Friday night features another massive slate in the NBA with 10 games on the main slate after the afternoon game from Paris. None of the 20 teams in action played Thursday, so there are no back-to-backs to worry about. There are some important injuries to keep an eye on, as always, but those absences can also open up major opportunities to find value in players getting extra time or extra usage.
If you end up looking in the bargain bin for value on this Friday night slate, check out these four players who can produce nice numbers from their price point under $4K.
VALUE OPTIONS TO CONSIDER
PF/C BOBBY PORTIS, NY vs. TOR, $3,800The Knicks overloaded on PFs this past offseason which has left Portis in an inconsistent role at times this season. When given a chance, though, he has still shown he has a high ceiling and can come up with big games. Portis tends to soak up extra minutes in garbage time, so if the Raptors jump out early he could get some extra playing time.
Over his past 13 games, Portis has 17 DKFP or more nine times while averaging 10.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 21.0 DKFP. However, the reason to consider Portis especially in GPP lineups is that he offers a high ceiling with four games of at least 27 DKFP during that stretch including a 33-DKFP performance and a 40.75 DKFP game in a blowout loss to Utah. Portis is more of a boom-or-bust option than the other players on this list but does have upside worth a look against the Raptors.
PG/SG MICHAEL CARTER-WILLIAMS, ORL vs. BOS, $3,600Carter-Williams is set up to be the Magic’s primary backup PG while DJ Augustin (knee) is out. Carter-Wiliams just returned from a shoulder injury that kept him out for 13 games but seems to be rounding back into the form he flashed before the injury. In his previous five games before getting hurt, MCW produced 19-to-22 DKFP in each contest on 8.2 points, 3.0 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 20.8 minutes per game.
He eased back in after missing almost a month but played 19 minutes against the Thunder on Wednesday, finishing with a very strong 25.5 DKFP on 15 points, three assists, two boards, a steal and a block. With Augustin out, Carter-Williams is the only PG available behind Markelle Fultz ($6,000), so he should get good run against the Celtics and moving forward until Augustin is back.
C CRISTIANO FELICIO, CHI vs. SAC, $3,500Another player stepping into a larger role in the rotation due to injuries is Bulls’ big-man Felicio, who has flashed some upside in the past and seems to be gaining the confidence of coach Jim Boylen. The Bulls are without Wendell Carter Jr. (ankle) and Daniel Gafford (thumb), leaving Luke Kornet ($4,400) to take up most of the minutes in the middle. Kornet has had some strong showings but hasn’t shown he can carry a full workload. Felicio was added from the G League as a result and has played six straight games while earning more time.
He played a season-high 22 minutes on Wednesday and finished with 12 points, 10 boards and 27.5 DKFP. There have been some rumors that he could move into the lineup in place of Kornet against the Kings, but even if he doesn’t he seems to have worked his way into a fairly even timeshare. Felicio usually does decent work on the glass and will be an intriguing bargain play if he hits 20 minutes against the Kings.
SG/SF PJ DOZIER, DEN at NO, $3,100The Nuggets have been wiped out by injury lately with Jamal Murray (ankle), Paul Millsap (knee) and Mason Plumlee (foot) all out for a while and Michael Porter Jr. ($6,800; back) and Gary Harris ($4,600; groin) also battling injuries and listed as questionable for this game in New Orleans. They both missed Denver’s most recent game against the Rockets on Wednesday, opened up more time for Dozier and the rest of the Nuggets’ backups. Dozier stepped up with a career-high 15 points in 21 minutes off the bench adding in a few non-scoring numbers to get to 21.75 DKFP.
Dozier has over 13 DKFP in three straight games and in all four games in his he has played over 10 minutes. At so close to the minimum, he doesn’t have to do much to offer good return on investment. Keep a close eye on the Nuggets’ injury report to see if Harris and Porter are out again. If they are, Dozier will get a good matchup against the Pelicans and be in a good place to produce.
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