FanDuel Bargain Bin
You’ll often need to dig deep to find some value plays that allow you to fit in the studs you want. Here I’ll give you the guys I’d use at each position and provide some context for which I think are true punts vs. those that are actually safe enough for cash games. I try to keep them under $6000 (well under if possible).
Jameer Nelson $4600: I think everyone knows to play Nelson while Emmanuel Mudiay is out…Nelson has stepped in and stepped up for DFSers over the past couple weeks. Tonight he gets to face the league’s best PG matchup in the night’s highest scoring game with the Lakers. Easy choice.
Jordan Clarkson $5600: You could actually save at both PG slots tonight by rostering Nelson’s counterpart(s). With Kobe Bryant slated to play tonight, Clarkson will handle the point. He’s a great source of scoring with enough rebounds, assists and steals to reach value most nights. D’Angelo Russell ($5600) will rotate in as the third guard option for the Lakers and in a great matchup with the Nuggets, who give up the second most fantasy points to guards, he could have sneaky value tonight as well.
Gary Harris $3700: Harris has played at least 24 minutes and up to 40+ mpg over the Nuggets’ last five games. He’s not an efficient player, but with the team really short on the wing, could see additional time again tonight. Of course, Will Barton likely benefits the most from Danilo Gallinari’s absence, but for the bargain price of $3700, Harris should be able to help you out enough.
Matt Barnes $4900: Matt Barnes is having some kind of December hot streak! Outside of one bad game at Chicago, Barnes is averaging about 30 mpg and 30 FanDuel points per game over the past two weeks. He’s doing it in a variety of ways, with one 20-point game, several multi-block or multi-steal games, and two double-doubles in that span. Philadelphia gives up the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing small forwards, which adds to his potential tonight.
James Johnson $3900: The DeMarre Carroll injury has brought us back to a muddled Toronto wing rotation scenario, but it has been Johnson with 32 minutes in the past two games. It’s worth taking a chance that he’ll see the same tonight as he was pretty effective in those games with double-digit scoring, three steals and two blocks. Small forward isn’t pretty tonight so I’m inclined to stick with value here.
Nerlens Noel $5700: Memphis isn’t a team you really want to attack, as they’re not known for their generous fantasy matchups, but they have allowed opposing power forwards the eighth-most fantasy points this season. Noel has been up and down this year, but is coming off a nice double-double effort, his second in four games.
Julius Randle $5700: Randle is coming off a terrible game vs. Oklahoma City, and there have been some grumblings about his role on the team, but overall Randle has been really good this season. He has six double-doubles in his last 10 games and gets a sweet matchup with the Denver frontcourt tonight in what should be a fairly defense-free game.
Nikola Jokic/Joffrey Lauvergne $4200/3900: Picking on the Lakers makes my job too easy. Deciding which Nugget center to use is harder. I think the play is to use the more consistent Jokic for cash games, and take a shot on Lauvergne’s greater upside in tournaments.