Friday’s 10-game slate has no shortage of targets. Here’s your cheat sheet by position:
TOP OPTIONS TO CONSIDER
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Target worth paying up for: Trae Young ($9,900) at WAS (29th)Young has been tagged as questionable with an illness for this one, but if he plays, he couldn’t be in a better spot. Young’s averaging 56.5 DKFP against the Wizards, who’ve allowed the second-most DKFP to PGs this season. This is a high ceiling matchup.
Best value: T.J McConnell ($4,000) at CHI (4th)The Pacers are slammed with injuries on the wing, which could open up a big role for McConnell. He turned the opportunity to play 30 minutes into 30 DKFP on Wednesday in Milwaukee.
Positional StrategyPG is insanely deep on this slate with injuries at this stage of the season. It’s really about finding the price point that works for your build, but the plays are all there.
Target worth paying up for: Bradley Beal ($10,400) vs. ATL (30th)You’ll notice a lot of high-upside plays in this ATL/WAS game, and Beal is right there with Young. Wednesday marked the end of a six-game 50-plus DKFP streak for Beal, who still went for 48.5 in Portland. He also got a couple of 70-pieces in there, which a matchup with the Hawks can help provide.
Best Value: Jerome Robinson ($3,200) vs. ATL (30th)Robinson’s turned into tremendous value of late for the Wiz. He scored 22.5 DKFP in 30 minutes on Tuesday, and while he returned just 14 DKFP on Wednesday, he shot just 2-for-9 in 26 minutes.
Positional StrategyI went Wiz-heavy in the write-ups, but Devin Booker ($8,400) needs an honorable mention. The Suns are very shorthanded, and Booker should see a ton of volume moving forward for a team with almost nothing to play for.
Target worth paying up for: DeMar DeRozan ($7,200) at BKN (3rd)DDR’s been kind of a bust during this span LaMarcus Aldridge (shoulder) has been out, aside from one 50-DKFP game. Eventually, that should change, and we don’t have to pay a premium to roster him until he does. This could be the spot, and we get a pretty safe floor.
Best Value: Mikal Bridges ($5,200) vs. POR (15th)No Kelly Oubre (knee) and DeAndre Ayton (ankle) means all of the remaining scorers will have to step up for the Suns. Bridges has been called on to play at least 36 minutes in four straight, and he scored 29 or more DKFP in three of them.
Positional StrategyJayson Tatum ($10,000) has finally reached the $10 grand mark, but he’s still worth it with a couple of important Celtics wings out. SF can be a difficult position, but like PG, it’s not hard to target any price range on this slate. The injuries are there for us.
Target worth paying up for: Domantas Sabonis ($8,700) at CHI (29th)Sabonis has the combination on a spectacular matchup against the Bulls’ frontcourt, and the potential for Indy to be extremely shorthanded due to injury. Pending who plays for the Pacers, this could be an extremely chalky slate for Sabonis, but he’ll provide a safe floor and high ceiling.
Best value: Cheick Diallo ($3,200) vs. POR (30th)No Ayton means a lot of minutes to go around up front for the Suns. Diallo’s the play that stands out the most. While he’s generally out of the rotation, any time a big doesn’t play for Phoenix, Diallo fills in with a pretty productive 20 minutes. Portland really struggles against bigs.
Positional StrategyEvery position can’t be perfect on this slate, so if I have a knock on PF it’s that it falls off a bit after the top five or so plays. But there’s still awesome plays on the board. Anthony Davis ($9,800) could be in a pay up spot in a monster game against Milwaukee.
Target worth paying up for: Kristaps Porzingis ($9,300) vs. MEM (6th)KP’s been on a role lately, essentially topping 50 DKFP in four straight, and averaging over 70 in his last two games. Porzingis scored 60 DKFP in less than 30 minutes against Memphis earlier in the season. Luka Doncic ($11,300) is questionable with an illness, so his status could be key. Either way I like KP.
Best value: Trey Lyles ($5,100) at BKN (4th)Lyles finally busted with LMA out in Charlotte, but prior to that, he was a 40-minute, 40 DKFP play in consecutive games. I’ll go back to him for another look.
Positional StrategyIf you need deeper value, it’s there. Dewayne Dedmon ($3,400) and Aron Baynes ($3,000) should be popular punt plays.
Key news to monitor on DK Live:
QUESTIONABLELuka Doncic (illness)
Trae Young (illness)
Tim Hardaway Jr. (shoulder)
TJ Warren (leg)
Mitchell Robinson (hamstring)
Victor Oladipo (knee)
Dorian Finney-Smith (hip)
Chandler Hutchison (shoulder)
George Hill (groin)
JJ Barea (ankle)
Doug McDermott (toe)
PROBABLEAnthony Davis (knee)
Cam Reddish (back)
Kevin Knox (leg)
DOUBTFULMalcolm Brogdon (hip)
OUTZach LaVine (quad)
DeAndre Ayton (ankle)
Jaylen Brown (hamstring)
Gordon Hayward (knee)
LaMarcus Aldridge (shoulder)
Evan Fournier (elbow)
Ish Smith (hamstring)
Cam Johnson (illness)
Garrett Temple (ankle)
Dennis Smith Jr. (concussion)
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