Last night wasn’t the easiest to excel in when it comes to NBA DFS due to it being a small four-game slate. That being said, I handed out some money NBA DFS picks and hopefully you just made the right pivots in the areas where my value plays burned me.
Damian Lillard (60 fantasy points!) and Andre Drummond (50!) were specifically fantastic plays and were two of my favorite “elite” options without necessarily being priced at an elite level. I had some other solid picks for you to use as well, but if you just starting with that duo and worked from there, chances are you could have had a fun night.
We move from a really mild four-game slate to a jam-packed seven-game slate on Friday night. This is my kind of daily fantasy basketball slate, as it’s not obscenely loaded with games, but it’s also not a light three or four-game schedule. There is just enough to work with here, while James Harden being ruled out opens things up on the Rockets.
Harden is one big domino to fall, but I put these NBA DFS lineups together pretty early in the day, so be sure to track any other relevant news. You can use my teams as I lay them out, or make pivots as you go based on your own favorite picks and any news that trickles out.
With that, let’s dive into some of my favorite NBA DFS picks for FanDuel contests on Friday night:
PG: John Wall – Washington Wizards ($9.6k)
People are going to be on Stephen Curry and Chris Paul tonight. CP3 returns from his suspension and there will be no James Harden, while everyone will chase Curry’s 51-point game. You can do either or both and I won’t scoff at it. They’re logical, safe and high upside plays.
But so is Wall. He’s on the road against a bad Kings defense in a game Washington has to have. His matchup is sublime and he’s done nothing but meet expectations (40 fantasy points per game) all year. I’d like to see a 50-burger here, though, and I think even a 60-burger could be in the cards. How’s that for an elite pivot and late-game hammer?
PG: Lorenzo Brown – Toronto Raptors ($3.5k)
Ideally I’m not punting the second point guard spot, but I need some cash on this slate. The Raptors are completely wrecked at point guard behind Kyle Lowry right now. They’re also at home and facing a likely blowout win over the inferior Mavs. Brown should get 12-15 minutes if the game stays close and might get 20-25 if it’s a blowout like Vegas suggests it might be.
He’s a terrific free square tonight and he might even end up producing.
SG: Joe Harris – Brooklyn Nets ($4.4k)
Harris could be a punt option, but he’s just a good value at a bad position in my opinion. He’s shown up as a scorer every game (10+ points each time out) and a fast-paced matchup with the Pels favors what he does. He’s no longer just a spot-up shooter, either, so if he can tack on some peripherals he feels like a steal.
SG: Josh Okogie – Minnesota Timberwolves ($4.2k)
I am double-punting shooting guard tonight. Eric Gordon is also worth a look with Harden dead, but there is no locked-in elite option I have to roster here. Andrew Wiggins is currently 50/50 to play and if he’s out I love both Derrick Rose and Okogie.
Okogie is a rookie, but he’s already looked more than ready to contribute. In an explosive home game against the Bucks, he’s a lock for me at this price if Wigs sits again.
SF: Gerald Green – Houston Rockets ($3.7k)
Here’s my free square pick. Remember, FanDuel drops your lowest score, so there’s no harm in rolling the dice on a cheap, high upside option like Green. He’s getting run already and with the Harden injury news, he may get 30+ minutes tonight. The Clippers are a positive matchup at home and there are going to be quite a few shots to go around.
Green is largely known as a pure scorer, but he can also get his hands on rebounds, assists and steals, depending on just how involved he gets. Unless another obvious value opens up, he’s my top choice with the growing role.
SF: Kevin Durant – Golden State Warriors ($9.9k)
The Greek Freak is the top SF, but I have my sights on another stud. That’s especially the case when I can potentially get similar or better production by saving over $2k. Durant has been playing second fiddle to Stephen Curry, but eventually he’s going to be the one popping off for the huge outing. Don’t be shocked if it comes tonight at the historic Madison Square Garden.
Kawhi Leonard is another great pivot at $9.8k, but I prefer Durant’s upside tonight.
PF: Anthony Davis – New Orleans Pelicans ($13k)
The Brow is the elite guy I am paying up for. He and Giannis Antetokounmpo are very similar in terms of upside, but I feel Davis has the superior matchup and has slightly more upside. At just $500 more and at a terrible position with no elite Kawhi/KD pivots, he feels like a no-brainer for me.
Tobias Harris is a great option to drop down to if you fade The Brow, but this doesn’t feel like the time to do so.
PF: Marvin Bagley III – Sacramento Kings ($5.5k)
I also don’t hate Wendell Carter here, but one way or another you’re taking a dive at the second PF slot. Bagley has been very inconsistent to this point, but he at least remains cheap and has displayed really nice upside. At home in an explosive duel with the Wizards, he’s one of the best overall values on the board. Just know he’s still a risky play.
C: Brook Lopez – Milwaukee Bucks ($5.8k)
I don’t see a stud center you absolutely have to spend on tonight, so I’ll be searching for value at this position. I think we get it via Lopez, who has topped 30+ minutes in each of his last two games. I doubt that changes with a date with Karl-Anthony Towns in Minnesota, so I’ll just hope the run sticks and Lopez shows up to play.
I am starting with an elite trio of Brow/Wall/KD tonight and filling in holes with solid value plays. I am fading some very popular plays – specifically the top Rockets options – and it will be interesting to see if that’s a huge gaffe. They’re not cheap, though, so I think it can work out.
Hopefully I help you in some manner with your NBA DFS roster building here. Either way, I wish you luck. Enjoy the games!