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).
Jameer Nelson $5000: In what is likely to be the highest scoring game of the night, Nelson is in a good spot to succeed. We don’t know Steph Curry’s status yet, but regardless of if he plays, Nelson should see 30+ minutes and be a decent source of scoring and assists.
Ish Smith $5800: After playing over 30 mpg and crushing value for three games, Smith saw just 25 minutes Friday and disappointed owners with just 15 FanDuel points (shooting just 3 for 19 from the field and foul trouble combined for the off night). He should bounce back nicely tonight, potentially at much lower ownership as the 76ers face the Clippers. It’s a more difficult matchup, but Smith has done well in this kind of game before.
Wes Matthews $5100: Matthews has scored in double digits for six consecutive games to quietly provide solid production and tonight faces a Pelicans defense that has allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing two guards. This is a game that could provide some under the radar value given the high total and close line.
J.J. Redick $5000: Redick is simply one of my favorite cheap guards that almost always comes through. He’s scored 26 points in his last two games, and exceeded 15 points in seven of the last ten. While he doesn’t do much else, he should be able to score at will against the 76ers, who have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points over the last ten games.
Jeff Green $5000: With Matt Barnes out with a suspension, Green should be able to continue his solid play of late. Green has been frustrating at times as he struggles to find a consistent role in the Memphis offense but he has more good games than bad in December. He’s a three-category contributor and should see enough court time to meet value tonight even in a low scoring, tough defensive matchup.
Cody Zeller $4700: Zeller has been a consistently solid option for the Hornets in Al Jefferson’s absence. He is close to a double-double every night and a few blocks and steals boost his floor. Even though the Thunder are difficult for opposing bigs, Zeller should be fine in what is projected to be a close, high scoring game tonight in Charlotte.
Jerami Grant $4500: The 76ers are always tinkering with their lineup, never seeming to find the right combination of chemistry and talent. That said, Grant has played over 30 minutes in the last two games and returning solid fantasy value with a combined 25 points, 18 rebounds, five assists, six blocks, and two steals. He’s worth a risk in tournaments in a high scoring game with the Blake Griffin-less Clippers.
Enes Kanter $5100/Steven Adams $3900: Whom you use will depend on the rest of your lineup and your goals for the position. Kanter, despite the recent dud, has much more offensive upside than starter Adams, but Adams provides a pretty solid floor given his steady minutes for the price. The Hornets give up the 11th-most fantasy points to opposing centers so either could provide nice value here if you want to spend up elsewhere.
Joffrey Lauvergne $4200: The only scenario where this works is if Jusuf Nurkic has a definite minutes limit and Nikola Jokic sits with his sore knee. Otherwise this situation is just too crowded for anyone to reach value. The game has the highest total on tonight’s slate and Lauvergne has had three consecutive solid games with an average line of 14/6/2.