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). The main Saturday night slate is full of high scoring, good-for-DFS games so we should see lots of different DFS lineups tonight. Due to the high number of true studs in tonight’s slate, I’m striving for the lowest priced bargains that I think are viable in a stars-scrubs lineup.
Patty Mills $3900: In one of the great mismatches of the season no doubt, San Antonio is favored tonight by more than two touchdowns. Wait a minute… But truthfully, the efficient Spurs should make pretty quick work of the sloppy Lakers and it’s not like Tony Parker will play more than 25 minutes anyway. Mills could see a boost from his normal 20 mpg in a blowout, and what’s more, he has the potential to put up big points in limited time. The last time these teams met Mills got you almost 23 FanDuel points in 18 minutes and has met value in four of six games since then.
Isaac Canaan/T.J. McConnell $3700: With news that Ish Smith is a true game time decision with a sprained ankle tonight, point guard value vs. Brooklyn is very tempting. The 76ers rotations are hard to predict, but Canaan is the higher upside and safer option in my opinion as he’s been playing higher minutes even with Smith healthy. McConnell can certainly get the job done when he gets the opportunity, but considering they’re the same price, I’m using Canaan.
Joe Johnson $5300/Wayne Ellington $3900: Johnson is playing great basketball right now, with double digit points and ample rebounds and assists in five of his last six games, and gets a slightly better matchup at the three vs. Ellington at the two. Philadelphia gives up the second-most fantasy points to opposing SFs (Johnson’s true position) but are average against SGs. If you are going with an extreme stars/scrubs style lineup, however, Ellington has been pretty consistent in the starting role. I don’t see sky high upside from him tonight, but his 17-22 FanDuel points at this price won’t sink you either.
Danny Green $4200: There are a lot of potentially high upside, low priced SGs tonight which should create some diversity at my favorite spot to seek value. Green gets the Lakers, a team whom he put up 31 FanDuel points against a couple weeks ago. He’s shooting well since then, with a notable 50% 3PM--and he’s taking plenty of three’s (41 3P attempts in that span). The Lakers should also provide a nice opportunity for Green to pick up some blocks and steals.
Also consider Zach LaVine ($4800), Rodney Hood ($5600), Nik Stauskas ($3800), J.R. Smith ($5100) and Bradley Beal ($5900) who all see pretty solid combinations of matchup and opportunity at the sub-$6K threshold.
Nic Batum $6000/Michael Kidd-Gilchrist $5800: There are plenty of ways to spend at SF tonight, but if you’re looking to save at one or both spots, the Wizards offer the league’s best SF matchup. This game also features one of the highest totals on the night and I’ve always liked Charlotte more at home. Batum is having a classic season where he’s seemingly close to a triple-double almost every night, and Kidd-Gilchrist has been playing well since returning last week with two double-doubles and averaging over 30 mpg. Washington is thin at forward already and I expect both players to be able to take advantage.
Marcus Morris $5300: Morris isn’t a high priority player for me at SF tonight—as I said, this is a spot to spend on tonight. However, if you’re forced to save here, Morris is at least a safe play. He plays about 35 minutes every single night and has put up a steady stream of about 13/5/3 (20-25 FanDuel points) games over the past couple weeks. SF is one of the positions where Indiana doesn’t boast top-five DvP.
Tristan Thompson $4600: Kevin Love left Friday’s game with a thigh injury and if he were unable to play tonight it would elevate Thompson even further. As is, Thompson has been averaging over 30 mpg and New Orleans is a top three matchup for opposing bigs this season. Coming off two bad games offensively in which he scored only seven total points will likely keep his ownership low, but Vegas has a high total on this one and I like the Cavs--and Thompson--to come out strong.
Taj Gibson $5300: Gibson has also been afforded some additional opportunity thanks to injury; Pau Gasol’s hand in this case. Gibson is a guy you simply can’t overlook when he’s in line for 35-40 minutes because he almost never lets you down. He’s fairly priced for the production you can safely expect tonight in what Vegas has in a high scoring, close game.
Gorgui Dieng $5600: Center, like SF, is a position I’m inclined to spend on tonight, but Chicago is a great matchup for opposing big men (sixth-most fantasy points allowed) and if you can’t afford Karl-Anthony Towns ($8500), sliding down to Dieng shouldn’t ruin your night. Dieng is playing heavy minutes for the Timberwolves’ thin frontcourt, and has three double-doubles in his last four games.