Wednesday was a lot of fun, as daily fantasy basketball enjoyed it’s first huge night with a whopping 14 NBA teams hitting the hardwood. That craziness ensues on Friday, as pro basketball closes out the work week with another 12 games.
Value picks can be touch or go, so remember to always take our insight with a grain of salt. Of course, if you listened to us in regards to Danilo Gallinari, Julius Randle, Clint Capela, Jahlil Okafor and Meyers Leonard on Wednesday, things may have worked out pretty well for you.
We’ve got a few days of NBA action under our belt and some things should be taking shape. Let’s run through all the pricing at DraftKings and find you two solid value plays at each position (all below $6k) for Friday night:
Mudiay was insane on all levels in his rookie debut on Wednesday, as he nearly posted a triple double (11 turnovers). He’s a highlight reel waiting to happen and can both score and create for others at a high level, so anytime he’s cheap and has a decent matchup, he’s a go. Tonight he gets the Timberwolves, which should allow for a fast-paced, high-scoring game.
Canaan isn’t as good of a play as Mudiay as far as upside goes, but he’s cheaper and might oddly be a tad safer. He’s a better shooter and will also get solid run due to Philly having few healthy options at the point. I don’t love his matchup against Utah’s solid defense but he should be able to return value.
Shooting guard is a war zone tonight below the $6k mark, so I’m reaching up by $100 to get you Beal. He could be priced a good $1k higher based off what he did in the playoffs last year and just his sheer talent. He’s a terrific value and can blow up against any matchup. I’m quite high on him tonight.
Korver played last night and was awesome, but be sure to keep tabs on him, as ATL routinely rests or limits their guys on back-to-back sets. I’m not overly concerned about that, though, and he’s a great price. He does a good amount of things and also has torched the Hornets in recent memory – plus he’s at home. Gary Harris ($3.4k) is a bit of a dive, but he was solid in Denver’s season opener and could be starting again.
Small forward has some nice value across the board, but these are two of the best options below the $6k threshold. Tobias Harris is probably my favorite ($6.1k) when it comes to pure upside and price. Carroll is a little banged up (bruised elbow), but was awesome in his Raptors debut the other night and can do a ton of stuff.
AFA was decent in his Blazers debut and he’s another guy who is super active, giving you the possibility of points, rebounds, steals, assists and blocks. His only issue is he’s been dealing with a sore hammy, so make sure he’s starting and is a full go.
There is a ton of value at PF tonight, so don’t be shy. Ibaka might be the best play based off of ability and upside, though, as he can be a total block and rebound machine and also has the green light to fire away from three this year. He should easily beat this price and against the Magic he could really have a big game after being quiet in Wednesday’s opener.
K-Hump is a fun guy because he added a three-point shot and already was a walking double-double threat. He’s starting for the Wiz and is fairly under-priced for what he can do for you. He could easily go spare and was “meh” on Wednesday, but he’s got some solid upside for his price.
C: Meyers Leonard – Blazers ($4.5k) and Festus Ezeli – Warriors ($3.1k)
Leonard remains dirt cheap, is starting and was very solid in Portland’s debut. The Blazers in general looked surprisingly great, while he can shoot from outside, rebound and block shots. He could have trouble with Markieff Morris and Tyson Chandler, but his game being pretty perimeter based could make that less of an issue.
Ezeli is probably the top value play of the night with Andrew Bogut out. He’s going up against Dwight Howard, though, so use him at your own risk. That being said, he can score around the basket, rebound and block shots. I also like Joffrey Lauvergene ($4.2k) of the Nuggets, but his price jumped up quite a bit and he’s pretty unstable yet. That being said, he’s still a solid price, can shoot outside and also rebounds and blocks shots.
Take your pick of the top value plays and good luck in daily fantasy basketball tonight!
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