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).
Darren Collison $5500: Collison gets to play in one of the highest scoring games of the night (218.5 total) against one of the best defensive teams in the Warriors. The Kings team total is still worth targeting, and Collison is the preferred option off the bench. He has been the solid point guard, while Rajon Rondo is all over the place, fantasy-wise. I think Collison is a pretty safe PG2 tonight.
Toney Douglas $3900: If you need to save a bit more, you can try to pick correctly between Ish Smith ($4500) and Douglas as Jrue Holiday sits out the second night of this back-to-back. We saw Douglas play just 8 minutes last night after notching consecutive 25 fpt games. Smith took a backseat in those two games but had a really nice line last night. With Holiday out I think we see both guys in this high scoring game with Dallas, and I like Douglas to meet value off the bench.
J.J. Redick $4800: In the night’s highest scoring game (total 219.5), the Clippers are big favorites over a Houston Rockets team that is simply not very good defensively. Among their weaknesses is wing defense. Redick is one of the solid SG options I like to target in high scoring games because he’s basically a lock for double-digit points and has nice upside when he’s hot from the field.
Marcus Thornton $4100: Thornton’s last four games: 28.4, 27.1, 22.9, and 24.4 in about 29-40 mpg. That kind of consistency at this price is almost non-existent. He’s averaging 3.3 3PM/game so far (third in the league). On the other side of this monster game, Thornton stands to benefit from a poor Clippers perimeter defense. They’ve been soft to opposing SF for some time now. With James Harden averaging well below his average fpts/game against the Clippers, I like Thornton to turn in another solid performance tonight.
Andre Iguodala $4600: Figuring out the Warriors SF to use any given night is tough but I’m guessing it’s an Iguodala night based on the subtly shifting minutes allocation we’ve seen so far. I always aim to fill the second (or both) SF slot with a solid, multi-stat player in a high scoring game. Bingo Iguodala.
Ryan Anderson $5700: You need only look at Anderson’s game log to justify putting him in your lineups. He’s been incredibly consistent. He’s attempting six 3 pointers per game and making 2.2 of them. Mixing in assists, steals and blocks helps even out his stat lines if his shot is a bit off. Dallas is an average team defensively, with significant weakness at defending PF so far this year. Marvin Williams just put up 17/12 on them Thursday night.
Dwight Powell $4500: Powell is settling into his role in Dallas with about 24 mpg over the past three in which he’s averaged about 27 fpts/game. The Mavs are favorites in a high scoring game with the winless Pelicans. There are plenty of stars to pay up for, including Anthony Davis on the other side of this matchup but I think Powell is an under-owned second PF tonight.
Marvin Williams $5100: You know by now that Williams is getting all the minutes he can handle and converting them to fantasy value every night. He’s got three double doubles so far in five games and is usually good for a block or two as well. The matchup with San Antonio is far from optimal, but the volume alone should help Williams meet value.
Festus Ezeli $3800: If Bogut is ruled out again, and I expect him to be, Ezeli is a terrific value play once again. The absence of DeMarcus Cousins in the Kings frontcourt makes the matchup appealing, never mind the ridiculous point total Vegas has on this one. Ezeli has been as solid a backup center as any team could hope for, so ride it while it lasts.
Dwayne Dedmon $3700: With Nikola Vucevic out, Dedmon has supplied 20 and 21 FanDuel points for next to nothing. A matchup with Philadelphia is still a good one, though it’s nice to see the frontcourt duo of Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor being more productive for the 76ers. There are still plenty of blocks and rebounds available for opposing centers as defense is not their priority.