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).
D’Angelo Russell $5100: Russell hasn’t lit the world on fire, but he has been a solid fantasy asset in good matchups for this woeful Lakers team. When these teams played last Sunday, Russell put up 13/9/6 with two steals, one of his best games of the year. Russell finds himself in another high scoring game and should meet value with relative ease, though I prefer him in cash games due to the lack of any extreme upside.
Raul Neto $3700: With Trey Burke and Rodney Hood both questionable with back spasms, Neto would be in line with an even bigger role than he has occupied as the lackluster starter for the Jazz at the point. He managed 10 points, 6 assists and 3 steals after Burke left Wednesday’s game for his best showing of the season. The Pelicans allow the second-most fantasy points to opposing SGs. At near minimum salary, Neto fits easily into a stars and scrubs lineup if Burke is out.
Wes Matthews $4800: Matthews has begun to play in a range that I’m comfortable using him in good situations. He’s now scored double-digit points in his last three games, adding in a few peripherals to boost his stat line and tonight faces the Nuggets porous backcourt defense—the league’s second worst at defending opposing guards.
J.R. Smith $5400: It’s never easy rolling with J.R. but the Nets do allow the third most fantasy points to the position and Smith has produced in six of his last seven games, the outlier being last night in Charlotte where he shot poorly. That’s always the risk, but Smith has been padding his stats with a few steals and actually has 12 assists over his past four games.
Andre Iguodala $5000: The Warriors are just so much fun and have a great chance to make it an 18-0 start tonight in the highest projected scoring game on the slate. They’re big favorites, but that hasn’t hurt fantasy value too much, and Iguodala benefits from Harrison Barnes’ ankle injury Friday night. Watch for news on that later in the day, but it’s likely Barnes gets the night off. Sacramento is a poor defensive team all around, but allows the second-most fantasy points in the league to SFs.
Demarre Carroll $6000: The first of a few Raptors you can use to fill out your Saturday night lineups, Carroll has been really solid since returning from his foot problem. Over the past week, he’s averaging 15 ppg, 5 rpg, and over 2 steals a game with a few assists and blocks to boost his lines. Vegas has this as one of the higher scoring games tonight, so Carroll should see his usual 35 minutes and take full advantage of the league’s most generous SF defense (most fantasy points allowed to the position).
Luis Scola $4700: Scola has been productive for the Raptors all season and figures to see a small increase in his usage rate with Jonas Valanciunas out for a few weeks. He’s a solid defender and has scored an average of 17 ppg over the past four games. As mentioned above, the Wizards can’t defend opposing forwards, allowing the eighth-most fantasy points to the PF position this season so far.
Julius Randle $5700: Randle posted a 13/13 double double in the previous meeting between these two teams, and he seems to be the kind of player to have his better games in tougher, more competitive situations. He has definitely been up and down and previous performance is often not the best indicator of performance in a rematch, but I think Randle and Russell are the cheap ways to get exposure to one of the higher scoring games tonight.
Bismack Biyombo $3800: With Jonas Valanciunas out, Biyombo has played over 30 mpg, scoring 17 points with 26 rebounds in two games. Marcin Gortat and the Wizards aren’t a fantastic matchup but Biyombo will have every opportunity to produce in a close, high scoring game and it won’t take much to reach value at his price.