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Thursday brings a light schedule in the NBA with only four games. There aren’t a ton of viable cheap value plays, as a result, so let’s look a little further across the price scale for some options that could help you win some money. Don’t forget to sign up for our Newsletter and try our Playerlab tool, where you can filter the stats that matter the most and help build a winning entry on FanDuel and DraftKings.
Eric Bledsoe, MIL at GS
FanDuel = $6,800
DraftKings = $5,700
Bledsoe is off to a horrendous offensive start, averaging just 12.8 points per game. That would be his lowest mark since he was a bench player for the Clippers during the 2012-13 season. A big reason for his decline in scoring has been his 21 percent usage rate, which is down from 26 percent during his time with the Bucks last season. Luckily he’s still averaging four rebounds and 6.2 assists per game. With both of these teams in the top-10 in the league in pace of play, this could be a chance for Bledsoe to have one of his better performances of the season.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, LAC at POR
FanDuel = $4,000
DraftKings = $3,600
Avery Bradley (ankle) didn’t play Monday against the Timberwolves, which opened up a starting spot for Gilgeous-Alexander. He’s clearly not going to be one of the main scoring options for the Clippers, even in a starting role, but he did finish with six points, three rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block in that contest. Bradley will sit Thursday, as well, making Gilgeous-Alexander someone to at least consider in tournament play.
Dennis Schroder, OKC vs. HOU
FanDuel = $7,000
DraftKings = $7,000
Another player benefiting from an injury on his team right now is Schroder. Russell Westbrook suffered what looked to be a bad ankle injury Monday against the Pelicans, but it doesn’t appear to be as serious as initially feared. He sat out Wednesday against the Cavaliers, leaving Schroder to enter the starting five. Schroder didn’t let his teammates down, scoring 28 points to go along with seven rebounds, one steal, and one block across 34 minutes. It seems unlikely that Westbrook will play Thursday, making Schroder a great option once again.
Malcolm Brogdon, MIL at GS
FanDuel = $4,500
DraftKings = $4,500
Playing alongside Bledsoe, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton, it’s no surprise that Brogdon only has a 16.7 percent usage rate. However, he is shooting 46.6 percent from the field, which has helped him average 12.1 points per contest. His contributions come from more than just in the scoring department, as well, with 3.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists per contest. This should be an uptempo game with a lot of small lineups. making Brogdon an intriguing cost-effective option.
Evan Turner, POR vs. LAC
FanDuel = $4,600
DraftKings = $5,000
Turner hasn’t been able to live up to the hype of being the second overall pick in the 2010 Draft, but he’s become a very valuable member of the second unit for the Blazers. Despite only playing 25 minutes a game, he’s averaging 10.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4.1 assists. The Blazers don’t exactly play at a blistering pace, but they might be forced to Thursday with the Clippers playing at the ninth-fastest pace (103.7 possessions per game) in the league. With Turner’s ability to contribute across the board, he could provide value.
Alfonzo McKinnie, GS vs. MIL
FanDuel = $3,800
DraftKings = $3,800
The Warriors are going to be thin up front with Draymond Green (toe) out. It will require a group effort to make up for his absence, with one of those players possibly being McKinnie. He’s been excellent on the boards in limited playing time, averaging 4.1 rebounds across just 15 minutes per game. The Warriors have already been playing him more, as well, with McKinnie logging at least 20 minutes in three of their last four games. During those contests, he averaged 13.7 points and 6.7 rebounds. At this dirt cheap price, he might not be a crazy choice in tournament play.
Montrezl Harrell, LAC at POR
FanDuel = $5,800
DraftKings = $5,600
The Marcin Gortat era with the Clippers seems to be over. Since removing him from the rotation, the Clippers have gone 2-0. Harrell played well in both of those games, averaging 11.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks. It’s also important to note that even though he didn’t start either of those contests, he logged at least 25 minutes both times. Even in a bench role, Harrell can thrive.
Jerami Grant, OKC vs. HOU
FanDuel = $5,600
DraftKings = $4,900
Grant might not be a flashy name, but he’s extremely important for the Thunder. After coming off the bench for 80 of the 81 games he played in last year, he’s started seven of nine contests this season. He’s done nothing to suggest he will be removed from that role, averaging 13.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.4 steals. The Rockets use a lot of small lineups and the Thunder play at the sixth-fastest pace (104.9), leaving this as a favorable matchup for Grant.
Steven Adams, OKC vs. HOU
FanDuel = $7,800
DraftKings = $5,800
Adams doesn’t come at much of a reduced price on FanDuel, but his price on DraftKings is appealing, especially with only four games on the schedule. He’s been a rock for the Thunder in the middle, averaging 13 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.6 steals, and 1.5 blocks across 34 minutes a game. Although he’s been horrible from the charity stripe, that’s more of a season-long fantasy issue than a concern for DFS. This should be a fun matchup between him and Clint Capela.
Boban Marjanovic, LAC at POR
FanDuel = $5,400
DraftKings = $5,400
Marjanovic has flashed immense potential, but he’s never been given consistent playing time. That’s changed with him taking over the starting center job from Gortat. He’s still not playing a normal allotment of starter’s minutes, but he’s averaged 10 points, 10 rebounds, and one block in that role. The Blazers have defended opposing centers well this season, but that doesn’t mean you should shy away from Marjanovic when crafting your entry.
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Eric Bledsoe, MIL vs. DEN
FanDuel = $8,000
DraftKings = $7,100
Bledsoe is in the midst of one of his best stretches since being traded to the Bucks, averaging 20.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.2 three-pointers in his last five games. He has the second-highest usage rate (27.1%) on the team and should continue to be one of the focal points of their offense moving forward. The Nuggets allow the fifth-most points per game on both FanDuel and DraftKings to opposing point guards, making Bledsoe an excellent option at a reasonable price Thursday.
Jeff Teague, MIN vs. LAL
FanDuel = $6,700
DraftKings = $6,200
Teague’s scoring average is down at just 12.9 points per game this season, but that was to be expected playing for a team that includes Karl-Anthony Towns, Jimmy Butler, and Andrew Wiggins. He’s still managed to provide value though by averaging 7.1 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.1 three-pointers per game. He gets a favorable matchup Friday as the Lakers play at the fastest pace (103 possessions per game) in the league. His ceiling isn’t off the charts, but he can still provide value for your entry.
Will Barton, DEN at MIL
FanDuel = $7,700
DraftKings = $6,800
Barton is getting a ton of playing time for the Nuggets, logging at least 34 minutes in 10 of his last 11 games. He’s taken full advantage of the opportunity, averaging 16.3 points, 5.0 rebounds. 4.6 assists and 2.1 three-pointers in those 10 contests. The Nuggets have moved Barton into the starting lineup as they push towards the playoffs, giving him a significant boost in value. On a night with limited options, Barton stands out as a great choice at shooting guard.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, LAL at MIN
FanDuel = $5,700
DraftKings = $5,100
The Lakers are still thin at guard with Lonzo Ball (knee) injured, leaving Caldwell-Pope to play at least 31 minutes in three straight games. Even though his usage rate is only 17.2% this season, the pace at which the Lakers play and the added playing time helps give Caldwell-Pope value. The Timberwolves have struggled on defense at times this season, making Caldwell-Pope someone to consider at this price.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, MIL vs. DEN
FanDuel = $11,700
DraftKings = $10,700
On a night with so few games, you want to make sure you get at least one elite player into your lineup. Giannis might be that player Thursday, with his 31.8% usage rate that ranks fifth-highest in the league. He’s much more than just a scorer though, averaging 10.4 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.3 blocks per game. He will eat up a significant portion of your budget, but he should be worth it Thursday.
Brandon Ingram, LAL at MIN
FanDuel = $6,700
DraftKings = $6,300
Ingram continues to provide an offensive spark for the Lakers, averaging 20 points in his last six games. He’s been asked to help facilitate the offense with Ball out as well, averaging 5.7 assists over that same stretch. Even with Isaiah Thomas now on the Lakers, Ingram should still see an increase in assists until Ball returns. Ball is expected back after the All-Star break, so take advantage of Ingram’s added value Thursday while you can.
Kyle Kuzma, LAL at MIN
FanDuel = $6,900
DraftKings = $6,000
Kuzma has shown he can provide tremendous value when given the opportunity but has seen limited minutes when the Lakers are healthy up front. However, the trade that sent Larry Nance Jr. to the Cavaliers has now freed up playing time for Kuzma. He’s been excellent in the three games since Nance was traded, averaging 17.0 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.3 three-pointers. Power forward is especially shallow on FanDuel with only two games, leaving Kuzma as one of the better options Thursday.
Trey Lyles, DEN at MIL
FanDuel = $5,000
DraftKings = $4,400
Lyles has been a valuable member of the Nuggets’ bench, averaging 11.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and a block in six games in February. His playing time is down a bit from the previous two months, but his usage in February is a season-high at 23.8%. The Bucks are a tough defensive team, but Lyles significant role and cheap price make him worth considering for your entry.
Nikola Jokic, DEN at MIL
FanDuel = $10,000
DraftKings = $9,800
Jokic’s ability to contribute across the board leaves him tremendous upside, evident by the fact that he has two triple-doubles in his last six games. Things couldn’t shape up much better for him Thursday as the Bucks allow the fifth-most points per game on FanDuel and the fourth-most points per game on DraftKings to opposing centers. He and Karl-Anthony Towns stand out at the position Thursday, but Jokic could finish with the best numbers, especially if the Timberwolves get a big lead on the lowly Lakers.
Tyler Zeller, MIL vs. DEN
FanDuel = $4,200
DraftKings = $3,900
The Bucks will be without starting center John Henson (hamstring) on Thursday, marking the third straight game that he has missed. Zeller played at least 22 minutes in each of the previous two games without Henson, averaging 9.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks. With Jokic and Towns being by far the best options at center Thursday, it might be wise to pay up to get one of them into your lineup. However, if you need to save money at the position, Zeller is a cheap option to consider.
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Stephen Curry ($9,500 FD/$10,300 DK) –
Steph is a much more appealing play on FanDuel as he sits below the 10k range. He may be worth paying up for Saturday night as he takes on the Houston Rockets, who rank 22nd in defending point guards and the same team Curry scored 47 FanDuel points against a couple weeks ago. Curry has scored 40+ FanDuel points in 11 straight games, showing serious consistency value wise. The projected total of this game is a massive 234, implying a high scoring contest as well as fast paced with both teams ranking top 10 in the league in pace of play.
Eric Bledsoe ($7,000 FD/$7,600) –
Bledsoe is one of the best point guard plays of the night, and will most likely be a very popular option. The Bucks will be without primary scorer Giannis as he has been ruled out. This lays a much heavier workload for Bledsoe against the Sixers who rank 21st in defending point guards. He’s very affordable and is projected 42.9 FanDuel points, giving him a healthy value of 6.13x.
Khris Middleton ($7,400 FD/$7,900 DK) –
Alongside Bledsoe, Middleton will also be picking up much more offensive responsibility Saturday night with the Greak Freak sidelined. At a very affordable price it’s safe to say he will be high owned as well. He has a mediocre matchup with the Sixers. Luckily, they play at the fastest pace in the NBA so expect to tempo of the game to be pushed a little faster. This could benefit Middleton greatly.
Wayne Ellington ($4,400 FD/$4,900 DK) –
Ellington is dirt cheap and in a great matchup Saturday with the Charlotte Hornets, who defend shooting guards the worst in the league. He has been seeing great minutes, logging 30 or more in 9 of his last 10 games. He has also provided 20+ FanDuel points in three straight, showing a bit of consistency recently for such a low price tag. If Tyler Johnson remains out Ellington should see a slight increase in workload and opportunity. He seems worth the small risk.
Josh Richardson ($6,000 FD/ $6,000 DK) –
Richardson has been a great offensive presence for the Heat lately, especially with Tyler Johnson out, who may be sitting out Saturday night as well. Richardson has averaged 33.6 FanDuel points in the two matchups Tyler Johnson recently missed. His price tag hasn’t changed much, which is a good thing. The Hornets may make things a bit more hectic as they run at the 10th rank pace in the league while the Heat rank a mere 28th.
PJ Tucker ($4,100 FD/$3,700 DK) –
With Gerald Green and Trevor Ariza suspended last game, that left Tucker as a primary SF. Although he did not perform as expected, collecting 17.8 FDP, he was able to log 33 minutes. He should see this playing time once again Saturday night as Green and Ariza serve their final game of their suspensions. Tucker’s matchup with the Warriors is above average, so if he can get the appropriate minutes he will have plenty of opportunity to exceed value. He’s a bit risky, but also very cheap.
Dario Saric ($5,500 FD/$6,200 DK) –
If you need a safe and cheap play, Saric is your guy. He has scored 20+ FanDuel points in eight straight contests, with three of those reaching the 40 point mark or more. He has been a great weapon for this developing Sixers offense. He matches up fair with the Milwaukee Bucks, who will be without Giannis. Saric is currently projected at 27 FanDuel points which would give him a value of nearly 5x. His consistency lately allows him to be a safer bet for your lineup as he also brings some upside.
Montrezl Harrell ($6,200 FD/$4,800 DK) –
Harrell is another cheap option with upside in this slate. His price is much more appealing on DraftKings as his price on FanDuel may be a bit intimidating. Harrell has been very beneficial off the bench for this Clippers squad, especially with DeAndre Jordan sidelined. In the last three games without Jordan, Harrell has averaged 31.8 FanDuel PPG along with 27.6 minutes per game. Jordan has already been officially ruled out Saturday night, giving Harrell the chance to keep this type of play up.
Joel Embiid ($10,500 FD/$10,400 DK) –
The “process” might have to be trusted in this slate. Embiid is matched up great with the Bucks tonight as he has been on a tear lately. Embiid has three straight games with a double-double and is averaging nearly 2 blocks per game over his last five contests, helping his fantasy scores increase. He’s coming off a monstrous 26-16-6 performance against the Celtics, accumulating to 59.2 FanDuel points. He’s now rested for tonight’s game and appears to be a player to pay up for in this slate.
Hassan Whiteside ($8,700 FD/$7,600 DK) –
Whiteside’s numbers his past two games are impossible to ignore, as the center posted back to back 20 point double-double games. He also combined both games for a total of 10 blocks, making him average 5 each game. In this span, he averaged 55.7 FanDuel points. He has a bit of a tough matchup against the Hornets but at his price and recent production, it’s a little difficult to fade him just for his matchup. Although he is due for major regression, that due date might just not be yet.
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Eric Bledsoe, MIL at POR
FanDuel = $7,500
DraftKings = $6,800
Bledsoe has played well since being traded to the Bucks as he’s averaging 15.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.1 three-pointers per game with his new squad. Now the second best offensive weapon on the team, he’s posting a 27.9% usage rate. His numbers are going to continue to get better as he gets accustomed to his new teammates and he’s already showing signs of that as he has averaged 23.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists over his last three games. On a night with only five games on the schedule, Bledsoe presents an excellent option for your entry.
Jamal Murray, DEN vs. CHI
FanDuel = $5,100
DraftKings = $5,000
Murray doesn’t provide much outside of scoring, but he has managed to average 13.9 points and 1.2 three-pointers in only 27 minutes per game. He still has a significant role in the offense as his 24.4% usage rate is the highest on the team. Thursday’s matchup against the Bulls is favorable for Murray as the Bulls struggle to defend point guards. They have been especially poor of late, allowing an average of 23.6 points per game to opposing starting point guards over their last three contests. At this price, Murray can provide value.
Lou Williams, LAC vs. UTA
FanDuel = $8,000
DraftKings = $7,300
The Clippers are absolutely decimated by injuries and will be without Blake Griffin, Patrick Beverley, Danilo Gallinari and Milos Teodosic on Thursday. When you think about how much offense the Clippers were counting on from Griffin and Gallinari, that’s a lot of scoring to make up for. Enter Williams as he is never afraid to shoot the rock. He is currently averaging a career-high 13.7 shot attempts per game to go along with a 27.8% usage rate. Expect him to lead the Clippers offense Thursday, giving him value even at this expensive price.
Gary Harris, DEN vs. CHI
FanDuel = $6,100
DraftKings = $5,600
One thing you get with Harris is consistent playing time as he has played at least 30 minutes in all but three games this season, one of which he played 29 minutes. He’s not going to give you much in the way of rebounds or assists, but he makes up for it by averaging 1.8 steals to go along with 14.3 points per game. He has actually had at least three steals in three of his last four games. With plenty of minutes and shots on tap for Thursday’s matchup against a bad Bulls defense, consider adding Harris into your lineup.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, MIL at POR
FanDuel = $11,800
DraftKings = $11,100
Not much needs to be said to make a case to start Giannis on Thursday. His 33.5% usage rate is fifth-best in the NBA, which is even better when you take into consideration he leads the league with 37 minutes per game. He also crushed the Trail Blazers earlier this season when he scored 44 points to go along with eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block. He and LeBron James are the two best options at small forward for the evening, but I’d lean towards Giannis as this game should be more competitive than the Cavaliers taking on a bad Atlanta Hawks team.
Juan Hernangomez, DEN vs. CHI
FanDuel = $4,000
DraftKings = $3,700
While the Nuggets aren’t as injury-riddled as the Clippers, they are dealing with problems of their own with Paul Millsap out for three months and Wilson Chandler already ruled out for this game with a back injury. Chandler missed the Nuggets last game Tuesday, leading to a start for Hernangomez. He came through with seven points, 10 rebounds and one block in 28 minutes, marking his best game of the season. With the expectation that he will see increased minutes again Thursday, he could provide significant value at this cheap price.
Derrick Favors, UTA at LAC
FanDuel = $7,400
DraftKings = $6,600
Favors is in the midst of his best stretch this season as he is averaging 19.4 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks over his last five games. With so little depth behind him up front due to Rudy Gobert’s injury, he is going to continue to see extended playing time. This should be a fun matchup against DeAndre Jordan, one of the few quality big men still healthy on the Clippers. With Jordan likely to get heavy minutes, the Jazz will need Favors to come through again. Without a lot of great options at power forward for your entry, Favors provides one of the safer bets to produce.
Marcus Morris, BOS vs. PHI
FanDuel = $4,600
DraftKings = $4,700
Morris has taken a big step backward in terms of playing time as his 24 minutes per game is his lowest average since the 2013-14 season. With the talent Boston has up front, that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. The good news is that he has done more with less as his 23.9% usage rate is the highest of his career. With Joel Embiid resting for the Sixers Thursday, they could use some smaller-than-usual lineup combinations. The Sixers play at the fourth-fastest pace (104.8) in the NBA already, so this could be one of the more uptempo games you see the Celtics play. Take a chance on Morris to have a big game based on his opponent and his reasonable price.
Nikola Jokic, DEN vs. CHI
FanDuel = $9,500
DraftKings = $9,100
With Embiid resting Thursday, Jokic becomes the center with the highest upside. While his scoring is slightly down, his overall numbers are even better than last year as he’s averaging 15.9 points, 11.0 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.4 three-pointers per game. One of the best passing centers in the league, his ability to contribute in multiple categories gives him the potential to provide massive production any given night. With a matchup against the Bulls on the slate, this could be one of those evenings when Jokic leads you to some money in DFS.
DeAndre Jordan, LAC vs. UTA
FanDuel = $7,400
DraftKings = $7,100
With Jordan approaching last-man-standing status in the Clippers frontcourt, he could put up some big numbers going forward. His scoring is down at 10.0 points per game, but he may get a few extra shot attempts with Griffin now on the sidelines. Always a valuable contributor on the glass, he should get all the minutes he can handle Thursday. If you can’t pay up for Jokic, Jordan can provide value at a more budget-friendly price.