points.
Pascal Siakam (TOR): $4,400 at DET
Admittedly, Siakam has not been performing as well over the last three games (14.1 FD points) but the four games prior, he averaged 30.2 FD points. I am a Siakam truther and tend to play him anytime he is priced below $4,500. He had 29.0 FD points in the last meeting against Detroit two weeks ago. Toronto plays their bench a lot and on a back-to-back, you might see even more Siakam.
Mason Plumlee (DEN): $4,100 vs. CLE
Plumlee has averaged 23.8 FD points in his last four games. He is not playing the minutes he was when Jokic was out so his ceiling is limited but he is a great point-per-minute play. Cleveland is struggling to find inside players to put in uniform. He is not a flashy pick but he saves you a little money and this is the highest projected game of the night.
Jakob Poeltl (TOR): $4,400 at TOR
Poetl had 32.3 FD points last night against Atlanta. Toronto has the deepest bench in the NBA and are on a back-to-back so Poeltl should have plenty of opportunity. He had 24.3 FD points against Detroit a few weeks ago. With all of that said, on a six-game slate you are almost forced to pay up at the Center position. You have to go for the raw point expectation that Drummond, Jokic, or Vucevic bring to the table as they are in good matchups.
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.