Best Daily Fantasy Basketball Bargain Buys at DraftKings For Friday Night
Friday night boasts a strong 8-game slate, which shouldn’t be too heavy and really “just right” for everything we want to accomplish in daily fantasy basketball.
It’s a weird DFS slate, though, with just one player – DeMarcus Cousins – priced over $10k on DraftKings and the schedule boasting just the right amount of games to chase cash games or GPP with the same intensity.
It’s also a slate that looks to provide a good amount of value, so let’s look at some of the best plays at or below $6k that could help you build the perfect roster:
PG: Jeff Teague – Hawks ($6k), Jordan Clarkson – Lakers ($5.9k), D’Angelo Russell – Lakers ($5.2k) and Elfrid Payton – Magic ($4.8k)
There is a ton to love at point guard tonight, both at the top and closer to the bottom. Teague has a low ceiling but has gotten past a wrist issue and is once again a pretty stable presence in DFS. Tonight he’s at home with a favorable matchup against the Bulls, so it’s not a bad spot to use him.
Clarkson is at home and a similar price, plus he’s facing a Memphis team he torched for over 40 fantasy points the other day. That shouldn’t happen again, but he can get you 30+ fantasy points rather easily. His teammate D’Angelo Russell is cheaper and more attractive, though, since he shoots a good amount and has the ball in his hands quite a bit. He also topped 40 fantasy points last time versus the Grizz and is probably the top value play of the night.
Frid deserves a mention because he finally had his first good game since the Magic pulled off their trade for Brandon Jennings. I like his value a lot and he can beat the Knicks, who don’t have a stopper at point guard.
SG: Monta Ellis – Pacers ($6k), Evan Fournier – Magic ($6k), Kobe Bryant – Lakers ($5.8k) and J.J. Redick – Clippers ($5.1k)
Shooting guard is a bit of a waste land tonight, so if you want to go cheap somewhere, this is where it’d be. Ellis and Fournier lead the way right at our pricing threshold and both can erupt any time out. Both have been good lately but it’s Fournier who you should be eyeing, as he has a very nice string of eight straight games with at least 28 fantasy points.
The Black Mamba is in play if we can feel good about him getting to 30-33 minutes. He’s had a little time to rest and is at home, so perhaps he could turn in a vintage performance tonight. I don’t personally love him, but he can provide value if he can get a ton of shots up.
Redick is a pure scorer in DFS, but that’s fine when you’re facing a Kings defense that does not stop shooting guards in any sense. Redick has been a very reliable shooter and if he can just add a couple rebounds, dimes and/or steals here or there tonight, he should crush his listed value.
SF: Matt Barnes – Grizzlies ($5.4k) and Mike Dunleavy – Bulls ($3.6k)
Small forward is loaded tonight, but not very much at the bottom. You can find some sick value close to the top and intermediate areas, but below $6k there isn’t much that is both enticing and safe.
Barnes is probably your best bet, as he has a pretty big role with Jeff Green gone and Marc Gasol hurt. He’ll face the Lakers for the second time in the past few days and he dropped 40+ fantasy points on them the other day. He may not do that again but even 28-30 would be fine.
Dunleavy is starting and working his way into a bigger role, having played a solid 28 minutes last game. The Bulls need him to produce with Jimmy Butler out and if Pau Gasol sits tonight (illness) he could see his most shots yet. He’s dirt cheap for a start who should push for 30 minutes and can get hot from outside.
PF: Julius Randle – Lakers ($6k), Myles Turner – Pacers ($6k), Markieff Morris – Wizards ($5.4k), Taj Gibson – Bulls ($5.1k), Bobby Portis – Bulls ($4.7) and JaMychael Green – Grizzlies ($4.2k)
Randle was fine against the Grizzlies the other day, so it’s hard not to like him at this price tag against them again tonight. He’s at home, too, so he looks like a pretty safe play at this price. The same goes for Turner, who crushed it last time out and should be fine against the Hornets.
Morris has been brutal since joining the Wizards, but he at least played 28 minutes in his last game and could be ready for his first big game. He’s facing the Sixers, after all.
Gibson and Portis are both in play tonight, but if Pau Gasol suits up I really only like Gibson. He was great in his last game and should get more consistent minutes between the two. Portis is a fun try in GPP leagues if Gasol is out, however.
Green is a very nice value, as he’s getting solid run with Memphis so banged up. He’s rather raw and I wish he’d be a little cheaper, but he’s not a bad try in big GPP pools.
C: Zaza Pachulia – Mavs ($5.8k), Nikola Jokic – Nuggets ($5.7k), Robin Lopez – Knicks ($5.6k) and Ian Mahinmi – Pacers ($5k)
Pachulia is a fine value and potentially a solid contrarian play tonight, as he’s had two weak games but is at home against a bad Nuggets defense. He obliterated them last time (41 fantasy points) so I wouldn’t be shocked for him to have a big night. Jokic is in that same game and could have some problems with Pachulia’s defense, but I think he can meet value, as well.
Lopez has had some really nice outings lately (two straight 40+ fantasy point performances recently) so despite a dud in his last game he’ll be on watch tonight. He’ll be needed to stifle Nikola Vucevic anyways, so he’ll have a shot at a double-double in a nice home game.
Mahinmi is not safe and lacks upside, but he maintains a good role and always has a shot at crushing his perceived value. People will be off of him after a couple down games, too, so he could be a mild contrarian try against Charlotte tonight.
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