One of the keys to finding success in everyday fantasy basketball is discovering potential value games. If you’re looking for one or two stud players, you should consider squeezing one of these lower-paying options into your lineup.
Let’s take a look at three players who can help fill in the gaps in your lineup.
Thanasis Antetokounmpo, SF/PF, Milwaukee Bucks ($4,200)
The Milwaukee Bucks have some injuries tonight and that opens playing time for Thanasis Antetokounmpo.
The Bucks are without Jrue Holiday, Khris Middletonand Brook Lopez, which changes their starting lineup in a big way. This should push Thanasis Antetokounmpo into the starting line-up for the third game in a row, making him an obviously valuable game to aim for given his affordable salary. NumberFire’s projections put him through 28.75 minutes and 21.7 FanDuel points, making him the fourth best option among the attackers tonight.
He will face the Detroit Pistons, where the over/under is set at 212.5 points with a narrow spread of 4.5 points. Ideally, we’d like to see the game total a little higher, but this game should stay close as the Bucks are only 3-4 against the spread this season. That should allow Thanasis Antetokounmpo to play a full set of minutes and rack up a lot of fantasy points.
Mike Conley, PG, Utah Jazz ($5,500)
With a 222.5 point top/bottom slate, the Sacramento Kings at Utah Jazz match is one to aim for tonight.
This game is unique on tonight’s five-game slate in that it has the highest over/under by nearly five points, but it also has a spread of 9.5 points – the highest on the slate. That’s an interesting dynamic to consider, but we still need to look at Mike Conley as a solid option tonight. The Kings come in, giving the fifth most FanDuel points per game (50.76) to opposing point guards, putting Conley in one of the easiest matchups on the slate.
He has an offensive use rate of 21.7% this season while producing 1.05 FanDuel points per minute when on Jazz’s starting grid. Interestingly enough, that production rate per minute is the second highest on the Jazz, behind only Rudy Gobert. Donovan Mitchell has a higher utilization rate (28.9%), but only produces 0.82 FanDuel points per minute.
Conley is underpaid at this place.
Jalen Brunson, PG/SG, Dallas Mavericks ($4,600)
With Kristaps Porzingis excluded tonight Jalen Brunson is in a place for a lot of production.
Brunson is projected to come in for 27.33 minutes and 25.5 FanDuel points, making him the fourth best option on the entire slate. He shouldn’t be in the starting lineup for the Dallas Mavericks, but as the first man off the bank, he will have enough minutes tonight to reach and exceed the fantasy value.
Brunson also plays a large part of his minutes when Luka Doncic is off the field, and when that is the case, Brunson has a 29.9% utilization rate and produces 1.08 FanDuel points per minute. The 210 points over/under against the Miami Heat isn’t great, but the potential use for Brunson is great if he only has $4,600 tonight.