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).
Darren Collison $5000: It’s rare on a four game slate to have one good value option at PG, but there are three I’d use tonight. With Rajon Rondo serving his suspension tonight, expect Collison’s ownership to be through the roof. He’s been pretty valuable off the bench, with double-digit scoring most nights and enough assists to push him over the 20 FD point limit. Even against the solid defense of Patrick Beverley, Collison should exceed that with ease. The total on this game is a whopping 220 points.
Jameer Nelson $4200: Nelson is arguably an even better value tonight, although he is playing the second half of a back-to-back set. The Timberwolves’ one weakness defensively is at point guard; they allow the fourth-most fantasy points to the position. Nelson has filled in for Emmanuel Mudiay just fine and that should continue tonight, in what is projected to be the second-highest scoring game Tuesday night.
Patrick Beverley $4200: I typically think Beverley is underpriced for DFS given his ability to score 10-15 points, put up 5-10 assists or rebounds, and get a few steals. He’s been missing the steals lately, going three straight games without one, but the Kings are turnover prone and I like him to nab a couple tonight. Again, there should be very little defense played by the Kings in what could be a monster game for DFS.
O.J. Mayo $4900: Targeting the Lakers is always a good strategy, and when it comes to opposing shooting guards, they allow the eighth-most fantasy points. Mayo is playing pretty heavy minutes, scoring as well as he has all year, and adding in enough rebounds and assists to boost his fantasy floor. He also has nine straight games with at least one steal. He’s a nice price to pair with James Harden.
Kris Middleton $5700: Sticking with a theme, Middleton gets a nice matchup in the midst of a solid week. He’s playing consistently around 40 minutes per game and should find plenty of room to score, his main-but not only-source of value. He’s averaging about four rebounds and three assists and a steal or two over the past couple weeks and has scored double-digit points in all but three tough matchups over the last ten games. The Lakers allow the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing SFs.
Julius Randle $6000: The Bucks don’t offer much defensively, but they are ranked 25th against power forwards. Randle is 10th in the league in defensive rebounding rate (28.1%) and is averaging nearly a double-double (11/9) for the season. He’s coming off a couple of down games since losing the starting job but should be able to bounce back tonight. I highlight him here mainly as a contrarian option on such a short slate.
Donatas Motiejunas $4900: If, AND ONLY IF, Terrence Jones’ eye laceration and Clint Capela’s illness keep them out of this game, I’ll use Motiejunas. He’s definitely on the list of obvious DFS players that have let me down, due to his propensity to get in foul trouble mainly. That said, if he’s going to get a boost in minutes, he can easily turn in a big double-double in such a good matchup.
I don’t see how you don’t play one of Greg Monroe, DeMarcus Cousins, or Karl-Anthony Towns tonight, but here are a couple thoughts if you must go cheap. Nikola Jokic ($4100) has been effective in limited playing time all year, and even though Joffrey Lauvergne is back on the court, it was Jokic who dominated against the Timberwolves last Friday night. Kelly Olynyck ($4500) was on a tear off the bench for the Boston frontcourt for awhile, but came up short in 20 minutes at Charlotte Saturday night. All the hubbub surrounding the Kevin Love shoulder injury aside, the matchup for Olynyck isn’t a good one for fantasy and his inconsistency off the bench is too concerning for cash games, but he’s had 40+ fantasy point upside.