Today’s NBA slate offers a huge 11-game pool of players. Along with the big schedule comes six players of over $10K, meaning that we’re likely to see more diverse lineup construction for tonight’s contests.
The game to target is Washington at New Orleans, so you may want to give Anthony Davis a hard look if you don’t mind paying up for the most expensive player on the slate. John Wall, Bradley Beal, Marcin Gortat, Tyreke Evans and even Jrue Holiday are all options that I’m considering for my lineups tonight.
There are a few values from other games as well, and you can find them down below after today’s news and notes:
- Hassan Whiteside (ankle) is a game-time decision. I’m not sure I’d want his replacement, but I’d assume that we’d see Chris Bosh slide over at center should Whiteside miss.
- Iman Shumpert (ankle) could make his season debut tonight. With J.R. Smith (illness) out, he could be interesting in GPPs, but I likely will wait and see on him.
- Klay Thompson (ankle) is a game-time decision. I don’t love him with the Celtics’ ability to lock down opposing guards.
- Kevin Martin (wrist) will play. I’m not going to chase the points with Martin, who’s a high-variance player.
- Gary Harris (concussion) will play. After such a lengthy absence, I’ll take a wait-and-see approach here, but Will Barton doesn’t look nearly as good.
- Jordan Clarkson (ankle) is a game-time decision. If he sits, upgrade both Lou Williams and D’Angelo Russell.
- Tony Parker (rest) is out. More on Patty Mills below.
- Tyson Chandler (hamstring) and Markieff Morris (illness) are both questionable. This could impact Alex Len, but I still like Jon Leuer regardless of who plays out of this pair.
Make sure to check the news up until tip:
BUILDING BLOCKS – Studs and Must-Have Values to Build Your Core Lineup
Patty Mills, PG, SA ($3,600): Tony Parker is out, so Patty Mills becomes the value play of the day. He has a shot to be the highest owned player in all cash games, so he’s nearly a must-play at this price.
Marcin Gortat, C, WAS ($6,000): Gortat has been on fire recently, putting up at least 38 DraftKings points in each of his last three games. Now he’ll take on a Pelicans team that’s been torn to shreds by opposing centers, making Gortat the clear No. 1 play at his position tonight.
More studs to consider: John Wall, PG, WAS ($9,100) – LeBron James, SF, CLE ($10,000) – Anthony Davis, PF, NO ($10,800)
BARGAINS – Complementary Players and Punt Plays
Lou Williams, PG, LAL ($4,800): I’ve avoided Williams in the past because of his scoring dependency, most notably his last time out when he ended up contributing in a variety of categories. However, I’m willing to use him in his new role as starter especially given that he’s gathered 30+ minutes in his last five games. If Jordan Clarkson is out or limited, I like Williams even more.
Brandon Knight, PG, PHX ($7,700): Once you get past the elite options, Knight looks pretty solid at his mid-tier price tag in a good matchup against Portland. I’ll probably go with a combination of value and high-end options for point guard, but Knight is a good alternative if you have the room.
Terrence Ross, SG, TOR ($3,600): Ross is likely to be one of the more popular value plays on Friday with DeMarre Carroll still out. He’s a volatile player, which is scary for cash games, but good luck finding a player this cheap that isn’t volatile. His ownership percentage should negate any potential flop.
Tyreke Evans, SG, NO ($6,900): The game to target tonight is Washington at New Orleans, and that means Evans is back in the crosshairs. He put up a dud in his last game, but his price is awesome given his massive upside. If he sees 30 minutes, he should make value fairly easily.
Gordon Hayward, SF, UTA ($7,000): LeBron James and Kevin Durant are the two top plays at small forward, but Hayward is a close third at $3K less than either. The Jazz’s best scorer has been on fire lately, averaging nearly 40 DraftKings points over his last five.
Marcus Morris, SF, DET ($5,900): Morris hasn’t been the player who was so exciting to use at the beginning of the season, but the matchup with the 76ers should allow him to be a great value at his mid-tier price.
Jon Leuer, PF, PHX ($5,200): Leuer continues to be a go-to value, especially now that he gets to face the terrible Portland interior. There’s risk that he turns back into a pumpkin, but not as long as he continues to get 30 minutes.
Zach Randolph, PF, MEM ($6,300): Randolph exploded last game, but was quite disappointing for a big stretch before that. I like him to make it two good games in a row against the likes of Marvin Williams and Cody Zeller.
Nikola Vucevic, C, ORL ($7,000): I much prefer Gortat, but for the sake of giving options, Vucevic is my second center on the night. The Cavaliers are tough against centers, but I think Vucevic will have a good enough game assuming he gets the minutes he’s been seeing.
LOTTERY TICKETS – 5 Tournaments Options
Damian Lillard, PG, POR ($8,800): Lillard always seems to get lost in the shuffle a bit, especially on a slate with intriguing top-shelf options. Still, Lillard has a constantly high ceiling, making him a great tournament play any time out.
Bradley Beal, SG, WAS ($7,200): I like the savings with Tyreke Evans for cash, but either work for tournament options tonight. Beal has massive upside, assuming that his shot falls a solid clip.
Al-Farouq Aminu, SF, POR ($5,100): With top-tier options looking really good at small forward, a contrarian strategy would be to pay down at the position. Aminu still has good upside, and at this price I’m willing to take a dice roll as he takes on Phoenix.
Draymond Green, PF, GS ($8,200): If Klay Thompson is out, I love Draymond Green in all formats. Even if Thompson plays, I like the idea that Green could be more involved in the scoring department against the Celtics frontcourt.
Tim Duncan, C, SA ($6,000): You could get Pop’d here, but Duncan could put up a massive stat line against the Lakers if he gets the minutes. Plus, the Kobe-Duncan narrative is here, if you’re into that line of thinking.
BUYER’S REMORSE – Reasons for Skepticism
Isaiah Thomas, PG, BOS ($7,800): This one could blow up in my face, but I’ll be avoiding Thomas against Golden State despite the high pace and Vegas total.
Kawhi Leonard, SF, SA ($8,600): The matchup is prime, but I have a hard time believing that Leonard will need to do much in this one. The minutes simply may not be there, so I can’t use him in cash.