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).
Emmanuel Mudiay $5900: The starting point guard on a team that plays at a pretty fast pace and always seems to be involved in high point total games is a solid value day in and day out. Tonight Mudiay gets a nice matchup with the Pelicans who allow the 4th most fantasy points (fpts) to PGs and are the league’s worst team in defensive efficiency overall. The Nuggets have had time to recover from Saturday’s embarrassing loss to the Suns and should come out stronger tonight.
Ish Smith $5400: Across the court from Mudiay, Ish Smith and Jrue Holiday ($5600, if he plays the first half of the back-to-back) get an even better matchup as Denver allows the second most fpts to the PG position so far this season. Smith, despite not owning a traditional starting role on this team, has a 37% assist ratio and ranks 4th in the league with 7.6 assists per game. He’s coming off of a couple tough matchups but I like him as a value guard tonight if he starts.
Eric Gordon $6000: Not to keep focusing on the same game, but when there’s no defense to speak of, there are fantasy points to be had. Gordon is a favorite cash game play to balance my lineups as he is a virtual lock for 30 FanDuel points in good matchups. The Nuggets are allowing the third most fantasy points to SGs.
Kris Middleton $5700: Middleton is playing a lot of 2-guard this season which is fine, because the Wizards are actually a great matchup for both wing positions and it’s always nice to have a versatile player fill your SF spot on FanDuel. This projects as one of the higher scoring games of the night and one of the closer games too. Middleton is a solid double-digit scorer who adds a bunch of steals and fills out the stat sheet with a few rebounds and/or assists every night. He’s not particularly high upside, but makes for a fine cash game play tonight.
Harrison Barnes $5300: The Raptors wing defense is everything Washington’s isn’t, e.g. it’s good. Barnes and Andre Iguodala ($4700) split this job pretty evenly and both are prone to have great nights and mediocre nights. If you have to spend down at the SF position to fit the studs you want, it’s never a bad idea to roll with the Warriors at home in what should be a competitive showdown with Toronto. Draymond Green is the guy I really want from this team, but he’s dealing with the flu and if he can’t go tonight, both Barnes and Iguodala would be elevated for me despite the tough defensive matchup on paper.
Kris Humphries $4000: Humphries is coming off a monster game in which he made five of eight 3-pointers en route to 32 fpts. I don’t expect a repeat of that performance, but Humphries is in a pretty good spot again as the Bucks have long been a frontcourt to target for DFS purposes. If the Wizards are without Beal again, and that looks likely, Humphries may continue to boost his stat line with increased shooting and scoring.
J.J. Hickson $4400: This is one where you’ll want to check the lineups and news out of Denver before lock, but I think the Nuggets will go big to match up with New Orleans tonight, which favors a role for Hickson over the red-hot Will Barton as Joffrey Lauvergne continues to sit out tonight and Kenneth Faried is questionable. Hickson’s range of outcomes is enough to make anyone cringe but there’s no denying his upside in a good defensive matchup if he gets the minutes.
Andrew Bogut $5200: I really love Bogut tonight as I think we get a perfect combination of factors that support playing him over even much more expensive guys. He’s one of the best defensive centers in the game and is a slightly better player at home. The Warriors are decent favorites in what Vegas has as the highest scoring game of the night, and the Raptors, while a good defensive team in general, do allow the eighth most fantasy points to opposing centers.