It’s Monday and we have a 6-game slate to welcome us back to the work week. There are going to be some tough choices at the top of the player pool tonight with five players priced above $10,600 tonight It’s going to be tough to afford two stud players but we can still try to get a bit creative with our value to try and do it. Here are 5 players that are priced at $5,500 or less on FanDuel (except for one player – sorry!) that can help round out the bottom of your lineup. Good luck in your contests tonight!
Rajon Rondo NOP: $5,600 at HOU
Okay, so he’s not priced below $5,500 but if you look at the FanDuel player pool you’ll understand why I didn’t list any point guards below that threshold. Rondo absolutely crushed on Sunday night and has proved that he can produce when the Pelicans are at full strength. His match-up against Chris Paul isn’t the best on paper but the Rockets have been giving him more run with the second unit. With the Rockets staggering the rotation with Harden and Paul, Rondo should only be seeing CP3 for half of his minutes so I’m not overly concerned. Rondo can easily keep rolling in this game.
Eric Gordon HOU: $4,700 vs. NOP
Tonight’s Rockets and Pelicans game features a massive 226.5 total and a 12.5 point spread. The Pelicans, who played on Sunday night, have yielded the 7th most points to the shooting guard position. Gordon is locked into 28-30 minutes with the second unit but if this game gets out of hand we can expect that number to rise into the mid-30s and his usage to increase with Harden and Paul off the floor. His point totals have been modest lately but in a pace up game, Gordon has the potential to reach 30 FanDuel points if everything breaks his way.
UPDATE: Nicolas Batum has been ruled out for the Hornets tonight:
Jeremy Lamb CHA: $5,000 at OKC
In 588 minutes with Nicolas Batum off the court this season, Lamb has averaged 1.00 fantasy points per minute and a 25.3% usage rate. Andre Roberson is an elite defender but for this price, Lamb should be an extremely chalky play given the opportunity. He should exceed 30 minutes tonight against the Thunder and is a must play in any format.
David Nwaba NOP: $4,500 vs. BOS
The Bulls slowly eased Nwaba back into the rotation after an extended absence but he finally appears to be back in full force, averaging 31 minutes and 32.4 FanDuel points in his past two games. The Celtics have been an elite defense all season but they are vulnerable against small forwards, giving up the 7th most points to the position. Nwaba has the ability to stuff the stat sheet and should extended time in a tough, grind it out type of game. This might be our last chance to get him under $5,000.
Serge Ibaka TOR: $5,500 at LAC
There has been a jolt of electricity in the Raptors front court recently. You could even call it a power serge! Over his past three games, Ibaka has averaged 32.7 FanDuel points including 2 blocks per game. Despite having an elite rebounding big in DeAndre Jordan, the Clippers are 20th in rebounding differential this season. They have also been horrendous on the defensive end after Blake Griffin and Patrick Beverley went down with injuries. If his patented mid-range jump shot is falling, Ibaka can easily eclipse the 30 fantasy point mark once again.
Robin Lopez CHI: $5,300 vs. BOS
Lopez tends to fly under the radar in DFS because he lacks a high ceiling but this slate lacks value at the center position. RoLo should be given 30+ minutes against a big Celtics front court and is a safe option at the center position on a night where the top options all appear to be a bit overpriced. He is grading out as the number two center option in my model and should be a low owned option against a tough Celtics defense. Although he lacks true 40 point upside, he is more than capable of returning 6x on a $5,300 salary.