FanDuel Bargain Bin
The three-game Tuesday NBA features very little in the way of good defensive teams, making it quite playable with a ton of value to choose from. 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.
Yogi Ferrell $6100: Barely over the spending limit, if you’ll forgive me on a 3-game slate, Ferrell deserves a mention here once again. Yogi debuted to a pretty favorable schedule and that continues tonight as the Mavs take on the Trail Blazers for the second time in five days. Ferrell had his best fantasy night in that matchup Friday night, part of the reason Portland has been the ninth-most generous fantasy matchup for point guards over their last five games. With Deron Williams sounding closer to doubtful, Ferrell does enough of everything to give you a solid floor on a small slate.
Spencer Dinwiddie $3700: If you’re up for a bit more risk and really want to fit all the top dollar guys, consider Dinwiddie, who has been frankly out-performing Isaiah Whitehead lately. Dinwiddie doesn’t have a super high ceiling, especially given the time share, but the matchup with Charlotte isn’t unfavorable and he should be able to contribute around 15-20 fantasy points to a tournament lineup tonight.
Eric Gordon $5500: Gordon has been steadily increasing his production since returning from the back injury four games ago, and will get to turn it up another notch in the night’s highest point total game vs. Orlando. He may be tough to use with James Harden, the night’s lone superstar, but should reach value nonetheless.
Wes Matthews $5800: With Seth Curry getting the recognition he deserves in the form of some major price hikes, you may forget that Matthews is back and playing well over 30 minutes a night. He gets a decent matchup at home vs. Portland tonight, and should be able to continue the enhanced rebounding and assists that have boosted his fantasy value recently.
Also consider Evan Fournier ($5600)
Aaron Gordon $4600: Gordon is more of a tournament play, but I already mentioned the point total here, and it’s worth noting that Orlando will enjoy the pace bump here. Furthermore, Jeff Green is ruled out for tonight’s road game in Houston. Gordon is volatile in terms of his production—especially scoring, but sees a steady 26-28 minutes on the court each night. Coming off a 16-point game, you’re hoping he continues to shoot well enough to pay off this meager salary.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist $5200: Having not scored double-digit points in the last four games, Kidd-Gilchrist is keeping lineups alive (barely) on the strength of his peripherals, mainly rebounding. I like that to continue vs. a Brooklyn team that ranks 27th in the league in both defensive efficiency and rebounding rate. They are the best fantasy matchup for opposing small forwards, so this is a nice spot for MKG to bounce back with a big game.
Trevor Booker $5200: While the focus will be on the Hornets, who have major advantages no doubt, people may forget about Booker, who has been a really steady contributor for the Nets this season. His price is very fair, considering he has the same floor as many higher-priced players and a respectable ceiling. Charlotte has given up the 10th-most fantasy points over the last five games to power forwards.
Serge Ibaka $5900: Ibaka is coming off a poor game in which he played only 24 minutes in the second half of a back-to-back, but prior to that he was on a bit of a hot stretch. With the fast pace here and less than stellar defense of the Rockets, I like Ibaka to get back to double-digit points with a couple of blocks and steals.
Ryan Anderson $5400: Anderson is your bonus blurb for today. He’s been cold as ice, not scoring a single point in the Rockets’ last game, and rebounding poorly in the last two. That is going to keep his ownership very low, yet we all know the upside Anderson possesses. He’s a nice way to get contrarian 40+ fantasy point upside at this price.
Miles Plumlee $4200: With Cody Zeller still looking unlikely to play tonight, Plumlee will get to continue to contribute to the Hornets’ frontcourt effort. His debut against Utah went better than expected, so I’m quite comfortable rolling him out against Brooklyn (third in fantasy points to centers this season) if for some reason you want to go this cheap at center (it’s certainly not necessary).
Also consider Clint Capela $5100