Friday’s fantasy basketball slate has eight games, and the Clippers and Thunder are playing on the second night of back-to-backs.
Notable players who are listed as questionable to play on the early injury report include Devin Booker (hamstring), Jeff Teague (knee), Isaiah Canaan (ankle) and Tyus Jones (foot). James Ennis III (hamstring) is probable. James Harden (hamstring) is doubtful for Friday, but there’s a chance he returns to action Saturday. Donovan Mitchell (hamstring) is out. Jimmy Butler (general soreness) is expected to play after resting Wednesday.
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Let’s take a look at some plays fantasy owners can consider using on DraftKings on Friday.
Stephen Curry, GSW vs. MIN, $10,300 — Curry faces a Timberwolves defense that is poor at limiting shot quality, particularly on 3-pointers. The Timberwolves are allowing the second-most wide-open 3s per game based on the league’s player tracking system, which measures the closest defender to the shooter. The extra space around the 3-point line could allow Curry, who is shooting 65 percent on wide-open 3s, to get hot from downtown. Curry, arguably the greatest long distance shooter ever, is having his best season ever from 3, making 53 percent of his 3-point attempts and averaging six made 3s per game, both ridiculous numbers. Curry’s 32.5 player efficiency rating through eight games is also incredible. The Wolves are allowing teams to score 114 points per 100 possessions, fourth worst in the league.
Other Options — Russell Westbrook ($10,900), John Wall ($8,100), Chris Paul ($9,400), Kyle Lowry ($8,400)
Ricky Rubio, UTA vs. MEM, $5,700 — Donovan Mitchell (hamstring) will not play Friday, which will open up opportunities for other Jazz players, including Rubio. Mitchell is averaging about eight potential assists per game and creating 11 points off assists per game, which could give Rubio more passing and assist volume in his absence. Rubio’s $5,700 price tag locked in before the news came out that Mitchell would not play, potentially opening up value.
Derrick Rose, MIN at GSW, $5,400 — Rose started and scored a career-high 50 points on 31 field goal attempts with a ridiculous 44 percent usage rate in the Wolves’ previous game against a tough Jazz defense. Rose was thrust into heavy usage with Jeff Teague, Tyus Jones and Jimmy Butler all out. Butler is expected to return, but Rose could continue to have an expanded role if Teague and Jones are out again.
Other Options — Darren Collison ($4,600), Elie Okobo ($4,300), Patrick Beverley ($4,000)
Victor Oladipo, IND at CHI, $8,700 — Oladipo faces a poor Bulls defense that is allowing opponents to score 117 points per 100 possessions, second most in the league. Chicago is allowing the sixt- most wide-open shot attempts and the fifth-most wide-open 3s per game, as measured by the league’s player tracking system, potentially giving Oladipo more open looks. Oladipo’s 30 percent usage rate is ninth-highest among starters, so he should see heavy volume against a poor defensive team that struggles to contest shots.
Other Options — Zach LaVine ($7,600), Bradley Beal ($7,000)
Dante Exum, UTA vs. MEM, $3,700 — Exum is a prime candidate to benefit with Mitchell (hamstring) out. He leads the Jazz with a 26 percent usage rate when Mitchell is off the court this season and played 10 minutes in the fourth quarter Wednesday after Mitchell left with the injury, scoring 11 points on six field goal attempts in those 10 minutes.
Other Options — D’Angelo Russell ($6,200), Klay Thompson ($6,100)
Jimmy Butler, MIN at GSW, $8,000 — A report from The Athletic on Wednesday stated Butler was uncertain to travel with the Timberwolves on this road trip due to his trade demand, but Butler disputed that by telling ESPN’s Rachel Nichols he plans to be in the starting lineup Friday in Oakland. Assuming Butler is in the starting lineup, he’ll face off against a Warriors team that, despite ranking mediocre defensively, is not contesting shots well, allowing the third-most wide-open shots per game based on the league’s player tracking system. Butler is averaging 43 DKFP this season and has been heavily motivated to perform at a high level as he seeks to maximize his value heading into free agency.
Other Options — Kawhi Leonard ($10,100), Kevin Durant ($9,900)
T.J. Warren, PHO vs. TOR, $5,000 — Warren started Wednesday in place of Ryan Anderson and played 36 minutes — the first time he’s gone over 30 minutes in a game this season. Warren is expected to remain in the starting lineup Friday against the Raptors. The Raptors have a good defense, but Warren’s expected bump in minutes makes him a value candidate at his price tag. He has a solid 19.4 player efficiency rating this season.
Other Options — Carmelo Anthony ($5,800), Royce O’Neale ($3,300)
Paul George, OKC at WAS, $9,000 — The Thunder are playing on the second night of a back-to-back and their third game in four nights, which could be a problem, but they otherwise have a good matchup against the Wizards, who rank poorly defensively and have the worst rebound rate in the league as defined by the percentage of missed shots they rebound. Dwight Howard’s season debut should help their league-worst rebounding, although he still is not 100 percent and might be limited in his first game back. The Wizards are fifth in possessions per game, which helps increase possessions for fantasy scoring. George has failed to score over 40 DKFP only once this season.
Other Options — Tobias Harris ($7,300), Draymond Green ($6,900)
Jabari Parker, CHI vs. IND, $5,800 — Parker was moved into the starting lineup in the Bulls’ previous game and played a season-high 36 minutes. Cold shooting from the field resulted in a poor fantasy output, but Parker still grabbed nine rebounds. If he’s in the starting lineup again, the projected boost in minutes makes him an under $6K option.
Other Options — Domantas Sabonis ($6,300), Serge Ibaka ($5,500)
Clint Capela, HOU at BKN, $7,800 — The Nets’ frontcourt ranks below average in rebounding, with Nets centers ranking 21st among centers in rebound rate, which could give Capela a favorable matchup on the glass. Capela has recorded a double-double in each of his past three games while getting to 14-14 in both games with James Harden (hamstring) out.
Other Options — Karl-Anthony Towns ($8,900), Nikola Vucevic ($8,600), Steven Adams ($7,100)
Wendell Carter Jr., CHI vs. IND, $5,000 — Carter Jr. has had three straight 30+ DKFP performances, including an explosive 55-DKFP performance in his most recent game as he matched up with Nikola Jokic. Carter Jr. took a heavy 21 field goal attempts and had eight rebounds with five assists in a season-high 38 minutes. The 7th overall pick in the 2018 draft is trending up with the Bulls thin on their depth chart. The Pacers like to play big, so Carter Jr. could be in line for another 30+ minute game Friday.
Other Options — Noah Vonleh ($4,800)
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