With eight games scheduled for Friday night, there will be plenty of entertaining NBA action on TV, and plenty of players to choose from when building your DFS lineups. A bunch of the top options in the league will be available, and you’re going to need to choose wisely when determining who you are building around, and who you are filling in at the end of your bench. Good luck!
Chris Paul @ OKC ($8,900) – He might not be the flashiest anymore, but he just does everything well – this year, he is shooting almost 45 percent from 3-point range. He has scored at least 4x his price in fantasy points in every game so far this season, making him just about the most solid cash-game option you can find.
Kyrie Irving @ WAS ($7,7,00) – In a matchup with John Wall, it’s easy to imagine these two elite scorers going back and forth for a couple of hours tonight. In a short sample so far, Kyrie has seemed to take over responsibility as primary scorer more often than usual this season, having scored 29 or more points three times already on his way to his 23.9 PPG scoring average.
Other Options – Russell Westbrook ($11,300), Kemba Walker ($7,500)
Derrick Rose @ BOS ($5,900) – For whatever reason, the Celtics have shown an extreme vulnerability to penetrating guards, and Derrick Rose has shown that he can still be just that. Before only playing 22 minutes in a big win against Brooklyn Wednesday, he had gone five straight with at least 28.25 fantasy points, averaging just more than 16 points per game on 45 percent shooing from the field over that span.
Other Options – Sergio Rodriguez ($5,100), Marcus Smart ($4,900)
DeMar DeRozan @ CHA ($8,200) – He has always had a rap as being someone who scored and didn’t do much else, and that’s still true, but when you’re averaging 34 points a game, it doesn’t matter much what else you do. His upside comes from games when he’ll score even more than usual, which could easily be tonight against a susceptible Charlotte defense.
C.J. McCollum vs. SAC ($6,900) – It’s not often you find a player priced under $7,000 who has 50+ fantasy point upside (three such games already this season), and it is only possible if he has a pretty low floor too. That kind of variance makes him suitable for a GPP lineup only, but against a weak Kings perimeter defense, it’s possible both he and Lillard have start-worthy performances.
Other Options – Avery Bradley ($7,000)
Monta Ellis @ PHI ($5,100) – He is consistently getting a ton of minutes, and is playing a key role in the Indiana attack, distributing the ball and taking open looks when they present themselves. He’s been playing very efficiently, shooting better than 46 percent from the floor, necessary when you’re looking for 20-30 fantasy points from a guy who may barely crack double-digits in scoring.
Other Options – Rodney Hood ($5,800), Marcus Thornton ($4,200)
Paul George @ PHI ($8,100) – Indiana’s deliberate, sometimes balanced offensive attack makes for somewhat depressed fantasy value for their top players at times, but George should be able to do so many things well against this Sixers frontcourt. He went for 28-8-3 with a steal and a block just two nights ago in this same matchup, and could easily outpace those numbers again tonight.
Otto Porter vs. WAS ($6,500) – Clearly the Cavs are not the best matchup on paper, but with Bradley Beal possibly missing or limited with a hamstring injury, more opportunities could be available for Porter tonight. That could be more than enough to make up for the Cavs’ solid defensive play against SF.
Other Options – Kawhi Leonard (($9,100), Gordon Hayward ($7,200)
Maurice Harkless vs. SAC ($4,600) – Prior to Wednesday’s 30-point loss to the Clippers, Harkless had played 30+ minutes in four straight, going for 26 or more fantasy points in three of those. He has a nice baseline of 12 points per game you can count on, with his upside coming from any extra rebounds and defensive stats he can find you.
Other Options – Robert Covington ($5,200), Joe Johnson ($4,200)
DeMarcus Cousins @ POR ($10,000) – Cousins put his shooting on display, going 3-for-6 from behind the arc in a loss to the Lakers last night. Always a threat for a big scoring night, Portland doesn’t have the rebounders to keep him off the glass, which makes him almost, for me, a lock for a double-double – a nice floor for someone who always has huge upside.
Kristaps Porzingis @ BOS ($7,300) – Without Al Horford, the Celtics do not have a defender that can stop big men who face up in the post. Porzingis should be able to get off his shot feeling almost uncontested whenever he wants it tonight, in what could easily end up being a high enough scoring game to support multiple 30+ fantasy point options.
Other Options – LeBron James ($10,200), Blake Griffin ($8,500)
Jahlil Okafor vs. IND ($5,000) – The minutes restriction is frustrating, because it’s clearly limiting his fantasy value. There actually is a benefit to the 24-minutes-per-game cap though: the coaching staff can always find him 24 minutes. That means that you don’t have to worry about whether Embiid is playing or resting or when Noel might come back. At 24 minutes a night, Okafor has scored between 21-28 fantasy points in four straight which, while not elite, is actually useful.
Other Options – Dario Saric ($4,800), Amir Johnson ($4,300)
Andre Drummond @ SA ($7,400) – Averaging just less than 2 blocks per game for the past two weeks, he also has three 20+ rebound games since the beginning of the year, giving him amazing upside when he gets going offensively. Against this Spurs team, the pace is pushed enough to increase his normal volume, and their reliance on big men means he’ll be allowed to stay on the block all night. He should rack up help-defense blocks and defensive rebounds in a way that will make him a clear value at this price.
Rudy Gobert @ ORL ($6,300) – Orlando’s big men fill up the stat sheet on offense but leave plenty to be desired on defense. This matches up perfectly with Gobert’s skill-set, and he should be able to take advantage on the defensive glass and hopefully be able to get up close to ten shot attempts, which could make him a prime candidate for a double-double tonight.
Other Options – LaMarcus Aldridge vs. DET ($6,800)
Steven Adams vs. LAC ($5,600) – I like Adams more than a few players priced higher than him, which is always nice when you’re putting together a DFS lineup. He is averaging 10.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game so far this season, and I would not be at all surprised to see him improve on both of those figures in this matchup with the Clippers.
Other Options – Joel Embiid ($5,900), Tristan Thompson ($4,900)
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