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).
Jerrod Bayless $4200: There is a lot of value in this game, which features a decently high over/under of 210 total points and a fairly narrow spread (Mil -5.5) thanks to injuries on both sides of the court. With Michael Carter-Williams out, Bayless is playing around 35 mpg. He’s been pretty inconsistent, ranging anywhere from 10-30 FanDuel points, but the matchup tonight, combined with the price is too good to pass by. I think he hits the higher end of his range.
Ronnie Price $4100: Price is also a big minutes player but efficiency is not the name of his game. Taking on the Warriors in Oakland in the night’s highest projected scoring game bodes well for him to meet value, however, as Golden State has given up the eighth-most fantasy points to point guards this season.
Will Barton $5800: Barton should face off with a newly back on the court Bradley Beal ($5200) tonight, a matchup I think he should succeed in. Washington’s wing defense has been suspect all season and it’s interesting that Denver is favored in this home game with the Wizards who are fighting for an Eastern Conference playoff spot. Denver has a sizeable rebounding advantage over Washington (they rank ninth to the Wizards’ 27th in rebound rate), which Barton should take advantage of in padding his stat line tonight.
Courtney Lee $3700: Lee has quietly scored 27 FanDuel points in each of his last two games with the Hornets (with almost identical lines of 15/6 and a steal in each), which could be a fluke or could show that he’s settled into his 30+ minutes with the starting unit in Charlotte, arguably the hottest team in the East. Tonight he’ll face off with James Harden, who also makes for a top play tonight…but not for his defense. Lee should continue to see plenty of open looks in this top 8 fantasy matchup.
Kent Bazemore $4900: As usual, I’m stuck for good value at small forward. I turn to Bazemore a lot in these situations as he’s one of the more consistent cheap options. He’s not likely to push your lineup into GPP contention, but he’s probably not going to tank it either. People are scared of the Memphis matchup out of habit, but this is a vastly different Memphis team over the past couple weeks without leading defenders Mike Conley and Marc Gasol at the helm. Bazemore could be a sneaky good play tonight at this tricky position.
Hollis Thompson $3800: Thompson is my choice if you’re really needing to punt here. Fully healthy and starting, Thompson didn’t let me down last night and I look for another 20-25 fantasy point outing tonight. Detroit is not the easiest matchup, but they’re not to be avoided at all costs either, giving up the 13th most fantasy points to shooting guards this season (which is Thompson’s true position).
Tobias Harris $6000: In stark contrast to SF, there’s plenty of value to be had at PF. Unfortunately, there’s also plenty to pay up for here… Harris makes for a nice mid-range option against a 76ers team that gives up the second-most fantasy points to the position. He’s consistently productive, a lock for double-digit points, a few rebounds and steals, and the occasional blocks or assists.
Marvin Williams $5800: Taking advantage of Houston’s negligible forward defense is a popular move, and I expect Nic Batum to be a very popular play tonight as well. Williams is the cheaper way to get some exposure, and he’s got a pretty high floor with some upside. 30 FanDuel points is the minimum I expect tonight.
Ryan Anderson $5300: If you need to save a little more, Anderson deserves some consideration. I love Anthony Davis tonight too, but Anderson works as a general frontcourt fill-in, and you’ll want as much exposure to Milwaukee’s defensive void there as possible. The Bucks have been the top PF matchup over the past five games (4th on the season) and second most generous to centers in that span. Anderson has occasional dud games but should be safe tonight.
Al Jefferson $5200: Jefferson isn’t the player we used to know and love anymore, but at this salary he can still be used in good situations, like tonight against Houston, a matchup I’ve beaten to death already. The minutes are hovering around 20, but when Jefferson’s shooting well, he can easily exceed a fantasy point per minute. He should get his chance to excel tonight, though I’d reserve him for tournaments only.
Dewayne Dedmon $3600: There are plenty of guys to pay up for tonight, and Dedmon is a nice way to fit them in. With Nikola Vucevic out, Dedmon has played 20-25 mpg and returned about 19 FanDuel points, which is acceptable for his price. Tonight he gets the Trail Blazers in what should be a fast-paced, high scoring game. Portland is a top 10 matchup for opposing bigs this season, and Dedmon will be the man again tonight.