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).
Jerian Grant $4200: Grant has been the primary point guard in New York in April, scoring double digit points in four of the last five games and meeting value or better in each of those four games. It’s true that the one poor game was vs. Indiana, but it also represented his lowest minutes total and just his second game in the starting role. A one game sample isn’t enough to turn me off from Grant as a tournament play tonight.
Cory Joseph $3800/Patty Mills $3600: If the starters for Toronto or San Antonio, who are locked into the two seeds in the East and West, respectively, rest tonight, it’ll make perfect sense to slot one of these competent backups into your lineups. At this time of year, salary relief is the least of your problems, but it’s always wise to target minutes and both would be in for plenty tonight but I give a slight nod to Joseph in that respect.
Sasha Vujacic $4100: In a lost season, New York’s bench players have taken on bigger roles down the stretch. Vujacic is another one who is averaging over 30 minutes during the last week, scoring an average of 16 ppg with ample peripherals allowing him to meet or exceed value in each of the last four games. Seeding for Indiana is not set in stone, but they are likely to be cautious with Paul George if he plays at all, a factor that changes how I feel about the wing defense of the Pacers.
Norman Powell $4200: Powell had been terrific over the last few weeks while DeMarre Carroll was out and working toward a playoff return. Most of us thought the role he earned would be evidenced by continued usage at a position Toronto has historically struggled to fill, but Carroll’s return put a damper on Powell’s production Sunday. He played 21 minutes but managed only 6.7 fantasy points. I’m watching for any signs of rest for DeMar DeRozan or Carroll tonight, and if either is out, Powell is back in for me.
Marcus Morris $5700: Miami and Detroit both stand to move in the Eastern Conference seeding so it’s possible these teams play full strength tonight. Morris had his only really bad game in recent memory against Miami a couple weeks ago, which should keep his ownership down. While Miami is a solid defensive team all around, and at the wing specifically, Morris has done well in other difficult matchups including OKC and ATL. I think he’s a pretty safe play at this position if you want to save here.
Jeff Green $4400: The Clippers will play Blake Griffin tonight and although the seeding is fixed in the West, it’s really important for this team to gel in its playoff configuration before the playoffs. Green has been up and down since joining the team and would surely like to build on a mostly positive stretch where he has scored double digit points in seven of the past nine games. His fantasy total really depends on his ability to snag some rebounds and get a couple blocks and/or steals. I would only use Green in tournaments, but there aren’t other bargain SF I’m more enthusiastic about tonight.
Jerami Grant $5200: Grant seems to have maintained value with Nerlens Noel back since Carl Landry has been struggling with back pain. If Landry is out again tonight, Grant will get another chance to shine. He’s scored over 20 points twice in the last week, plus enough rebounds, blocks, and even a few assists to help him help your DFS lineups. Toronto has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to PFs over the last five games, making the Grant pick even easier.
David West $4200: With the Spurs likely resting their starters tonight, expect West to be a popular play. He’s been very good when starting for the resting LaMarcus Aldridge, with 30-40 fantasy points well within his range. The Thunder have relaxed defensively lately, and have in fact allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to PFs over their last five games. If West starts, you need him in cash games.
Jonas Valanciunas $5900/Bismack Biyombo $4100: As I’ve said, you want to target the matchup in Toronto and you’ll have to watch the late news to see how best to take advantage of the weak Philly frontcourt. Either Valanciunas or Biyombo has proven they can be a valuable part of your lineup should you decide to fade the top options.
Boban Marjanovic $3500: If and only if he starts, the huge man can easily pay off his minimum price salary against an Oklahoma City Thunder team that has loosened up on its frontcourt defense down the stretch. With seeding at the top of the Western Conference fixed, I don’t expect either of these teams to play their starters too much if at all tonight, giving Marjanovic the opportunity to have perhaps the best game of his NBA career.