There is always a large slate of games on Friday, but this isn’t any old Friday. It’s Friday the 13th. Whether it’s a last minute scratch that forces us to scramble before lineup lock or a triple-OT thriller that changes the landscape of tonight’s slate, something eerie is sure to occur.
Start your weekend off right by targeting the players below in FanDuel cash games.
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Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder (Salary: $13000, FPPG: 48.7, MPG: 33, Usage Rate: 37.4)
Westbrook almost posted another triple-double on Wednesday night. The problem was that it took ten turnovers, rather than ten assists. The Clippers had a great game plan to slow down the MVP candidate. The good news is that his price has come down $300 on FanDuel. He also draws a much better matchup tonight against the Wolves, who have allowed the second-most points per game to their opponents this season. Westbrook is the top overall play at any position and he should bounce back nicely tonight.
Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors (Salary: $7600, FPPG: 35, MPG: 35, Usage Rate: 25.4)
Lowry has played well since returning from his various injuries, averaging 37 fantasy points over his last three games. The fantasy production is nice, but I’m most impressed with his aggressiveness on offense. He has taken an average of 19 shot attempts per game during that stretch. An aggressive Lowry is a productive one and we can expect more of the same from him tonight against the Heat, who have really made an effort to push the pace since acquiring Goran Dragic.
Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns (Salary: $8200, FPPG: 33.7, MPG: 34, Usage Rate: 23.5)
Brandon Knight is doubtful for tonight’s game against the Hawks, which means Bledsoe will be the only playmaker in the Suns’ backcourt. He has a knack of letting us down in these big spots, but it’s hard to pass on a guy with his upside. The Hawks have done a decent job at defending opposing point guards this season, but Bledsoe’s increased role in the offense outweighs the tough matchup. Bledsoe is also listed as a shooting guard on FanDuel, which technically allows us to roster three point guards.
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors (Salary: $7200, FPPG: 32.1, MPG: 33, Usage Rate: 27.3)
Thompson has been incredibly inconsistent this season, but it’s hard to picture him having a bad outing tonight against the Nuggets. His price is depressed, the Warriors may rest a few guys, and the Nuggets have one of the worst defenses in the entire NBA. This game has a total of 218 points, with the Warriors’ team total set at 112 points. Thompson should get plenty of open looks in a game that will feature very little half-court sets on offense. This could be one of those classic Thompson performances where he reaches value on points alone.
Rudy Gay, Sacramento Kings (Salary: $8200, FPPG: 33.8, MPG: 35, Usage Rate: 26.5)
The Kings travel to Philadelphia to take on a Sixers team that has managed to stay competitive recently. The Kings are only favored by three in this game, which really improves the fantasy outlook of players from both sides. Gay is coming off of a strong seven-game stretch where he has averaged 37 fantasy points per contest. His price has reacted to his recent level of production, but he should be in for another big outing tonight. He has an outside chance of posting a double-double, as the Sixers are the worst rebounding team in the NBA.
Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors (Salary: $4100, FPPG: 20, MPG: 29, Usage Rate: 14.4)
You may be a little surprised with this pick, but hear me out. The Warriors are expected to rest some players tonight against the Nuggets. Typically, that means Andrew Bogut and Andre Iguodala. Regardless of who gets the night off, Barnes is usually the one that picks up the minutes. Barnes is extremely cheap on FanDuel and he may push for 35 minutes tonight in what is expected to be the highest scoring game on the schedule.
Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks (Salary: $7200, FPPG: 33.6, MPG: 33, Usage Rate: 23.5)
Millsap and the Hawks were run out of the gym the other night against the Nuggets. They should have a much better performance tonight, as they head to Phoenix to take on the Suns. Millsap’s price is at one of its lowest points of the season, giving us a terrific opportunity to buy on the All-Star. The Suns have done a good job of containing opposing power forwards this season, but Millsap is a tough cover for anyone. Take advantage of the cheap price tag while you can.
Marvin Williams, Charlotte Hornets (Salary: $4200, FPPG: 15.9, MPG: 25, Usage Rate: 13.1)
Al Jefferson and Cody Zeller are both expected to miss tonight’s game against the Bulls, which means Williams is going to be asked to log heavy minutes. He has played well over his last six games, averaging 20 fantasy points per contest. He should see a sizable uptick in minutes and usage rate tonight, making him a terrific value play at power forward. He’s a low-risk option with decent upside against the Bulls.
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings (Salary: $10500, FPPG: 44.7, MPG: 34, Usage Rate: 33.6)
Cousins is the premier play at center tonight and it’s really not very close. He draws a dream matchup against the Sixers, who are ranked 29th against centers and 30th in rebounding differential this season. Everything is lining up for him to have one of his best games of the season. The biggest concern with the Kings recently has been the fact that they have been on the wrong end of too many blowouts. That shouldn’t be a problem tonight though, as the spread is set at only three points.