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).
Emmanuel Mudiay $6000: Taking the starting point guard for a team in the night’s highest over/under is never a bad idea, and when it happens to be one who’s been as steady as Mudiay for the Nuggets at this price, it’s easy. Mudiay’s matchup is favorable as the Suns allow the 10th most fantasy points to opposing guards.
T.J. McConnell $5000: Another starting PG who should meet-and perhaps exceed-value tonight is McConnell. He’s shown high upside with big games against Cleveland, Milwaukee, and Orlando, and held his own even against the very stingy Toronto Raptors. The Spurs backcourt, headed by the ageless Tony Parker, is actually the fourth best PG matchup for fantasy so far this season.
Evan Fournier $5600: You no doubt know to play Fournier as long as Victor Oladipo is out (he is), and the game with the Wizards should be among the higher scoring contests tonight. Fournier has averaged 40 mpg over the past week, with around 30 fpts/game in that span. The matchup with the Bradley Beal-less Wizards is pretty neutral and at this price, Fournier won’t let your lineups down.
Will Barton $4700: Unless Joffrey Lauvergne returns, expect the Nuggets to stay small against the Suns with Barton getting 30+ minutes and plenty of scoring opportunities. In his last two significant outings, against the Warriors and Rockets, he’s shattered value hitting 39.1 and 35.5 FanDuel points, respectively.
Trevor Ariza $5700: In my opinion, Tobias Harris is the top SF option tonight, factoring in salary, as LeBron James and the slow paced Cavaliers travel to the even slower Milwaukee Bucks for one of the lower scoring games of the night. Pairing Harris with Ariza in this high scoring game is how I’m approaching the position tonight. Ariza has been super solid, playing about 38 mpg and never killing your lineups with an average of 24 fpts per game.
Andre Iguodala/Harrison Barnes $4700/5300: The Warriors are 18-point favorites vs. the Nets tonight, a strong indicator to fade the studs here (e.g. Steph Curry, as hard as that is to do). That doesn’t mean that points won’t be scored and one of these two-or both-is likely to have a huge game. I prefer Harrison Barnes if you can spare the extra $600 because even though he’s the starter I think he’ll play over Iguodala in the fourth quarter even in a blowout.
Jon Leuer $3700: If Markieff Morris is out for the Suns, I like Leuer as a deep value play. He’s been very productive when on the court for 20+ minutes, and notched his first double double coming in for Morris for 24 minutes Thursday night. The Nuggets frontcourt is a favorite to target, as they once again are allowing the fourth most fantasy points to opposing PF.
Terrence Jones $5400: Jones has played in two games since returning from the eye injury and last night’s is the one we want to see more of. He scored 23 points in the loss to Denver last night en route to almost 2 fpts/minute (37 fpts). You can certainly pay less for lower, more certain production (e.g. Kris Humphries), but if last night is any indication, Jones is back and severely underpriced.
Zaza Pachulia $5500: I say I don’t get excited about Zaza and then end up writing about him all the time. Sigh. He’s got five double doubles on the season and is averaging 27 fpts on FanDuel in a pretty narrow range, which means he’s safe for cash games if you want to save at C tonight. The Rockets will be without Dwight Howard tonight, which is a significant boost to his potential.
Clint Capela ($4600) and Festus Ezeli ($4100) are other punt options to consider mixing into tournament lineups thanks to expected additional minutes. In Golden State’s case, I don’t think they’ll need to push Andrew Bogut’s court time in what should be an easy win.