Daily Fantasy Basketball Value Buys For Friday Night
Earlier this week we marveled at a huge 12-game day as if it was as rare as a Johnny Depp sighting at CVS. It wasn’t. Tonight we get another nasty 12-game slate and the door hath been opened up to all of the value.
On the surface the value isn’t exactly jaw-dropping, but there also aren’t an insane number of top-priced elites we need to get, either. Still, there is value to be had, so let’s pick out the best daily fantasy basketball bargain plays listed at $6k or less at DraftKings tonight:
PG: Mike Conley – Grizzlies ($6k), Michael Carter-Williams – Bucks ($5.9k), Goran Dragic – Heat ($5.4k), Jrue Holiday – Pelicans ($5.1k) and Jameer Nelson – Nuggets ($4.5k)
Derrick Rose is the same price as Conley tonight but Conley is the better play for various reasons. He’s got the better matchup (vs. Mavs) and he also carries both the better floor and ceiling. I like Conley as a moderate value and it’s worth noting he torched the Mavericks earlier this year.
I don’t trust MCW any further than I can throw him, and it certainly doesn’t help that he’s facing the Warriors at Oracle Arena. Still, the guy is a good value and has been wrecking lately.
The Dragon is always a risk due to his erratic play, but he’s been solid again with two straight 33+ fantasy outings. This game against the Raptors is headed for a very slow pace but hopefully he can meet his value. Jrue is a really good value if he can get the run he deserves. He’s been topping 30 fantasy points regardless lately, so you have to consider him in an up tempo battle with the Suns.
Emmanuel Mudiay is out again, which thrusts Jams into a starting role for the third game in a row. He has maybe 40-point upside if he’s hot from outside, and probably a 20-point floor with this role. I don’t love this price, but there just aren’t any cheaper dives worth considering at point guard.
SG: Khris Middleton – Bucks ($5.3k), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – Pistons ($5.2k), J.J. Redick – Clippers ($4.7k) and Terrence Ross – Raptors ($4k)
I love Mids and KCP just because they both can score at times and they’re on the floor almost the entire night. Mids has been solid lately, while KCP has been red hot with two 40+ fantasy point outings in his last three contests.
Redick is just a strong value for a starter who can pour it on thick from outside and gets good run. Playing in San Antonio isn’t ideal, but it’s tough to beat the value if he can get hot.
Ross continues to start in place of the injured DeMarre Carroll and he saw a whopping 38 minutes last game. I’ll pay $4k to get that kind of run, as Ross can score the ball pretty well when he’s getting opportunities. I just wish he’d do something other than put the ball in the bucket.
SF: Jae Crowder – Celtics ($5.5k), Marcus Morris – Pistons ($5.5k) and Luol Deng – Heat ($4.6k)
Few fantasy options get you precisely what you expect like Jae, who has found a way to notch at least 21 fantasy points in each of his last 10 games. He lacks explosiveness but he can shoot outside and does a little bit of everything. Another 25-30 point night is in the cards.
Morris is another guy who gets loads of run so he’s always a fun try when the price is this low. He is super hit or miss when it comes to actual production, but he has a pretty versatile skill-set so as long as he’s getting 35-40 minutes, he needs to be in the conversation at small forward.
Deng is back and healthy so we can’t ignore him at under $5k. He’s getting big minutes again and has already had some quality games since returning. He was a spare his last time out, but he’s got some decent upside when you consider the price tag.
PF: Nerlens Noel – 76ers ($5.8k), Trevor Booker – Jazz ($4.3k) and John Henson – Bucks ($4.2k)
Noel could be returning on Friday night and anytime he’s under $6k he’s worth a cursory glance. The guy has regressed this year but he can rebound and block shots at a very high rate. If he gets good run tonight, he’ll carry a good amount of upside. If he doesn’t play, the super cheap Richaun Holmes ($3.4k) could be an option worth taking a look at.
I’m not overly into Booker or Henson, but they’re cheap and could have roles tonight. Booker gets sporadic minutes but he is needed at times with center Rudy Gobert still down with a knee injury. Good luck guessing when he’ll randomly explode, but tonight against a weak Denver defense is as good a guess as any. Henson really only has value if Greg Monroe is out for the third game in a row, but other than the price I’m not too excited about him.
C: Jared Sullinger – Celtics ($6k), Zaza Pachulia – Mavericks ($5.6k), Gorgui Dieng – Timberwolves ($5.3k) and Andrew Bogut – Warriors ($4.4k)
Sully sees his minutes jerked around like crazy but he can be a rebounding machine and we all know he can shoot. He’s a little hit or miss, but he could be needed tonight in a huge home game against the Hawks.
Pachulia is a good price and while a date with Marc Gasol won’t be fun, he’s a great “grinder” option that just does the dirty work and can get tough buckets and rebounds. He probably won’t top 30 fantasy points, but he shouldn’t bury you, either.
Dieng is my favorite value play of the day if he can start for the second game in a row. He got the nod and ended up putting up 36 fantasy points last time out, and it’d be nice if Minnesota actually let him start to build up some momentum. Bogut is probably as cheap as you’ll want to go at center tonight, as he faces his former team at home. He’s not offering much upside but he can get you 22-24 fantasy points and allow you to save some cash for bigger stars.
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