Friday’s offers up a loaded eight-game slate, with some high totals on the board. Here’s your cheat sheet by position:
Target worth paying up for: James Harden ($12,300) vs. IND (10th)
Russell Westbrook ($8,300) is expected to sit during back-to-backs, so he should wind up either missing this game or Saturday against the Timberwolves. That could help improve Harden’s value on this slate, but the reality is that he’s the safest play on this slate, regardless. Harden’s scored 62 or more DKFP in five straight, going over 70 in four of those outings.
Best value: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ($5,900) vs. PHI (19th)
SGA has played poorly in three of his last four, and now we finally see his salary take the hit. Down $1,100 since his last game, look for some poor outings from the field to improve, and SGA’s fantasy value to rise with it.
PG is very deep with plays from every price range. The only thing we don’t have yet are any trustworthy plays for $4,000 or less. But the mid-priced plays are some of the best on the slate, and there’s plenty of options to pay up for if Harden is too expensive.
Target worth paying up for: Bradley Beal ($8,500) at MIN (21st)
Washington’s defense is an absolute dumpster fire, but it’s actually helped Beal’s fantasy production this season since he’s one of the only players that can keep his team in the game by scoring. The Wizards gave up 159 to Houston and 140 to Boston in their last game, both in regulation. Beal’s coming off 62.75 DKFP in that game in Boston on Wednesday, and he now faces a poor Minnesota defense. This one should be very high scoring.
Best value: Corey Joseph ($4,600) at LAL (16th)
Joseph was a huge disappointment in his first game starting for De’Aron Fox (ankle), going for just 18 DKFP. Now his salary is up $900, but no need for concern. The most encouraging thing about his game was that Joseph played 38 minutes — by far a season high. His dual-position eligibility allows you to slot him in at either guard spot in what should be a breakout game.
SG is similarly deep to PG, so I wouldn’t worry much about the position when it comes to your lineup construction. It’s lacking for cheap value, though, making Joseph an even more valuable play. Harden’s going to be tough to afford, which also makes plays like Beal and Wiggins more appealing for a balanced build.
Target worth paying up for: Andrew Wiggins ($8,300) vs. WAS (28th)
Who is this Wiggins character that’s ripped of 40-plus DKFP in five straight games? Maybe he’s a late bloomer, but Wiggins is finally playing like a No. 1 overall pick. He’s topped 52 DKFP in three of those five games, and he is contributing in more way than just volume scoring. Wiggins is rebounding and dishing out assists and gets a spectacular matchup against Washington.
Editor’s Note: Wiggins (personal) has been ruled out for tonight’s game.
Best value: P.J. Tucker ($4,500) vs. IND (13th)
With Clint Capela (concussion) sidelined, Houston’s going to be forced to play some small-ball. Tucker should see some extra minutes, and help make up for the loss of Capela’s 12.5 boards per game. With his salary down $1,300 over three games, nows the time to pounce on Tucker, regardless of matchup.
SF is where you can start to find a bit more value. Wiggins should be a terrific play, but Tucker allows you to save some salary, and there are a handful of plays in his price range that you can roster. LeBron James ($10,800) is probably overpriced if Anthony Davis ($9,600) returns. If AD does remain out, LBJ rivals Harden as a top overall play.
Target worth paying up for: Domantas Sabonis ($8,700) at HOU (19th)
Sabonis continues to see huge usage numbers. He’s getting all the frontcourt minutes with Miles Turner (ankle) sidelined, and some extra shots with Jeremy Lamb (ankle) sidelined. The matchup against Houston is perfect, getting a small frontcourt without Capela.
Best value: Draymond Green ($5,300) vs. BOS (26th)
Draymond’s season is really tough to gauge. He’s only played two games since returning from his finger injury, and he’s not the type of player that puts up big numbers without talent around him. But he’s also down $2,400 since the start of the month, which is tough to ignore. There should be some value here against a banged-up, undersized Boston frontcourt.
More of the same, with strong values from the $4,500 range up to Draymond’s price. While we have strong plays, the lack of deeper value makes the top plays on the price tough to afford. Hopefully, we get some news to unlock value.
Target worth paying up for: Karl-Anthony Towns ($10,000) vs. WAS (21st)
Toss out the game KAT was ejected, and he’s proven to have a 50-DKFP floor, along with one of the higher ceilings in fantasy. Wiggins’ breakout also hasn’t crushed his value, which has been impressive. The matchup against Washington is perfect for one or both of those two to go off.
Best value: Andre Drummond ($8,600) at CHA (24th)
Pending a significant news item, this isn’t a slate to dig for value at center. Drummond’s had at least five fouls in three straight games, which has really hindered his fantasy value. It’s also tanked his price, and now he’s way too cheap against the Hornets.
Outside of Towns and Drummond, Joel Embiid ($9,200), Rudy Gobert ($8,100), Nikola Vucevic ($7,900) and Jonas Valanciunas ($6,500) are all worth paying for. It’ll be tough to pay down at center, and you may want to consider rostering another in UTIL.
Key news to monitor on DK Live:
Russell Westbrook (load management)
Hamidou Diallo (knee)
Trevor Ariza (groin)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (ankle)
Dwayne Dedmon (knee)
Jordan Bell (shoulder)
Anthony Davis (shoulder/ribs)
Jeff Teague (illness)
Daniel Theis (finger)
Robert Williams (ankle)
Tony Snell (hip)
Dwayne Bacon (knee)
Danuel House (back)
Shabazz Napier (hamstring)
Clint Capela (concussion)
Myles Turner (ankle)
Jeremy Lamb (ankle)
Avery Bradley (leg)
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