3 NBA FanDuel Value Plays to Target on Wednesday 4/28/21
One of the keys to finding success in daily fantasy basketball is uncovering potential value plays. If you're looking to roster a stud player or two, you need to consider squeezing in one of these lower-salaried options into your lineup.
Let's take a look at three players who can help fill in the gaps in your lineup.
Payton Pritchard, PG, Boston Celtics ($4,100)
The Boston Celtics could be shorthanded again tonight, and that means value players will see plenty of playing time.
Last night, the Celtics were without Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum, which changed their starting lineup and rotation in a big way. Currently, Walker has been ruled out for tonight's game, while Tatum is listed as questionable.
This should leave plenty of minutes open for Payton Pritchard, who played off the bench last night to the tune of 38.6 FanDuel points in 32 minutes. While Marcus Smart may be the starting point guard again tonight, Pritchard is in a spot to see a strong volume of minutes off the bench given the injuries the Celtics are dealing with.
Defensively, this isn't a tough matchup against the Charlotte Hornets, who are right around the league average against point guards, allowing 47.43 FanDuel points per game. This game has an over/under of 214.5 points and a 7.5-point spread, which should present a solid environment for fantasy production.
That 7.5-point spread seems a bit too much considering the Celtics lost outright to the Oklahoma City Thunder last night as 10.5-point favorites and have now lost against the spread in four of their last five games. Essentially, this game should be closer than the 7.5-point spread, and that gives Pritchard more potential production.
Gary Harris, SG, Orlando Magic ($3,600)
While the Orlando Magic don't have a ton of play for right now, they still have a few viable fantasy options, one of which is Harris. While his production is a bit variable for the Magic, he still leads their starting five with a 24.6% offensive usage rate, nearly 5% higher than the next closest player.
We have started to see some of his scoring upside in recent games, as he has taken 12 field goal attempts or more in three of his last five outings. That volume of shots is good to see, considering he doesn't always contribute a ton when it comes to the peripheral stat categories.
Tonight's matchup versus the Cavaliers is an easier one because they are allowing the seventh-most (42.20) FanDuel points per game to shooting guards. The Cavaliers are also allowing opponents to make 12.4 three-pointers per game, giving Harris a path to some scoring upside with his three-point ability.
Frank Kaminsky, PF, Phoenix Suns ($3,500)
Right now, Jae Crowder and Dario Saric are listed as questionable for the Suns, and they have both been out each of the last two games. In those two games, the Suns have rolled out two different start lineups, so we're not sure what they will be doing tonight. However, what is true for both of those games is that Frank Kaminsky has entered their rotation, providing some size off the bench.
Kaminsky has been able to produce over one FanDuel point per minute in each game. At the minimum salary, Kaminsky doesn't need a ton of time on the court in order to reach value.
That should be obtainable since he is producing 0.96 FanDuel points per minute when both Crowder and Saric are off the court. That production jumps even higher to 1.14 FanDuel points per minute when you remove Deandre Ayton from the court. While this is a bit of a, wait and see situation, Kaminsky has a noticeable increase in production when those players are out.