FanDuel NBA Value Plays: Thursday (1/5)

There are 8 games on the NBA slate tonight with plenty of fantasy options on FanDuel. Coming off of a loss last night to Charlotte, the Oklahoma City Thunder will travel to Houston in what is projected to be the highest scoring game of the night (225 o/u). This makes sense considering they are the NBA’s two highest scoring teams. Don’t be afraid to load up on players from these two teams. You will also have some tough choices tonight as both Russell Westbrook and James Harden are in action. Fitting one of these fantasy superstars into your lineup is never a bad idea, but it will require you to target some value plays.

Here are 10 good value options on Fan Duel tonight as you construct your roster. Just like I do with my own lineups, decipher the information available to make the best decisions you can make for the contest(s) you enter. As always, trust the process!

POINT GUARD

Isaiah Whitehead (BKN):  $3,600 at IND
Whitehead should start again tonight in place of the injured Jeremy Lin. He probably won’t light up a box score but he is a cheap play playing starter’s minutes in the second-highest projected scoring game of the night. In the two previous games that he has started in place of Lin, he has 10.7 and 19.2 FD pts, so he does carry some risk. In the last meeting against Indiana (November 25), Whitehead had 21.9 FD pts.

SHOOTING GUARD

Victor Oladipo (OKC):  $5,900 vs. HOU
He has averaged 33 minutes per game in the three games since his injury. In the last two games, he has put up 30.0 and 28.1 FD pts. Certainly there is always some concern with playing back-to-back games soon after returning from injury but he is explosive and this will be a high-scoring game. Overall, he is the 2nd most undervalued play of the night according to FantasyPros projection models. In the two earlier matchups against Houston, Oladipo has averaged 20.5 ppg and 85 rpg.

Allen Crabbe (POR):  $3,800 vs. LAL

He has averaged 22.3 FD pts in his last 4 games, including a 28.1 point performance last night against Golden State. If Lillard is still out tonight, then Crabbe is a great play at home against a bad Lakers defense. If Lillard plays then he is merely a good play.

SMALL FORWARD

Maurice Harkless (POR):  $4,800 vs. LAL
Harkless has a fairly high floor but a low ceiling. He has scored 18+ FD pts in 9 of his last 11 games. The Lakers give up the second most points overall in the NBA (only the Nets are worse). Not a glamorous pick compared to teammates like Lillard and McCollum but he can provide the meat and potatoes to your lineup.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA):  $4,600 at DET

He has been inconsistent this year but does have 20+ FD pts in 6 of his last 8 games. During that span of games, he has averaged nearly 32 minutes per game so he is definitely getting the usage you like to see from a sub-5K player. Kidd-Gilchrist is coming off a double-double (14-11) in last night’s win over OKC for 28.1 FD pts.

 

POWER FORWARD

Trevor Booker (BKN):  $5,500 at IND
Booker certainly came to play Monday against a stingy Utah defense.  He had a double-double (17 and 15) in 34 minutes of play for 39.0 FD pts.  He is averaging 28.4 FD pts in his last 4 games.  I will take 5x value any day of the week, especially in a matchup tonight that is projected to be a high scoring affair.  The last time, Booker squared off against Indiana, he had a double-double and 31.5 FD pts.

Thaddeus Young (IND):  $5,200 vs. BKN

Young has been getting a significant amount of playing time lately averaging 33 minutes per game over the last 9 games. During that stretch, he has had 19.9+ FD pts in 8 of those games (including 3 games of 30+). He has also scored at least 10 points in those games, as well. Tonight he has a matchup with the worst defense in the league.

CENTER

Steven Adams (OKC):  $5,600 vs. HOU
He has been seeing a good amount of playing time lately (33 mpg in last 3 games).  He is coming off of a double-double last night at Charlotte (18 points and 12 rebounds). This game should be a shootout and Adams last two games have seen him earn 40.6 and 38.9 FD pts. The last time he played Houston, he went for 37.5 FD pts in a double-double performance (24 pts, 10 rebs). Adams has a fairly safe floor as demonstrated by his streak of 15 straight games of 20+ FD pts.

Montrezl Harrell (HOU):  $4,700 at OKC

Harrell had a double-double last time he played OKC. He has averaged 31.0 FD pts in the last three games (averaging 30+ minutes in each). He is athletic and is getting usage. He has done a great job filling in for the injured Clint Capela.

Al Jefferson (IND):  $3,900 vs. BKN

Has not scored above 18.1 FD pts in his last four games and is not getting a ton of minutes.  However, slump busting Brooklyn is coming to town.  Brooklyn gives up the most points of any NBA team, nearly 10 points more than the second most-inept squad (Lakers). He had 20 FD pts the last time he faced the Nets.  He doesn’t have a ton of upside any more but if you are playing Harden or Westbrook, then he is a cheap option.  Jefferson is also the most undervalued player according to FantasyPros projection model.
Bechler is a correspondent at FantasyPros. To read more from Bechler, follow him on twitter@WinningDFS101 or on his website at CoachBechler.com.

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