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).
Goran Dragic $5600: Dragic is pretty much a must play tonight at this price with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh both ruled out again tonight. The Heat posted their highest total since mid-December last night in a close win over Atlanta and Vegas has tonight’s game with Washington as a close one too. Dragic was on fire with 17/5/10 and four steals in 42 minutes. The Wizards are a pretty favorable point guard matchup, allowing the 11th most fantasy points to opponents this season so if you’re saving at PG, Dragic should be your top choice.
Jose Calderon $4300: The best point guard matchup of the night goes to New York and that means we should consider Calderon if we want to go deep into the bargain bin at PG (but I don’t think you have to). Calderon has a huge range of outcomes and variable minutes, both of which have been demonstrated in his few games since coming back from injury earlier this month. Either Arron Afflalo ($5000) or Langston Galloway ($4500) (both SG eligible) is a safer way to take advantage of the good matchup with Minnesota tonight.
Jamal Crawford $5100: Targeting the best game of the night is something I’m going to do a lot and as far as value goes, there’s no beating Crawford. He was terrific going into the break, and continued to shine with another full stat sheet against the Spurs Thursday night (19/2/6, though he also had seven turnovers). While still ranking second in team defensive efficiency, the Warriors do have some positional weaknesses and shooting guard is one of them. Golden State has allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing twos and with Crawford only $200 more than my favorite J.J. Redick, I’m taking the more complete player tonight.
Zach LaVine $4900: LaVine deserves the starting job in my opinion, and has deserved it for awhile, but regardless of whether he starts or comes off the bench, he’s seeing enough court time and being productive enough with it that at this price he’s an easy play tonight. The game against New York is the second highest scoring and Vegas likes it to stay close. LaVine gets a merely average DvP matchup with the Knicks, but he’s not a player I consider particularly matchup-dependent. In other words, he produces with good consistency regardless of his opponent, a trend that I expect to continue today.
Luol Deng $4800/ Justise Winslow $4000: I hate when I’m all set to write up a guy for Saturday and he completely goes off on Friday night. The reasons to like Deng are exactly the same—the shorthanded Heat need a Swiss army knife player and Deng can be that. I don’t think he goes for 50 FanDuel points again tonight, but I also don’t think you’ll be disappointed with 30, which is realistic. Winslow also benefits, though he is a far less complete and capable player than Deng at this point. One advantage he has is his youth in the back to back. Winslow nearly double doubled last night, with 13/9 and two steals, again a line perfectly achievable tonight against Washington’s league worst SF defense.
Wes Johnson $4300: This play is more about the game than the guy, but Johnson has been all right in good matchups with ample minutes. The matchup is decent (Warriors allow the 12th most fantasy points to SF) but the minutes are far from guaranteed. In a game which the Clippers must be dying to win—them coming off a huge victory over San Antonio and the Warriors humbled by Portland last night—I don’t think they inject Jeff Green into the lineup just yet. Of all the positions to save at tonight, I think SF is the best.
Josh McRoberts $3500: Look, McRoberts came out of nowhere last night to play 30+ minutes and put up 40 FanDuel points. Long time players/fans will remember how relevant he was in Charlotte, but injury and frontcourt depth have relegated him to full on IGNORE status for DFS for the past year or so. He definitely benefited from both Bosh and Hassan Whiteside being out Friday night, but hopefully he reminded Coach Spoelstra why he’s there with the 19/6/10 performance. With Nene Hilario doubtful tonight, the Wizards will likely play small, giving McRoberts the opportunity to shine again.
Jabari Parker $4900: Parker bookended the All Star Break with 40+ minute, 30+ fantasy point games. I’m in favor of using guys against the Atlanta frontcourt in general this season, so while I’m going Greg Monroe quite often, if you don’t want to use your center position in that way, Parker is a nice cheap way to get some exposure. The Hawks have given up the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing power forwards over the last five games.
Andrew Bogut $4800: Center is probably my least favorite spot to save salary cap tonight, and if I’m not alone in that sentiment, Bogut will be both a cheap and low owned option tonight. I prefer using him at home, but the Vegas total and the Clippers’ generosity to opposing bigs makes him viable today, despite a fairly underwhelming history with the Clippers over the past two seasons.