3 NBA FanDuel Value Plays to Target on 8/11/20
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.
Alec Burks, SG, Philadelphia 76ers ($4,200)
There is no shortage of value to choose from on this slate. Great targets are all amongst the squads resting several players on the main slate, which includes but is not limited to the Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Pelicans, and Milwaukee Bucks. Keep your eyes tuned all Tuesday to numberFire's player news page for updates on lineups and who may be resting as well.
With Josh Richardson, Ben Simmons, and Joel Embiid already out, and Tobias Harris and Al Horford likely to join them, the 76ers are totally punting seeding to try and get healthy. Their usage is wide open as a result, but two distinct rotation players stand out to me. The first is Mike Scott, who should see extensive minutes in the frontcourt as a three-level scorer, but Alec Burks is the primary target of the Philadelphia squad here. Burks leads Philadelphia in usage (27.9%) and FanDuel points per minute (0.97) with stars Embiid and Simmons off the floor of the players that will be active on Tuesday.
The former first-round pick is a great ballhandler and scorer, and talent should not be forgotten in the equation of finding value. Shake Milton is an option as well, but with only 16.1% usage without Embiid and Simmons, he is willing to defer to Burks, and that significantly hampers both his upside and floor.
Josh Hart, SG, New Orleans Pelicans ($4,000)
You may ask yourself--how can I fit Burks and Josh Hart in, and still play bubble MVP Devin Booker with only two shooting guard spots? Well, you cannot, but the best outright target on the Pelicans is available at point guard in place of Hart, and that is Lonzo Ball at $6,700. Ball, the 22-year old, should play huge minutes without Jrue Holiday, Brandon Ingram, and Zion Williamson out and hogging all of the usage.
If you opt to fade Booker, or perhaps want to play Milton or Scott ahead of Alec Burks, Josh Hart is your best Pelicans' option in this value area. Derrick Favors and Jaxson Hayes will be competing for playing time in the frontcourt, but Hart should start and see upwards of 30 minutes next to Lonzo Ball considering he already was averaging 21 minutes per game inside the bubble. Hart has proved himself capable of putting up stats as a starter, putting up 30.59 FanDuel points per game when starting and averaging 35.16 minutes per game back between January 8th and 18th. The former Villanova Wildcats product should have a nice final game in the bubble on Tuesday.
Boban Marjanovic, C, Dallas Mavericks ($3,500)
Fantasy legend Boban Marjanovic continued his reign on Monday, scoring 20 points and 9 rebounds--even being limited to only 25 minutes in the first three quarters on Monday against the Utah Jazz. Boban is averaging 1.39 FanDuel points per minute this season, and always is a fantasy-relevant target should he receive playing time.
With Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic possibly resting again on Tuesday with Dallas wrapped into the #7 seed in the West, Boban could very well start and see similar minutes again. At the minimum price, Marjonovic is a must-have if he is in the starting lineup because of his quick scoring upside. It helps Boban's prospects tremendously that the Portland Trail Blazers will want to play Jusuf Nurkic, and while Marjonovic will never be an elite defender, the bigger body of Nurkic is not nearly as bad a mismatch as some athletic NBA centers.
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