FanDuel NBA Plays for Friday, February 7th
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.
John Wall $9,400 CLE@WAS: Wall has been playing lights out of late with an average of 50 FDP over the last three games and 44 over his last eight. Cleveland has allowed 43.86 FDP per game to opposing point guards this season, which is only below the Lakers and Sixers. He has elite upside and his price doesn’t quite reflect that yet.
Michael Carter-Williams $7,800 LAL@PHI: MCW hasn’t been tearing the fantasy world up like he was early in the season, but he is still where the Sixers offense runs through and he gets a home game against the beat up Lakers, who have been the worst defense against point guards over the last 10 games.
Rajon Rondo $6,500 SAC@BOS: You’re not going to get Rondo at this price again, so you might as well take it while you can. His minutes restriction has been dropped and he’s coming off two nice games of 43 and 36 FDP. Sacramento gives up 43 FDP per game to opposing point guards and Vegas has this game at a one-point spread, so look for Rondo to get his 30+ minutes.
Brad Beal $6,500 CLE@WAS: Beal has topped 25 FDP in six of his last seven games and we watched as the Lakers beat the Cavs with a rag-tag band of scrubs on Wednesday and put up good fantasy numbers in the process, so just think of what the Wizards’ Wall and Beal can accomplish.
Randy Foye $6,500 DEN@NY: With Nate Robinson out Foye has been getting plenty of floor time and has been capitalizing with 39 FDP over the last four games. We can’t expect those numbers every night, but at $6,500 he doesn’t have to get there to still hold value and the Knickerbockers have been poor against opposing shooting guards, giving up a 21.3 EFF rating to them, which is the second worst of the teams going tonight.
Steve Blake $6,100 LAL@PHI: He’s not going to put up big scoring nights, but he can fill a stat sheet like he did against Cleveland on Wednesday when he had a triple-double. Tonight he gets an even better matchup and the Lakers are still hurting, which should give him plenty of time to fill that stat sheet again.
Paul George $8,100 POR@IND: George can disappear in games and leave you scratching your head, but he often shows up for games against better opponents. Portland is one of those better opponents, but they have been poor against opposing small forwards, giving up 40.25 FDP per game, the second worst in tonight’s games. And if Lance Stephenson ends up missing this one, that will give you even more incentive to play PG.
J.R. Smith $6,000 DEN@NY: Smith has taken his reprimand to heart and come back strong. He is averaging 29 FDP over the last eight games and his minutes are stable around 35-40 per game. Denver isn’t the worst in the league at defending small forwards, but they are near the bottom, ranking 21st.
Ryan Kelly $4,600 LAL@PHI: If his shot isn’t going down you could be in trouble, but with the Lakers losing players by the bushel, he should see plenty of chances to get his shot working like it was against the Cavs when he scored 26 points with six boards.
Carmelo Anthony $10,100 DEN@NY: Melo takes on his former team who also happen to defend power forwards quite poorly, giving up 48.92 FDP to them on the season. Early in the year he scored 38.4 FDP in Denver, but I think that’s his floor at home in this one.
Thaddeus Young $7,000 LAL@PHI: The last time these two teams met, Young scored 25 and had nine boards for 47.3 FDP. He hasn’t been playing up to those standards of late, but his price has dropped a bit and this game should have plenty of fantasy love to go around.
Jared Sullinger $6,200 SAC@BOS: Sully is riding a nice hot streak that happened to coincide with some great matchups, but his usage and minutes have shot up of late and with his good play I don’t see that changing soon. As long as he’s getting his opportunities he’s going to put up enough to get you value.
DeMarcus Cousins $9,500 SAC@BOS: He can ruin your night with some bonehead plays, but he can also put up 50 FDP without blinking. He leads all centers with an average of 43.6 FDP per game, which is five more points than the guy in second. His price is still too low after missing six games, and Boston is near the bottom in defense against opposing centers. They just don’t have anyone who can slow down Cousins.
Spencer Hawes $6,700 LAL@PHI: I really don’t see any reason not to exploit this Sixers/Lakers game to the fullest and Hawes is no exception. He had one of his best games in a while on Wednesday against Boston, who have trouble with centers and now he gets the Lakers who are giving up a whopping 49.77 FDP to opposing centers.
Chris Kaman $4,100 LAL@PHI: Kaman is coming off the bench and has been getting into some foul trouble since Pau Gasol went down, but in his limited time on the court he is putting up good numbers. If he can stay out of foul trouble his upside is much higher than Robert Sacre’s for a similar price discount.