Daily Fantasy Basketball Bargain Buys at DraftKings For Friday Night
Friday night usually means Big NBA Friday, just like it does during the middle of the week on Wednesday. The new year didn’t get the memo, apparently, as we’re only graced with five NBA games and The Black Mamba won’t even be suiting up.
While those are two bummers, there is still a lot to consider in daily fantasy basketball tonight, and with zero elite players priced over $10k at DraftKings, the value is through the roof. Let’s take a closer look at Friday’s player pool to see how stacked you can make your roster if you want to take a few dives below the $6k threshold:
PG: Goran Dragic – Heat ($5.7k), J.J. Barea – Mavericks ($5.5k) and Aaron Brooks – Bulls ($4.1k)
It’s never easy to trust The Dragon, but the run is certainly there and he’s been consistently hovering around 27-30 fantasy points over the past few weeks. Miami’s slow place can hurt him, but a matchup with the Mavericks shouldn’t.
Barea against the Heat isn’t an amazing matchup, but he has a big role with Deron Williams yet again out tonight. He laid an egg two games ago, but has otherwise been absolutely money as a scorer in three of his last four games.
Update: D-Will may play tonight, so this drops Barea down significantly.
Brooks’ value hinges entirely on the status of Derrick Rose, who sat out his last game and watched Brooks erupt for nearly 40 fantasy points. At such a low price, Brooks could trump Ish Smith as the top true value on the night, and that’s something that is kind of hard to do right now.
SG: Jordan Clarkson – Lakers ($5.1k), Lou Williams – Lakers ($5k) and Jeremy Lamb – Hornets ($4k)
No Kobe means more shots for everyone else on the Lakers. Considering Clarkson and Williams already had stable roles and games that offered upside, more opportunities only cements their fantasy value tonight.
Lamb is more than a throw-in if Nicolas Batum is out and he may have solid value even if he’s not. Jeremy Lin is out again tonight, so one way or another there will be minutes and shots to be had frm Charlotte’s bench.
SF: Evan Fournier – Magic ($5.8k), Chandler Parsons – Mavericks ($5.8k) and Otto Porter – Wizards ($5.7k)
You can pay up for Melo tonight if you must, but why do that when there is a trio of steady small forwards with killer skill-sets? It’s tough to pick of the three with the prices so similar, but all three can hit the outside shot, rebound, pass and even get steals. I tend to favor Fournier as a more stable option, while Porter may have the best upside due to his tendency to get defensive stats.
PF: Taj Gibson – Bulls ($5.6k), Cody Zeller – Hornets ($4.9k) and Bobby Portis – Bulls ($3.9k)
Power forward is not a bad spot to save at tonight, especially with the sick value coming out of Chicago. You can’t ignore Zeller thanks to Al Jefferson being out again, but Taj is super safe with 30+ minutes per game and while his ceiling is low, he probably won’t burn you. I can’t say the same for Portis, but he wrecked the Knicks the last time he faced them (40 fantasy points) and has been seeing a solid 26+ minutes in three of his last four games. If that can continue tonight, he’ll destroy this price tag.
C: Zaza Pachulia – Mavericks ($5.6k), Frank Kaminsky – Hornets ($4.4k) and Robin Lopez – Knicks ($4.2k)
Center is going to be the spot to definitely pay up at on Friday night, as the low-end value is pretty bare and Zaza is the only great intermediate value you might be able to actually trust. He has a limited ceiling, but the guy is riding three straight 30+ fantasy point outings and is a double-double waiting to happen.
Frank the Tank is getting good run with Big Al (knee) on the mend again, so he’s worth a shot at a cheap price. I’ll throw Lopez into the mix, too, as he got a ton of run in his last game and could be needed more than usual to help slow down Chicago’s effective bigs.
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