Friday’s Top Daily Fantasy Basketball Bargain Buys
After a lighter Thursday night NBA slate, things pick back up again on Friday night. As always, with bigger schedules you are likely to have a few elite options you covet, but you’re going to need some solid value plays to get the stud and lineup you desire.
It’s a good thing we didn’t try to search for a ton of value on Thursday night, as there simply wasn’t a ton to find based on pricing at DK. That was even somewhat the case on Wednesday before some last minute deactiviations opening things up in a big way. That’s always a very real possibility, so let that serve as a reminder to keep your finger on the pulse of the NBA news world – especially if you have a lot of cash riding on some of your daily fantasy basketball lineups.
With that, let’s take a closer look at the pricing at DraftKings so we can point out the top bargain plays priced at $6k or cheaper:
PG: Deron Williams – Mavs ($5.7k), George Hill – Pacers ($5.2k), Jeremy Lin – Hornets ($5k) and Beno Udrih – Heat ($3.3k)
D-Will and the rest of the Mavericks starters should be back in action tonight, so he’s going to be a quality play against the Bulls at this price. The same goes for Hill, who is a tad cheaper and carries solid upside due to a nice outside shot and a versatile skill-set. Both have a decent ceiling and can heat up, but they’re also fairly risky.
Lin carries just as much risk but is even cheaper and with Jeremy Lamb out should be in for 25-30 minutes. He scores pretty well and does everything else at a moderate level, but with most intermediate options his value will hinge on him getting hot.
My favorite value play at the point and probably on the night is Udrih, who will start for the Heat at the one spot with Goran Dragic hurt. Udrih will see 28-32 minutes as the top point guard and is almost the minimum, so he’ll be widely owned. That shouldn’t keep you from using him, though, as he can score pretty well and also can rack up the dimes.
SG: Avery Bradley – Celtics ($5.2k) and Tyler Johnson – Heat ($4.6k)
I really like James Harden tonight so I’m probably going there, but if you need value you can consider Bradley and Johnson. Johnson saves you more and with Goran Dragic out, he’ll get decent run at both guard spots. Bradley has way more reliability and upside on his side, though, and he’s not all that much more in terms of price.
SF: Chandler Parsons – Mavs ($5.4k), Trevor Ariza – Rockets ($5.2k), C.J. Miles – Pacers ($4.9k) and Kelly Oubre Jr. – Wizards ($3.6k)
I like a lot of small forwards at the top tonight, so this isn’t the position to take a dive unless you really love an expensive point guard or shooting guard. The value isn’t awful, though, as Parsons has a very nice skill-set and Ariza can hit three’s and get hot at anytime. Both can sack you to the moon and back, though, so there’s a bit too much risk involved for the price.
I might prefer to drop down to Miles or even take a deep dive with Oubre. Miles is probably coming off the bench but he’s an explosive scorer who gets about 30 minutes a night. He needs to come out hot to pay off, but he’s not too expensive to consider.
Oubre doesn’t hit or exceed value very often, but with normal starting small forward Otto Porte out tonight, he could start and see 20+ minutes. If he plays well out of the gates, he could get even more run. He can hit the outside shot and grab rebounds, so at a dirt cheap price he’s not a bad GPP try if you’re going to punt the SF position.
PF: Serge Ibaka – Thunder ($6k), Kenneth Faried – Nuggets ($5.9k), Amir Johnson – Celtics ($5.4k), Markieff Morris – Suns ($4.3k), Drew Gooden – Wizards ($4.2k) and Nene Hilario – Wizards ($4.2k)
There is a good amount of value at power forward tonight, starting with Ibaka and Faried – two big guys who can clean the glass and block shots. Ibaka is safer when it comes to minutes and he’s easily the better shooter, so he gets the nod between the two.
Johnson is always a risk but he’s been on fire lately and is coming off of a huge 14-point and 18-rebound game. He won’t do that again but his run has been solid and he can hit on a double-double at anytime.
Morris, Gooden and Hilario are about at the same level just because we have no idea when Morris is going to get run these days and Gooden/Hilario are splitting run with Marcin Gortat out. If Alex Len is out you can definitely toss Morris out there and of the three he’d carry the most upside. Choosing between Gooden and Hilario is tough, especially with them at the same price. Gooden feels like the pick, though, just because he can hit three’s and could get a few more minutes.
C: Joakim Noah – Bulls ($5.4k), Ian Mahinmi – Pacers ($5.1k) and Gorgui Dieng – Timberwolves ($4.2k)
Center really isn’t the spot to save tonight if you’re looking for reliability and upside, unless of course Pau Gasol misses a second straight game. He sat out last night, which gave way to a Joakim Noah start and a 40-point fantasy outing. Noah is still tough to trust on the second game of a back-to-back set, but with no Gasol he’d be a sick value with considerable upside.
Mahinmi and Dieng are two cheaper guys who are fairly safe based on their price and both could be dub-dub threats. Mahinmi can be risky due to foul trouble and Dieng can have his minutes jerked around, but both could return solid value if they can log around 25 minutes tonight.
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