Today’s column features my favorite cash-game plays for FanDuel.
In cash games, your goal is to create a team that has the highest floor possible. You should forego upside for consistency, as you don’t need to post an extremely high score in order to place in your cash-game contests.
If you’re interested in general FanDuel NBA cash game strategies, check out these articles on H2H lineup building and 50/50 lineup building from RotoGrinders’ “Grinders U” daily fantasy course. In the meantime, below are my recommendations for tonight’s games.
Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics, $8,400 – Rondo is coming off of a triple-double against the Raptors. On the season he is averaging 9 points, 9 rebounds, and 13 assists per game with a usage rate of 20.9. Rondo is one of the few players in the NBA that doesn’t rely on scoring for his fantasy production, which in turn makes him a very consistent fantasy option. His price on FanDuel is still extremely affordable at $8,400 and he draws a prime matchup against the Pacers, who have given up the fifth-most fantasy points per game to opposing PGs this season.
Reggie Jackson, Oklahoma City Thunder, $7,600 – The matchup against the Grizzlies is less than ideal, but the combination of his cheap price and his usage rate is too good to pass up. Jackson has taken over the Russell Westbrook role in this offense, and in the first two games he has had a usage rate of 27.9, which is the 15th-highest of any player in the NBA. The Thunder are still short-handed, so Jackson should continue to see close to 40 minutes of playing time.
Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns, $7,100 – Bledsoe has been inconsistent this season, but don’t lose faith in him as a cash-game option. When he was healthy last season, he had a very high floor thanks to his ability to contribute in all statistical categories. Bledsoe’s salary on FanDuel has come down a bit, so tonight is a great time to buy low on the talented young guard. He draws a favorable matchup against the Kings in a game that features the highest Vegas total of the night.
Kevin Martin, Minnesota Timberwolves, $6,200 – Martin seems to be flying under the radar after he missed the first the first game of the season with an ankle injury. Over his last two games, Martin is averaging 37 minutes, 29 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists per game. With Kevin Love now in Cleveland, Martin is a focal point of this offense. Tonight he faces the Magic, who have given up the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing SGs this season according to RotoGrinders’ Defense vs. Position tool.
Jeff Green, Boston Celtics, $7,100 - After being a big disappointment in daily fantasy basketball last season, Green has bounced back nicely to start the 2014-15 season. Through the first four games, he is averaging 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists per game. Green is finally being more aggressive offensively by attacking the rim rather than sitting at the three-point line shooting jumpers. Green should have himself another quality outing tonight, as the Celtics face the short-handed Pacers. He’ll be matched up against the likes of C.J. Miles and Chris Copeland. I like his chances to score in both of those matchups.
Tobias Harris, Orlando Magic, $7,000 – Small forward is a very thin position tonight. There are few value plays available, which is why I recommend targeting the mid-range options. Over his last three games, Harris has played at least 34 minutes and has posted at least 26 fantasy points in each game. He has a usage rate of 22.8, which is second only to Nikola Vucevic on the Magic. Tonight’s game against the Timberwolves is expected to be fast-paced, and Harris is at his best in transition.
Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons, $7,400 – It didn’t take long for Stan Van Gundy to go back on his strategy of not playing the three bigs together. After a slow start to the season, Van Gundy decided to start Josh Smith, Greg Monroe, and Andre Drummond. Low and behold, they picked up their first win of the season. Monroe has looked great in his first two games, averaging 20 points and 14 rebounds. Expect another strong outing tonight against the Bucks.
Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets, $6,800 – Faried has been inconsistent this season, but he has played well in his two games at home. That’s a trend that continues from last season, as Faried averaged nearly 10 more fantasy points at home than he did on the road. Tonight’s game against the Cavaliers has one of the highest totals of the night. Take advantage of his depressed price tag and expect him to bounce back after a quiet game against the Kings on Wednesday.
Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers, $6,300 – Hibbert has been very consistent this season, which is exactly what we look for in cash games. He is averaging 12 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 blocks per game this season. He has seen an increase in minutes this season thanks to all of the injuries. Increased opportunity leads directly to increased production, and that’s what we’ve seen out of Hibbert thus far. Tonight he draws a favorable matchup against an under-sized Celtics frontcourt.