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).
George Hill $5200: I expect the Pacers to be up for this game as they currently sit as the seven seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Vegas sees it as a high scoring and relatively close one, and there’s no reason for Hill to not play his typical 35 mpg. The Thunder allow the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing point guards and are on the second half of a back-to-back to close out the three game road trip. Hill is never a flashy pick but he is a safe bet to meet value tonight and does occasionally have those 40 fantasy point games.
Shelvin Mack $6200: He’s a little above the threshold but there aren’t any super cheap PGs I feel good about tonight (we can make up some value later on). Mack has really developed into exactly what the Jazz need—a solid player on both sides of the ball. Tonight he gets the Chicago Bulls, one of the league’s most generous PG matchups for fantasy and I like him to continue his hot play; he has at least 30 FanDuel points in the last four games.
Tim Hardaway Jr. $3900: Kent Bazemore is questionable, but he doesn’t sound like he’s 100% for tonight’s game. If that changes between now and tip off, I probably won’t use Hardaway, but he showed what he can do in the starting role and Houston is a fantastic matchup for the young wing. It’s a game that should be full of fantasy goodness too.
Tony Allen $4600: The value on Memphis has been insane the past couple weeks, thanks to all the injuries. Some players have seen their salaries rise, but Allen remains affordable in a 30-40 minute role. The Clippers game isn’t one of the highest scoring of the night, and Memphis is a severe underdog so I’m not going crazy with Grizzlies exposure, but Allen’s experience should pay off tonight and he’s a safe option for your second SG.
Doug McDermott $4100: The status of Gordon Hayward is questionable right now, and if he were unable to play tonight I’d like McDermott a bit more. McDermott is not playing in a fast paced, high scoring game, but he has been playing great basketball over the past week, scoring 29, 20, and 25 points in his last three games. That kind of production ought to keep him in the 30 mpg range. Facing Utah will keep his ownership low, but if his shot keeps falling, he could be one of the best sneaky values tonight.
Michael Beasley $4100: I, like everyone else, am tensely waiting for the wheels on this Cinderella carriage to turn back into mice, but here we are, taking (at least) one more ride. He’s been productive and efficient, but the main driving force behind this pick is that Houston needs this so badly at the four. They’ve been weak there all season and Beasley’s ability to play well at both ends of the court should come in handy against an Atlanta team that ranks high defensively, but has been a slightly above average matchup for opposing PFs.
Markieff Morris $4800: Feel free to go with Tobias Harris or JaMychal Green (both $6000) if you have the money, but I promised some deeper value plays and Morris is one of them. He will not serve a suspension tonight, but I think he will come out with something to prove. The Knicks are a tough matchup for opposing forwards, but Morris is shooting and rebounding well. He’s not the highest upside play, but should be serviceable as a second PF.
Marresse Speights $4000: With Andrew Bogut out tonight, look for Speights to take his efficiency to the court for more like 20-25 minutes. It’s not a huge boost, but the big man can get a lot done in a short amount of time and tends to come up big when needed. He scored 12 points with seven rebounds, two assists and a block in the first Spurs game in just 18 minutes.
Anderson Varejao $3500: Again, with Bogut out, Varejao could be an even bigger beneficiary than Speights. He’s had a decent amount of time to get acclimated to this team and though he’s done nothing fantasy worthy yet, if you punt center the opportunity should be there. Once upon a time, Varejao was a triple double threat…
Tim Duncan $4900: Duncan didn’t play in the first meeting between these two teams and hasn’t done much more than what has been necessary for the Spurs to win games this season. With Bogut out, Duncan’s stock rises a bit and I have a feeling this one could be a LOT closer than the last one, meaning he’ll be asked to do more than usual. We know he still has 30+ fantasy point upside, and I think we see it tonight.