WATCH: 3 IN THE KEY – HASSAN WHITESIDE
In a nice ten-game NBA schedule Friday night, there are plenty of great fantasy options going. Here are some names to get you started.
John Wall vs. TOR ($9,700) – He has had a couple of down scoring games in a row, but he has saved his fantasy value with his assist totals. I don’t expect that trend to continue here against a Toronto team that doesn’t have any individual defenders who can compete with him, since Kyle Lowry is out. Toronto is capable of scoring enough to make Wall have to assert himself offensively, which could spike his upside that makes him well worth this price.
Other Options – Russell Westbrook ($13,100)
Dennis Schroder vs. CLE ($6,200) – He has had 29.5 or more fantasy points in seven straight games, despite being completely off the mark from three over that span (25%, 7-for-28). He should see plenty of looks against a Cleveland defense that is going to keep the ball out of the paint pretty effectively in this matchup. So, if he can see that three point average up closer to 35%, he could have nice upside in this matchup.
Elfrid Payton vs. MIA ($5,500) – He is clearly not someone you would trust in a cash game, but if you’re looking for some nice GPP upside, you could find it in the form of Payton. This is a tough matchup for everyone on Orlando, on paper, but someone will have to score, and the best looks could easily come for Payton operating on the perimeter, to the point where he could push for a 20-point outing tonight.
Other Options – D’Angelo Russell ($6,900)
Devin Booker vs. OKC ($6,700) – He has solid 30+ fantasy point upside, which is enough to make him one of the top options at shooting guard tonight. The position is really shallow, and with DeMar DeRozan facing a Washington team that definitely limits his upside, the best options at the position are likely going to be on the low end of the price spectrum.
Other Options – Bradley Beal ($7,000)
Malcolm Brogdon vs. LAC ($5,600) – He has been getting the nod over Dellavedova lately, averaging 17 points and five assists over his last three games, and his price is still reflecting the chance that those minutes don’t continue. If they do – and there is a good chance it happens with Dellavedova struggling – there is built in value here at this price.
Marcus Smart vs. LAL ($5,300) – He is more of a GPP option, because he does occasionally have an outing with his fantasy points in the teens, but he is playing just over 30 minutes nearly every night, and that gives him an easy chance at 25+ fantasy points. You probably shouldn’t be expecting much more than 30, but he has the ability to hit a three or two, and grab some defensive stats that can get you up to that range – useful at the price.
Other Options – Seth Curry ($6,000), Evan Fournier ($5,600)
Gordon Hayward vs. BKN ($7,600) – Unless you’re playing LeBron, there is an opportunity here to take a bigger step backwards and save some salary while still grabbing plenty of upside. Hayward always gets his looks, and his production ultimately depends on his percentages from a night-to-night basis. Brooklyn’s defense will give him more open looks than he needs, and he could turn that into a 40+ point fantasy performance.
Carmelo Anthony @ PHI ($7,500) – Porzingis is back, which could keeps Carmelo’s ownership down some, but Anthony gets his shots up when he wants to no matter who is out there with him. He went for 37 just last week against this Philly team, and while we might not see a repeat of that performance, it isn’t out of the question.
Other Options – LeBron James ($11,200), Robert Covington ($7,200)
Brandon Ingram vs. BOS ($4,800) – He has played 39, 35 and 42 minutes in the Lakers’ last three games, which has allowed him to get over 20 fantasy points in all three. Over that span, his best scoring game has been 22 points, and his high rebounding mark has been five. However, he could top both of those numbers against this Celtics’ squad if this usage rate continues.
Other Options – Jaylen Brown ($4,100)
DeMarcus Cousins vs. SA ($9,200) – This Pelicans team right now is being priced like the early-season Warriors. The whole offense – all of it – will flow through Anthony Davis, Cousins and Jrue Holiday. But because it is so difficult to predict which one of those three will be the big overachiever on a night to night basis, their prices are all suppressed. But there is no denying the upside is there. $9,200 is about as cheap as you can ever expect to pay for legitimate 60+ point upside – Cousins’ ceiling no matter the matchup.
Other Options – Paul Millsap ($7,000)
Serge Ibaka @ WAS ($6,700) – Ibaka has two double-doubles in just four games with the Raptors, and he should be able to assert himself in a similar manner against this Toronto frontcourt. He is getting enough usage to have gone for 15 or more points in every game so far for his new team. With Lowry still out, it seems obvious that he will continue to see those looks, at least in the short term, giving you a chance to take advantage of the value that creates.
T.J. Warren vs. OKC ($5,800) – With Tucker gone, Warren has taken full advantage of his opportunity, and is averaging 19 points and 6 boards since the All-Star break. He’s been over 30 fantasy points in three of their last four, and for an obvious, repeatable reason, makes this price just seem glaringly low to me tonight.
Other Options – Otto Porter ($5,600)
Dario Saric vs. NY ($7,400) – He has taken full advantage of the court time with Embiid being sidelined. He had scored 18 or more points in eight straight prior to Wednesday’s ten-point outing against Miami. He should find much more room to operate against New York, which could allow him to get back on that same track he was on for the past few weeks, giving him solid 20-10 upside, which would get you into a very useful 40-point range.
Rudy Gobert vs. BKN ($7,300) – Gobert should be able to do whatever he wants against Brook Lopez, racking up points on both ends of the floor consistently (he had 15 points, 16 rebounds, three blocks and a steal in their first matchup this year). He has shown you 40-point fantasy upside a few times over the past few weeks, and I fully expect to see him do it again in this matchup, making him one of my favorite plays on the board in any format.
Other Options – Anthony Davis ($9,400)
Alan Williams vs. OKC ($4,400) – He has a pair of double-doubles coming off the bench since the All-Star break, going 17-14 against Milwaukee and 16-12 against Charlotte. He has the potential to be a difference-maker in this matchup, so I definitely expect him to at least get an extended chance out there to see if he can get rolling, and if he does, he should end up with the minutes to provide value at this price.
Other Options – Tristan Thompson ($5,100)
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