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).
George Hill $5400: Hill plays as many minutes as anyone, but his production varies enough to keep him very cheap. He’s coming off games of 15 and 20 real points, and tonight gets the #2 fantasy matchup for point guards in the second-highest scoring game of the night. Everything indicates a solid performance on the way for Hill, who has 30+ FanDuel point upside.
Ish Smith $4500: A riskier bargain point guard is Smith, who will debut with the 76ers tonight. They have a super-crowded backcourt, but Smith has proven effective this season when he started with the Pelicans, and the release of Tony Wroten makes some room for the new guy in town. Smith gets to matchup with the Suns who allow the fourth-most fantasy points to guards. It’s a risky play because Isaiah Canaan and Kendall Marshall are still very much in the mix but could pay off given how cheap he is.
Avery Bradley $5200: Bradley is a contrarian play for me tonight, as he’s been shooting well all month outside of a couple of games…one of which was Detroit. Memories of that outing may have most people shying away from him tonight, but the game has one of the highest point totals and is predicted to be a close one. The Pistons are good defensively but Bradley is seeing around 35 mpg and is typically a lock for double-digit points. He also has five consecutive games with at least one steal.
Kent Bazemore $5500: Bazemore is more of a cash game option for your second SG slot tonight as the Hawks take on the Knicks at home tonight. He does a little bit of everything to keep his floor high and when his shot is falling he has some serious upside too.
Robert Covington $5600: I wouldn’t go crazy with 76ers tonight, but if you find their guard situation too risky for your taste, Covington is a guy with steady per minute production who should see his typical 25 minutes tonight. The Suns are vulnerable on the wing and while they’ve allowed the sixth most fantasy points on the season, they’ve been even worse over the past five games. Vegas likes this to be high scoring and Philadelphia isn’t really a team that rests their starters in a blowout.
Marcus Morris $5600/Stanley Johnson $3900: Morris is the better player and starter at the 3 for Detroit, but Johnson has started seeing closer to 30 mpg and gets the advantage of coming off the bench against a fairly solid Boston defense. It kind of depends how much you need to save and what kind of contest you’re playing—Morris is safer and higher upside, but Johnson could also meet value if you merely need to fill the spot as cheaply as possible.
Jon Leuer $4400: With Markieff Morris suspended, Leuer stands to benefit the most today. The 76ers are a matchup to key in on anytime, and with Leuer looking to earn a more prominent role in the Suns frontcourt, I like him to take particular advantage. With the position thinned out a bit tonight, I’m not even worried about him playing fewer minutes in a blowout. He should be a popular play in all formats.
Clint Capela $4900: Watch for news on Dwight Howard tonight; he played 36 minutes last night so he might be limited to closer to 20 minutes tonight. Even though Capela has been starting at the four anyway, his value goes up if Howard plays less. The Pelicans are the second-best matchup for opposing bigs and Capela is my pick for the Houston Rocket most likely to break out of their recent slump.
Gorgui Dieng $5300: This is not a night to go cheap at center I’m afraid. There is plenty of uncertainty in the cheaper rotations. I’d ideally pay up for Karl-Anthony Towns tonight, but if the rest of your lineup prohibits it, Dieng has been taking on a bigger role in the Timberwolves frontcourt with an average of about 30 mpg this month. Dieng isn’t always the most efficient player, but he is capable of a double-double any given night and should be fine against a Pacers defense that allows the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing centers.