Top Daily Fantasy Basketball Bargain Buys at DraftKings
Friday could be a very interesting night for daily fantasy basketball action, as we get a big 9-game slate but a small amount of elite options. Keeping that in mind, we’ll also want to stay on top of the latest injury news, as big names like Isaiah Thomas, Carmelo Anthony and others are questionable to suit up.
With that, let’s scour the player pool over at DraftKings and see which players at or under $6k may be suitable for our DFS rosters:
PG: Deron Williams – Mavs ($6k), Elfrid Payton – Magic ($6k), Jordan Clarkson – Lakers ($5.7k), Marcus Smart – Celtics ($5.1k) Zach Lavine – Timberwolves ($4.9k) and Patrick Beverley – Rockets ($4.2k)
D-Will could be a fun play tonight based off of obvious value, and also because he faces his former team in the Nets for the first time ever. Williams has been really cold in his last three, but that actually could make him the perfect contrarian play tonight.
Payton is the same price as Williams and though he had an off game last time out, he has great upside. His matchup with Boston’s stingy guards could be tough, but he’s just too cheap to ignore.
Jordan Clarkson should have a massive role tonight, as Kobe Bryant is out and Lou Williams also may sit out. Clarkson is a terrific value and has shown in the past he can blow up when he’s given the chance. Chris Paul isn’t an easy matchup but it shouldn’t matter.
Smart could be a killer value play if Isaiah Thomas (ankle) ends up sitting tonight. He’s still worth mentioning even if IT2 plays, as Smart still gets good run and is used as a defensive stopper. He can hit open shots and also has the ability to rack up sweet defensive stats, so keep him on your radar.
Lavine should maintain his solid scoring role off the bench tonight, as he’s been red hot (career high 35 points scored last game) and Kevin Martin has been ruled out. His matchup with the Jazz could be tough, but his role and good price are tough to ignore.
Bev is still a good value, even though he’ll be tasked with slowing down Russell Westbrook tonight. If anything, that means he’ll be a lock for a good amount of playing time. He should be up for this one and 25+ fantasy points wouldn’t be shocking.
SG: Avery Bradley – Celtics ($6k), Archie Goodwin – Suns ($5.6k), Devin Booker – Suns ($5.5k), J.R. Smith – Cavs ($5.5k), J.J. Redick – Clippers ($5.3k), Dion Waiters – Thunder ($4.2k) and Langston Galloway – Knicks ($4k)
Bradley is sure to come down a bit from his huge 27-point outing against the Nuggets two nights ago, but if you want to try to ride that wave, he’s not expensive. Bradley is always in play due to his ability to score in bunches, plus there’s a chance Isaiah Thomas is out tonight.
There is more value to be had at SG though, with both Archie Goodwin and Devin Booker representing great value as two starting guards on a bad team. That means good run, a lot of shots and solid value. There is more upside with Goodwin, but he turns the ball over a lot and Booker is the better shooter (safer).
Smith has been pretty hot, so you could bank he keeps it going tonight. That’s not a terrible bet, considering he’s dropped 25+ fantasy points in four straight and 30+ in three of his last four contests.
Redick has cooled off but he’s even cheaper and still has a big offensive role. He’s facing a horrid Lakers team so he could be open and fire away all night.
Waiters is getting insane run with Andre Roberson hurt. He’ll start and get 35-40 minutes, so you just need to hope he either scores 20+ points or does something else other than just hit a few shots. He is so absent everywhere else when he’s out there, but the value is clear to see based on his playing time.
Galloway had a big game two games ago and he could remain heavily involved if any Knicks sit out again tonight. Jose Calderon sitting out could get him another start, which could have him crushing his price tag.
SF: Derrick Williams – Knicks ($5.7k), Trevor Ariza – Rockets ($5.5k) and Joe Johnson – Nets ($4.9k)
Derrick Williams came crashing back down to earth last night (17 fantasy points) but he still had two monster 40+ fantasy point outings recently, so he remains on the radar of Melo sits.
Ariza has a tough matchup against OKC on the road, but nothing is tougher than Kawhi Leonard, who he dealt with last time out. Before that he was red hot with three straight games of 29+ fantasy points. I think he could get hot again tonight and his price demands you try him out at least once.
Iso Joe has topped 22 fantasy points in his last three games (30 fantasy points on the 26th) and is suddenly relevant again. I’m not sure he slays the Mavs, but he did get a solid 29 fantasy points against them earlier this year, so he could be in play.
PF: Julius Randle – Lakers ($5.9k), Serge Ibaka – Thunder ($5.7k), Markieff Morris – Suns ($4.9k) and Josh Smith – Rockets ($4.2k)
Randle is definitely in play tonight, as he’s locked in (for now) as the Lakers’ starting four and Kobe Bryant and Lou Williams could both be out. His run and shots will be there, so at this price he’s worth a shot to hit or exceed 30 fantasy points.
The same goes for Ibaka, who is all over the place in terms of consistency (just 12 fantasy points last game) but he can still blow up thanks to his outside shooting, rebounding and shot-blocking ability. It’s hard to hate him against the Rockets tonight, as they simply cannot defend.
Kieff and Smoove are worth thinking about to a much lesser extent, but the value is still plain to see. Smoove keeps getting run and does a little bit of everything, but I do wish he’d be a bit cheaper. Kieff is a tad safer and could see his minutes increase a bit, but just keep in mind he’s still coming off the bench for a bad Suns team.
C: Jared Sullinger – Celtics ($5.4k) and Spencer Hawes – Hornets ($4.8k)
It boggles the mind why the Celtics run so deep with their bigs, but there’s no getting around the fact that Sully hasn’t topped 20 minutes in either of his last two games. He’s remarkably efficient, though, as he topped 26 fantasy points last game and can blow up at anytime. He’s a good price so if you want to take the dive, just hope he actually gets good run for a change.
Hawes is easily the top value at center, as there just isn’t a lot of reliable value at the position. He’s starting and seeing good run with Al Jefferson and Cody Zeller hurt, though, so he’s going to have a chance to put up somewhere around 25-30 fantasy points. He’s no lock for that, but his matchup with the Blazers isn’t scary and he is capable of hitting three’s and helping out just about everywhere.
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