Friday brings us a typical 10-game slate, so no shortage of options to consider. Here’s your cheat sheet by position:
BETS TO CONSIDER
Target worth paying up for: Trae Young ($10,500) vs. BKN (23rd)Young’s status had been in question, but he’ll be ready to face the Nets on Friday night. He played through the illness on Wednesday against the Magic, going or 62.5 DKFP. Young is averaging 64 DKFP in a pair of games against the Nets so far this season.
Best value: Mike Conley ($5,100) vs. WAS (27th)Conley’s showed plenty of downside this season, but now he’s at the point we can target him as value. His salary’s extremely affordable, and he’s now locked into the starting five — which wasn’t the case previously. Conley played 33 minutes and scores 28 DKFP against Boston on Wednesday. Washington leaves plenty more upside.
Positional StrategyI don’t love any deep value at PG. While Young does stand out, this could be a good slate to middle on PGs.
Target worth paying up for: Devin Booker ($7,800) vs. DET (7th)Booker was a complete dud against the Clippers in his last game, but we can overlook that performance. He shot just 1-of-8 from three and didn’t get a rebound in 39 minutes. Kelly Oubre (knee) is out long-term, which means more chances for Booker. This is the cheapest we’ve seen Book all month, so take advantage.
Best Value: Dennis Schroder ($5,600) at MIL (2nd)Schroder’s playing big minutes off the bench, and he brings a pretty safe floor on a nightly basis. He brings 40-plus DKFP upside, even in tough matchups, which he displayed by dropping a cool 45.5 DKFP on the Bucks the last time around in less than 30 minutes. Danilo Gallinari’s absence creates a larger role for Schroder.
Positional StrategyContinuing the balance here makes sense. Booker’s very cheap, and Jimmy Butler ($7,900) makes sense to roster in the same price range.
Target worth paying up for: Brandon Ingram ($7,500) vs. CLE (13th)Ingram broke out of a slump in his last game, going for over 50 DKFP in Los Angeles against his former team. While his salary jumped back up to its typical level, the matchup against the Cavs is prime to carry some of that momentum. Ingram scored 38.75 DKFP against Cleveland the first time around this season.
Best Value: Taurean Prince ($4,700) at ATL (26th)Whether it’s the revenge narrative or just the fact that the Hawks don’t play defense, Prince has dominated his former team this season. He’s averaging over 32 DKFP in three matchups and has consistently been playing over 25 minutes in recent games.
Positional StrategyForward is a thin position. If you can incorporate any guards into the SF spot that’d be a plus. Prince is the forward I’m most eager to play.
Target worth paying up for: Zion Williamson ($8,000) vs. CLE (8th)Forward is pretty thin on this slate overall, but I like the safety of Zion if you can afford him. He’s scored over 41 DKFP in four of his last five, and part of the reason has been that we can count on him to create contact. He’s attempted at least 10 free throws in each of the games he went over 41 DKFP, and constantly hits 50-60% of his FGs. Coming off a 19-free-throw-attempt game, look for Zion to keep getting to the stripe against Cleveland.
Best value: PJ Washington ($5,100) at TOR (18th)Prince is the value I want to play, and he has SF/PF eligibility. Washington is another consideration, seeing significant minutes recently. He’s averaging 24 DKFP in 28 minutes per game against the Raptors this season, but could easily play 35-plus in this game.
Positional StrategyIt may come down to just punting on a forward play if you don’t want to pay up. Someone like Wilson Chandler ($3,400) or Jalen McDaniels ($3,100) would make sense if you do that. Hopefully, a 10-game slate gives us some news we can capitalize on.
Target worth paying up for: DeAndre Ayton ($8,100) vs. DET (27th)Ayton’s topped 50 DKFP in three of his last six, but remains pretty reasonably priced. He’ll also benefit from Oubre’s absence and scored 52 DKFP against the Clippers in the last game without Oubre — attempting an uncharacteristic 22 field goals. Ayton dropped over 55 DKFP in his previous matchup with Detroit this season.
Best value: Jarrett Allen ($5,100) at ATL (30th)Allen’s had two weird duds in his last five where he’s combined for 17 DKFP. Throw those out, and he’s essentially scored over 35 DKFP in the other games. He’s dominated the Hawks this season, averaging over 35 DKFP in three games against them, playing just 24 minutes per game.
Positional StrategyWe always ask — is it a two center slate? I don’t see how we’re not all playing two centers on Friday. All of the top value is at center, and there are very strong plays to pay up for. This is going to be tough.
Key news to monitor on DK Live:
QUESTIONABLELuka Doncic (thumb)
DeAaron Fox (abdomen)
Serge Ibaka (knee)
Bruce Brown (knee)
Norman Powell (finger)
PROBABLEGiannis Antetokounmpo (back)
Bam Adebayo (ankle)
OUTKarl-Anthony Towns (wrist)
Andre Drummond (calf)
Kelly Oubre (knee)
Danilo Gallinari (ankle)
Jaren Jackson Jr. (knee)
Brandon Clarke (quad)
Malik Monk (suspension)
Jalen Brunson (shoulder)
Dwayne Dedmon (elbow)
Tyler Herro (foot)
Willie Cauley-Stein (personal)
Dante Exum (ankle)
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