FanDuel Bargain Bin
You’ll often need to dig deep to find some value plays that allow you to fit in the studs you want. Here I’ll give you the guys I’d use at each position and provide some context for which I think are true punts vs. those that are actually safe enough for cash games. I try to keep them under $6000 (well under if possible).
For this busy 10 game Friday slate, there are a lot of injuries, a lot of stars playing, and four games with point totals over 220. We’ll see some wild lineups and no doubt some very high scores on the leaderboards tonight. My initial take on the slate is to play it a little bit safe and these bargain picks reflect that. There are a few murky opportunities, e.g. Memphis, Houston frontcourt and Boston frontcourt to name just a few, that I’m inclined to simply avoid. I’ll try to provide a really cheap option at each position in case you want to go with a true stars & scrubs strategy tonight, which I like.
Darren Collison $5300: In Collison, you’re opting for a guy getting 35 minutes off the bench that is capable of filling the stat sheet like he did Wednesday vs. Cleveland when he posted a 15/5/8 line with a block and two steals. Orlando is a great guard matchup fantasy-wise and Vegas has the total here at 221 currently. Both teams will be playing small with DeMarcus Cousins and Nikola Vucevic out tonight and Collison should reach value as usual.
Isaiah Canaan $3900: Canaan has quietly been producing in the 76ers backcourt. He’s played around 31 minutes in his last six games, scoring between 16-26 fantasy points in each of them. He’s primarily a scoring option but any time he can add a few assists or steals his upside increases. The Brooklyn Nets are one of the worst defensive teams in the league—even worse than Philadelphia—and are above average in turnovers which should provide additional opportunity for Canaan to rack up stats.
Avery Bradley $5200: I love Bradley when he’s likely to get some space on the perimeter and Houston is the team to give it to him. James Harden’s lack of defense is widely appreciated and Bradley had a nice game against them in their first meeting this season, with 21 points in just 20 minutes. He’s now back to playing closer to 40 mpg most nights and should meet value easily tonight in another fast-paced, high scoring game.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope $5100: Caldwell-Pope is never an exciting pick, but like I said, there are places that it’s worth playing it safe tonight. He’s basically a 20-30 fantasy point player who will occasionally go outside that zone, but against the Hornets, who have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing shooting guards this season, he should be a fine play.
Zach LaVine $5600: “Enough with the Zach LaVine love already”! -RotoWorld editors, probably. You’ll want players in this game, though, LaVine is as steady as it gets at the two, and Oklahoma City’s guard defense leaves a lot to be desired. LaVine has averaged 10 FanDuel points more (!) vs. OKC than his average over the past two seasons (7 games, per RotoViz Game Splits App).
Hollis Thompson $3800: This game is easily the best source of value given the lack of defense it will feature. Thompson has been starting at the two, and it’s a bonus that you can roster him at SF on FanDuel. Thompson has scored double-digit points in four straight games while averaging five rebounds in that span. Guards against Brooklyn have crushed it lately and Thompson has 30+ fantasy point upside tonight at this price.
Marcus Morris $5200: Morris is a bit safer if you consider the minutes he plays—typically around 35 mpg—and like KCP should be able to take advantage of a weak Charlotte wing defense. He bounced back from a terrible outing in New York with back-to-back 19 and 20 point efforts, though his peripheral stats are still lagging.
Vince Carter $4000: If you are taking a guess at who benefits from all the injuries in Memphis, Carter is a cheap option that has been seeing additional court time. He’s scored 32 points in his last two games and has at least four rebounds in each of the last four games along with three blocks and seven steals. New Orleans’ wing defense has been among the most generous this season.
Derrick Williams $3800: I don’t totally love this play but value at PF is really hard for me to find tonight. Kristaps Porzingis ($5900) is playing, but he’s been limited to about 20 mpg, the same as Williams is seeing over the last three games. In that span, Williams has produced 10, 15 and 18 point scoring performances and averaged just over 20 FanDuel points. For this price, I’ll take it. It’s worth noting that while the Clippers are a solid defensive-minded team, they have given up the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing PFs over the last five games.
Ed Davis $4300: Value is extra hard to come by in the night’s marquis matchup between Golden State and Portland. Enter Ed Davis, coming off a hot 9/15/4/1/1 performance in 32 minutes vs. Washington. I don’t watch Portland a lot but I honestly don’t know why Davis doesn’t get this kind of playing time at the four more often. He’s definitely not without risk, playing just nine and 12 minutes in other games in March, but the high total and recent success make him worth it if you’re looking to get a cheap piece of this game.
Robin Lopez $5600: Lopez has played some of his best basketball over the past few weeks and tonight gets a shot at the league’s eighth-most generous center defense in the Clippers. He’s a bit of a wild card, making the most of tough matchups with Minnesota, Toronto, Miami and Detroit, but falling well short of expectations in great situations against Denver and Portland over the past couple weeks. He should matchup well with DeAndre Jordan and get his normal 30+ minutes tonight, giving him a good shot to reach value.