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).
Isaiah Canaan $5100 (Early): Canaan has played over 30 minutes in his last six games and has become a really consistent fantasy option. He’s got double-digit points in his last seven games and his assist and rebound numbers are steadily creeping up too so that a 14/4/4 line with a steal or two is a very reasonable expectation. This afternoon, the 76ers take on Denver, who allows the second-most fantasy points to opposing PGs.
Patrick Beverley $3900: Beverley has looked a lot more like his typical self over the past five games. He’s re-claimed the starting PG role and Houston has won four of those five games. He’s always a great source of blocks and steals, and has double-digit points in his last three games. The Kings offer the seventh-most fantasy points to PGs, and this is by far the highest projected scoring game of the night according to the Vegas line (217.5).
Alec Burks $5600: More of a contrarian play given the tough matchup with Paul George and the Pacers, Burks is a cheap starter for a good team that has averaged over 20 points per game on over .500 shooting from the field and around .430 from three point range in the last three games and none of those were amazing matchups either.
Evan Fournier $5600: Fournier has cooled off a bit, but is coming off a nice game against Utah and still playing right around 30 minutes. The game against the Clippers is predicted to be closer than I would have guessed (L.A. -2.5) and the Clippers have traditionally been susceptible to solid wings. The perception of Fournier is down, but he clearly still has upside. I’m using him in tournament lineups.
Jae Crowder $5200: I don’t know if there’s been a more consistent, undervalued small forward than Crowder this year. He had a mini-slump just before Thanksgiving but has turned it around with an average of 16/3/3 and 2 steals a game since. Unfortunately, he faces Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs tonight, which is one of, if not the, worst matchups in the league. Nonetheless, the Celtics are a pretty tough team and Crowder gets his points in a variety of ways. He’s still a good option in this price range.
Doug McDermott $3500: If you’re saving a bunch here, McDermott stands to see an uptick in usage with Nikola Mirotic out with a concussion. McDermott has 11 and 12 points in his last two games, and he played almost 30 minutes in both. Even adding in the few assists and rebounds he manages you’re dealing with a very inefficient player for fantasy. Still, Charlotte is an average defense, the Bulls are at home and he’s going to be on the court. At this price, you’re paying for opportunity, and McDermott’s got it.
Joffrey Lauvergne $4100 (Early): After missing most of November with a sore back, Lauvergne is right back at it these past two games, scoring a double-double Thursday night in Toronto. He gets the 76ers’ league-worst PF defense today and though the Denver frontcourt is crowded, they really seem to like him. He should reach value pretty easy if you’re playing the early or all day slates and need to save at your second PF slot.
Marvin Williams $4900: Williams is one of my go-to value plays at PF because he’s been so consistent. Averaging about 32 minutes per game, Williams is a nightly double-double threat which you just don’t see at his salary too often. The matchup with Chicago tonight should be a close one and while I do prefer the Hornets at home, I think Williams will meet value.
Robin Lopez $4000: After a mini-slump in which he saw only 14-15 minutes per game, Lopez is back to being the consistent 8/7, 6/9 guy he is. The upside is limited but if you’re saving at center tonight, Lopez is the cheapest option I feel good about meeting value in a decent matchup with the Bucks. It’s interesting, but perhaps meaningless to note that Lopez has played an average of five minutes more per game on the road.