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FanDuel NBA: Saturday Value Plays

Joel Bartilotta

Joel has 15 years of Fantasy experience, and can recall riding a young Daunte Culpepper to a championship in the 2003-04 season in his inaugural fantasy year. He covers NBA, NFL, daily fantasy, EPL, MLB, and CBB for RotoWire.


Andrew Wiggins, MIN vs. BRK ($6,400): Wiggins has brought his game to another level in recent weeks, as he's set a career-high in scoring in two of his last three games. The main reason for that is the absence of Jimmy Butler (knee), as he comes into this matchup questionable. Still, Wiggins reliability is hard not to like whether Butler suits up or not, as he's scored at least 22 fantasy points in 19 straight games while averaging nearly 35 fantasy points per game across his last five outings.

Nicolas Batum, CHA at MIA ($6,000): Batum got off to a slow start this season, but recent results indicate he's getting closer to full health. Batum is averaging 31 fantasy points per game across his last six outings -- that production obliterates his $6,000 price tag, as FanDuel is still pricing him like the guy who was struggling early on with an elbow issue. The matchup is appealing, as well, as he faces a Miami defense that allows the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing shooting guards.

Darren Collison, IND vs. ORL ($5,400): Collison has been outplaying his price tag all season long, and it's difficult to understand why he hasnít reached $6,000. Not only is he averaging 28 fantasy points per game for the season, he's coming off a 51-point gem in his most recent outing. Collison an the Pacers also face an Orlando defense that cedes the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing point guards.


Draymond Green, GS vs. BOS ($7,700): This is another case of a player's price not matching his production, as $7,700 is not enough for a player averaging nearly 40 fantasy points per game. Green's consistency is what makes him such a reliable option, as he's scored at least 32 fantasy points in 17 of his last 19 games. The all-around numbers are hard not to be impressed by, as he's averaging 12.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.3 blocks across his last 22 games.

Markieff Morris, WSH at ATL ($5,000): Much like Batum, Morris' price has remained low because of a slow start, but he appears to be on the rise. Not only did he drop 37 fantasy points in his most recent game, but Morris is averaging 24 fantasy points per game in his last 15 outings.
Bojan Bogdanovic, IND vs. ORL ($4,400): Bogdanovic is a risky play, but his role and matchup make him an enticing option. He regularly plays 30 or more minutes, and Bogdanovic is averaging 25 fantasy points per game in his last four outings. That's 6X value from an underpriced player; plus, he faces an Orlando defense that allows the third-most fantasy points to opposing small forwards.


Bismack Biyombo, ORL at IND ($6,000): Biyombo has been great since taking over starting center duties in Orlando, as Nikola Vucevic continues to work back from a broken hand. In fact, Biyombo is averaging 29 fantasy points per game across his last 12 outings, and he's scored at least 31 fantasy points seven times in that span. The matchup may be the best part of this play, however, with Indiana allowing the second-most fantasy points to opposing centers entering Saturday.

Marcin Gortat, WSH at ATL ($3,900): A starting center should never fall below $4,000, but thatís what we get that here with Gortat. Granted, he's scored 21 or fewer fantasy points in five straight games, but there's way too much in his favor to fade him here. His 24-fantasy-points-per-game season average is already enough incentive to use him, as Gortat is still a great bet to see nearly 30 minutes of action. He also gets a strong matchup, facing an Atlanta defense that concedes the most fantasy points in the league to opposing centers.

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