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FanDuel NBA: Value Plays for the Week

Kevin Payne

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Every week, I'll take a look at players who I believe are undervalued and should be in your lineup. These are players who should exceed their value in fantasy points when looking at their cost. They could be at the minimum or near minimum of $3,500 or could be in the $7-8,000 range.

Point Guard

Brandon Jennings, $6,600 It looks as though Jennings has turned the corner and worked his way back into fantasy relevance. After going through a rough patch at the end of March, he's strung together a four game stretch of at least 20 fantasy points per game. The key recently has been his long-range shot, which has started dropping to the tune of 13-for-28 over those four games.

Patty Mills, $4,200 Tony Parker is expected to miss at least the next two games due to a back injury. It wouldn't surprise me if he's out longer, and this should open up more opportunities on the offensive end for Mills. He's had some big games this season when Parker was out and had five consecutive games of double-digit scoring before Sunday's game against Memphis, a game in which he had 17 fantasy points. Mills is a guy I would lean toward using in GPPs (guaranteed prize pools) over using him in cash games.

Shooting Guard

Gordon Hayward, $6,600 With all of the March Madness action just wrapping up, I always think back to Hayward narrowly missing a long shot at the buzzer that would have beaten Duke in the 2010 National Championship game. Hayward has been a tough player to pick in daily fantasy this season as he can put up a big stat line or a dud on any given night. The perfect example of this inconsistency was this weekend when he had 36 fantasy points Friday only to follow that up with nine fantasy points Sunday. Still, this is one of the lowest prices he's had all season, and he still possesses the upside to put up a monster game.

Alec Burks, $5,700 Burks has had one of the more under the radar fantasy seasons and has been one of the most consistent scorers in the league. He's scored double-digits in 25 straight games and has gotten to the free-throw line a whopping 29 times over his last two games. Burks exploded for 39 fantasy points against the Warriors on Sunday and should be a steady source of fantasy production for the rest of the season.

Ben McLemore, $3,500 McLemore is coming off two duds, so mentioning him here is a little odd. Before those two games, he had six straight games of double-digit scoring and was playing heavy minutes, over 40 minutes in three of his last six games. He's looked very overmatched at times this season, but the Kings seem intent on letting him learn on the job and don't have any other great options. Like Patty Mills, he's someone I'd lean toward using in GPP's more than cash games.

Small Forward

Robbie Hummel, $3,600 Hummel is my sneaky play of the week after logging 33 minutes of playing time Saturday. Chase Budinger is done for the rest of the season, and Kevin Martin could also be shut down. Either way, for the next few games, the Timberwolves will be short-handed which should open up playing time for Hummel. I would temper any lofty expectations here, but he's a good bet to hit his value and offers some salary cap relief to your lineup.

Power Forward

Dirk Nowitzki, $8,000 Dirk is priced $2000-3000 less than the other elite players in the Association yet has been one of the best fantasy players recently. Prior to a dud on Sunday, Nowitzki had scored anywhere from 33-53 fantasy points over his previous five games. Dirk should continue to try and put the team on his shoulders and make the playoffs, so expect him to continue to play at a high level.

Jordan Hill, $6,000 It looks like there could be a chance that Pau Gasol gets shut down for the season, leaving plenty of playing time for Hill. He missed his third consecutive double-double by only a rebound and has scored at least 30 fantasy points in each of those three games. The Lakers have very limited scoring options, and Hill has emerged with Nick Young as their two most viable weapons.


Omer Asik, $5,800 The Rockets haven't missed Dwight Howard too much while the big man has been out, and Asik is a big reason why. He's recorded double-digit rebounds in five straight games and has two 23-rebound games in his last four games. Look for Asik to be a lock for 20-plus fantasy points on a nightly basis provided that Howard is still out.
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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. Kevin Payne plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: Fanduel: kevinccp, Draft Kings: kevinccp, Fantasy Aces: kevinccp, Yahoo: kevinccp.