5 NBA FanDuel Value Plays to Target on 1/10/20
One of the keys to finding success in daily fantasy basketball is uncovering potential value plays. If you're looking to roster a stud player or two, you need to consider squeezing in one of these lower-priced options into your lineup.
Let's take a look at three players who can help fill in the gaps in your lineup.
Rudy Gay, SF, San Antonio Spurs ($4,100)
With a 230-point over/under -- the second-highest on the slate -- we should see plenty of DFS players looking towards this game for fantasy production. It makes sense since we see these teams coming in top-11 or better when it comes to offensive pace this season. Two faster-paced teams playing against each other will bring us a very fantasy-friendly game with multiple players being viable. One of them is Rudy Gay, who is cheap at only $4.1K tonight. We have him projected for 24 minutes and 24 FanDuel points.
Solid production, but that shouldn't come as a surprise since the Grizzlies are allowing 41.5 FanDuel points per game to small forwards this season, the fifth-most in the league.
Bobby Portis, C, New York Knicks ($4,400)
The Knicks have Julius Randle listed as out and Marcus Morris listed as doubtful for tonight's game against the New Orleans Pelicans. Portis was in the starting lineup in the Knicks' most recent game, and that should be the case again tonight, presenting him as one of the best value plays on the slate. In fact, he is our top-rated value play on the entire slate regardless of position.
His 28 projected minutes should be productive since the Pelicans are allowing 51.7 FanDuel points per game to centers this season.
Davis Bertans, PF, Washington Wizards ($5,100)
The Washington Wizards have been hit with an insane amount of injuries this season, but they are getting some reinforcements tonight.
Davis Bertans is set to return tonight, and it's a super soft landing spot for him against the Atlanta Hawks, who are allowing 48.2 FanDuel points per game to power forwards, the second-most in the league. This should be the absolute best fantasy game of the night with the highest over/under (237 points). Both teams are top seven in pace and give up the most and second-most FanDuel points per game overall.
This game has it all -- fast pace, weak defenses, and a high over/under. We have Bertans projected for 30 minutes and 27.5 FanDuel points, which would have him exceeding 5x value tonight.
Tyler Herro, SG, Miami Heat ($3,900)
We know that Justise Winslow is out for this game and Derrick Jones Jr. is in, but there are still plenty of minutes for Tyler Herro, who comes off the bench. When Herro is on the court, we generally see him play when Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo are off the court. This is good since those are two players who take up a good bit of offensive usage, and Herro doesn't have to compete with them.
When those players are off the court, we see Herro coming in with a 24.3% usage rate, producing 0.69 FanDuel points per minute. He is mainly a pure shooter -- nine or more field goal attempts in four straight games -- and doesn't always fill up the stat sheet. That is why his points per minute are modest even with a strong usage rate.
Nemanja Bjelica, PF, Sacramento Kings ($4,800)
The Sacramento Kings have a number of injuries right now and plenty of minutes to be filled.
Nemanja Bjelica comes in as fourth-best value option among power forwards tonight, projected for 26 minutes and 26.4 FanDuel points. That all makes sense since the Kings have Richaun Holmes out, Bogdan Bogdanovic out, and Marvin Bagley III questionable tonight. They need minutes out of their players, and with this being a pace-up spot for the Kings, Bjelica should be in a position to score.
Speaking of pace, the Kings are 27th in offensive pace this season, while the Milwaukee Bucks are the second-fastest team in the league. The Bucks are allowing the ninth-fewest FanDuel points per game to power forwards this season, so while not the best matchup for Bjelica, the minutes and pace will be there.