The NBA playoffs are upon us, and I'll keep going with this column as long as FanDuel keeps running daily contests. Playing on FanDuel makes watching the playoffs even more exciting, especially if your favorite team missed the cut. I'll continue using the same format, looking at players who are good values and who surpass their expected fantasy points output in relation to their price.
J.J. Redick, $4,700 –
Greivis Vasquez, $5,200 – Writing about Vasquez comes as a little bit of a surprise to me considering he's been pretty inconsistent this season with his stats down from when he played for New Orleans a season ago. However, the Raptors have played him at least 25 minutes in each of the first four games of the series, and Vasquez has been earning good value at his price. He's had at least 28 FPs (fantasy points) in three of the last four games, and in the other game, he still had 19 FPs. There's a nice floor here considering the elite point guards are around $3,000 more expensive.
Through the first four games of the series, Redick has surpassed his value three times. He's scored double-digits in three of those four games and has been playing around 30 minutes per game. Missing the entire month of March due to injury severely depressed his price, which will only go up from here. Just keep an eye on Redick's status game-by-game as there are reports he could be rested with his back still acting up.
Manu Ginobili, $5,400 –
Ginobili has seemingly turned back the clock and has probably offered the most value out of any player in the playoffs so far. This is likely coach Gregg Popovich once again being a genius and now having a fresh Ginobili by resting him all season. Ginobili has at least 27 FPs in each of the first four games of the series and can put up FPs in so many different ways. If the Spurs are playing, and considering the rest of the options at the position, you need to start building your lineup with Ginobili.
Tony Allen, $5,500 –
I'll be honest, I really didn't think I'd be writing about Allen this season, let alone in the playoffs. Known as a defensive specialist, Allen has been getting big minutes off the bench trying to slow down Kevin Durant
. Allen can fill up the stat sheet and hasn't played fewer than 31 minutes in any of the four games. He has at least six rebounds in each game and is averaging two steals per game for the series. The floor is pretty high here given he should continue to play a lot of minutes.
Trevor Ariza, $5,900 –
It's hard to ignore Ariza at this price, and he's arguably been the Wizards best player during the series so far. He's averaged 18.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.0 steal against the Bulls, one of the tougher defensive teams in the league. Ariza is also getting around 40 minutes per game and has exceeded his value every game in the series.
Kawhi Leonard, $6,600 –
If you're ever bored and want to see something pretty incredible Google "Kawhi Leonard
's hands". He's been very steady throughout the season and has played 38 minutes in each of the last two games. Leonard has at least 20 FPs in three of the four games of the series and should be able to be a factor for the rest of the series.
Nene Hilario, $6,400 –
Hilario has come back to the Wizards lineup playing excellent basketball, averaging 17.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and over two combined blocks/steals through the first three games of the series. Unfortunately, his headbutt on Jimmy Butler
earned him a suspension for Game 4, and he fouled out of the first two games. Still, the suspension won't affect Nene's playing time, and he should still be able to surpass his value at this price.
David Lee, $6,700 –
It's tough to ignore Lee at this price, especially considering he's been in the mid-$7,000 and even over $8,000 at times this year. Outside of the Game 2 blowout, he's played anywhere from 32-38 minutes per game and had a monster Game 1. Lee likely won't give you more FPs than Blake Griffin
or LaMarcus Aldridge
, but he's considerably cheaper and therefore going to be a better value.
DeAndre Jordan, $7,800 –
The center position is pretty thin, and it seems like there are only five or six viable options to choose from. I know Jordan had a dud in Game 4 (as did most of the Clippers), but he was a stud the first three games of the series. Without Andrew Bogut
(ribs) available, the Warriors have offered little resistance in the middle, running out David Lee
, Jermaine O'Neal
and Draymond Green
as their primary frontcourt rotation. Jordan had five blocks in each of the first three games, adding to his value. This is a case where you need to have a short memory and go back to the big man for the rest of the series.