FanDuel NBA: Sunday Value Plays
FanDuel NBA: Sunday Value Plays

This article is part of our FanDuel NBA series.

After Saturday's two-game slate, we're treated to eight Sunday games involving both non-contending teams and playoff contenders. Fortunately, there appears to be plenty of value in either scenario, giving us the ability to save at certain positions when necessary and still retain some upside. Let's do some Sunday bargain shopping for one final time this regular season: 

POINT GUARD  

D.J. Augustin, ORL at BOS ($5,500): Augustin has scored more than 30 fantasy points in four of his last six games, the latest example of the sneaky value he's provided at modest prices this season. The veteran point guard is shooting a career-high 47.0 percent, including 42.1 percent from three-point range. The Magic will be playing all out Sunday, considering a win gets them into the postseason. The Celtics have been a tough matchup on paper for point guards all season, but Augustin's price limits risk, especially considering he also has one tally of 26.6 fantasy points versus Boston this season.

George Hill, MIL vs. ATL ($4,600): Hill came up a bit small in overall production Saturday against the Nets. Even though he poured in 14 points, he only had two assists, leading to just 16 fantasy points. However, he remains reasonably priced for an even better matchup against the fastest-paced team in the NBA in the Hawks. In five games this season against Atlanta, Hill averaged 14.8 points (on 63.0 percent shooting, including 44.4 percent from distance), 2.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists. The Hawks also come in allowing the most fantasy points per game (47.3) to point guards, as well as the most points (22.2) and the most assists (8.5).

SHOOTING GUARD        

Bogdan Bogdanovic, SAC vs. NO ($5,400): Bogdanovic's production has been up and down recently, but the high points have outpaced his current salary. The sharpshooter had 33.3, 31.1 and 45.8 fantasy points in three of his last five games. He's scored in double digits in eight consecutive games as well and draws an appealing matchup with which to generate another strong return. The Pelicans come in allowing a bottom-10 figure in fantasy points per game (38.7) and offensive efficiency rating (23.1) to small forwards, as well as the fifth-highest three-point percentage (36.3) overall. In turn, Bogdanovic is firing away from behind the arc, taking 5.2 three-point attempts per game and draining them at a 36.1 percent clip.

Ian Clark, NO at SAC ($5,100): Clark has made excellent use of extended run recently, scoring 31.7 and 42.8 fantasy points in his last two games, respectively. Clark should be due for another starting assignment at two-guard in place of Frank Jackson (concussion) and faces a Kings team that's allowed the most fantasy points per game to twos in the last five. Sacramento also allows the fourth-highest offensive efficiency rating (23.8) to the position for the season and 37.3 percent shooting from three-point range, furthering Clark's case.  

SMALL FORWARD

Taurean Prince, ATL at MIL ($4,600): Prince has scored 20.7 to 33.5 fantasy points in five consecutive games, solid to excellent returns at his current price. He's played 33 and 25 minutes in two games since returning from a foot injury, so he should be in for his normal allotment of minutes Sunday. The Bucks have been strong defensively overall, but they've allowed the third-most fantasy points per game (58.5) to small forwards over the last five contests, along with bottom-five figures in points (31.2), steals (2.6) and made threes (5.2).

Troy Brown Jr., WAS at NY ($4,500): Brown has been one of the few reasons for optimism for Wizards fans and brass during the latter stretches of the season, as the 19-year-old has averaged a solid 10.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists in his last eight games, all starts. Brown will next take aim at a Knicks squad that's allowed 36.6 fantasy points per game to small forwards this season, along with a bottom-10 offensive efficiency rating (22.4) and the fifth-highest three-point percentage (38.5) to the position. Brown has played at least 30 minutes in four straight and should get a lot of minutes again Sunday.

POWER FORWARD   

Luke Kornet, NY vs. WAS ($4,500): Mario Hezonja ($7,400) is likely to draw the start at power forward Sunday and makes for an excellent play, but he's priced outside of value range. For savings purposes, Kornet makes for a fine option, considering he's reclaimed a regular spot in the rotation and faces a plum matchup for power forwards. The Wizards allow the highest offensive efficiency rating (28.7) to fours and the fourth-most fantasy points per game (43.3) to the position as well. The floor-spacing big takes 4.0 three-point attempts per game, draining 36.5 percent, while the Wizards allow the highest three-point percentage (41.1) to power forwards.

Kenneth Faried, HOU vs. PHO ($3,900): Faried is another big man who's recently rejoined the rotation, posting 21 and 28.7 fantasy points in two of his last three games. Faried has played 17 to 24 minutes in those three games and figures in for a similar workload Sunday against a vulnerable Suns frontcourt. Faried has already averaged 13.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in two games against Phoenix this season, and the Suns allow the second-highest offensive efficiency rating (84.6) to  frontcourts, with the fifth highest (45.3) to second units.

CENTER  

Willie Cauley-Stein, SAC vs. NO ($5,300): Cauley-Stein has been a bit of a rollercoaster to roster this season, but he's averaged 20.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.0 block and 1.0 steal in three games against the Pelicans this year. WCS has also scored 30.4 to 44.4 fantasy points in five of his last seven games, all excellent returns on his current price. With the Pels also allowing the third-most fantasy points per game (65.8) to centers in the last five and the third-highest offensive efficiency rating (36.4) to the position for the season, Cauley-Stein shapes up as an appealing cost-savings option if he sees a normal allotment of minutes.

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. Juan Carlos Blanco plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: DraftKings: jcblanco22, FanDuel: jc_blanco22, DraftPot: jc_blanco22, FantasyDraft: jc_blanco22, OwnThePlay: jcblanco22.
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Juan Carlos Blanco
Winner of the FSWA 2016 Newcomer of the Year Award, Juan Carlos Blanco has been playing fantasy sports for close to 20 years and covers NBA, MLB, and the NFL for Rotowire.com, including serving as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' beat writer. He has previously written for KFFL.com and remains an avid season-long and daily fantasy player in multiple sports.
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