Once again, if you listened to our sleeper picks this past Wednesday, you probably ended up winning some money in daily fantasy basketball.
Ish Smith, Evan Turner, Ryan Anderson and Tobias Harris were just a few names that crushed their price tag and could have helped you win big. Regardless of your strategy, you may want some sneaky sleepers for tonight, whether you want to own Russell Westbrook ($11.8k!) or just stack elite plays.
We’ve got more bargain buys to consider at DraftKings tonight, as the NBA pushes 11 NBA contests out onto the hardwood on Friday night:
Note: All pricing is from DK and our value picks are at $6k or cheaper.
PG: Ty Lawson – Rockets ($6k), Emmanuel Mudiay – Nuggets ($6k), Deron Williams – Mavs ($5.8k), Jarrett Jack – Nets ($5.6k) and Cory Joseph – Raptors ($3.5k)
Anytime you can get a talented player that gets tons of run on the cheap, you kind of have to pull the trigger. That’s Lawson, plus he’s in Denver against his former team, so he could have revenge on the mind. His scoring may be needed too, as Dwight Howard could sit.
Mudiay is on the other side of the Lawson debate, is the same price and may carry even more upside in a fast-paced matchup. Mudiay is a 30+ point threat every night it seems and you really just need him to hit a few shots, as he has his hands busy everywhere else.
You can probably lump D-Will and Jack in the same section, as their minutes get shoved around a bit, they can light it up and they also have good matchups. They carry a little more risk, of course, which is why you may want to just take a dive with Joseph. Joseph is super cheap and is both getting run and producing thanks to DeMarre Carroll and Terrence Ross both missing time.
SG: Nik Stauskas – 76ers ($4.8k), Evan Turner – Celtics ($4.9k) and Anthony Morrow – Thunder ($3k)
Sauce Castillo has regressed over his past two games, but he’s had tough matchups and is still starting and seeing 30+ minutes per game. He’s got the green light to hoist from deep and is a solid value, so he’s worth considering tonight. He won’t have a real tough matchup against anyone on OKC either, especially with Durant out.
Turner could benefit from the absence of Avery Bradley again tonight. Bradley sat out with an injury the other day and Turner responded with 30+ fantasy points (20 points scored). He’s quite active when he gets good run, so he’s fairly safe, cheap and has some upside. Morrow is another guy who could benefit from injury, as the aforementioned Kevin Durant won’t play due to a hammy issue. Morrow is dirt cheap and comes with risk, but if he starts he’ll be on the radar.
SF: Tobias Harris – Magic ($5.9k), Trevor Ariza – Rockets ($5.5k) and Joe Johnson – Nets ($5.2k)
Harris feels really cheap right now and is fresh off of a nice 31 fantasy point outing. He starts and usually gets good run, but he could be in for added exposure tonight with star guard Victor Oladipo possibly out with concussion symptoms. I like Harris’ value even if Dipo is in, but if he’s out there will be more shots to be had for Harris and other Magic players.
Ariza is a nice price and feels like a safe/upside play in a shootout with the Nuggets. It’s a good matchup for him and he usually plays nearly the entire game, so you have plenty of opportunity to see him accrue stats. Iso Joe is old and not the sexiest play, but he’s really a bargain for how well he’s been playing. He just put up over 40 fantasy points in his last outing and there shouldn’t be anyone shutting him down when he faces the Kings tonight.
PF: Ryan Anderson – Pelicans ($6k), Terrence Jones – Rockets ($5.9k), Kristaps Porzingis – Knicks ($5.9k) and Channing Frye – Magic ($3.2k)
Rando should draw another start tonight with Anthony Davis likely out again with a hip issue. He responded to the bigger role quite well in his last game, as he double-doubled and put up over 31 fantasy points. He’s in a bit of a groove right now with 26+ fantasy points in every game but one this year.
Terrence Jones could be a sneaky play against a weak Nuggets front line if Dwight Howard rests tonight. I don’t love him if Dwight plays, but there is the possibility for a start and big minutes if the big man is out.
Porzingis is an easy value play, as he’s been topping his price tag fairly regularly and can get you three’s, blocks and rebounds. I’d like more minutes from him but he does a lot in the amount of time he sees the floor. He put up 28 fantasy points against Cleveland last time and this time he’s at home, so I think we can expect a similar output.
Frye is the best pure value, as he’ll draw the start with Oladipo out tonight. Frye has actually put up two straight 25+ fantasy point outings and looks to have a role with Dipo sidelined. He’s worth a try if you want to stack some big names on one team.
C: Jonas Valanciunas – Raptors ($6k), Mason Plumlee – Blazers ($5.5k) and Enes Kanter – Thunder ($5.3k)
Jonas always gets his playing time whipped around but it looks like he’s a good bet for at least 25 fantasy points, as he’s chipped in fewer than that once all year. He’s got a great matchup against the Pellies with The Brow likely out.
Plumlee is already a solid bargain (back to back 32+ fantasy point outings), but now Meyers Leonard is out with an injury. That gives Portland less versatility and could keep Plumdog on the floor at center more than ever. He is a do-it-all kind of guy, so that should be music to DFS gamer’s ears.
Kanter is the true value play at center, though. With KD sitting, OKC needs offense flowing from more than just Russell Westbrook, and their offensively gifted big man is definitely a good way to go about getting it. He probably still won’t start but OKC is going to want him on the floor more than usual. He should be looking at 28-30 minutes per game and will have a shot at 30+ fantasy points.
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