Hopefully you checked out our daily fantasy basketball sleepers for this past Wednesday, because a ton of our picks panned out in big ways.
T.J. McConnell is probably the best one in terms of price and production, while guys like Nik Stauskas, Evan Fournier and Festus Ezili were good to great if you used them.
Fournier is especially on a tear right now and while he won’t make the cut for our $5k pricing threshold, you absolutely need to consider using him as long as he’s got a big role and is this well priced. That could be the case even more so with big man Nikola Vucevic (knee) sidelined.
We get a strong 10-game slate tonight, which means there is going to be a ton of value to be had. We try to focus on guys that are cheap and actually worth targeting, rather than just picking low-priced guys for the sake of saving cash. With that in mind, it’s on to Friday’s DFS value buys:
PG: Jerryd Bayless – Bucks ($4.2k) and T.J. McConnell – 76ers ($4k)
Bayless is super hit or miss but he poured in 26 points two games ago and is going to be in line for major run as long as Michael Carter-Williams (ankle) is out. He could sit again tonight, and if he does Bayless could be a cheap play to get some easy buckets and dimes.
McConnell is the real play here, as he started last game and saw 35 minutes of floor time. He is just a do-it-all player, as he rebounds and sets other guys up at a high level for a point guard and can even chip in a few points. A triple double threat at this price is rare, so whether he starts again tonight or not, he’s in play.
SG: Marcus Thornton – Rockets ($4k) and Nik Stauskas – 76ers ($4.1k)
I know, suggesting two Sixers? I must be crazy. Perhaps, but Sauce Castillo can shoot and is being given the green light big time (19 shot attempts last game), is starting and logged a hefty 35 minutes last game. He actually does a good amount other than just score, too, and one of the better offensive weapons on an awful team is bound to return value at this price.
Thornton is the safer play if we’re being honest, and he might even carry as much upside tonight when he heads back to Sacramento to face his former team. Revenge isn’t always in play but in could be in this one, while Thornton has been starting and producing for the Rockets. They’ve been forced into small ball with Terrence Jones (eye) missing time and Thornton could be needed even more if Dwight Howard (rest) also sits this one out.
SF: Joe Johnson – Nets ($4.6k) and Otto Porter – Wizards ($4.8k)
I have none of the confidence in Iso Joe, but he’s starting and faces the Lakers at home tonight. L.A. has the worst defense in the league and the guy can fill it up when he’s on. If not now, when?
Porter is a much safer option for just a little more cash, as he faces the Celtics and is just a guy who can do a lot of things for you. Scoring 19 points in his last game shows his ability to get buckets, too, and if that keeps happening his value will end up being ridiculous.
PF: Kristaps Porzingis – Knicks ($5k)
Porzingis is the only power forward I really like at the price we’re targeting and there’s not much reason to deviate from him. Anytime you can get a guy at this price that starts, rebounds, blocks shots and can shoot, the upside is clear. He’s still not getting the minutes we’d like but he showed against the Spurs how easy it is for him to explode.
I’d also consider some Suns forwards if Markieff Morris (illness) is out, while Clint Capela is dirt cheap and worth considering if Howard rests. I’m mostly all about Zinger at this position, though.
C: Robin Lopez – Knicks ($4.6k) and Dewayne Dedmon – Magic ($3k)
Lopez is very tough to trust but he starts and sees around 25 minutes per game usually, plus he gets a Bucks defense that is really bad right now. He’s also at home and randomly explodes at times, so he’s worth a shot if you’re going cheap at center.
Dedmon is without a doubt the target at center, though. Nikola Vucevic is out with a knee injury, so Dedmon is going to start and he’s a guy who can rebound and block shots at a pretty rapid rate. His offense ability is a little suspect, but he’s athletic and quite active around the rim on both sides of the ball. He got 21.75 fantasy points in 26 minutes in his last game, so we can see the potential if the run is indeed there. There’s little reason to think it shouldn’t be tonight.
Hopefully these daily fantasy basketball sleepers help you out as well as some of our picks from Wednesday. Good luck in your DFS games tonight!
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