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).
Toney Douglas $5500: When it comes to the Pelican’s guards, I’m taking the cheaper one pretty much every time. Tim Frazier’s price has gone up substantially, while Douglas has excelled in his last two games. The Pelicans take on a Suns team that has allowed the second most fantasy points to guards this season, and given the state of New Orleans right now the minutes are safe for both guys. The total is high and the spread is narrow, suggesting this will be a profitable game to target tonight.
Darren Collison $6000: You’ll definitely want some exposure to the highest scoring game of the night and Collison is one of the safest plays you’ll find for the price. You know what you’re getting from Collison, whether starting or off the bench, and it’s somewhere around 30 FanDuel points. The backcourt defense of Oklahoma City is a good one to target, as they’ve been a top 10 guard matchup this season and top 3 over the past five games.
Seth Curry $4400: Though Curry is coming off a subpar performance against the Timberwolves, he has been very solid as the Kings’ starting shooting guard, and what I said about Collison applies here too. It’ll be high scoring, the Thunder are allowing the second-most fantasy points to SG over their last five games, and Curry has double digit scoring in every game in which he’s played at least 20 minutes over the past two weeks.
Kyle Korver $3800: No team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing wings (both SG and SF) over the last five games than Boston. This game has significant playoff implications in terms of home court advantage and Kent Bazemore is questionable to play tonight. That means there will be a bit more of a scoring and rebounding burden on Korver tonight. I’ll be happy with 20+ FanDuel points from him tonight, but he could easily hit 30 if he can shoot the three tonight…and his ownership will be extremely low.
Jordan Hamilton $4600: A lackluster outing against the Lakers may drive Hamilton ownership even lower, but he gets another solid opportunity against Phoenix tonight. He’s proven he’s capable of double digit scoring, double digit rebounds, and with 25-30 minutes tonight, he could do both. Luke Babbitt ($5400) is also a nice choice here, as he hasn’t fallen short of value in five straight games. Note however, that Babbitt’s ownership has been pretty high.
Moe Harkless $5400: The matchup isn’t one of the top on the slate, but Harkless is quietly having a terrific end to the season. His price has risen a little bit, but his ownership really hasn’t. Expect a solid 25+ fantasy point effort tonight with upside for more in a high scoring game which should allow for Harkless to see around 30 minutes.
P.J. Tucker $5500: Tucker is one of the hottest players in basketball right now, with two 40+ fantasy point efforts in the last week or so. I’ve said enough about the potential this game offers already, just know that among the ample bargain options listed here, Tucker will have pretty high ownership.
JaMychal Green $5700: Green only played 14 minutes in the loss to Dallas Friday night, but that’s highly unusual for him. As the Grizzlies fight for a playoff spot, I expect to see a lot more of him, and less of Chris Anderson tonight vs. the Warriors. The fact that Andrew Bogut will be rested tonight helps his cause and coming off the bad showing last night will scare some people off. The Warrriors have been a fine matchup for opposing bigs, and there’s not a ton of value I trust at a much lower price point tonight.
Mirza Teletovic $5500: I feel like I’m getting redundant here (see below too) but the value lies in this game tonight. Teletovic has been playing 30 mpg and has scored 24 or more points in three of his last four games. His ability to rebound and add in some steals (four in the last three games) boost his upside in this great matchup.
Tyson Chandler $5600: You can try to take advantage of Bogut’s absence to save at center, but Festus Ezeli looked really rusty to me in his limited outing Thursday night and Anderson Varejao does stuff on the court that isn’t necessarily valuable for fantasy anymore. I’m personally trying to pay up for Karl-Anthony Towns tonight, but if you aren’t using Suns everywhere else in your lineup, Chandler is the guy I’m targeting and trusting.