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).
Patrick Beverley $4200: The first of several bargain plays you can pluck from what Vegas has as a close, high scoring competition on tonight’s short slate is Beverley. His minutes and production have been down a bit lately, but tonight is a great spot for him to bounce back. Atlanta is the third-best point guard matchup in terms of fantasy points allowed and Beverley did just notch his highest scoring game of the month with 16 points on Saturday. Unfortunately, it’s the peripherals that are lacking lately but I think a high paced game will help Beverley get his rhythm back.
Kent Bazemore $5400: Bazemore is one of a couple safe bargain plays tonight. Points will be scored in this one and he is averaging about 30-32 mpg. He’s safe because he contributes nightly in every category which means he won’t kill your lineup if his shot is off (he hasn’t scored double-digit points in three games yet is still averaging over 20 FanDuel points in that span). Houston allows the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing SGs this season as they are a team that prioritizes offense over defense just about everywhere.
Thabo Sefolosha $4200: Kyle Korver is struggling to make shots right now and Sefolosha has provided a much needed boost over the past few games. Sefolosha has played between 24-28 mpg over the last four and reached or exceeded value in three of those. He’s risky, but could pay off again if he stays on the court in the top scoring game of the night. It’s worth noting that Houston has allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing SFs this season.
Clint Capela $4900/Donatas Motiejunas $4100: One of the Hawks few weaknesses is in frontcourt defense. As mentioned previously, this is projected to be the highest scoring game of the night so you’ll want some cheap exposure. Capela has been pretty solid on a per minute basis as the starting four this season and has played 29 and 32 minutes in the last two games. That seems likely again with Terrence Jones doubtful tonight with an illness, which also opens the door for Motiejunas. Motiejunas is a very good player when he gets the minutes and stays out of foul trouble. If you really need to save at the PF position tonight I think he’s worth the risk IF Jones sits out.
Enes Kanter $5000: Steven Adams has done nothing the past two games while Kanter has been on fire, scoring over 30 FanDuel points in each of his last three games, and four of his last five with three double-doubles in that span. Those were by and large excellent matchups, but the Bucks frontcourt has been a target for fantasy for some time. They are a bit stiffer this season, but at his price, Kanter should return value tonight in a high scoring home game for the Thunder.