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).
Cory Joseph $3700: While I’m hesitant to rely on anyone in Toronto outside of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, Joseph is getting consistent minutes off the bench for Toronto. In a game where the Raptors should be able to get out to a big lead over Philadelphia, on the second half of a back to back, Joseph could see additional minutes and meet value with relative ease at this salary.
Ramon Sessions $4300: Sessions won’t be the highest upside option for your lineups tonight, but he does project as a safe, cheap option if you are looking to save here. He’s essentially a lock for 20 FanDuel points as a three-category contributor off the Wizards’ bench.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope $5900: Pope has had ups and downs this season, but has been solid lately, with four consecutive games of between 16 and 21 points. Tonight he faces the Brooklyn Nets, who have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing shooting guards this season. He is again a high-floor, low-ceiling bargain option to fill out this position tonight.
Victor Oladipo $6000: Oladipo has made the most of his opportunity to start again in Elfrid Peyton’s absence and his price will not stay this low. With three consecutive games of about 19 real points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and an average of 34 FanDuel points, Oladipo has the upside of a much higher priced guard in what should be a high scoring, competitive game with the Wizards.
Tobias Harris $5700: The SF facing Washington, who has consistently given up tons of fantasy points to the position this season, is always a candidate to make this list when he’s cheap. Harris was close to a triple-double last night (9/12/8 with 2 blocks) at Brooklyn, and has been fairly consistent for Orlando. It’s his ability to fill the stat sheet despite not shooting particularly well that make him a valuable bargain play…once his shot falls he should really exceed value. I like the chance for that to happen in this primo SF matchup tonight.
James Johnson $3500: The Raptors appear to have lost Terrence Ross as well at SF, so while I am in no way a Johnson believer or supporter, the job is firmly in his hands and he’s facing the defenseless 76ers tonight. Philadelphia has given up the second-most fantasy points to SFs this season, so at minimum price it will be really hard for Johnson to not meet value.
Aaron Gordon $3700: At the risk of going all in on Orlando, Gordon seems underpriced given his starting role and nearly 25 mpg of court time. He’s still developing, but has been a capable producer of points and rebounds with a couple assists here and there. I will say that my preference is to save at SG/SF and pay up for big men on tonight’s slate.
Trey Lyles $3700: Depending on whether Derrick Favors (questionable) returns tonight, there is still some value in the Utah frontcourt. Lyles is coming off his best game so far with a near double-double, adding two each blocks and steals against Houston. The downside of targeting Lyles or Trevor Booker ($4300) is that this should be one of the slower, lower scoring games of the night. I prefer going cheaper with Lyles as I think the Jazz will look to continue to get their rookie experience on the court as long as Favors is out.
Jonas Valanciunas $5900: Valanciunas is coming off back-to-back 30 minute games, scoring 22 points Wednesday in a nice matchup with Brooklyn. I expect a similarly good performance in tonight’s good matchup. Philadelphia allows the most fantasy points to opposing centers. However, there are so many good center options tonight that I think you’ll find Valanciunas or any cheap center a very contrarian play.