Welcome to Friday Night in the NBA! FanDuel is raising the bar on Friday night’s with it’s brand new Friday Primetime Series. 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.
Goran Dragic $9,000 SA@PHO — The Spurs are allowing 42+ FDP to opposing point guards this season. Dragic hasn’t dipped below 30 FDP in a month, so his price has risen, but you want this kind of consistency in 50/50s. This game should be a closely fought affair in Phoenix and has the second highest betting total on the night. I like for Dragic to see plenty of playing time and FanDuel points.
Kyle Lowry $8,300 CLE@TOR — Lowry has been playing well, averaging 10+ assists over the last four games and 40 FDP over his last six. He also gets to take on the Cavs poor defensive frontcourt that is giving up over 44 FDP per game to point guards.
Rajon Rondo $7,300 BOS@LAL — Rondo is still cheap enough to have great value as long as he’s playing. He’s rested twice this month, but when he does play he’s averaging 38 FDP per game over his last five. This game should stay close enough in L.A. that Rondo will get his minutes in and at his price that equals value.
Jarrett Jack $3,600 CLE@TOR — CJ Miles and Dion Waiters are both out tonight, which should mean more playing time for JJ. He hasn’t played well this year, but last time out he had a nice game with Miles and Waiters out and at $3,600 you can’t overlook that he doesn’t need to score many fantasy points in his 30+ minutes on the court to hit value.
Monta Ellis $6,800 DAL@PHI — The Sixers are always a threat to get blown out by 50 at halftime, but Ellis’ price has dropped enough that he doesn’t need to play 40 minutes to hit value in this one. He’s averaging 32 FDP over his last eight and I think that’s a good number for his price.
Jimmy Butler $6,400 DEN@CHI — Jimmy Butler is getting the Tom Thibodeau treatment and has hit 40+ minutes in 8 of his last 10 games. He fills out the stat sheet with all those minutes and against an up-tempo Nuggets team he should have even more opportunities.
Jodie Meeks $5,500 BOS@LAL — With Steve Blake shipped off Meeks should see plenty of playing time. He saw 34 minutes in his first game back from injury and even though he wasn’t sharp he still scored 19 points on 7 of 14 shooting.
Luol Deng $5,900 CLE@TOR — Deng is tough to figure out, but with Miles and Waiters out I expect him to get plenty of run and now that he’s just a rental for the season I think they’ll try to get as much use out of him as possible while trying to sneak into the playoffs.
Nicolas Batum $6,200 UTA@POR – Batum didn’t fill in for LaMarcus Aldridge’s scoring like I had hoped last time around, but he didn’t even hit his usual amount of scoring. But he did fill out the stat sheet with 5 boards, 5 assists, 2 blocks and a steal. The last time he played Utah he had a respectable 35 FDP and I think he steps up his scoring this time around.
P.J. Tucker $5,500 SA@PHO — Tucker is averaging 32.6 FDP over his last five games along with 37.4 minutes per game during that span. He’s not going to light up the Spurs, but this should be a close game and Tucker doesn’t need to score to put up fantasy points since he fills the stat sheet up well.
Tim Duncan $8,700 SA@PHO — Duncan got his rest on a back-to-back last time out and should be able to go against the Suns tonight. (Always monitor with Pop of course) Timmy is averaging over 40 FDP in his last eight games and his rest days are helping keep his price down.
Dirk Nowitzki $7,700 DAL@PHI — Dirk had a nice game against Miami his last time out, scoring 44.3 FDP and now gets Philly’s porous defense. Much like Ellis, if his price was high I’d be more worried about a blowout, but his scoring potential in 25 minutes is more than most $7,700 power forwards.
Jared Sullinger $6,500 BOS@LAL — Sullinger gets a great matchup with the Lakers and he’s a pretty big fan of great matchups as seen with his huge games against the Sixers and Kings of late. He doesn’t do much in tough matchups, but that’s why we play daily games and wait to use him in these situations.
Robin Lopez $6,300 UTA@POR — With LaMarcus Aldridge out Lopez is the main rebounder for the team as seen with his 14 boards against the Spurs last game. Those extra boards help buoy his floor and up his ceiling. (I guess he’s on a boat)
Spencer Hawes $6,100 CLE@TOR — Hawes is expected to play with his new team tonight and with Anderson Vareajo still out he should get a chance to prove himself to his new teammates.