FanDuel Bargain Bin
The five-game Thursday NBA slate isn’t one of the best I’ve seen but it’s very playable with a solid mix of stars and scrubs to choose from. In this column, I generally set $6000 as the bargain threshold, and I try to indicate when I think a position is particularly well-suited--or not--to using the cheap plays given the landscape of the particular slate.
Raymond Felton $5500/Austin Rivers $5600: This is essentially the same situation, thus the co-listing of Rivers and Felton. With Chris Paul out, both guys are seeing up to 35+ minutes per game and producing in the range of around 15-35 fantasy points. Rivers has excelled in tough matchups, e.g. Memphis, while Felton has been slight more steady, averaging just under a fantasy point per minute. I’ve seen players use both guys to capture all the upside the position offers, but my preference is Rivers tonight.
Tony Parker $4700: Parker appears here again to reprise his terrific game in Denver a couple weeks ago. That game was the peak of what had been a truly hot streak for the veteran, but he’s still playing very solid basketball. The upside is there again tonight in the league’s second-best guard matchup.
Dion Waiters $5300: Waiters is a safe, solid option to lock in on the cheap tonight. The Heat face Dallas in the night’s lowest point total game thanks to both of these teams ranking near the bottom of the league in pace and offensive efficiency, so note that his ceiling is probably capped at around 25-28 fantasy points. However, I’d guess his floor to be around 22, making him a decent cash game play.
Will Barton $5300: Barton has played well with Gary Harris out of the lineup, which remains the case tonight. Barton has two games with over 20 real points in the last week and if there’s a weakness in the Spurs defense, it’s to opposing two-guards. Barton’s 40+-fantasy point potential makes him more of a tournament play for me.
Danny Green $3600: Green makes an obligatory DvP appearance here. He’s generally good for around 18 fantasy points, and like Parker, there is upside in this high scoring, faster paced game for Spurs players.
Mindaugas Kuzminskas $3900: Taking on a bigger role while Kristaps Porzingis is sidelined, Kuzminskas turned some heads again Tuesday night with his third 26+ fantasy point game in the last four. His price and production will make him a very popular play tonight, but if you use the money you save here wisely, it should be worth it in any format.
T.J. Warren $4500/P.J. Tucker $4100: Cleveland has been the fifth-best fantasy matchup for opposing small forwards this season (number one over the last five games, but that included Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay and Gordon Hayward, in addition to these Suns). Both Warren and Tucker squeaked into 5X value when these teams met last weekend and it’s hard to predict who will be the most valuable option night to night. Let salary be your guide if necessary, but tonight I like Warren.
Dirk Nowitzki $5800: I promise I won’t write him up every time, but Nowitzki put up a double-double on Tuesday, adding to the evidence that the old guy still has it. I also don’t want to draw too heavily from this slow paced game, but wanted to point out that Miami, with Hassan Whiteside back in the lineup, has been the league’s most generous fantasy defense for opposing fours lately.
Channing Frye $3500: Frye will likely get the chance to start against his former team tonight as Kevin Love is questionable at best with a sore lower back. The minimum salary forward is a good shooter, particularly from three-point range, and should be able to grab a few rebounds as well in what should be a faster paced (and is Vegas’ highest point total) game.
Marcin Gortat $5800: Gortat’s usage is down a bit with Bradley Beal healthy, but he is still very capable of a small double-double plus some peripheral stats in a good matchup. The Knicks qualify, ranking 35th in defensive efficiency and allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing centers. Gortat’s floor won’t kill your cash game lineups if DvP has you unwilling to spend up on Karl-Anthony Towns or Hassan Whiteside.