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).
Jerryd Bayless $4200: Bayless gets one of the better matchups of the day with a Nets team that gives up the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing point guards. With Michael Carter-Williams out, Bayless is playing around 38 mpg. In fact, he’s played 40 minutes in each of the last two games, though with wildly different results (12.9 and 33.8 FanDuel points). He is definitely benefited by a good matchup, so if you’re going cheap tonight, the Milwaukee starter is an easy choice.
Shelvin Mack $4300: Mack ought to benefit from a faster game as the Jazz, who rank 30th in pace, play the Kings, who rank first in that category. The fact that Sacramento is one of the worst defensive teams in the league helps too. Mack is starting to find some consistency with solid lines in four of his last five games, including the 27-point outburst vs. Washington. He should see plenty of open looks again tonight as the Kings have been torched by guards all season long.
Rodney Hood $5500: See “Mack, Shelvin” above. Honestly, the cheap Utah guards are about taking advantage of this high paced, potentially high scoring matchup with a team that can’t defend them. Hood attempts a decent amount of threes and though there’s no bonus for that on FanDuel, Sacramento allows more 3PM per game than any other team in the league (10.4 3PM on 28.6 3PA). He should have a solid game and reach value if you’re looking for a cheap player with a reasonable floor.
J.J. Redick $4800 (early): Redick is a go-to bargain play of mine, as you know if you read me with any regularity, but it’s never more true than on short slates like today’s split menu (three early game slate, four later game slate, with the 6:00 ET games included in both). It’s easily the best game to watch today, but since both teams are top 10 defensively, you may be cautious about loading up for DFS. At the shooting guard position, it’s worth noting that Cleveland has actually given up the sixth-most fantasy points over the last five games. Redick isn’t a super matchup-dependent player, but any little edge can help.
Kent Bazemore $4900: Ok, I was stuck for SF value yesterday, but today is really, really bad. Somehow, Bazemore managed to not score against the Grizzlies last night despite ample shot attempts, but his five rebounds, five assists, plus a block and a steal are what were notable. Yes, he still killed you if you used him (I know this personally), but if he merely scored his average of 12 ppg it would’ve been a great night for him thanks to the consistent peripherals. I think he gets back in the groove today if you can’t spend up on the higher priced options at SF.
Bojan Bogdanovic $3700: The Bucks and Nets are well-matched teams in terms of pace (22nd and 21st, respectively), offensive (23rd and 27th) and defensive (22nd and 27th) efficiency. Both teams provide plenty of interesting DvP matchups to take advantage of, including the Milwaukee wing defense that has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing SFs this season. Whether Bogdanovic can make something of that advantage is less clear. He rested Friday night and has typically performed well in good matchups--though there have been some blips. I’m only using him if he’s in the starting lineup so be sure to watch for the update later today.
Kristaps Porzingis $6000/Derrick Williams $3800: Both forwards meet the value threshold here, and Porzingis is starting to look more like his early-season self, but I’m rolling with the true bargain in Williams again. He’s put up at least 21 FanDuel points in each of the last three games in just 18 mpg. I expect him to continue spelling Porzingis off the bench and for his efficiency to remain high in tonight’s matchup with the Lakers. Porzingis could have a great night, but I do think the Knicks are somewhat cautious with his minutes, and it has to be a really great night to pay off that salary, especially in GPPs.
Channing Frye $3800 (early): If Kevin Love is out again, this is a no-brainer, but if Love is confirmed starting and good to go, Frye is off the table. The Clippers have been a solid matchup for opposing bigs all season, and have given up the sixth-most fantasy points to PFs over the last five games.
Myles Turner $4900: Turner has stopped turning heads lately, and with Ian Mahinmi ($5200) back and Jordan Hill ($4100) (both center eligible on FanDuel) getting time in the frontcourt too, his minutes have really fluctuated. That said, one of these guys could have a huge night as Atlanta’s only defensive weakness lies here. Turner only played 19 minutes yesterday but managed 15 points and seven rebounds with a block in that span. He should be fresh for a much larger workload tonight and is my pick of the three Indiana bigs to exceed value tonight.
Robin Lopez $5900: If it’s not broke, don’t fix it, right? While both Lopez brothers make for nice center plays today in the late slate, Robin is the affordable one. He also gets the best matchup for centers with the Lakers. As he’s shown a few times over the last month, 40 FanDuel points is well within his range.