FanDuel Bargain Bin
It’s NBA opening night and the first game of the World Series. I can’t remember when I’ve been so excited for a Tuesday… We’re opening the season with a small, but elite, slate of three games loaded with stars. Here are a few of the guys you can look to for value alongside your Warriors studs for Tuesday night NBA DFS. In this column, I generally set $6000 as the bargain threshold, and I try to indicate when I think a position is particularly well-suited--or not--to using the cheap plays given the landscape of the particular slate.
Derrick Rose $6000: There aren’t a lot of options to go cheap at PG, but this recommendation is for those who might be tempted to save a few hundred salary cap dollars more on George Hill ($5600). While Hill is capable of big games, Rose is the safer option to exceed value tonight. Hill has an all-too eager Dante Exum playing well right behind him in Utah. Meanwhile, Rose is healthy, had a solid debut with the Knicks, and though some people will be scared that he missed the end of the preseason, if you want to go high-low at PG, he’s my pick. The matchup with Kyrie Irving is a fantasy-friendly one.
J.R. Smith $4500: Smith has always been more of a tournament play for me, given the volatile nature of his game, but starting for the reigning champs in a high scoring, fast-paced game in which Cleveland is the big home favorite at his price…well, it’s not a bad way to save. You know what the risks are with Smith, they’re just mitigated at his low salary tonight.
Evan Turner $5600: FanDuel cleverly priced Turner and Maurice Harkless identically for the Trail Blazers’ opener. My feeling is that they play approximately equal minutes regardless of who starts and probably produce similar stat lines. Both are capable of high upside games, but Vegas has this as the lowest scoring of the night and Utah was last year’s seventh best team in defensive efficiency. If you’re going cheap here to fit Kevin Durant or LeBron James, Turner is just a little more versatile in terms of his chance at a few assists and a steal or two. That said, I think you can do fine spending up at both SF slots tonight.
Trey Lyles $4000: The way to make the aforementioned small forward stud lineup work is through Lyles. All the caveats about this game apply, but Derrick Favors is looking unlikely to suit up tonight, giving all the starting PF minutes to Lyles, who has been more than serviceable in the preseason (10 points, 6.5 rebounds in 20 minutes per game). Even if Favors does start or play tonight, I think the bulk of minutes go to Lyles and I'm using him.
Joakim Noah $5000: Personally, I find it hard to not use Rudy Gobert on this slate, but if you’re really stacking studs, Noah gives you the highest upside for the cost. Going with Mason Plumlee ($5500) doesn’t save you that much over Gobert ($6200), and he has to face Gobert! Noah should hold his own against Tristan Thompson and just a couple assists or steals would boost his value dramatically.