Daily fantasy basketball pumps the brakes a bit on Friday night, as just six NBA contests grace the schedule and only three elite options are to be had in the player pool. That could call for a super stack job in a massive GPP and it could even work out of you incorporate the right value buys.
Let’s break down the top values at $6k or cheaper at DraftKings tonight to see which cheap guys could help you make a top-heavy lineup:
PG: Mo Williams – Cavaliers ($5.5k), D’Angelo Russell – Lakers ($5.1k), Patrick Beverley – Rockets ($4.4k) and Raymond Felton – Mavs ($3.7k)
Williams has been pretty spare for a while now but he’s back up to 28 minutes per game and can get hot at any point. He’s got a solid matchup against the Pelicans tonight and remains a good price, so he’s a solid try. Russell has a good role and is starting and also is a guy who can get a little hot. His run can be sporadic and a road date with the Hawks certainly isn’t ideal, but the value is there for sure.
You can dig a little deeper for Beverley, who is starting and is good for 25+ minutes and probably 20+ fantasy points. He’d need to get really hot from outside to pay off, while he’s also starting to lose a little run to an improving Ty Lawson. Felton might be the best cheap try under $6k at the point, as he’s logging heavy minutes with J.J. Barea sidelined and Chandler Parsons still on a minutes restriction. His upside is capped but he’s too cheap to completely ignore.
SG: Kobe Bryant and Jordan Clarkson – Lakers ($5.9k and $5.8k), J.R. Smith – Cavs ($5.3k), Wesley Matthews – Mavs ($4.6k) and Kyle Korver – Hawks ($4.4k)
Kobe is hoisting like there’s literally no tomorrow and actually crushed his value last game with 41 fantasy points. He’s too broken down to do that nightly – especially on the road against the Hawks – but he’s too cheap right now for the volume he’s producing. Even if he stinks in real life he should still top his price tag pretty easily. Clarkson is right there with him, but of the two he has the lower floor right now because of sporadic minutes and fewer shot attempts.
Smith is getting major run and a good amount of shots, he’s just not really hitting. He’s been mostly OK for weeks, though, so if you just need 25 fantasy points out of the shooting guard slot, he can do the trick.
Matthews and Korver might be able to do that as well, though, so they’re worth a look due to having better prices. Both start and get good run but probably need to be hitting from outside to pan out. Both could easily do it tonight with nice home matchups against weak defenses.
SF: Trevor Ariza – Rockets ($5.3k), Otto Porter – Wizards ($5.3k), Joe Johnson – Nets ($5.2k), Thabo Sefolosha – Hawks ($4.6k), Jared Dudley – Wizards ($3.8k) and Mirza Teletovic – Suns ($3.6k)
Ariza is a good player that is on the floor for most of the game, so he continues to be under-priced in that regard. That being said, he’s going to be very hit or miss since his shot has been all over the place thus far this year. If he gets hot from outside, though, he could crush this price tag.
He’s really lumped in that “meh” trio with Porter and Johnson, who are priced well and have some upside but have really been flat-lining lately. Johnson has the best offensive upside of the three but he’s been weak all year. They’re all shaky, but because they’re so cheap they’re worth considering.
It may just pay to either spend on LeBron or Melo tonight, but either way both Jared Dudley and Mirza Teletovic could be in play due to solid roles and extremely low price tags. Dudley has been starting and getting 30+ minutes for about five games, now, while the absence of Marcin Gortat (personal) could get him a little more involved in the offense. Fearza needs to score to return value but he logged 39 minutes last game and dropped in 20 points. If both Tyson Chandler and Markieff Morris are out with injuries again, he may be one of the easier plays of the night.
PF: Tristan Thompson – Cavs ($5.8k), Terrence Jones – Rockets ($4.9k), Jon Leuer – Suns ($4.1k) and Kris Humphries – Wizards ($3.8k)
Thompson has had a steady role with decent production later, but there’s buzz surfacing that he could permanently replace Timofey Mozgov in the starting lineup. If so, he could become a nightly double-double threat. His issue is he doesn’t score a bunch, so you’re really relying on monster rebound games. He’s still worth the risk at this price, but once he creeps up above $6k his floor should keep you from taking that dive.
Terrence Jones is the play at the four spot on Friday, as Dwight Howard is out. Jones should slide in and start next to Clint Capela, and it’d be a shock if he didn’t get close to 30 minutes per game. Jones has a versatile skill-set and should benefit greatly from an expanded role.
Leuer and Humphries also could have big roles and vacant bodies have cleared up playing time down low for the Suns and Wizards. Leuer is the play of the two after crushing it in a start last game, but he’ll need Markieff Morris to sit out again to maintain his current value. K-Hump missed shoot around this morning and could actually sit out, but if he suits up he stands to get the most run he’s seen in a while.
C: Clint Capela – Rockets ($5.8k), Alex Len – Suns ($3.8k) and Ryan Hollins – Wizards ($3k)
Capela is almost a must-start tonight at center, as Dwight Howard is out and anytime Capela gets big minutes he tends to be pretty busy. It’s hard to not like him against the Mavs tonight. Len could also be good if Tyson Chandler is out and he’s the better pure value, but he does struggle with fouls and that held him back considerably in his last start.
Hollins is the minimum and is expected to start while Marcin Gortat tends to a family matter, but you really don’t want to go down this road. We just have to mention him because he’s a tower and he could be on the floor a bit tonight. He’s not a very good player, though, so use him at your own risk.
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