3 NBA FanDuel Value Plays to Target on Wednesday 11/17/21

One of the keys to finding success in daily fantasy basketball is uncovering potential value plays. If you're looking to roster a stud player or two, you need to consider squeezing in one of these lower-salaried options into your lineup.

Let's take a look at two players who can help fill in the gaps in your lineup.

Dean Wade, PF/SF, Cleveland Cavaliers ($3,600)

The Cleveland Cavaliers are dealing with a number of injuries and that means plenty of value options.

Jarrett Allen, Lauri Markkanen, Evan Mobley, and Collin Sexton are all listed as out for the Cavaliers. This leaves the Cavs a bit shorthanded and will likely push Dean Wade into the starting lineup. This has him projected for 35.58 minutes and 27.7 FanDuel points -- the top overall value option on the slate. This should make him one of the chalkiest options on the slate, so be prepared to see plenty of him in tournaments and cash games.

The matchup is also a good one for Wade since the Brooklyn Nets are around the league average in terms of FanDuel points per game allowed to power forwards (43.73). While this game only has a 208.0-point over/under, the Cavaliers (27th) are playing up in pace a bit versus the Nets (14th), which is always beneficial for fantasy production.

Tim Hardaway Jr., SG/SF, Dallas Mavericks ($5,200)

With Luka Doncic out for the Dallas Mavericks, Tim Hardaway Jr. will see a bump in usage.

Hardaway should be another popular option tonight due to an injury, and with his scoring upside, he makes for a great option. When Doncic is off the court this season, Hardaway sees a 5.7 percentage-point increase in his offensive usage along with producing an additional 0.39 FanDuel points per minute. Those are significant increases to his offensive role, and it presents Hardaway with a clear path to exceeding fantasy value tonight.

Hardaway is known for his ability to shoot the ball -- with plenty of those attempts coming from downtown. He has taken five three-point attempts or more in eight of his last 10 games, an area he should look to capitalize on versus the Phoenix Suns. This season, the Suns are allowing opponents to make 12.5 three-pointers per game (12th most in the league).

If the shots start to fall for Hardaway, he could be in for a big night.

Josh Giddey, SG, Oklahoma City Thunder ($5,300)

Josh Giddey continues to be a solid value option.

As part of the Oklahoma City Thunder starting lineup, Giddey is the only player producing over 1.00 FanDuel points per minute. To be precise, he is producing 1.03 FanDuel points per minute, while usage rate leader Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (23.3%) is only producing 0.88 FanDuel points per minute.

Giddey has been able to do this not by pure scoring (he has less than 10 real points in each of his last six games) but his ability to fill up the stat sheet. The rookie is averaging 6.6 rebounds, 6.2 assists, and even 1.2 steals per game. The peripheral stats are always there for Giddey, who should be able to continue that tonight versus a weak Rockets' lineup. Giddey comes in projected for 30.15 minutes and 28.8 FanDuel points, which has him exceed salary-based value.