FanDuel NBA:  Thursday Value Plays
FanDuel NBA: Thursday Value Plays

This article is part of our FanDuel NBA series.

Thursday's NBA slate is a modest one, with six games on tap after 7:00 PM Eastern time. With some of the league's most vulnerable defenses in action, there's no shortage of enticing options to be found in this slate. FanDuel's format only counts the eight highest scores in your nine-player lineup, so keep that in mind when making your selections. 

POINT GUARD


Trae Young, ATL vs. UTA ($7,600): Young's available at a reasonable price here, making him an enticing against-the-grain play. The Jazz will bring some tired legs into this one, as they'll be flying in from New York to complete a grueling back-to-back travel-wise. With 35.7 or more fantasy points in six of his past seven games – and as many as 52.5 in a game over that span – Young has established himself as a reliable option capable of delivering in such a matchup.

Tyus Jones, MIN at CHA ($5,300): With Jeff Teague (foot) and Derrick Rose (elbow) both ruled out, Jones is set to see all the minutes he can handle at the point guard position. At just $5,300, Jones should have no problem providing strong value against a Hornets team with a 111.3 defensive rating – ninth-worst in the league.

SHOOTING GUARD


Jeremy Lamb, CHA vs. MIN ($7,000): Lamb has been fantastic over the past three games, averaging 21.7 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 1.7 APG, 1.7 steals and 0.3 block per game. He gets an excellent opportunity to build on that recent momentum against a visiting Minnesota team that's surrendering the fourth-most points per game on the road (117.4). 

Wesley Matthews, IND at GS ($4,400): Matthews offers a high floor at a low price for owners looking to spend big at other positions. The hard-nosed wing is a key cog in Indiana's rotation, having played at least 29 minutes in each of his 16 games with the club. He's consistently taken advantage of the playing time, exceeding 20 fantasy points in 12 of the past 14 contests. 

SMALL FORWARD


Mikal Bridges, PHO vs. DET ($4,900): Bridges has averaged 39 minutes of floor time over his past three games, and the rookie 10th-overall pick should once again see all the minutes he can handle with both Kelly Oubre (thumb) and T.J. Warren (ankle) ruled out due to their respective injuries. With all those minutes, Bridges will almost certainly outperform his $4,900 valuation at home against the Pistons, whose weakness lies on the wing.

Joe Ingles, UTA at ATL ($6,200): Ingles has been outplaying his $6,200 valuation for a while now, scoring 31.5 or more fantasy points in 10 of his last 14 games. He should have no problem continuing his strong recent play against a Hawks team that has one of the league's five worst defensive ratings and plays at the second-fastest pace. 

POWER FORWARD 


Paul Millsap, DEN at WAS ($7,500): Millsap's averaging a robust 38.7 fantasy points per game in his past four, and there's little reason for him to slow down against a leaky Wizards team that's playing its second game in as many nights. Washington has been among the most fantasy-friendly teams to face all season, ranking among the five worst in defensive rating and 10 fastest in pace. 

Marvin Bagley, SAC vs. DAL ($6,600): Bagley has worked back up to a full workload since returning from a knee injury, playing 29 minutes in his last game. Despite seeing only 21 minutes of floor time in the previous contest, Bagley's still averaging 24.5 PPG and 8.0 RPG over the last two games. His price hasn't caught back up to his health, so give Bagley a look against a Dallas team that's just 6-29 on the road.

CENTER 


Karl-Anthony Towns, MIN at CHA ($11,500): If you can clear out the cap space for Towns, he's a terrific lineup centerpiece. KAT is averaging a monstrous 32.2 PPG, 13.8 RPG and 3.7 APG since the All-Star break, chipping in seven steals and 13 blocks in those 11 subsequent games. With Charlotte missing starting center Cody Zeller (knee), don't be surprised to see Towns exceed those lofty recent averages here.

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Sasha Yodashkin plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: Youngsash, DraftKings: Yashdogg,Yahoo: Sasha, Fanball: Yashdogg.
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Sasha Yodashkin
Sasha has been contributing NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB and Tennis content to RotoWire since 2015, with an emphasis on DFS. He is a huge New York sports fan who has been playing fantasy sports since middle school.
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