Welcome to the NBA playoffs! There are four games on FanDuel’s main slate tonight. With that said, I have some good news and bad news. The good news is that this is the playoffs and that there are some good players in action. The bad news is that there are not a lot of value plays.
If you played DFS in the last couple of weeks, you have probably gotten spoiled by teams resting players creating great value plays. That scenario is no longer. This is go-time for these teams and their stars. The other piece of bad news is that most of the league’s best defensive teams are in action tonight. Most match ups will look less than ideal on paper so don’t let that scare you since it should even itself out across the board. Even though there are not as many obvious value plays as there have been the last couple of weeks, there are still some viable options.
I have listed 10 players that you should consider when looking for salary relief tonight. Just like normal, make sure that you follow the news, especially 30 minutes before lock to see if any players are sitting out. Good luck tonight as you take all of the information available to you and make the best decision with that information that fits your philosophy of building a DFS roster.
George Hill (UTA): $5,800 at LAC
He has had 30+ FanDuel points in seven of his last 16 games. He is coming off an injury but went for 32.7 and 24.9 FanDuel points in his two games back, so Hill definitely appears to be healed. This is his lowest price tag since February 8th. The Clippers are good defensively as they are ranked 7th in DvP. Hill has been very inconsistent against them this year as his 7.7, 39.8, 8.7 and 26.9 performances indicate. He has had one good game and one bad game at each venue so that doesn’t help us out either. He certainly could put up some points, but he also carries risk. Overall, he has averaged 26 FanDuel points in his last seven games.
Malcolm Brogdon (MIL): $5,600 at TOR
If you take out Monday’s game when he returned from a two-week absence, then he has averaged 30 FanDuel points in his last five games. He had 26.5 FanDuel points the last time he faced Toronto on March 4th.
Shelvin Mack (UTA): $3,800 at LAC
If you are looking for an even cheaper option at this position then Mack might be a good play. In the last eight games, he is averaging 27 MPG and 20.8 FanDuel points. He has hit 5X value in seven of those eight games.
J.J. Redick (LAC): $4,400 vs. UTA
This position is terrible on FanDuel. Redick is the only legit value option. You can roll the dice on someone else but you are only doing that if you don’t like money or are related to one of the other guys. Don’t do it. Don’t get cute. Play Giannis Antetokounmpo, Demar DeRozan or Redick. In the last seven games, Redick has averaged 24.3 FanDuel points. He can get really hot. However, he has also not done well against Utah this year. In those four games, he has only averaged 15 FanDuel points.
Troy Daniels (MEM): $3,500 at SAS
See above . . . but, if you absolutely have to punt this position, then you could look at Daniels who may be in line to start for the injured Tony Allen as the playoffs begin. He has not been good this year, but if he can replicate what he did in a three-game stretch from March 31 to April 4 when he averaged 24.5 FanDuel points then you will look like a genius. Ironically, one of those games was at San Antonio when he earned 19.2 FanDuel points. In his last four games, he has averaged 14.2 MPG and 6.0 FanDuel points. Good luck with this decision.
Joe Ingles (UTA): $4,100 at LAC
He is not as safe as you would like for a non-glamorous pick, but you will have to find salary relief some place and he is a consideration. In his last nine games, he has averaged 21.3 FanDuel points. His minutes are secure as he has averaged 30.6 MPG during that same stretch. The only question is whether or not he will produce. Against the Clippers this year he has gone for 12.1, 25.8, 8.8 and 21.9 FanDuel points.
Vince Carter (MEM): $3,500 at SAS
I don’t like recommending Carter even though I love his story of how he has reinvented himself. He is a little more intriguing with the news that Tony Allen is going to be out. That injury might pave the way for Carter to pick up a few more minutes. I like that he is min priced, but he has still only reached 5X value in five of his last 12 games. He has averaged 17.6 FanDuel points in his last seven games. On the plus side, the 40-year-old is coming into the playoffs with a few days of rest under his belt.
Zach Randolph (MEM): $5,500 at SAS
Z-Bo has had success against the Spurs this year. In the last three games against San Antonio, he has averaged 30.3 FanDuel points. This is the playoffs, so I don’t expect Memphis to rest him early on. They need to pull out all the stops to steal a game on the road. He finished the season strong for the Grizzlies averaging 29 FanDuel points in his last nine games.
Thaddeus Young (IND): $5,200 at CLE
He has hit 5x value in eight of his last nine games. During that stretch, he has averaged 31.7 MPG and nearly 29 FanDuel points. He had a double-double for 31.7 FanDuel points the last time he faced the Bucks.
Jonas Valanciunas (TOR): $5,500 vs. MIL
He has averaged 28.7 FanDuel points in his last nine games. In his last three games against the Milwaukee, he has averaged 24.9 FanDuel points in only 22.6 MPG. I would expect him to garner a few more minutes now that the playoffs are here and teams should be tightening their rotations.