FanDuel Bargain Bin
Today’s Tuesday NBA slate has a whopping eight games! We have a lot of exciting, fast-paced action to choose from tonight, and plenty of 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.
Tomas Satoransky $5600: We are all aware of the impact of John Wall’s injury/surgery…an undefeated Wizards team! Satoransky has shown a floor of 22 fantasy points since that happened, so although his salary has come up, he’s still a viable option in this range. He may flash the higher end of his spectrum against the 76ers, a top 3 PG matchup.
Andrew Harrison $5400: Several cheap Memphis players make the list tonight, potentially including fellow PG Mario Chalmers ($3600), especially if Wayne Seldon remains out. Harrison eclipsed 30 minutes in each of the last two games, and his scoring rose accordingly. It’s a decent pace boost and premier fantasy matchup with the Hawks’ backcourt tonight for Harrison. Chalmers, however, is in the risk/reward category of tournament play.
Josh Hart $5000: Among several Lakers guards that could be good plays in this fast-paced and no-defense matchup with the Suns, I’m highlighting the least expensive of the bunch, Hart. Hart is coming off back-to-back double-doubles (with an average 36 fantasy points), and that should be enough to earn him 30-plus minutes again tonight.
D’Angelo Russell $5500: Russell is coming off a terrible game, but he’s back in the rotation and he could play 25-plus minutes tonight in a hot matchup with the Houston Rockets. I’m only considering him in tournaments, but he’s bound to be a low owned option with 35 fantasy point potential.
Josh Jackson $5900: Jackson has arrived, officially. We flirted with him a couple months back in this column, and he’s probably inching closer toward bargain bin ineligibility with every passing game. With Devin Booker out tonight, his scoring, rebounding, blocks and steals will be needed. With numbers like he’s been putting up across the board, Jackson makes for a solid play vs. the Lakers in any format tonight.
Mario Hezonja $5000: There are a couple other plays I like in Jackson’s range (e.g. Robert Covington and T.J. Warren) but Super Mario is getting loose lately. He and the Magic get a fantasy-friendly matchup with the Cavaliers, who rank 28th in defensive efficiency and give up the most fantasy points to opposing threes (eighth most to power forwards, where Hezonja can spend time with Aaron Gordon out). Johnathan Simmons is also questionable after spraining his ankle last night, setting up Hezonja for another powerful performance on the cheap.
Ryan Anderson $4200: Highlighting the good matchup for Mario even further, just look what Anderson did against them Sunday night. It feels like forever since Anderson made five 3s in a game, but he did that and more. He gets another opportunity to build on his shooting success against the poor frontcourt defense of the Nets, who allow the most fantasy points per game to power forwards.
JaMychal Green $4900: Green is a guy I like to root for, and he was showing ample upside and promise before injuring his ankle last month. He was still highly volatile, so I’m considering him tonight mainly in tournaments, but he gets a favorable matchup, looks to be back to his normal minutes (~25 MPG).
Dragan Bender $4300: Bender could be an interesting play tonight from a game I’m loving for it’s fast pace and loose defense. If there are any repercussions from Marques Chriss’ outburst and subsequent suspension (served Sunday), Bender would be the primary beneficiary. In the past two games where Chriss was limited or inactive, Bender averaged 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists per game. There’s of course the risk that everything is forgive and forget with Chriss, and the Suns go back to the usual rotation, but if you’re willing to risk it in a multi-entry tournament, Bender could pay off.
Zaza Pachulia $4300: I know it’s hard to trust Zaza, but here are two reasons to consider him. He has three consecutive games with stable scoring (9 points) and rebounding (9 rebounds), with four assists, four steals and three blocks. He’s averaging around 27 FanDuel points in those three games. The second thing that caught my eye is Oklahoma City’s DvP vs. centers lately. They’ve allowed the most fantasy points to the position over the last five games. It’s not enough to make me totally fade the top options tonight, but in a contrarian lineup, Zaza goes a long way to fitting Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Paul George and others.
Channing Frye $4300: With Kevin Love out, the Cavs are turning to Frye to replace his 3-point shooting…which has had variable results. I’m not a big Frye fan, and there are plenty of ways to spend at this position, but Frye can get hot from beyond the arc, giving that cheap tournament upside.