FanDuel Bargain Bin
This Friday NBA slate is one of the biggest we’ll see this season, with 10 games on tap. There are plenty of stars to choose from, so you’ll need to save salary at some point. In this column, I generally set $6000 as the bargain threshold, and I try to indicate when I think a position is particularly well-suited--or not--to using the cheap plays given the landscape of the particular slate.
Darren Collison $5600: Collison was a DFS difference maker Wednesday night as the Pacers and Nets surprisingly paced the league (116 possessions used apiece). Vegas has their game vs. Portland set at the highest point total (226) with just a 3.5 point spread. I love Collison at this price, either paired with one of the stud PGs or someone from the Orlando-Brooklyn game which allows me to pay up for my frontcourt.
Terry Rozier $4600: Rozier is getting significant playing time behind Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart, both great plays tonight in Philly, but more impressive is how efficient Rozier has been. He has six steals through two games, and has multiple rebounds and assists to go with an average of 12 points per game so far. Doing a little bit of everything is how to get and stay on the floor, and you have to be encouraged by Rozier’s production in this price range.
Buddy Hield $5000: Hield is another year more mature, and owns the starting SG role for the Kings, where he played 32 minutes in the opener. I expect there will be some ups and downs with the young guard, but he looked great vs. the Rockets Wednesday night with 19/5/4 and a steal.
Jordan Clarkson $4700: Clarkson is my first back-to-back repeat bargain play. He’s great off the bench, and should perform as well or better than his 18/2/2/2 line in Phoenix tonight.
E’twaun Moore $4500: As long as Moore is starting at this price, I’m happy to slot him in when facing teams like the Warriors. The pace will be fast, the score will be high, and the defensive efforts of Klay Thompson and the Warriors will necessarily be focused on certain other Pelicans players.
Brandon Ingram $5800: Ingram didn’t wow in the Lakers’ debut, but the game was largely dominated by the Clippers. He played 31 minutes, which is the important thing, and will have a much easier time filling the stat sheet tonight in Phoenix.
Evan Fournier $5600: Shooters facing the Nets can make me forget that they’re so dependent on their shot falling. Fournier’s looked good to start the season and he should continue to operate with space in what should be a fast, fun game for fantasy.
Joe Ingles $4500: I like Ingles as a cheap differentiation play. This game doesn’t offer a lot in terms of favorable defensive matchups or fast pace, but Ingles is a player capable of solid three-category production.
Trevor Booker $5400: He might not put up another 20/10 double-double, but he does get another fine matchup and as I’ve mentioned, this game is going to be good for fantasy. Booker could reach value on half of those stats as long as he can nab a couple steals and a block vs. the Magic.
Skal Labissiere $4100: Labissiere opened the season with a double-double in 32 minutes as the Kings starting power forward and yet here he sits in the bottom of the bargain bin. Tonight’s matchup with the Mavericks is one the Hawks’ frontcourt took advantage of earlier in the week, so if Zach Randolph remains sidelined following oral surgery, Labissiere could be one of the top value plays of the slate.
Jonathan Isaac $4100 (if Aaron Gordon is out): Isaac looked good in the preseason and was able to come down with eight rebounds vs. Miami in 16 minutes Wednesday night. If his minutes were to increase, I think the production would follow, particularly vs. Brooklyn.
John Henson $4300: Henson looks like the best matchup for the Cavaliers frontcourt, and he can be quite efficient in 20-25 minutes. As he showed in the Bucks’ opener, multi-block upside is well within his range.