Best Daily Fantasy Basketball Bargain Buys at DraftKings For 2/24
After a light Tuesday night the NBA storms back on Wednesday, with a bountiful slate including 10 games. That means it’s high time we dig back into the bargain bin to find the top values to exploit in daily fantasy basketball over at DraftKings.
We’ll keep the value strong with options only listed at or below $6k in an effort to help you build around some elite options. You can decide whether to piece them together to play it safe in cash games or go big in GPPs, but hopefully a few of these guys get your DFS squad on the right track:
PG: Emmanuel Mudiay – Nuggets ($5.9k), George Hill – Pacers ($5.5k), Tony Parker – Spurs ($5.1k) and D’Angelo Russell – Lakers ($4.9k)
I never trust Mudiay but he’s almost always under $6k and he retains 30+ fantasy point upside. Chris Paul isn’t an easy draw in regards to matchup, but the tempo of Denver’s battle with the Clippers could benefit Mudiay considerably. He’s a worthy dive.
Hill was awful in his last game (0-7 shooting!) but that makes him a fun contrarian play against a Knicks defense that can’t stop point guards. He can shoot outside and do everything else, plus people will be off of him after a bad night. He’s a great price and shouldn’t be that terrible from the floor in back to back games.
Parker has been really good lately with Kawhi Leonard out, so he looks like a fun cheap try if Leonard sits again tonight.
Russell is on the road against the Grizzlies and has been only OK as L.A.’s new starting point guard, but the role and upside are too good to ignore at this low price.
SG: Kobe Bryant – Lakers ($5.8k), Monta Ellis – Pacers ($5.8k), Will Barton – Nuggets ($5.8k), Zach Lavine – Wolves ($5.3k), J.J. Redick – Clippers ($5k) and Wesley Matthews – Mavs ($4.5k)
The Black Mamba is old and beaten down, but he’s still not even $6k and had had a little time to rest. He has a difficult matchup on the road with the Grizzlies, but if he can log close to 30 minutes and jack up his usual 15-20 shots, he should be able to return – if not crush – value based off of his price.
Ellis took a step back recently but had two strong games in a row and is always a candidate to get hot as a scorer. He doesn’t do a whole lot else, but you’re not paying much for a potential blow up game. Indy is facing the Knicks and they’ll likely be much more focused on stifling Paul George, so it’s possible Ellis could be freed up for a solid game.
Barton has found his way back into consistent minutes (around the 27-31 range) thanks to Denver trading away Randy Foye last week, so in the right situation it seems like you can trust him. Tonight against the Clippers feels like a good spot, as he gets enough run to pour in some points and even if the Nuggets get blown out, he’d still be on the floor a ton.
Lavine might be my favorite value play at the position, as he’s getting starts and pretty consistent minutes these days. He always has the ability to blow up in any game, too, while he’s been really stable with 21+ fantasy points in each of his last 10 games. If he can push for 30 against the Raptors (27 against them earlier this year), he’ll return solid value.
Redick tends to see his minutes dip when the Clips are crushing teams, but his real issue is he scores 15-20 points and does little else. You basically need him to score over 20 points to pay off, but at home against the Nuggets is a pretty good spot to bet on him doing just that.
Wes is just a good price and looked a lot better in a recent win over the Sixers (29 fantasy points). A home matchup with the Thunder isn’t easy by any means, but his individual matchup is fine and this should be an up-tempo, high-scoring game. If his shot is falling, he could pay off in a big way.
SF: Tobias Harris – Pistons ($6k), Marcus Morris – Pistons ($5.4k), Otto Porter – Wizards ($5.4k), Matt Barnes – Grizzlies ($5k) and Mike Dunleavy – Bulls ($3.2k)
Harris is starting for the Pistons now and has put in two straight 30+ fantasy point performances. More importantly, he’s looked comfortable and played quite well in all three games with his new team. He’s still a good price and tonight he’ll face the lowly Sixers, so if you haven’t used him as a Piston yet, this is a good spot to finally do so.
Morris is still getting major run even with Harris in Detroit and he’s way cheaper. He can be rather erratic and his floor stinks, but he also has a good matchup and can blow up at a moment’s notice.
Porter and Barnes are simply minutes guys, as they both can do a ton of different things for you and should be out on the floor around 27-33 minutes most nights (if not much more). Both also have very good matchups, so they could be two cheap small forwards to consider using.
Dunleavy’s minutes have climbed up to 22 and 25 his past two games and he’s starting, so we could be inching toward his first huge game of the year. He’s still shaky, but if he can push for 30 minutes tonight, he stands a decent chance to get hot with the Bulls so short-handed (especially if Pau Gasol sits out).
PF: Myles Turner – Pacers ($5.8k), Serge Ibaka – Thunder ($5.5k) and Bobby Portis – Bulls ($4.7k)
Turner remains a good price just because Ian Mahinmi is healthy again and he can go back and forth in terms of his reliability. He can still score, rebound and block shots though, so he’s worth a look against the Knicks tonight.
Ibaka is very inconsistent but he’s still a guy who can hit open jumprs and rack up a bunch of blocks rather quickly. His game changes based on matchups, but he’ll certainly be in the game to keep Dirk Nowitzki on lock down. I expect good run and a shot at a double-double tonight.
Portis is a good value no matter what tonight, but he may end up being the chalk play of the night if Pau Gasol is sidelined. Portis is looking at 25 minutes and around 25 fantasy points either way thanks to Chicago’s depleted lineup, though.
C: Jonas Valanciunas – Raptors ($6k), Zaza Pachulia – Mavs ($5.9k), Robin Lopez – Knicks ($5.6k), Nikola Jokic – Nuggets ($5.6k), Ian Mahninmi – Pacers ($5k) and Andrew Bogut – Warriors ($4.4k)
Jonas C has been on quite the tear, putting up at least 26 fantasy points in six straight games. He’s even topped 30+ in five of those games and has done so in incredibly efficient fashion. It’s anyone’s guess how long it lasts, but he remains a very good price and is getting it done in daily fantasy basketball. With a solid matchup against Minnesota, he’s very much in play tonight.
You can get away with going pretty cheap at center tonight, as Pachulia offers his double-double upside. His matchup with OKC isn’t the greatest but it’s actually these tough, gritty affairs that sometimes bring out the best in him.
Lopez is another guy who is certainly tough to trust but impossible to ignore, as he’s put up over 40 and 50 fantasy points in his last two games. His matchup against Ian Mahinmi is not ideal, but you could ride the wave while it’s there. Mahinmi is also on the board and is quite a bit cheaper than Lopez.
I also like Bogut a good deal, as he’s had some good spots recently (39 fantasy points in his last game) and will probably be needed quite a bit against Hassan Whiteside. If so, he could crush his cheap $4.4k price tag.
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