FanDuel Bargain Bin
Even on small slates, you have to find creative ways to fit in the studs, and this Thursday 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.
Patty Mills $4100: If I’m going cheap at PG, (and for what it’s worth--I’m not) I’m going very cheap. The premise for Mills is that Tony Parker is no longer playing big minutes or doing as much on the floor as he used to. Mills comes in with the second unit and is a flurry of energy, racking up all the stats you’d expect (points, assists, and steals). The matchup with Sacramento looks again to be one we’ll target often this season and a 20+ fantasy point effort from Mills is reasonable to expect tonight.
Avery Bradley $5600: I do like the idea of saving at SG/SF tonight, and Bradley is one of the safer ways to do so. He’s a shooter, for sure, but last night he impressed with nine rebounds and five assists. Boston is going to be fun this year, and while I don’t think Bradley necessarily fills the stat sheet tonight, it is the highest point total game on the slate. Boston is just one-point favorites over Chicago with both teams looking to push the pace. Competitive games are where so many Boston players thrive, fantasy-wise.
Jonathan Simmons $4000: Playing more at the two than the three, Simmons was all over the place doing everything Tuesday night. That 20/4/3/1 block performance should definitely keep him in play off the bench if not starting for at least as long as Danny Green is out. As the Spurs are big favorites over a Kings team that doesn’t pride themselves on defense, Simmons should see 20+ minutes tonight and make the most of them again.
Taj Gibson $5300: Gibson is the easy way to save at PF tonight. He is finally starting for the Bulls, and in the past has been a solid option for points and rebounds, maybe a couple blocks. The Bulls are re-vamped, and Jimmy Butler will be the man on both sides of the ball, but I expect Gibson to be very active in 30+ hard-fought minutes tonight.
Tyler Zeller $3800: Not to swoon too much over Boston, but I like the look of this team and this matchup for them tonight. Your bargain center options are basically Robin Lopez, Mason Plumlee, and some other second unit guys that I simply prefer Zeller to (e.g. Kosta Koufos and Dewayne Dedmon). The Celtics’ frontcourt rotation can be frustrating, but for now looks to be manned by Al Horford, Zeller, Amir Johnson, and Jonas Jerebko. Zeller played the fewest minutes, but was arguably the most efficient of the bunch and is the least expensive. You only get one center, so I’m probably not using it on Zeller, but he does afford you the ability to go high with both PG and SF slots.