FanDuel Bargain Bin
Tonight’s five-game Tuesday NBA slate features a pretty good lineup with an interesting mix of good offense, fast pace and mediocre defense. 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.
Reggie Jackson $5200: Point guard is not the place to save tonight, but if you do go cheaper with one of the slots, Jackson has been at or above 30 fantasy points in three of his last four games and should match up well once again with Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers, who allow the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing PGs.
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot $3700: Especially if Robert Covington is out with a sore knee again tonight, Luwawu-Cabarrot is one of the deeper bargains you’ll find tonight. He’s certainly not without risk as he has only recently been getting his feet wet on the court, but is hitting that 20-fantasy point mark more often in his 17-25 minutes. This game has the highest total of the night and while Klay Thompson is a strong defender, I don’t necessarily think he’ll be focusing on Luwawu-Cabarrot. Another plus is that if it does become a blow out, the rookie is a prime candidate to see even more minutes.
Sean Kilpatrick $4200: Kilpatrick has cooled off in two consecutive tough matchups, making his lower salary particularly nice tonight in what should be a great game for DFS. Vegas has it closer than I would have expected, with the Thunder only favored by six points. You could certainly squeeze Victor Oladipo in here under the $6K limit, but I think given their overlapping fantasy ranges, I’d prefer to spend the $2K you save with Kilpatrick elsewhere, like on Russell Westbrook.
Maurice Harkless $4500: I’m also struggling to save at SF tonight. Harkless is one of the more consistent bargain options I turn to, and despite a sub-par outing vs. Phoenix in which he played only 22 minutes, he’s intriguing tonight. His price came down a bit and this game should be fast and loose, not to mention competitive. I like the stars on both sides, but Harkless has played well vs. the Pelicans this season and should bounce back into the upper 20’s or 30+ fantasy points tonight.
Al-Farouq Aminu $5200: Aminu gets the same good game as Harkless and while he costs a bit more, he provides a bit more stability. Outside of one dud game vs. Philly, Aminu has been earning nearly 30 fantasy points per game over the past couple of weeks. Affordable stability pairs well with high upside players like Westbrook tonight.
Richaun Holmes $4500: I’m actually keen to save at the power forward position and I like doing so in the highest-scoring, fastest-paced games, which this one definitely is. Holmes is coming off two good games in Los Angeles, and with a stable role in the 76ers limited frontcourt, should continue to play well at Golden State. The Warriors have been susceptible to opposing fours all season, but are particularly generous lately.
Enes Kanter $5800: The Nets are the 28th ranked team in defensive efficiency and rebounding rate. That should help Kanter exceed value in this fast and high scoring game. I see him having one of those efficient double-doubles and providing the same kind of 30-point stability as Aminu.
Zaza Pachulia $4400: Pachulia has been great the past two games in which he’s seen over 20 minutes while many starters were rested. While they should be back to their normal lineup tonight, Pachulia still may hold value. The 76ers are the best center matchup in the league, turn the ball over the second-most, and play at nearly as fast a pace as the Warriors. You’re not expecting miracles from Pachulia, but where you’re trying to fit three top stars, he is an affordable path to 25+ fantasy points tonight.
Jahlil Okafor $5200: On the other side, much of what I said about Holmes is true of Okafor. Widely maligned for a variety of reasons, Okafor is playing great in around 25 minutes per game or more. He’s contributing double-digit scoring and ample rebounds, assists and steals over the past three games. If he can stay hot offensively, he’s another easy path to 25-30 fantasy points in a game where there will be no shortage of points.
Steven Adams $5300: Adams has had a couple of troubling games recently which has caused his price to drop. The minutes are still there for the big man, and he did near a double-double last game, notching a block and two steals in the process. Assuming he’s back on track, he should be able to take full advantage of Brook Lopez and the Nets’ lax frontcourt defense (they allow the fourth-most fantasy points per game to centers this season).