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).
Patty Mills $4200: The Spurs are playing their fifth game in seven nights and the second back-to-back in that span tonight in Minnesota. The matchup is terrific as the Timberwolves have given up the sixth-most fantasy points to PGs this season. Whether Tony Parker rests with the new toe injury (or age) or not, Mills should be able to exceed value pretty easily tonight.
Elfrid Payton $5600: It’s always nice when the starting point guard facing the Lakers is in the bargain range. He’ll be a popular play tonight thanks to this league-best PG matchup, but there’s room to diversify on this 6 game slate. Payton played only 23 minutes last night so he should be good to go tonight against another up and coming PG in D’Angelo Russell, also a bargain at $5900. In a game with very little defense to be had, and plenty of sloppy offense, these two guards could come away with 3+ steals each pretty easily.
Alan Anderson $3600: With Bradley Beal hurt yet again, Washington will have to rely on Anderson and Garrett Temple (also $3600) at the two. The matchup is above average and the game should be fairly competitive and among the highest scoring of the night. Anderson is my pick here because I think he makes the most of his 20+ minutes and is a capable scorer, while Temple has been very inconsistent with his opportunities. Both are risky, but you’re saving so much salary cap here (and will need to spend up elsewhere) that I think it’s worth it.
Arron Afflalo $5000: There aren’t many nights that Knicks appeal to me, but playing Denver, a team they match up well with in every category except pace (Denver should force a faster game) is one of them. Vegas has a high scoring and close game projected, and Afflalo gets a Denver team that gives up the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing SGs. He’s been somewhat up and down, but with around 38 mpg has the opportunity to meet value tonight.
Kent Bazemore $4900: Small forward is the sticking point in tonight’s slate even more than usual. If you want/need to save here, Bazemore is the only cheap option I’m considering. There are decent matchups for the Portland guys but they aren’t contributing at all, and I like Evan Fournier ($5300) a bunch tonight, but he’s SG eligible. That leaves Bazemore, who has an uphill battle to value against Utah, but who has been really consistent over the past two weeks, shooting .512 from the field, adding significant rebounds and assists and even a few blocks and steals. He’ll be low owned but if he continues to do what he’s been doing, he’ll differentiate you from those who go Carmelo Anthony and Kawhi Leonard and allow you to stack expensive guards.
Aaron Gordon $6000: What a pleasure to be able to include Gordon here. He’s become one of my favorite DFS options and tonight gets to play the Lakers in a matchup I’ve already said enough about. Gordon is coming off a super 20/16 double-double against Golden State and if Nikola Vucevic is out again tonight he’s almost automatic.
Markieff Morris $5100: Morris has firmly grasped the PF role in the Wizards frontcourt and has already exceeded value a few times. He’s played Portland twice this season, averaging 14 points and 8.5 rebounds with a couple blocks and steals in those games when he played for Phoenix. The on-paper matchup isn’t fantastic but there’s literally no value play at this position with as high a floor as Morris and his ~30 mpg.
Nikola Jokic $5900: Just when you think you have the Denver frontcourt figured out, they switch things up again…hopefully that’s not the case this time. Jokic is coming off back-to-back double doubles and has smashed good matchups over the past month. New York is slightly above average in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing centers this season, and that trend holds over the past five games. Jokic, for whatever reason, has been significantly better in home games this season—like 8 FanDuel points better! (per RotoViz game splits app)
Note if Kristaps Porzingis plays tonight he’s a solid option, but if he’s out, Robin Lopez $5800, Derrick Williams ($3500) and Kyle O’Quinn ($3600) could all be great values against the weak Denver frontcourt. Lopez has been turning it up lately with four double-doubles and a couple near misses since the break thanks to shooting 56.8% from the field in that span. O’Quinn can score, as evidenced by his double digit points whenever he’s seen at least 15 minutes of court time over the last month, but if Williams were named the starter, he’d be my super cheap pick. He’s shown in the past what he can do with a full allotment of minutes and won’t eat up your only center spot.