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).
Tim Frazier $5000: His role and his price have increased in tandem, rightfully so. Tonight the wounded Pelicans take on the 76ers, always a matchup to be on top of. Toney Douglas ($5600) is also a viable option tonight, and I do expect him to bounce back from the sub-par outing Sunday, but I’ll take the discount with Frazier and the extra points from the assists (he has 28 in the last three games).
Darren Collison $5800: He’s an obvious name but he’s really as steady as it gets in the bargain range. This should be a nice high paced game to target, but Portland’s guard defense has been decent (Steph Curry notwithstanding) so Collison isn’t a super high upside pick for me. Rather you can feel confident in his 25-35 fantasy points and take your risks elsewhere.
Norman Powell $4200: Whether starting or off the bench, Powell has really emerged over the past couple of weeks. I expect him to continue to see plenty of playing time as the Raptors aren’t in much danger of losing their two seed in the East. The Hornets are one of the best defensive teams in the league but are beatable on the wing and Powell is shooting extremely well over the past six games. I like the safety he offers for his price.
Seth Curry $4000: Much of what I said above is true for Curry too. He’s been given a bigger role down the stretch, with about 25 mpg and is taking advantage with about 17 points per game (excluding Washington), including 34 minutes and 21 points against Portland last week.
Also consider Gary Harris ($5000), who faces a Thunder team that has given up the second-most fantasy points to shooting guards over the last five games. He’s played over 35 minutes in each of the last two games and is a fairly safe bet for close to the same tonight.
Jordan Hamilton $4600: Thank goodness for Hamilton, because he’s been more than competent as a late season call up for the Pelicans and DFS players. Hamilton fills the stat sheet, which boosts his strong shooting. He’s going to be able to continue his roll as only two teams have given up more fantasy points to opposing SFs than Philadelphia.
Moe Harkless $4400: Harkless has been pretty consistent lately and should get plenty of time to build off his last game--a double-double at Golden State—against a Kings team that ranks as one of the worst in the league defensively.
Carl Landry $5100/Jerami Grant $5100: New Orleans is a mess right now, with injuries and potentially both 76ers guys could have value tonight as long as Nerlens Noel remains sidelined. Landry’s upside is capped by the fact that he isn’t playing more than about 22-24 minutes, but he is safe at that level. Grant is up and down with his playing time and is therefore more of a risk. I’ll be watching for the starting lineup and any hints from the Philly press before deciding which of the two I want to trust.
Tristan Thompson $4600: I love taking the big man against Milwaukee and despite Thompson’s ability to disappear on the court sometimes, I do think he takes advantage of soft matchups (e.g. Houston, Atlanta recently). It’s a great spot for him to post his 24th double-double of the season.
Enes Kanter $5300: I think you can bet on Kanter being lower owned among people that are saving at the position, but he’s a risk you might want to take against Denver’s generous frontcourt defense—they’re eighth in fantasy points allowed over the last five games. I expect a high scoring, fast paced games with plenty of rebounding opportunities. I’ve gotten the choice between Steven Adams ($4600) and Kanter wrong before, but feel that Kanter is the higher upside play tonight.
Atlanta is a nice frontcourt matchup for Tyson Chandler ($5300), who I think is a great--and safer--bargain center play tonight too.