Once again, Friday Night features 11 NBA games. That means plenty of fantasy options, and also a large variety of lineups in the contests tonight. Here are the player I like for Friday Night’s action:
POINT GUARD TARGETS
- Ty Lawson @ SAC ($8800) – Over Lawson’s last ten games he has averaged 19.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 three-pointers, and 1.3 steals per game while turning the ball over only 2.6 times per contest. Sure, that is just a long way of telling you he is playing well, unlike the Sacramento defense which has allowed 53.3 fantasy-points per game to opposing point guards on the season. Lawson has not been great in his two previous games against the Kings, but he is playing well now, and is well priced for a guy averaging 41.9 fantasy-points per game over his last six games.
- Kyrie Irving @ GS ($8800) – Despite a bad 14.5 fantasy-point game against Dallas, Irving has averaged 39.1 fantasy-points per game in his last five games. He just torched Houston for 47 fantasy-points, and Houston has been more effective at defending point guards this season than Golden State has been.
- Elfrid Payton @ LAL ($5300) – When in doubt go with the guy facing the Lakers? I think that might be my official motto this season. The Lakers “defense” is horrible, awful, really bad, any other negative description you can think of. Payton has been playing well lately — 29 fantasy-points per game in his last five games — making him a nice play tonight against the Lakers.
- Donald Sloan vs. BOS ($4400) – If you are avoiding a risky play then Sloan is not the player for you. He has been playing well generally — 28.1 fantasy-points per game over his last four games. But, he also has had games of only seven and 13.5 fantasy-points in his last five games. Of course, that tells you that the other three were very good. Upside with risk — for a low price — is what Sloan provides.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
- Tyreke Evans vs. MEM ($7600) – As usual, the shooting guard player pool is not very enticing, yet we still need at least one on our teams. My favorite option is Evans. He is facing the 25th ranked defense against shooting guards, scored 36.8 fantasy-points the last time he faced Memphis, and is averaging 39 fantasy-points per game at home this season.
- Giannis Antetokounmpo vs. MIN ($6600) – I like Antetokounmpo almost as much as Evans — as a fantasy player, not as someone who is typing challenged. Sure, Antetokounmpo has had a couple of bad games lately, yet he is still averaging 31 fantasy-points per game over his last six games. Memphis ranking 30th against shooting guards this season does not hurt Antetokounmpo’s prospects Friday either.
- Kyle Korver @ DET ($4900) – I know that Detroit has been playing well since getting rid of Josh Smith, but I do not understand Korver’s pricing at all. Detroit has struggled against shooting guards this season, and Korver has averaged 26.7 fantasy-points per game in his last five games. Really, I guess I do not need to understand; I just need to make sure that Korver ends up on my teams.
- Ben McLemore vs. DEN ($4600) – Denver has allowed the third most fantasy-points per game to opposing shooting guards this season — 47.1 per game. McLemore might not have the highest upside in the world, but he only costs $4600 and has averaged 20.3 fantasy-points per game in his last five games.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
- Draymond Green vs. CLE ($8200) – Elite production without the elite price is what Green should give you. Over his last four games, Green is averaging 45.4 fantasy-points per game. For the season, Green has been better at home than on the road. To make things even better, Cleveland has been the worst team against small forwards over the last five games — allowing 3.8 more fantasy-points per game than any other team in that span.
- Andrew Wiggins @ MIL ($6600) – It has taken a while, but Wiggins is turning into a nice fantasy player. He has averaged 37.6 fantasy-points per game in his last five games, and you have to go back to December 27 of last year to find a game in which he scored lass than 30 fantasy-points. So, hot player facing a bad defense: that seems like the formula for fantasy success to me.
- C. J. Miles vs. BOS ($4900) – The values at small forward are sparse this week. Miles is not the best play in the world, but he has been playing well — 27.8 fantasy-points per game over his last six games. He is also facing a below average defense against small forwards.
- Khris Middleton vs. MIN ($4800) – Warning, Middleton always seems to ed up playing something like 15 minutes in the games I recommend him. Perhaps I only remember the bad games though. There is no reason to expect one of those bad games tonight. Middleton just managed 37.3 fantasy-points against Philadelphia, and the Minnesota defense is no better than the 76ers is.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
- Greg Monroe vs. ATL ($7500) – There is nothing in Monroe’s matchup that makes him a good play; Atlanta has been average against power forwards this season. He also managed only 22 fantasy-points the first time he face Atlanta. But, he played less than 21 minutes in that game, while he has been averaging 28.1 per game in his last seven games. Monroe probably will not give you the 60 points he did against Dallas on Wednesday, but he should top his 30.8 fantasy-points per game season average.
- Kenneth Faried @ SAC ($7100) – Do not get too hung up on Sacramento’s ranking against power forwards, that is a season ranking. Over their last five games, the Kings have allowed the second most fantasy-points to opposing power forwards. That is perfect timing for Faried who has finally started being the productive fantasy-player people expected when they were drafting their season-long leagues.
- Nene Hilario vs. CHI ($4600) – Say yeah, yeah to Nene? Wonder how many times that hack line has been used, add one more. Not only is Nene playing well lately, but Chicago has struggled against power forwards this season. Nene’s upside is limited, as he is unlikely to play 30+ minutes, but he easily give you 25-30 fantasy-point even with limited playing time.
- Kevin Garnett vs. PHI ($3500) – Looks like it is aging power forward night on Friday! Like Nene, Garnett is not the highest upside play, but despite a lower price, has a little more upside because he will play more. Garnett is playing well, just got a game off a few days ago, plus is playing against Philadelphia — which is almost as good as playing against the Lakers.
- Nikola Vucevic @ LAL ($8400) – Really no need for a complex explanation on this one. Vucevic has been a very good fantasy center all season, and the Lakers have the worst defense in the NBA.
- Marcin Gortat vs. WAS ($6100) – The last time Gortat faced Chicago, he scored 38.3 fantasy-points. There is nothing in the way the Bulls are playing defense right now that suggests Gortat should not have at least that good of a game this time around.
- Tiago Splitter vs. PHO ($4200) – Add Splitter to my collection of players with limited upside. Splitter is not going to give you a monster game. What he can provide is five or more times value tonight. He is averaging 20.5 fantasy-points per game over his last five games and Phoenix has allowed 49.4 fantasy-points per game to opposing centers this season.
- Lavoy Allen vs. BOS ($3800) – Looking for a cheap player with a shot to give you six or more times value on Friday? Take a look at Lavoy Allen. Allen has had two games with over 26 fantasy-points in his last six games. His opponent has been allowing opposing centers to score 51.7 fantasy-points per game. Allen is a great option if you are looking for a low-priced player tonight.