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 $5300: Whether Collison is starting or coming off the bench he is playing around 35 minutes per game (mpg) for the Kings and generally reaching value with ease. He’ll be a popular play on this smallish slate as the Kings take on the hapless Lakers, who are a great matchup at every position and have allowed the second-most fantasy points to PGs this season. The game is expected to be close and high scoring, adding to the interest for Collison.
Donald Sloan $4500: Philadelphia is never a good defensive team, but they had been holding their own against opposing guards until recently. Now they’ve given up the second-most fantasy points to PGs over the last five games. This should be another popular game to target based on the lack of defense on both sides, but the value on Sloan in particular is too good to pass up. He nearly triple-doubled against the 76ers last week (14/9/9).
Will Barton $5900: Over the past five games, Orlando has given up the second-most fantasy points to opposing SGs. Enter Barton and the three FanDuel points he scored in Miami Monday night. That’s a tough matchup, to be sure, but playing only 15 minutes didn’t help him get right, either. I like him to bounce back tonight as he’s been one of the Nuggets most valuable assets over the course of the season. He scored 23 points with four steals the first time these teams met…
Jordan Clarkson $5700: Clarkson is coming off tough games vs. Cleveland and New York in which he’s failed to hit a three-pointer. Sacramento should right that wrong in a hurry tonight as no team allows more three’s per game than the Kings. They’re a top five fantasy matchup for opposing shooting guards and if Clarkson is hot early, look out! He’s attempted as many as 12 three’s already this month.
Evan Fournier $5600: Fournier is that mid-range player with a decent floor and a bit of upside that I like to find at SF. He’s in the midst of a nice shooting stretch, and rounds out his line with 3-5 assists and rebounds almost nightly. Vegas has this as a relatively close (Orlando -5) and high scoring (total 211) game, and while Denver has improved its defense a little bit lately, they still rank 21st in defensive efficiency overall.
Hollis Thompson $4000: Since returning from illness, Thompson has played at least 30 mpg over the last five games and in that span had one of his better outings against Philadelphia. The minutes should be there again tonight for Thompson and he could be relied on a bit more than usual given the loss of Robert Covington with a concussion. Brooklyn has allowed the most fantasy points to small forwards over the last five games, and while he usually plays more at the two, the 76ers could shift him with Covington out tonight. Either way, the Nets aren’t stopping any wing players this season.
Patrick Patterson $3700: Let’s go very cheap first. You’ll see below that I also like Biyombo if Valanciunas sits tonight, but Patterson could pay off either way. He’s put up at least 20 FanDuel points in three of his last four games, with 17.7 in the fourth. Though his minutes haven’t changed over that span, his aggressiveness and usage has. It’s no lock for that to continue, but the Raptors’ bigs are in a nice situation tonight with a Bucks team that has surrendered the fourth-most fantasy points to PFs this season.
Carl Landry $4400: He has produced when called upon and should be in line for 25+ minutes again as Jerami Grant and Covington are both out tonight for a great matchup with the Nets. In the three games this month that he’s played at least 25 minutes, he’s shooting 60% from the field and averaging 17/7.
Myles Turner $5000: Turner is more of a GPP only play for me tonight. He’s cheap and we know what he’s capable of but the Pacers have hardly been consistent with his usage. Both of these teams are solid defensively, but if there’s a weakness to exploit, it’s the Boston frontcourt. Over the last three games, Turner has averaged 32 minutes and 20 FanDuel points. I think his output could easily increase by 50% tonight in a setting where he should be relatively ignored by DFSers.
Bismack Biyombo $3800: With Jonas Valanciunas going down Monday night, Biyombo would the man up. He played a few extra minutes last night and ended up with a 6/6/6 line…yes, six blocks! If Valanciunas is out, he should again play closer to 30 minutes against a Bucks team that has long been a great frontcourt matchup for fantasy. They’ve allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing centers over the last five games.
Dewayne Dedmon $3500: Nikola Vucevic is doubtful for tonight’s game with the Nuggets, putting Dedmon in play again. Denver has stiffened up their defense across the court lately, but can still be exploited for DFS if the price is right, and tonight the risk of using Dedmon is very low.