Daily Fantasy Basketball Bargain Buys For Friday Night
Prepare yourself for one Friday night in the NBA, as we’re graced with 10 games and a ton of studs in daily fantasy basketball. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant close out the night but we may want to hesitate paying up for the (they’re facing the Lakers), while some other studs me be calling to be used.
Regardless which direction you go at DK tonight, you still will need some help in the form of value buys. Let’s analyze the best ones at $6k or cheaper:
PG: Goran Dragic – Heat ($5.7k), Jordan Clarkson – Lakers ($5.7k), George Hill – Pacers ($5.3k), Shane Larkin – Nets ($4.7k) and Mario Chalmers – Grizzlies ($4.6k)
The Dragon can seem boring and repetitive, but as long as he’s under $6k he’s going to be in play as a solid bargain buy. He was bad his last time out, but has otherwise been good for 23+ fantasy points in six of his last seven games. He’s also in an up-tempo battle with his former team (Suns), so there is upside to be had, too.
Clarkson is generally a decent play any night, but the main reason I like him tonight is if D’Angelo Russell (ankle) is out. His matchup with the Thunder is not ideal at all, but a bigger role could make it worth stomaching.
Hill is just a minutes guy and due to a versatile skill-set, he can have a shot at exploding. He typically does a little bit of everything and tonight faces a Pellies team that hasn’t done well against opposing point guards. He should be in line to chase down 30 fantasy points and for his current price would be a mild bargain.
Larkin is very cheap and now that he’s starting in Brooklyn he’ll be worth a try so long as his price doesn’t get too high. He goes spare a lot and is not a great offensive player, but you don’t need him to crush it at this price. His value is in defensive stats, anyways, so hopefully he’s buys at home against Orlando tonight.
Chalmers went off for 52 fantasy points with Mike Conley out the other night, so he’s very much in play if Conley sits again tonight. He’s not really worth the risk if Conley plays, though.
SG: Monta Ellis – Pacers ($6k), Lou Williams – Lakers ($5.9k), Wes Matthews – Mavs ($5.1k) and Devin Booker – Suns ($4.7k)
Ellis is still at value with a decent $6k price tag, especially thanks to two strong 30+ fantasy point outings. He tends to be hit or miss but I like his chances against a bad New Orleans defense in what should be a high-scoring game.
Williams, like Clarkson, could benefit from the potential absence of Russell and maybe even Kobe Bryant. Williams starts and shoots at will either way, so he could still be a strong value play even if both of those guys play.
Matthews got a rest day in the Mavs’ last game but dropped 30+ fantasy points in the last game he suited up for. He’s starting to come around and we know he can stroke it from deep, so it just comes down to him getting hot. He was plenty good last time he faced Milwaukee (32 fantasy points) so if he can get that again he’d meet value.
Booker is a good dive but he’s starting to creep up a bit in price. This might be the last good time to give him a try, but be prepared for a dud based on his inconsistency. Still, he’s a lights out shooter and can chip in some rebounds, dimes and steals. I don’t expect a huge game like he had list time out (37 fantasy points), but if he can get 28-30 I’d be content.
SF: Otto Porter – Wizards ($5.9k), Chandler Parsons – Mavs ($5.8k) and Tobias Harris – Magic ($5.7k)
There are really only three value plays at small forward tonight and they’re the same guys we always see: Porter, Parsons and Harris. I’m leaning toward Porter as the guy to roll with of the three as he’s easily the safest and he still carries terrific upside. He’s got a fun matchup with the Raptors and he’s put up 29 fantasy points per game in two meetings with them, so there’s not much to worry about there.
Parsons finally got it going again last game out due to Dallas resting most of their other starters. That could be a fluke, but hopefully Parsons now has more confidence and will feel comfortable being more involved in the offense. He’s a big risk due to his recent flat-lining, but he showcased his versatility and potential.
Harris is still starting and getting run but is simply stuck in a dry spell. He’ll snap out of it eventually and it could come tonight against the Nets, who he’s put up 28 fantasy points per game through two contests. I think he gets back on track tonight and mashes his current value.
PF: Zach Randolph – Grizzlies ($6k) and Darrell Arthur – Nuggets ($3.9k)
There is not a ton of cheap value at the four spot tonight. Z-Bo had a huge 50+ fantasy point outing two games ago, but good luck hanging your hat on that. He’s just worth mentioning because he’s still a value and he’s going up against an atrocious Nuggets defense.
On the other side is Arthur, who should start with Kenneth Faried out for this one. Arthur is typically solid when he starts and he can even shoot outside, so there is a little upside to his game. I don’t love the matchup, but the value is worth the risk.
C: Zaza Pachulia – Mavs ($6k), Jonas Valanciunas – Raptors ($5.5k), Tim Duncan – Spurs ($5.3k) and Enes Kanter – Thunder ($4.7k)
Pachulia is rock solid, dropping in 30+ fantasy points in six straight games. He recorded a strong 34 fantasy points the first time he faced the Bucks this year, and this time he takes on the team that traded him back in Milwaukee. Some sweet revenge is in order here and I see little reason to be fearful of a tank session.
Jonas V has slowly built his way back up to a big role with the Raptors, logging 30 minutes and pouring in over 40 fantasy points in his last game. He’s always a little erratic, but he got 22 fantasy points in just 20 minutes the last time he faced the Wiz. I think his minutes and production will be right around 30 tonight, making him one of the better center values.
Duncan is old and doesn’t get over 30 minutes much these days, yet he can still produce even in a capped role. He’s riding two straight 30+ fantasy point games and a third could easily come at home against the Knicks. Just make sure he’s playing.
Kanter could be a fun dive but playing his is super game flow dependent. OKC is going to likely wreck the Lakers and if so, Kanter is going to play more and be a force offensively. He’s abused them twice this year already, so a 30+ fantasy point performance could be in order.
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