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).
Isaiah Canaan ($4400): His price hasn’t caught up with his starting role for the 76ers, who get to play a toilet bowl of sorts with the Lakers tonight. D’Angelo Russell ($5100) is another option but Canaan gets the league-best PG matchup in terms of fantasy points allowed whereas Philadelphia has somehow done a pretty good job of limiting opposing PGs. Canaan has five straight games of double-digit scoring and has the peripherals to boost his floor. He’s a top play tonight in any format.
Raymond Felton ($3700): Felton has four consecutive good fantasy games while J.J. Barea has been out and over that span he’s averaging 10/4/4 and almost two steals a game in 27 minutes. If Damian Lillard is out, the Trail Blazers solid PG defense is out the window and both Deron Williams and Felton have a chance to exceed value. Felton, at this price, is obviously tempting.
Joe Johnson ($5800): This Suns-Nets game is one of the best to target for DFS tonight. Johnson plays a ton of minutes for this price (34.6 mpg) but still manages the occasional low floor game, making him hard to trust for cash games (a multi-year trend). I do like his upside tonight as the Suns allow the second-most fantasy points to opposing guards.
Allen Crabbe ($3500): If Damian Lillard misses time, C.J. McCollum will be the most popular play of the night, but we’ll also see Gerald Henderson and Crabbe occupy the two—a position that the Mavs fail to defend well at all (allow the second-most fantasy points to opposing SGs). He’s definitely a risk/reward play, but I prefer him to Henderson if you’re taking a chance.
Zach LaVine ($5700): LaVine has averaged 18 points, 5 rebounds and six assists in the three games since Ricky Rubio sprained his ankle. If he starts again, LaVine gets a tough matchup with Orlando’s backcourt, but the young guard is a tempting option anytime he sees 30+ minutes. Watch for the news on Rubio before choosing LaVine tonight.
T.J. Warren ($4400): This is the evening’s highest projected scoring game by Vegas, and Warren has been turning heads recently. With his 53.7 FG%, any additional court time is translating to fantasy goodness and along with a few blocks and steals over the past two games, Warren is crushing his salary-predicted value.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson ($4200): Most of the Nets are pretty up and down and Hollis-Jefferson is apparently no exception as he followed up four amazing games with a real stinker Sunday vs. Detroit. I think he bounces back tonight. He had two double-doubles and two five-steal games during that hot stretch earlier last week and the Suns allow a ton of fantasy points to opposing wings.
Ed Davis ($4600): Davis comes off the bench but has played really well with three double-doubles over his last three games, including one in the loss last night. He played just 24 minutes so he should be fresh tonight. He’s shooting 62% from the field and Dallas’ best fantasy matchup is to PFs (11th most fantasy points allowed).
Jon Leuer ($3700): As long as Tyson Chandler is expected to remain sidelined, Leuer is once again an interesting filler at this position. His minutes have been hard to predict, but when given the opportunity, Leuer is an effective scorer and rebounder. Leuer is another cheap way to get some exposure to this game if you’re going with a stars and scrubs lineup, or just need a few more dollars somewhere else.
Marcin Gortat ($5900): I could have written up either Alex Len or Mason Plumlee here, but feel like I’ve hammered the opportunities in those games enough. I don’t like the Wizards much at all tonight as they’ve struggled lately, averaging just 84 points per game over the last three. Gortat has been the most consistent over this poor stretch and is a fairly safe way to get some exposure to another of the highest scoring games of the night.