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).
Shane Larkin $4500: With Jarrett Jack out for the season, Larkin is the primary beneficiary. This Boston @ Brooklyn game is the source of a lot of value tonight, and none will be more popular than Larkin. The Boston backcourt allows the fewest fantasy points to opposing point guards, but they are without Avery Bradley. At his current price, Larkin should meet value in a high paced, high scoring game.
Darren Collison $5400: The Thunder allow the seventh-most fantasy points to point guards this season, and while Rajon Rondo has been great, Collison is seeing around 30 mpg and has produced accordingly. The line on this one is the highest of the night and without Kevin Durant, Vegas likes Sacramento to keep it a bit closer. Collison should be a low-owned, safe play tonight.
Joe Johnson $5000: Johnson should also benefit from Jack’s absence, as he is a much better shooter than Larkin is and should be relied upon to account for a greater portion of Brooklyn’s offense. Again, the DvP isn’t great for Johnson, but Bradley is a big source of the Celtics defense and his being out is encouraging. Johnson should probably be reserved for tournaments, but I like his chances to get you at least 20-25 FanDuel points.
Marco Belinelli $3800: Belinelli has scored 47 points in his last two games in his normal allotment of minutes. If he keeps getting his shot to fall, he is smashing value. I like his chances to stay hot in a high paced game against an average Thunder guard defense.
Evan Turner $5400: Turner will have a bigger opportunity with Avery Bradley ruled out tonight. While he’s listed on FanDuel as a small forward, he’ll play the two and Brooklyn allows the most fantasy points to opposing shooting guards. Turner has been effective over his past four games, scoring double-digit points and adding ample assists and rebounds in around 30 mpg.
C.J. Miles $4600: If George Hill misses tonight’s game with an illness, Miles would get the start. He’s an inconsistent player and it’s a bad matchup with Miami, but he could be a desperation start if you need a cheaper SF filler (who will play guard). He’s certainly proven capable in a starter’s role.
Serge Ibaka $6200: I know he’s a little over the bargain threshold, but Ibaka should be in line for a bigger role with Kevin Durant out tonight. Ibaka is a solid and safe as a play as you can find in this price range, and gets the third best matchup for opposing forwards in terms of FanDuel points allowed. He’s worth a little bit of extra salary and should exceed value with relative ease tonight.
Andrew Bogut $4300: Bogut gave owners an injury scare in the last game, but the hamstring tweak was minor and he was able to return to Saturday’s game. Bogut will occasionally have a great game and at home against a young Hornets’ frontcourt is a good opportunity to see it. With Festus Ezeli questionable, he’s needed at the rim.
Steven Adams $3800: The Thunder could use more of both Enes Kanter and Adams as Durant sits tonight. Adams starts and is very steady with his production in general, and in particular over the past few days. He provides in multiple statistical categories, especially blocks.