FanDuel NBA Plays for Friday, January 31st
Welcome to Friday Night in the NBA! Below I’ve given you some of my favorite plays at varying price ranges. And as a side note, remember that the NBA is volatile as far as injuries and lineup changes, so always be sure to keep up with the latest news so you don’t get stuck with a dud. I prefer to use Twitter for my up to the second information. Here’s a very short list of fantasy basketball people I follow who update that kind of information.
Kyle Lowry $8,900 TOR@DEN: Lowry has hit 53 FD points in his last two games and should be ready to show off his ability after his All-Star snub last night. With Nate Robinson out and Ty Lawson a GTD, he may end up being covered by a combo of Randy Foye and Evan Fournier, which would be good news for him.
Mike Conley $7,700 MEM@MIN: Conley has been solid of late and gets a nice matchup with the up-tempo T-Wolves. Memphis will be their regular slow-tempo’d selves, but the still should end up with more possessions than their average of 93.8 when facing Minnesota’s 101.3. Minny also has been giving up 44.89 FD points to point guards over the last ten games.
Ramon Sessions $5,700 CHA@LAL: This play is reliant on Kemba Walker’s status tonight, but if he can’t go Sessions has a great matchup with the Lakers. This should be a competitive game and makes for a lot of work for Sessions against a team giving up over 45 FD points per game to opposing point guards.
Monta Ellis $6,900 SAC@DAL: Ellis’ price has dropped after two rough outings, but he has been solid this season and gets a nice matchup against the Kings. I don’t see Dirk going off like he did against the Rockets, which should give the rest of the team some more possessions. The Kings are the third worse defense against shooting guards tonight.
Randy Foye $5,800 TOR@DEN: - With Li’l Nate Robinson out Foye should get plenty of minutes. Ty Lawson is still a game time decision, but even if he can’t go, Foye should still be able to hit value, but if Lawson can’t go, he becomes a must start and Evan Fournier makes for a good value play.
Kyle Korver $5,100 ATL@PHI: Korver is always a little scary, but this pick goes straight into the “use whoever is playing the Sixers” category. Philly gives up the most three-pointers in the league to shooting guards and that’s Hot Sauce’s wheelhouse.
Kevin Durant $12,600 OKC@BKN: The question as usual with Durant is if he is worth his enormous price. The answer has been consistently, yes, but much depends on the night and the lineup you are able to put around him. You can pretty much count on 50 FD points at this juncture and counting on numbers like that is pretty nice, especially when his ceiling is even higher. The Nets are no slouches on defense, but right now there is no defense that can stop him. I’ll be doing my best to get him in my lineups tonight.
DeMarre Carroll $5,400 ATL@PHI: The Sixers matchup is great of course, but Carroll has been playing well as it is. He’s been consistently hitting 20-30 FD points per night and that number should rise against Philly as it does with everyone who plays them.
Khris Middleton $4,600 MIL@ORL: Middelton has joined the starting rotation and with the extra minutes has been hitting value. Over their last ten games the Magic are giving up over 43 FD points to small forwards. That trails only the Lakers and the Kings out of the teams playing tonight. The matchup and price make him a worthwhile option, especially when trying to fit Durant.
Paul Millsap $8,700 ATL@PHI: Millsap has consistently filled out the stat sheet this season. He hasn’t dipped below 38.6 FD points over the last five games and now gets to take on the Sixers. He has elite upside tonight for a moderate price.
Andray Blatche $5,900 OKC@BKN: Blatche has topped 30 FD points in five of his last six games. I wish his minutes were higher, but they’ve been holding steady around 24-27 during those six games. But for his price he doesn’t even need to hit that 30 points which has been his floor of late.
Gustavo Ayon $3,900 ATL@PHI: His upside is limited, but he has averaged 27 minutes in the three games since Pero Antic went down along with 23 FD points. He now gets the Sixers, and we know what that means.
Al Jefferson $9,300 CHA@LAL – Jefferson hasn’t dipped below 35.7 FD points in his last 10 games and has five 50+ games during that span. His price is rising of course, but he’s still been surpassing value by a wide margin and now faces the Lakers who are giving up 51+ FD points to centers over the last ten games.
Nikola Vucevic $6,700 MIL@ORL – Vucevic returned from his concussion Wednesday and despite playing just 21 minutes he put up up 16 points, 10 rebounds and a block on 6-of-12 shooting. Tonight he gets a nice matchup with the Bucks who are near the bottom in every statistical defensive category against opposing big men. He carries some risk since he may not see his full complement of minutes, but he should see more than he did his first game back and his price is depressed from his time off.
Andrew Bogut $6,200 GS@UTA: Bogut has been playing well of late and had a big 17-board night against the Clippers last night. He’s a bit of a roller coaster ride, but you have to consider him against the undersized Jazz who give up the fifth most rebounds to centers and the only other teams giving up more FD points per game to centers tonight are the Bucks and the Lakers.
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