After a light Thursday night, the NBA returns in full force on Friday, as daily fantasy basketball is graced with a healthy 11-game slate. Anyone who faded Stephen Curry lived to regret it last night, while Chris Paul randomly played and put up his best game of the year.
Both players will again be in action tonight, along with a healthy Anthony Davis, James Harden and the one-man wrecking crew, himself, Russell Westbrook. If you want any of these guys, you’re going to have to get crafty as to how you save salary cap elsewhere.
If you plan on playing at DraftKings tonight, we’ll help you get a head start on the competition. Here’s our favorite bargain buys at each position – all at $6k or less:
PG: Emmanuel Mudiay – Nuggets ($5.9k), T.J. McConnell – 76ers ($5.3k), Tony Parker – Spurs ($4.6k) and Kirk Hinrich – Bulls ($3.2k)
I’m not loving the point guard value on this slate. The depth at the top is phenomenal, though, so you may want to take a dive or three just to get a Curry or Westbrook.
Mudiay isn’t a bad try due to the ability to score and rack up steals and dimes. He’s an ugly guy in terms of efficiency, though, so his floor may be a little lower than you’d like. The upside is there in terms of talent and matchup, however.
McConnell has a lower ceiling but seems relatively safe, even when you consider he’s a dime-heavy point guard playing on a team that lacks shooters. The Sixers like to try to run though and he does a little bit of everything, so he continues to be a solid bargain.
Parker felt like a value the other day and he ended up being a sick bargain when he poured in 35+ fantasy points. He surely won’t do that every night but he’s still a solid player on a good team, so you shouldn’t completely ignore this price.
Hinrich is quite the dive but Derric Rose has already been ruled out and Aaron Brooks probably won’t play, either. He actually was good in his last game and is going to get some major run. You’re probably only looking at 28-30 points, tops, but he has a decent chance of hitting that.
SG: Alec Burks – Jazz ($5.3k), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – Pistons ($5.1k), Rodney Hood – Jazz ($4.9k) and Avery Bradley – Celtics ($4.7k)
Shooting guard is another spot you’re probably going to want to spend on, but these are some decent options if you want to go cheap. Burks and Hood are both Utah players, which by itself is a bit of a gamble due to their erratic offensive ways. Hood is cheaper and gets more run consistently, so he’d be the pick of the two, but both can score and have some upside.
KCP gets insane run and usually gets 10+ points in the bucket, but for some strange reason he does very little else. I feel an explosion game coming right around the corner, though, so he’s still worth a shot at this price given how much time he spends on the floor.
Bradley has found his scoring touch lately and if he can keep doing that he’s obviously going to be a value. I don’t know how reliable that is with Isaiah Thomas shooting so well, but Bradley does have upside and is a bargain price at the moment.
SF: Trevor Ariza – Rockets ($5.6k), DeMarre Carroll – Raptors ($5.6k), Joe Johnson – Nets ($5.4k) and Jeff Green – Grizzlies ($3.9k)
I like the value at small forward a lot tonight. Ariza has found his outside shot and has crushed his price in his last two games. With Ty Lawson not being effective the Rockets are leaning on Ariza more and more. The matchup with Memphis isn’t ideal, but he should meet value with little trouble.
Carroll might only play three quarters when the Raptors house the Lakers tonight, but he’s a defensive ace that can do a little bit of everything and hit from outside. He’s getting solid run and while his production can be hit or miss, this is a cakewalk matchup.
Joe Johnson is even more hit or miss but he is on the floor for almost the entire game and is prone to scoring outbursts. I’m not really sure that happens against a strong Celtics defense, but the value is there to see.
The best value at small forward without a doubt is Jeff Green. He’s just as erratic as anyone ever in history, but he’s starting and is confidently scoring for the Grizz. They’re at home against a weak Houston defense, so there is a lot to like about him tonight – namely that sick price.
PF: Markieff Morris – Suns ($5.6k), Marvin Williams – Hornets ($5.5k), Luis Scola – Raptors ($4.2k) and Ersan Ilyasova – Pistons ($4k)
Morris made his way back from a minor knee sprain the other day and looks ready to take over his normal role tonight. The run and shots should be there and we know he has the talent and upside, so at this price he’s a crazy bargain.
Williams can be tough and go but he can hit three’s and do just about everything at a moderate level. He’s also facing the Sixers and is getting some sweet run, so he could crush his value.
Scola and Ersan are shots in the dark, but Scola dropped in 30+ fantasy points the other day and Ilyasova is getting run again. Both are risks, but there isn’t much more value to be had near the bottom of this position.
C: Al Jefferson – Hornets ($6k), Jonas Valanciunas – Raptors ($5.7k) and Mason Plumlee – Blazers ($5.5k)
Center doesn’t hold value in numbers tonight, but there are three guys that are a solid price and offer either stability or upside. Big Al sees sporadic run at times but his role and production have been mostly solid for the past week. Charlotte could crush the Sixers, but he should play a solid hand in that, making him a likely bargain.
Jonas can do nothing or he can be a stud and tonight he gets the Lakers. Los Angeles has one of the worst defenses in the entire league, so using a Raptor or three probably isn’t a terrible move. I like their big man to do some work tonight.
I also am into Plumdog, who seems to just get it done as a near-double double threat almost nightly. The run is there and he can also help with blocks if he’s feeling extra saucy.
Hopefully these value picks help you win big in daily fantasy basketball tonight. Regardless of which route you take, good luck!
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