Daily Fantasy Basketball Bargain Buys For Christmas Day
Christmas has arrived and it’s brought us great tidings. Also, five sweet games on this joyous holiday. Ten teams are in action, with a good amount of star players coming together for a few key matchups.
The value is not easy to find today, but if you want to win big in a massive GPP, you probably need to figure out a way to find it. We’ve got your back, as we try to pick out the best bargain buys listed at $6k or less at DraftKings today:
PG: Derrick Rose – Bulls ($5.9k), Lou Williams – Lakers ($5.4k) and Tony Parker – Spurs ($5.1k)
Rose has been very hot and cold for much of the year, but it’s tough to ignore his solid price on such a big day during the NBA season. I think he comes to play tonight, while an elite effort against the Thunder in their earlier meeting this year showcased his upside in this matchup.
Lou tanked last game, but prior to that was a very steady and stable option for the Lakers. His role remains intact and he’s going to be a very real threat for 30+ fantasy points. That’s nothing to scoff at when you need some savings on a lighter slate like today.
Parker is another solid option, as he’s habitually finishing with 20+ fantasy points these days. He’s on the road against Patrick Beverley, but it’s rare that you can pay this little for a quality starter. I think he gets good run today and nears 30 fantasy points.
SG: Jordan Clarkson – Lakers ($5.5k), J.J. Redick – Clippers ($4.9k) and Gerald Green – Heat ($4.5k)
Like Lou Williams, Clarkson gets really good run and is always a threat for 30+ fantasy points. The story is very similar here, as he’s a good price and gets his run even when the Lakers get rocked. It’s tough to see him failing tonight.
On the flip-side there is Redick, who has been pouring in the points ever since returning from a back injury two weeks ago. He doesn’t do much else other than score, but if he can get you 15 actual points tonight, you could be fine.
The same goes for Green, who is seeing extra run with Tyler Johnson out with an injury. He’s a streaky shooter and doesn’t do a whole lot more than score the ball, but he’s seeing 27-32 minutes right now and at this price is worth the gamble.
SF: Trevor Ariza – Rockets ($5.6k), Andre Iguodala – Warriors ($5.2k) and Luol Deng – Heat ($5k)
If Kawhi Leonard is on Ariza then you can forget about him. I’m sure Kawhi draw James Harden, though, which could ease things up on him and get him some free shots. He’s not the most stable play going up against the Spurs, but his price tag does offer some solid value.
Iggy probably won’t start, but with the Warriors hosting LeBron James, he’s bound to play as if he started this one. With 30+ minutes in line for him, I like him a good deal as a solid value play at either forward slot.
I’m thinking the same thing, albeit to a slightly lesser extent, with Deng. Deng is definitely not the most stable fantasy option, but he’s starting and seeing around 33 minutes per game. His offensive production can come and go, but you can’t be mad about the run he’s getting.
PF: Ryan Anderson – Pelicans ($5.8k), Taj Gibson – Bulls ($4.4k) and Bobby Portis – Bulls ($3.3k)
Rando has a really tough matchup but he’s going to get good run in this one and we know he’ll hoist freely. He’s always a double-double threat and with his outside shooting, he carries some solid upside.
Gibson and Portis are without a doubt the top value plays at power forward today, as Joakim Noah is out and will free up a bunch of minutes. Gibson is starting and will see very good run, so he’s petty safe and a chalk play at this price. Portis might be a bit chalky, too, but he only logged 14 minutes last game and could be quite a bit riskier. Noah’s injury could put him in the 20-minute conversation, however.
C: Tim Duncan – Spurs ($5.5k), Andrew Bogut – Warriors ($4k) and Steven Adams – Thunder ($4k)
I personally don’t mind paying up at center today, but if you need some savings, this isn’t a bad spot to look at. Duncan’s minutes can be a little all over the place, but he can still get it done if Pop lets him play about 30 minutes. On Christmas Day against the Rockets, I think he gets there and can crush this price tag.
Bogut and Adams are the same price and while both have capped upside, they see around 25 minutes a night and can get solid defensive stats. Their offensive games are lacking, but they’ll be needed in their matchups today so they should easily meet or exceed value thanks to their low price tags.
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