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Friday is finally here! We head into the weekend with a solid 11-game slate to attack and there are plenty of prime situations to target tonight as a result.
The Hornets, Wizards, Cavaliers, and Clippers all played last night, with the remaining teams playing their first game out of the All-Star break. There are a few games with bloated projected totals of 220 points, so you’ll want to be sure to have exposure to those contests as there should be lots of fantasy scoring.
This article will not only will we suggest players worth targeting, but we also hope to teach you the mitigating factors that go into identifying specific players as well as overall roster construction. When playing DFS NBA games, it is crucial that you make every effort to pay attention to the news as the day unfolds as any injury or rest situations could shift the foundation of your strategy for the evening. Let’s look at some DFS NBA FanDuel Top Daily Plays.
Point guard features Damian Lillard ($9,100), Chris Paul ($8,900), and Kemba Walker ($8,700) at the top, with Paul being the preferred play. The Rockets host the Timberwolves in a game that sports a total of 226 points, so there should be plenty of fantasy goodness to be had here tonight. Lillard finds himself in a tough matchup on the road, but he can be considered in tournaments as his ownership levels should be depressed. Walker is a perpetual tournament play as he has big upside, but much like tonight, his price typically keeps him out of the cash game conversation.
Kyrie Irving ($7,900) is scoring dependent for a lot of his value, but with his price below $8,000, he can be considered across all formats in a plus matchup against Detroit. Kyle Lowry ($7,900) is a phenomenal tournament option tonight against the Bucks, as the point guard came into the All-Star break rolling. This is an above-average matchup for Lowry and his price point leaves him with plenty of profit potential. Dennis Smith Jr. ($7,000) should be on your tournament radar this evening as the Mavericks get a boost in pace against the Lakers. Goran Dragic ($6,700) rounds out this tier as he gets a good matchup coupled with a boost in pace against the Pelicans. He tends to fly under the radar at times, so be sure to get some exposure here in tournaments where you can.
James Harden ($11,400) checks in as the highest projected play tonight, regardless of position. He will chew up 19% of your available salary cap, but the upside is immense. This is a solid matchup against Minnesota and I look for a monster line from Harden as a result. Victor Oladipo ($10,000) remains priced for his upside, but you always need to be cognizant of his downside as well. The matchup is a strong one and with Oladipo coming off of a couple of days’ worth of rest, he could be primed for a big outing tonight at home. There’s some rest concern with Bradley Beal ($9,000) as he played 35 minutes in Cleveland last night, but the volume should be there tonight against the Hornets.
Tyreke Evans ($7,900) is a nightly threat for a triple-double and with him back in the fold for Memphis, feel free to fire him up in tournaments against the Cavaliers tonight. DeMar DeRozan ($7,900) is priced in such a way that you need to consider him, but the matchup leaves a bit to be desired. He’s a strong tournament play at this price, as there’s profit potential at these salary levels. Lou Williams ($7,000) played 33 minutes against the Warriors last night, but it’s hard to eschew him this evening in a prime matchup against the Suns. He’s a preferred play tonight as he should have no issues hitting his current value threshold (33 FDP).
On the cheaper side of things, Tyrone Wallace ($3,500) deserves some consideration as a pure punt tonight if Avery Bradley remains on the shelf.
LeBron James ($11,300) picked up where he left off prior to the All-Star break, with the veteran star producing 56.8 FDP last night against the Wizards. His price slipped $300 ahead of a tough matchup against the Grizzlies, so be sure to include him in a lineup or two in tournament play. Much like James, Giannis Antetokounmpo ($10,800) finds himself in a difficult matchup, but he too is always worthy of GPP consideration. Jimmy Butler ($9,200) is an elite play across all formats as he gets a good matchup in a contest that sports a high projected total.
The middle tier starts with Otto Porter Jr. ($7,600), who is likely looking at playing time in the upper-30s in what should be a competitive game. He’s got a low floor, but there’s fantasy upside of six times his current salary tonight. Harrison Barnes ($6,800) does little outside of scoring, but the matchup and bump in pace puts him on the radar for GPP contests. Josh Jackson ($5,900) shifted back to the bench with the return of Devin Booker in the final game before the All-Star break, but he still produced 34.4 FDP in a tough matchup against the Jazz. This is a good matchup for him tonight against the Clippers, so I don’t mind targeting him in tournaments, just know he possesses a low floor.
Keep an eye on the status of Ricky Rubio as his potential absence would likely open the door for Royce O’Neale ($4,600) to see extended run against the Trail Blazers.
LaMarcus Aldridge ($8,700) and Blake Griffin ($8,400) are neck and neck at the power forward position, but I’ll give the slightest of edges to Griffin due to price. As always, you can always attack these situations by splitting your exposure when constructing lineups. Nikola Mirotic ($7,500) is in a tough matchup against the Heat, but he should see plenty of volume and thus remains in the tournament conversation.
Dwight Powell ($6,700) is an interesting tournament play in a good matchup against the Lakers tonight. Powell scored 31+ FDP in four straight heading into the All-Star break and while he’s expensive, he could squeeze out production of five times his current salary. Taj Gibson ($5,400) doesn’t have a high ceiling, but he should be in line for plenty of playing time and thus can be considered for your cash game lineups.
Montrezl Harrell ($4,500) continues to be an excellent per minute producer, but he just doesn’t see enough playing time on a consistent basis. If you need the salary relief in cash games you can go here, but he’s highly unlikely to see 20 minutes, so it’s a risky proposition if you go that route.
Anthony Davis ($11,700) rolled into the All-Star break absolutely scorching hot, as he scored 91.4 FDP, 58.5 FDP, and 81.5 FDP in his last three games. This is a less than desirable matchup against the Heat, but you can’t remove all of your exposure to someone with legitimate 70-80 FDP upside on a nightly basis. Karl-Anthony Towns ($9,700) is available at a major discount to Davis and while he doesn’t sport the same upside, he does find himself in an elite fantasy environment in which he should be able to produce. Andre Drummond ($9,300) is an elite tournament play tonight, despite a tough matchup on deck against the Celtics.
DeAndre Jordan ($8,000) is a decent flier in tournaments against a weak team and he continued to produce last night against the Warriors, which is an encouraging sign. Julius Randle ($7,300) is a great tournament play at home tonight against the Mavericks. Dallas ranks dead last in terms of team rebounding rate and they are in the bottom third of the league against opposing centers in regards to fantasy production allowed. Myles Turner ($7,000) has been inconsistent this month, but he’s a solid option for tournaments who should go low owned. The Hawks are a poor rebounding team and are subpar against big men overall, so the matchup certainly favors Turner as well.
There aren’t any great options on the cheaper side of things tonight, so I’d focus on the higher-priced players this evening.