Friday’s slate of NBA games features 12 contests. Hopefully, that will be enough to help you get over your “turkey hangovers” and recover from black Friday shopping. Here are some players to consider for your teams tonight:
POINT GUARD TARGETS
- Stephen Curry @ CHA ($9500) – You probably do not need me to tell you that Curry is a good fantasy option — ever. In case you need some justification for his price tonight consider he has averaged 47.4 fantasy points per game, and is facing the 30th ranked defense against points guards. Oh, and he has also averaged 58.88 fantasy-points in his last two contests. Curry is well worth that price tonight.
- Ty Lawson vs. PHO ($8600) – If you cannot quite swing the “cash” to add Curry to your team, Lawson is a very nice consolation prize. He is facing a Phoenix team that ranks 26th against point guard this season, and against which he had 48.8 fantasy-points in his first matchup this season. Lawson has not been quite as good as Curry lately, but he has averaged 43.8 fantasy-points per game over his last six games.
- Lou Williams vs. DAL ($4900) – Generally, Dallas has been good defensively this season, but they have had issues against guards and rank 22nd so far this season against point guards. Williams is a sneaky good play today. While he is only averaging 20.8 fantasy-points per game for the season, he has been good for 32.5 fantasy-points per game over his last five. Seems like a nice value for $4900 to me.
- Elfrid Payton @ IND ($4800) – I am not as enthusiastic about Payton as I am about Williams, but Payton is a solid play tonight. He has topped 21 fantasy-points in four of his last five games, and is facing a below average defense against point guards. As an added bonus, Indiana has been struggle even more against against PG lately, allowing opposing ones to average 46.8 fantasy-points per game to the position over their last five games.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
- Kobe Bryant vs. MIN ($9200) – Minnesota has issues in general, against shooting guards in particular. They rank 30th against opposing shooting guards this season, and Kobe has been good against bad defenses this season.
- DeMar DeRozan vs. DAL ($7100) – As I mentioned when covering Lou Williams, Dallas has issues against guards defensively. While they are slightly better against SG than PG, they rank 21st against shooting guards this season. DeRozan has averaged 32.4 fantasy-points per game this season, yet only costs $7100 today. He looks like a nice deal to me.
- Iman Shumpert @ OKC ($5000) – If Shumpert can provide his average game over his last five games, or on the road this season, he will provide over five times value to his owners tonight. Perhaps Kevin Durant will return for Oklahoma City on Friday, but that will not help their bad defense against shooting guards — they rank 25th against the position. Shumpert is playing well, and has a nice matchup making him a good buy.
- O. J. Mayo @ DET ($4500) – It is the day after Thanksgiving which means lots of turkey sandwiches in the near future, and you need mayo to make a proper turkey sandwich. Not enough of a reason to add some mayo to your daily fantasy team? How about Detroit ranking 26th against shooting guards this season, Mayo averaging 21.3 fantasy-points per game on the season, and only costing $4500?
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
- Kawhi Leonard vs. SAC ($7000) – There really are no “stud” small forward I like in this slate of games. That is fine, spending less here means more money elsewhere. Leonard is coming off a 42.3 fantasy-point game against Indiana, and is playing against a defensively challenged Sacramento team tonight.
- Josh Smith vs. MIL ($6600) – Smith has already faced Milwaukee twice this season and has averaged an even 40 fantasy-points per game against them. He is playing at home against a defense that ranks 28th against his position, and you have to like the $6600 price tag. Smith is a nice buy.
- Demarre Carroll vs. NO ($4900) – I sure found a lot of nice small forward values in tonight’s contest. One of my favorites is Carroll. Carroll has scored over 20 fantasy-points per game in every November game this month, is averaging 24.5 per game this season, and 23.6 over his last three games. As an added bonus, he is facing the 25th ranked defense against small forwards this season. Perhaps Carroll lacks some upside, but it will be hard to find a player who is almost a guarantee to give you 20+ fantasy-points for under $5000.
- P. J. Tucker @ PHI ($4600) – Oddly, Tucker was in this exact space last week, though he had a $1000 lower price tag. He did not have a great game that might, but scored 20.0, 28.5 and 22.25 fantasy points in his three subsequent games. He is in Denver tonight against a defensively challenged Nuggets team, thus he makes this column once again.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
- Anthony Davis @ ATL ($11200) – This could well end up being the only time I suggest Davis all season. Nothing against him, he is a fantasy stud. The issue is he is just so expensive. The price is justified, Davis is averaging 53.4 fantasy-points per game this season, and playing the 26th best defense against power forwards. If you can find the money to add Davis to your teams, he will be worth the price.
- Serge Ibaka vs. NY ($7100) – Chances are you just cannot swing Davis on your team, at least not if you want some other decent players on the squad. If that is the case then consider Ibaka. Ibaka is no Davis, but he is coming off of a 45.5 fantasy-point performance against Utah, and will be at home against the Knicks who rank 27th against power forwards this season.
- Marcus Morris @ DEN ($4700) – If you are risk adverse then Morris is probably not a good option for you. He has been a good player in a fantasy-points per minute basis, the issue has been playing time at times. Still, he is cheap, Denver is a bad defensive team, and Morris had 22.3 fantasy-points the last time he faced Denver; I think he is a pretty good risk tonight.
- Anthony Bennett @ LAL ($4400) – Just because Bennett looks like a wasted first over-all pick does not mean he does not have value for you. The Lakers are a bad team in general, and especially defensively. Bennett is playing well — 22.9 fantasy points per game in his last four games — and is only $4400.
- Nikola Vucevic @ IND ($8800) – Vucevic has had at least 30 fantasy-points in every game this month; Vucevic is averaging 40.6 fantasy-points per game for the season; Vucevic is averaging 41.1 fantasy-points per game over his last six games; Indianapolis is below average against centers. The repeated use of Vucevic to start a phrase was intentional, to highlight how much I like Vucevic — and I just like hearing Vucevic in my head. I hope I gave you enough reasons to consider Vucevic tonight.
- Andre Drummond vs. MIL ($7300) – Milwaukee has been allowing opposing centers to score over 53 fantasy-points per game in their last five contests. In his last five games, Drummond is averaging 34.7 fantasy-points per game. I might not be the best mathematician in the world, but those numbers sure look like they add up to a good game for Drummond on Friday.
- Miles Plumlee @ DEN ($4600) – Plumlee is a risk, mainly a playing time risk. He has been a good fantasy option when he has gotten 20+ minutes, which is about half his games this season. He got those minutes in his last game, which also happened to be against Denver, and resulted in a 25.25 fantasy-point game. I think he can provide a similar result tonight.
- Larry Sanders @ DET ($4100) – I am always a little hesitant to recommend anyone on Milwaukee. The issue is no matter who the coach is, he seems to have it out for fantasy owners by just not giving anyone 30+ minutes a night over than Brandon Knight. Sanders is particularly vexing for me. He is a very good fantasy player when he gets playing time, but seems to not get that playing time when I have him. Still, I love the matchup tonight — Detroit ranks 30th against opposing centers — and has average 28 minutes, and 31.75 fantasy points in his last two games.