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FanDuel Bargain Bin: Monday

Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

 Today's matinee-filled MLK Day extravaganza resulted in some unusual slates on FanDuel -- there was a 3:30 slate only for afternoon games, a 7:30 slate for all evening games and an 8:30 slate for the final two games. I'll be focusing on bargains from 7:30 on, which encompasses four games. Let's get started.

 

 

Over/Under

Spread

Nets at Raptors

197.5

Raptors -11.5

Warriors at Cavaliers

209

Cavs -3.0

Celtics at Mavericks

203

Celtics -1.5

Rockets at Clippers

209

Clippers -5.0

 

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$6,000-$5,001

 

The Mavericks have not been a kind matchup for centers this season, but Amir Johnson ($5,400) has played well enough lately to deserve consideration. The veteran’s role has been the most stable of Boston's big men, and prior to Saturday's quiet game he was averaging 12.4 points, 8.8 boards, 2.6 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.1 blocks, with a mere 0.8 turnovers.

 

J.J. Redick ($5,200) is coming off a strong game vs. the Kings and he gets another soft matchup in what should be a high-scoring affair vs. the visiting Rockets (who are playing the second half of a back-to-back set). The odds of a blowout are low, so Redick should play around 30 minutes with his usual allotment of shots, which has gone up in Blake Griffin's absence. Avery Bradley ($5,100) is another SG to consider in this range, but he draws a tougher matchup vs. the Mavs, who've given up the sixth-fewest DFS points to opposing SGs in the past few weeks.

 

$5,000-$4,001

 

J.R. Smith has been steady of late, notching at least 19.2 FDP in seven straight games, with a pair of 30+ games included. The fast-paced Warriors aren't a scary matchup for the Cavs' starting shooting guard, and the matchup should yield DFS value up and down both rosters -- it's tied for the highest over/under of the evening (209) and has a tight three-point spread. J.R. Swish is certainly in play on a night without many glaring values.

 

Donald Sloan is a risky play but his upside has been on full display the past two games, as he lit up the Blazers and Hawks for an average of 9.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 10.5 assists. He split minutes evenly with Shane Larkin ($4,100) on Saturday, which isn't encouraging, and the matchup also works against Sloan tonight -- Toronto isn't an easy team for PGs to face, and the game has a low over/under with a high spread. Those caveats addressed, Sloan is still a reasonable punt play at PG.

 

$4,000-$3,500

 

Cory Joseph ($3,800) is coming off a pair of strong games in which he averaged 26.3 FDP in 33.5 minutes per game. Brooklyn has given up the seventh-most points to opposing benches this year, which bodes well for CoJo, and he could benefit if the Raptors turn this game into a rout.

 

Ty Lawson ($3,500) will be worth a look if Patrick Beverley's ankle injury sidelines him again -- Lawson notched 20.9 FDP in 31 minutes of action with Bev sidelined on Sunday. Beverley is listed as 'questionable' so owners should keep a close eye on Houston's injury report.

 

Quick Hits: Jared Sullinger ($5,400) has played well in his past two games but he's too risky to recommend while his minutes are stagnant -- he's played no more than 26 minutes in 17 straight games...After a brief spurt of value, Terrence Jones ($4,600) has fallen off in a big way, averaging just 8.4 FDP over his past two games...Tristan Thompson ($4,800) would be an interesting punt play if he gets the start tonight, but he came off the bench on Friday so that's not a given...Cole Aldrich ($4,300) loses most of his appeal with DeAndre Jordan set to return from pneumonia tonight. He's been a middling option as Jordan's strict backup and is only worth a look if you suspect the Clippers will limit DJ in his first game back...Jamal Crawford ($4,200) has been a steady play in recent weeks but he's better suited to cash games, as he lacks much upside in tournaments -- he's had between 15.9 and 24.6 FDP in his past nine games...Wayne Ellington ($3,500) is cheap enough that he's worth a look. He's getting solid playing time as the Nets' starting SG but has yet to do enough to garner a strong recommendation.


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