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).
PG Deron Williams $5900: Williams appears to be back to full health, as he's played over 30 minutes in five of the last six Mavericks games. He's coming off his worst game in a while, and that's saying something. I think Williams bounces back nicely against the league's worst point guard defense tonight. Dallas is a decent favorite in what should be a high scoring game, and he's taken advantage of some other good matchups this month.
Donald Sloan $4500: Look down in this range and you see Sloan and Jose Calderon. It's uninspiring at best, though Calderon will tempt people thanks to the Thunder's DvP vs. PG (8th best matchup) and high total on the game. Slide down even more and you're looking at Sloan's opponents, Tyler Johnson or Beno Udrih…and then look away. The problem with, or one of the problems with, the Brooklyn-Miami game is that it's likely to be so slow paced and low scoring when there are so many higher scoring games on the docket. Neither Udrih nor Johnson excite me even against the Nets terrible backcourt defense, but Sloan stands out as a steady contributor with a pretty high floor. Sloan has failed to meet a 5X value threshold (which is arbitrary, I know) only once in the past six games and that was vs. Utah. I think he's a safe cheap play to round out an otherwise solid, high upside lineup.
SG J.J. Redick $5200: He's an autoplay for me against the Pacers, who have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to SGs this season, and the third-most over the last five games. Redick has failed to score double-digit points just once this month and is playing at a very high level right now. Blake Griffin's continued absence puts the pressure on Redick and Paul to score more and Redick should respond in a close, high-scoring contest tonight. In an effort to not write about every Dallas Maverick, e.g. Wes Matthews, also consider
Terrence Ross ($4100), who has four straight games of double digit scoring. He's SG eligible, but plays the 3, a position that Washington has given up the league-most fantasy points to. I like most of the Raptors tonight, but Ross should benefit from the Wizards faster pace and below average all-around defense at a discount. Another option is Devin Booker ($4500), whom everyone is in love with and will play no matter what I say. I'm less smitten, and think it's worth noting that despite the overall low defensive efficiency rank Philadelphia owns (21st), they don't have a single top-10 DvP rating—and have allowed the 11th fewest fantasy points to SGs. Booker's minutes and production have been up and down since Eric Bledsoe's injury, and for me, he's a tournament only play.
SF Tobias Harris $6000: Talent and opportunity, that's the name of the game and Harris has both. Playing over 35 mpg with occasional near triple-double potential, Harris isn't someone I use a lot but whom I think will go underowned tonight. He's playing in a relatively low scoring game given the slate, but the Bucks' wing defense is porous, allowing the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing 3's. The Magic aren't a good team—they've lost 10 of the last 11 games, but small nuggets of fantasy value can be found in bad teams. (Yes, that may have been a vague reference to Nikola Jokic)…
Robert Covington $5100: In the shifting Philadelphia rotations there's no such thing as a safe play outside of maybe Ish Smith, but against the bad and rapidly deteriorating Phoenix Suns, Covington is a good place to get exposure on the cheap. He's played an average of over 30 minutes per game over the last six games, has two 25 point games in that span, at least one steal in each of the last five games, and enough rebounds and assists to put him over 20 FanDuel points in each of the last six games. Phoenix allows the fourth-most fantasy points to SFs and Vegas likes this to be a high scoring, close game as both teams play fast and sloppy.
PF Myles Turner $4900: Turner has been red-hot in four straight games, bringing a much-needed offensive presence to the Pacers frontcourt. Tonight he gets the Clippers, who have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing bigs this season, in what Vegas has as a close and high scoring game. Even as his scoring came down to Earth Saturday, Turner's five blocks kept you cashing if you used him. The Pacers would be foolish to cut his playing time much even if Ian Mahinmi's hopes for playing tonight come true.
Julius Randle $5600: Randle's value may also be impacted by a return from injury scenario, but Randle has been effective this season off the bench as well as in a starting role. If it is announced that Larry Nance Jr. will start, I do bump Randle down tonight, but if he remains in the starting lineup, Randle has a great shot at his third double-double in five games against the Mavericks. Dallas is a poor rebounding team who has allowed the 11th-most fantasy points to opposing PFs.
C Enes Kanter $4700: Assuming Steven Adams remains out or very limited with a strained elbow, Kanter is worth a look tonight in an expanded role. The Knicks are an average matchup for opposing centers, but Kanter is a balanced player who can reach value in a number of ways. The case for using him is aided by the high total on this game (208.5) and the interesting fact that Vegas doesn't have it as a Thunder runaway (they're favored by 6.5).
Salah Mejri $3900: Whew…value starting against the Lakers' league-worst front court defense doesn't come along every day. While starting for the injured Zaza Pachulia on Sunday, Mejri notched his first NBA double-double and added three blocks for 26 FanDuel points. I have to think he matches or exceeds that tonight, providing Pachulia is out again as expected.