Welcome to the Daily Fantasy Sports NBA FanDuel Top Daily Plays. This article will be featured daily, Monday through Friday during the regular season. I will rank the players according to overall value, with FanDuel’s scoring/salary in mind. These can typically be used on all sites, but use some common sense if another site scores differently or has a different salary. Remember, this is only a guide, and several factors may influence who you should select each day.
Russell Westbrook (OKC): $11,200 vs. CHA
Mike James (PHO): $4,500 at SAC
The Suns decided to sign Mike James to a one year contract after his 10 day contract expired. James responded with an excellent game against the Spurs, with 25 points two rebounds, two assists and three steals. Both the Suns and Kings are two very bad basketball teams, but both sides offer up a ton of value options in a game that should be high scoring and quick paced.
Frank Mason (SAC): $4,100 vs. PHO
Frank Mason has been an excellent surprise for the Kings lately and he has been rewarded with at least 20 minutes of court time in almost every game over the past couple of weeks. Tonight he has an outstanding matchup against the Suns and if he eclipses the 20 minute mark again, he should be a solid value option on tonight’s slate.
Gary Harris (DEN): $6,000 at DET
Gary Harris has been excellent this season and is seeing close to 40 minutes each night. Over the last two and a half weeks, Harris is averaging 31.7 FanDuel points per game. Tonight Harris has a decent matchup against the Pistons who are only middle of the pack against opposing shooting guards.
Andrew Wiggins (MIN): 5,900 vs. PHI
Andrew Wiggins has not been a solid option lately and it has resulted in his salary dropping below $6,000. I think this is a great time to jump on him while his salary is low. Wiggins is still a solid scorer and definitely has potential to right the ship tonight in an excellent matchup with the 76ers. The Timberwolves currently have the second-highest projected team total in Vegas and this game is expected to stay close.
DeMarre Carroll (BKN): $5,700 vs. WAS
DeMarre Carroll had a down game the other night against the Heat, but he averaged 25.95 FanDuel points over his previous four games. Tonight he has an excellent matchup against the Wizards, who have really struggled against opposing small forwards this season.
T.J. Warren (PHO): $8,800 at SAC
T.J. Warren did not live up to his salary expectations in his last game with Devin Booker out, but to be fair it was a difficult matchup against the Spurs. Tonight he has an outstanding matchup against the Kings and he should take full advantage with Booker still out nursing his groin strain.
Kristaps Porzingis (NYK): $9,700 vs. LAL
Kristaps Porzingis had a great game the other night against the Hawks with 30 points, eight rebounds, two assists, three blocks and two steals. Tonight he has a solid matchup against the Lakers who have not defended opposing power forwards well this season. He’s definitely one of my favorite options to spend up for on tonight’s slate.
Taj Gibson (MIN): $5,300 vs. PHI
Taj Gibson has thrived with his new team and his salary still remains pretty low despite him putting up 30+ FanDuel points on a consistent basis. Tonight he has a decent matchup against the 76ers and should have no problem returning value.
Joel Embiid (PHI): $10,800 at MIN
Joel Embiid is currently listed as a game-time decision, but he has said is hopeful that he will play tonight. If does suit up, he is my top player to spend up for on tonight’s slate. Embiid is such a force on offense and his upside is truly uncapped since he is capable of putting up 5+ blocks on any given night. Just be sure to pay attention to lineup news closer to lock. If we there is no indication he will actually play, you can always pivot down to either Karl-Anthony Towns or Andre Drummond and spend up elsewhere.