Friday’s Daily Fantasy Basketball Bargain Buys
Friday is here with a crazy 11-game slate for daily fantasy basketball. A slate this big is going to be loaded with plenty of elite options (six players priced over $10k, to be exact), and if we want to get a piece of those studs, we’ll want to find a handful of cheaper players we can trust.
Well, trust is a funny word. Let’s just say if you need to save salary cap space, the following guys are at least worth considering at DraftKings tonight:
PG: Michael Carter-Williams – Bucks ($5.6k), Emmanuel Mudiay – Nuggets ($5.6k), George Hill – Pacers ($5.5k), Goran Dragic – Heat ($5.1k) and Matthew Dellevadova – Cavs ($4.6k)
MCW is back and then he’s not. His inconsistency is maddening and he’s still coming off the bench but as long as Jerryd Bayless is out and MCW keeps getting run, that’s fine. He dropped 40 fantasy points in his last outing and due to his versatile skill-set, will be in play tonight. Mudiay and Hill are about the same price and since all three are pretty risky, I tend to lean toward MCW tonight. Just note their value and make a pick of the three.
You could go cheaper with The Dragon, who dropped a deuce in his last game but had otherwise been great in three straight. A date with the Pacers tonight isn’t an amazing matchup but he could still get back on track and you’re not paying much to find out. Delly is just a cheap option who will get a ton of run with Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith out. He can get steals, dimes and hit some three’s. You could also consider guys like T.J. McConnell and Trey Burke, but they’re not as steady.
SG: Kobe Bryant – Lakers ($5.8k), O.J. Mayo – Bucks ($5.4k), Khris Middleton – Bucks ($5.2k), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – Pistons ($4.6k) and Terrence Ross – Raptors ($3.6k)
The Black Mamba facing the Spurs is probably not going to be any fun, while it was also disappointing to see him sit out of the 4th quarter and extra period in a recent OT game. That’s troubling, but as long as he starts and jacks up 10+ shots, he’s still worth mentioning at this price.
Mayo is probably the play at shooting guard tonight, as he’s still starting and seeing 30+ minutes and also is a solid value. Let’s hope he finally cracks 20 points scored and really goes off. Mids is on the Bucks too so his upside is a little capped in general, but he does play a ton and has a good shot so he could always erupt out of nowhere.
You can save if you drop down to KCP, while Ross is one of the few true dives of the night. KCP gets loads of minutes on a nightly basis and tonight he gets a bad Sixers team, so consider throwing caution to the wind there. Ross is super cheap and starting with DeMarre Carroll out. He’s pretty shaky but he can get hot and should see 25-30 minutes.
SF: Marcus Morris – Pistons ($5.9k), Otto Porter – Wizards ($5.9k), Jae Crowder – Celtics ($5.7k) and Stanley Johnson – Pistons ($3.9k)
Facing the 76ers is always a good argument to use a guy, but Morris gets loads of run and can do a lot of different things. He usually needs to be hitting his shot to truly pay off, though, so hopefully that’s the case tonight. Porter and Crowder are in that same price range and both are pretty safe and should be able to get you 22-25 fantasy points with 30+ point upside.
Johnson is a major dive and you’re going purely on game flow here. If the Pistons are going to wreck the Sixers like they should, you have to think Johnson sees serious run in the second half. If so, he’d be a steal at this price.
PF: Serge Ibaka – Thunder ($6k), Kenneth Faried – Nuggets ($5.9k), Julius Randle – Lakers ($5.9k), Nerlens Noel – 76ers ($5.8k), Jon Leuer – Suns ($5.2k) and Patrick Patterson – Raptors ($3.5k)
There’s some solid intermediate value at the four spot tonight, as Ibaka, Faried, Noel and Randle are all pretty steady and in the same price range. Serge is easily the play with his ability to block, rebound and shoot, while Faried and Randle routinely get their minutes jerked around. Noel is actually not stable at all, but he might have the best pure upside based on the pricing with these guys.
Leuer has been pretty solid as a new starter thanks to Phoenix apparently hating Markieff Morris. As long as this guy keeps getting 27-30 minutes per game, he’ll be in the discussion at this price.
The value play of the night at power forward is without a doubt Patterson, who is going to see time at both the four and five due to injuries in Toronto. He can shoot from outside and clean the glass at times, so he’s a solid try as long as the run is there.
C: Marcin Gortat – Wizards ($6k), Ian Mahinmi – Pacers ($5.1k) and Alex Len ($5k)
Tim Duncan is also a solid $6k tonight but his minutes are all over the place so I’d much prefer the stability and upside of Gortat. Gortat sat out a couple of games due to a family issue but he’s been wrecking for a while now. He returned the other day and crushed with 39 fantasy points. Play him with confidence tonight.
Hassan Whiteside could be out tonight, which could open up the lane for Mahinmi (facing Heat). He’s a good price and while he doesn’t explode, he is usually good for 20-25 fantasy points. Len is about the same price and carries way more upside. He is prone to foul trouble and Tyson Chandler needs to be out again, but he’s certainly in the mix.
Tonight is not the night (barring crazy injury news) to take major dives for guys in the $3k range. That’s sad, but true. It may also mean tonight is not a night to stack elite options. Be sure to at least roster one, though, because with so many active, a couple are bound to explode on such a busy night. Regardless of what your strategy is, good luck in daily fantasy basketball leagues tonight!
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