The Cleveland Cavaliers got housed again and the Los Angeles Lakers stifled the San Antonio Spurs. If you predicted those two things happening and acted accordingly in NBA DFS, you may have won money on Thursday night.
I certainly didn’t anticipate Cleveland getting housed with Toronto missing 2 of their best 3 players. And as good as Lonzo Ball has been, I definitely didn’t expect him to blitz a strong Spurs defense.
Those things did happen, however, and it kept me from winning. The only gem I delivered was Pascal Siakam, while rolling with Blake Griffin (he played) was a great move in theory, as he was just 5% owned.
It’s onward and upward on Friday, though. Tonight you get 9 games to work with and it should be easier to piece together a competitive team. Here’s my favorite combination of studs and value picks for GPPs tonight at FanDuel:
PG: Spencer Dinwiddie – Brooklyn Nets ($6.7k)
There are some killer PG options tonight, but some of the best value can be had at this position. That has me dropping down, as Dinwiddie specifically is in a favorable spot against a bad Hawks defense. Atlanta ranks just 17th against point guards, while this is a fun game with a tight +3 spread and 211 Total.
I’m expecting a close, high-scoring game here, which should lead to solid production out of Brooklyn’s top point guard. It doesn’t hurt that he’s averaged 30 fantasy points per game against Atlanta across three previous meetings this year, either.
PG: Jeff Teague – Minnesota Timberwolves ($5.9k)
I like CP3 and Stephen Curry as much as anyone else, but I need a little value tonight and another PG like Teague can help me get it. Minnesota’s top point guard returned to action a game ago and put up 23.3 fantasy points in just 25 minutes. Teague and the rest of the Timberwolves starters weren’t needed in a blowout win, but hopefully he’ll put up more stats tonight.
Minnesota is favored by 9 points at home against the Knicks, but Teague has a great matchup (New York ranks 25th against point guards) and averages 30 fantasy points per game at home. I’ll cross my fingers the Knicks can hang tight in this one, but either way, there’s a decent chance Teague does some solid damage early in this one.
If I do pay up, the one elite point guard I covet is Damian Lillard. He’s a little banged up, but he comes in at a nice discount ($9k) and faces a shaky New Orleans defense that ranks 20th at stopping opposing point guards.
SG: Devin Booker – Phoenix Suns ($7.8k)
Victor Oladipo heads a pretty stacked shooting guard crop, but I love the value and upside associated with a Booker. Booker can pour it on thick just as well and he’ll be at home in a high-octane showdown with the Houston Rockets.
Houston is favored by 7 in this contest, but they really haven’t been that dominant without James Harden. I won’t be shocked at all to see this game stay somewhat close, while Booker gets a terrific matchup (Rockets rank 26th versus SG) to work with, regardless.
SG: Jrue Holiday – New Orleans Pelicans ($7.2k)
Using Jrue hinges on the status of Anthony Davis, who sat out the Pels’ last game and is currently listed as questionable for tonight’s tilt against the Blazers. Portland is just a middling defense (14th) against shooting guards and Holiday’s role grows exponentially when The Brow sits, so he’s an interesting pivot off of the other high-priced shooting guards.
If Davis is in, I’ll probably pay up for Dipo or find a value play like Evan Fournier to drop down to.
SF: Gerald Green – Houston Rockets ($4.8k)
I love me some Gerald Green, who continues to get plenty of run and has the green light to shoot for days. He’s been rather stable with Harden sidelined, too, as the veteran scorer has logged 26+ minutes in each of his last 5 games. He’s been a fairly reliable DFS asset during that stretch, as well, contributing 24+ fantasy points in 4 of those contests.
Green has a reasonable floor these days and a date with a bad Suns defense (14th versus SFs) doesn’t hurt. Green even played for Phoenix at one point in his career, too, so adding the revenge narrative only aids his cause.
SF: Kevin Durant – Golden State Warriors ($10.6k)
KD is my stud of choice on this slate. There are a lot of elite options, but he comes in at a very nice price and Golden State’s contest in Milwaukee is expected to stay competitive (-6.5 spread). Stephen Curry potentially sitting again would only inflate his value and upside, too.
I want Durant, regardless, though. LeBron James and The Greek Freak have been awful and Durant is just $600 more than Jimmy Butler on FanDuel. Using one of these guys feels necessary and Durant feels the most stable right now.
PF: Aaron Gordon – Orlando Magic ($7.1k)
Aaron Gordon burned me the last time I used him (16 fantasy points) and he’s in a game that could easily turn into a blowout tonight. However, he has a very versatile (and explosive) skill-set and I deem him too cheap to bypass tonight. That, and PF is complete trash if Anthony Davis is out again.
There is risk with AG, but he can rack up fantasy points in a hurry and the options are limited at the power forward position.
PF: Ryan Anderson – Houston Rockets ($4.3k)
I don’t want to spend twice at PF, so I’ll punt at the second spot and hope Rando can be even better than the last time I used him. He got me 22 fantasy points in a home game last time out, but tonight he’s in a better setting on the road against a bad Suns defense (dead last against PF).
Anderson also happens to be dirt cheap and allows me to piece together a roster I’m pretty excited about.
C: Enes Kanter – New York Knicks ($5.3k)
I can wrap things up with Kanter. Boogie will be incredibly chalky if The Brow sits, while very few viable centers have favorable matchups tonight. Trusting Kevin Love feels like a mistake at the moment, too, so I’ll search for some value via Kanter instead.
Kanter’s price is good and he’ll be going up against KAT, who simply hasn’t defended well this season. I don’t love the Knicks on the road, but hopefully Kanter can pile up stats early and reach value in a potential blowout.