Daily Fantasy Basketball’s Best Bargain Buys For Friday
Friday night presents an odd slate for daily fantasy basketball action, as we get a strong nine-game slate, yet just three true studs ($10k+ at DraftKings) across the night’s entire schedule.
That doesn’t mean there aren’t great options beyond the likes of Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook and James Harden, of course. Kevin Durant and Chris Paul are just under the $10k limit, while Paul George ($9k) and Draymond Green ($9.1k) are two other guys that certainly are in the “elite” discussion and could even be considered values.
If you want to form a winning roster tonight, some type of combination of those guys is probably going to be required. You can use one, two or even three of them. But no matter which way you go, you’ll also need some sneaky value plays to slide in to complete your DFS lineup.
That’s where we come in, as we take a close look at each position and see which cheaper options are worth using at DK tonight:
PG: Deron Williams – Mavs ($6k), Jeremy Lin – Hornets ($5.1k), Donald Sloan – Nets ($5k) and Ty Lawson – Rockets ($4.2k)
Point guard isn’t the position you need a ton of value at with so many stellar options at the top, but it does have some very strong options if you feel like saving there. Deron Williams starts it off right, as he’s a solid price for a guy who wrecked OKC last time and typically pushes for 40 minutes of action.
Linsanity could be unleashed tonight, too, with Nicolas Batum out and Jeremy Lamb iffy. Lin is going to play and be a solid value even if Lamb suits up, but if he’s also out Lin could get 35-40 minutes and probably 15 shots.
Sloan feels a tad expensive for his talent and the fact that he’s on a bad Nets team, but he’s basically a cheaper Jarrett Jack right now. He can score and get dimes so for this price you could do a lot worse.
The same can be said for Lawson, who is still a very talented player that can put up numbers when given run. He’ll need Patrick Beverley to sit out again tonight but he was able to put up 27 fantasy points the other night as the starting point guard. He’d be worth a shot again if he’s manning the Houston offense tonight.
SG: Rodney Hood – Jazz ($6k), J.J. Redick – Clippers ($5.7k), Avery Bradley – Celtics ($5.7k), Tyler Johnson – Heat ($5.6k), Evan Fournier – Magic ($5.5k), Wes Matthews – Mavs ($5k), Jamal Crawford – Clippers ($4.8k) and Jeremy Lamb – Hornets ($4.5k)
Shooting guard is fairly loaded with decent value plays tonight, starting with Hood, who dropped a 40+ fantasy performance in his last game. He’s not the most stable option, though, so I can see people wanting to roll with Redick or Bradley, both of which are cheaper and are more proven scorers.
TJ is going to be a popular play and is even a little cheaper as he fills in for an injured Goran Dragic. Hassan Whiteside is even out for this one, so he should run the show and shoot quite a bit.
Fournier is even cheaper and his run has been pretty solid. Keep an eye on the Magic starting five, though, as Victor Oladipo is returning from a brief absence. That could impact Fournier’s role.
Matthews had a strong 33-point fantasy effort in his last game and plays a ton due to his nice outside stroke and top shelf defense. Expect more of the same tonight as he’ll probably focus on trying to slow down either Russell Westbrook or Kevin Durant.
Jamal Crawford is right there with Redick in terms of offensive role and upside right now. He’s possibly the better play between the two just because he is so explosive and he’s also a better price.
Lamb is also in the mix tonight thanks to a ton of injuries to Charlotte’s roster. The biggest one is Nicolas Batum, who has already been ruled out tonight. Lamb himself is iffy for this one, but if active he could be a great bargain play.
SF: Chandler Parsons – Mavs ($5.6k), C.J. Miles – Pacers ($5.2k) and Trevor Ariza – Rockets ($5.1k)
Parsons has become a chalk play anytime Dirk Nowitzki sits, but when the German is active it’s tough to say what to expect from Parsons. That being said, the guy can score and is pretty cheap. His skill-set alone always has me intrigued, but just know he can be a risky play due to tentativeness at times.
Miles crushed the Warriors offensively in a previous meeting this year and he figures to chuck early and often with both George Hill and Rodney Stuckey out tonight. Miles is tough to trust but the upside and value are both there.
Ariza is a pure minutes and value play here, as he’s going to get a ton of run – per usual – and he always has the potential to hit three’s and rack up defensive stats. He’s been pretty weak all year but his price is good and he could show up against the Bucks at home with Dwight Howard out.
PF: Serge Ibaka – Thunder ($5.9k), Julius Randle – Lakers ($5.6k), Clint Capela – Rockets ($5.6k), Jabari Parker – Bucks ($5.1k) and Terrence Jones – Rockets ($4.7k)
I love Ibaka’s price and run. He’s been kind of spare a lot this year but that’s what happens when KD isnt hurt for 75% of a season. He can still erupt with blocks, points and rebounds and his matchup with the Mavs shouldn’t be bad.
Randle against the Spurs is a bad matchup, but Larry Nance Jr. remains out, which means he starts and should have a shot at a dub-dub. He’s a highly skilled big man, so the upside exceeds the risk and the value is fantastic.
The same probably goes for both Capela and Jones, who figure to clean up down low with Dwight Howard already being ruled out for tonight’s showdown with the Bucks. Milwaukee is not to be feared inside defensively, so both of these guys could be in for big nights. Jones has the upside due to an outside shot but Capela is probably the safer play.
Sticking in that same game, Milwaukee’s Jabari Parker could hold some decent value at just $5.1k. He doesn’t blow up very often and can flat line but the run is definitely there. If Terrence Jones plays a lot he could have an easy path to some easy buckets.
C: Robin Lopez – Knicks ($5.3k), Kelly Olynyk – Celtics ($5k), Frank Kaminsky – Hornets ($4.8k), Myles Turner – Pacers ($3.9k), Boban Marjanovic – Spurs ($3.2k) and Spencer Hawes – Hornets ($3.1k)
Lopez leads the way at center, as he’s a pretty good price and has turned in two huge 30+ point fantasy efforts. His run has been pretty good and consistent the past couple of weeks, so he’s certainly worth a shot as he tries to keep up this stellar play.
Olynyk is a bit more of a gamble even though he’s cheaper than Lopez, although he’s the superior shooter and overall scorer. He has a beatable matchup against the Bulls and dropped 29 fantasy points in two outings against them already, so he’s fairly reliable here.
Frank the Tank is going to have a huge role with Cody Zeller and Al Jefferson both out, and he really already did. About 28-30 minutes should be a lock, while his shooting touch has been evident in a nice six-game run of at least 21+ fantasy points. Teammate Spencer Hawes, who actually figures to start at center, is our cheapest center dive and is also in the conversation here. He’s less reliable but if he gets going early he could pay off big time at nearly the minimum at DK.
Boban went nuts with 35 fantasy points last night and could be used a good amount again tonight in a likely Spurs blowout win over the Lakers. He probably needs Tim Duncan or LaMarcus Alridge to sit to feel great about him, but he’s so cheap and he can blow up in even 10 minutes of action. Seriously.
Turner is another great value play at center, as Ian Mahinmi might be out tonight and the Pacers could get blown out on the road against the Warriors, anyways. One way or another Turner is probably going to get 20+ minutes here and with two straight games with at least 27 fantasy points, he’s in play in GPPs.
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