FanDuel Bargain Bin
Even on small slates, you have to find creative ways to fit in the studs, and this Tuesday is no different. With a lot of tantalizing talent across the board tonight, you need to reach for value. 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.
Kris Dunn $4800: Dunn remains fairly priced and finds himself in a nice matchup with the Brooklyn Nets, a team that pushes the pace, but gives up the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing point guards. Playing around 30 minutes per game, Dunn is averaging around three steals, six assists, four rebounds and seven points per game. It’s nothing spectacular individually, outside of the steals, but together is a stat line that provides a reasonable floor with a little bit of upside.
Dennis Schroder $6000: It’s a night where I like the idea of paying up at point guard for Damian Lillard and Kyrie Irving, but if you need to go lower, Schroder has a couple of advantages. The game should be a competitive one—I think Atlanta is better than the spread indicates on this game tonight. Schroder plays consistent minutes in a good system and has already notched two double-double this season, which is better than some of the similarly priced value guards. He hasn’t really had a bad game since the Hawks’ opener.
Sean Kilpatrick $4900: Kilpatrick is coming off of two really hot games where he was able to play a few more minutes thanks to injuries to Jeremy Lin and Greivis Vasquez. He should stay fantasy-relevant tonight in a good positional matchup with the Timberwolves and hasn’t failed to score double-digit points all season. The recent uptick in steals and rebounds should give you confidence to slot him in any lineup tonight.
Lou Williams $4800: Williams remains one of the steady elements of a surprisingly good Lakers team. Go Luke Walton! He’s scored double-digit points in six of seven games, averages almost two steals per game, and occasionally provides a few assists. The Lakers are favorites at home over the Dallas Mavericks (something I’m not sure I’ve ever typed in the three+ years I’ve been doing this), and Williams projects as a safe DFS play tonight.
Thabo Sefolosha $4300: With Kyle Korver out, Tim Hardaway Jr. is likely to get the start tonight vs. Cleveland, but it’s Sefolosha who might be the sneakier play. You know he’s a force defensively, and averages almost three steals per game so far, but he’s also a capable scorer and rebounder. At the end of the night, I expect Sefolosha to have put together a nice stat line for this price.
Andrew Wiggins $6000: Expect low ownership of Wiggins, who disappointed along with the rest of the Timberwolves at Oklahoma City Saturday night. I expect a full bounce-back from everyone, but Wiggins is in an especially nice place to succeed as the Nets have surrendered the third-most fantasy points to opposing small forwards. Wiggins’ primary value comes from scoring and Vegas has a nice implied team total on the Wolves.
Al-Farouq Aminu $4800: It feels like one of the Portland forwards could go off tonight in the highest scoring, fastest pace game on the slate, but which one? Aminu is coming off a bad performance in Memphis, while Maurice Harkless (SF, $4700) shined. Both have been up and down all season, but I give the slight nod to Aminu tonight thanks on the data we have on Phoenix’ positional defense—they are second in fantasy points allowed to PFs.
Zach Randolph $5400: Randolph has been good and consistent off the bench for the Grizzlies this season, and tonight gets to face the Nuggets. He’s become a solid lineup filler that you can trust for 25-30 fantasy points.
Trevor Booker $5300: A higher upside play to consider is Booker, who now has a double-double in half of his games played this season. When he’s hot, he’s hot and when he’s not he’s not. So anywhere from 15 to 40 fantasy points are in play with Booker, making him more of a tournament play than cash game safe.
Brook Lopez $6900: Every once in a while, I have to make a statement in the bargain bin and tonight that statement is spend some salary at center. None of the sub-$6K centers are enticing tonight. Lopez gets a fantastic matchup on paper (Minnesota has allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing centers which is even more impressive when you consider that DeMarcus Cousins is the only elite center they’ve really faced so far) and is as cheap as I’m willing to go.