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FanDuel NBA Plays: Friday

by Derek "Notorious Farnsworth
Updated On: December 3, 2018, 6:02 pm ET

Per usual Friday tradition, we have a full slate of NBA games on tap tonight and FanDuel has a ton of great contests to take part in. There are some games that can be avoided altogether (Knicks/Spurs) and a few others that stand out from a fantasy perspective. As always, make sure to keep your eye on the Player News page here on Rotoworld. Injuries can change the entire landscape in daily fantasy basketball.

 

 

 

Point Guard

 

Michael Carter-Williams vs. Dallas Mavericks                                                                      

                                                                               

Salary    $7,100                                                  

TO-Adjusted Usage --    Season:                18.7        |              Last Five Games:              18.2

Min/Game --     Season:                30.4        |              Last Five Games:              34.7

FP/Game --        Season:                27.5        |              Last Five Games:              38.7

 

A lot of people are going to target Kyrie Irving tonight after his monster outing against the Wizards, but I’d rather save $700 and target Carter-Williams. He has been terrific over his last five games, averaging 38.7 fantasy points per contest. MCW would also see a sizable boost if Jerryd Bayless (questionable) is ruled out.

 

 

Mario Chalmers vs. Denver Nuggets                                                                      

                                                                               

Salary    $4,900                                                  

TO-Adjusted Usage --    Season:                19.5        |              Last Five Games:              22.9

Min/Game --     Season:                20.1        |              Last Five Games:              24.8

FP/Game --        Season:                18.4        |              Last Five Games:              26.7

 

Mike Conley and Courtney Lee both missed this morning’s shootaround. They are both listed as doubtful. Conley will likely draw the start at point guard and see all of the minutes that he can handle. He is close to a must play tonight against the Nuggets, who have allowed the third-most fantasy points to point guards.

 

 

 

Shooting Guard

 

Victor Oladipo vs. Brooklyn Nets                                                                              

                                                                               

Salary    $6,000                                                  

TO-Adjusted Usage --    Season:                20.4        |              Last Five Games:              20.4

Min/Game --     Season:                29.1        |              Last Five Games:              29.9

FP/Game --        Season:                25.9        |              Last Five Games:              26.8

 

Elfrid Payton is highly unlikely to play tonight, which means Oladipo will have another opportunity to start at point guard and potentially see minutes in the upper-30s. He has played well in his last two starts, averaging 33 fantasy points in 38 minutes per game. His price has come up, but he is still one of the top plays on the board.

 

 

Devin Booker vs. Miami Heat                                                                     

                                                                               

Salary    $3,900                                                  

TO-Adjusted Usage --    Season:                14.5        |              Last Five Games:              16.5

Min/Game --     Season:                17.5        |              Last Five Games:              31.7

FP/Game --        Season:                11.4        |              Last Five Games:              22.3       

 

The Suns draw a difficult matchup against the defensive-minded Heat, but Booker is still an excellent value play. He is coming off of a monster game against the Hornets and he has averaged 31.7 minutes over his last five games. I’m debating between Booker and Tony Allen as my favorite value play at the position.

    

 

                                           

Small Forward

 

Paul George vs. New Orleans Pelicans                                                                   

                                                                               

Salary    $8,800                                                  

TO-Adjusted Usage --    Season:                25.6        |              Last Five Games:              24.7

Min/Game --     Season:                35.8        |              Last Five Games:              37.1

FP/Game --        Season:                39.7        |              Last Five Games:              41.3

 

George has picked up his play recently, averaging 41.3 fantasy points in his last five games. He draws a favorable matchup tonight against the Pelicans, who have been one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA this season. George has tremendous upside in what is expected to be a fast-paced, high-scoring game.

        

                                                                       

Jeff Green vs. Denver Nuggets                                                                 

                                                                               

Salary    $4,800                                                  

TO-Adjusted Usage --    Season:                16.1        |              Last Five Games:              17.9

Min/Game --     Season:                29.1        |              Last Five Games:              32.1

FP/Game --        Season:                19.6        |              Last Five Games:              23.0

 

Assuming Mike Conley and Courtney Lee are out tonight, there are going to be plenty of minutes that open up in the Grizzlies’ backcourt. Green will likely slide over and spend some time at the two and three. He could see 35+ minutes in a favorable matchup against the Nuggets.

 

 

 

Power Forward

               

Anthony Davis vs. Indiana Pacers                                                                             

                                                                               

Salary    $10,400                                                

TO-Adjusted Usage --    Season:                23.7        |              Last Five Games:              23.3

Min/Game --     Season:                36.6        |              Last Five Games:              37.9

FP/Game --        Season:                44.7        |              Last Five Games:              44.4

 

Davis has been a frustrating fantasy play this season. He seems to underwhelm (or get hurt) in favorable matchups and play well in tough matchups. Davis is the premier play at power forward tonight, as he draws a favorable matchup against the Pacers at home.

 

 

Tristan Thompson vs. Minnesota Timberwolves                                                               

                                                                               

Salary    $4,600                                                  

TO-Adjusted Usage --    Season:                10.3        |              Last Five Games:              10.7

Min/Game --     Season:                27.6        |              Last Five Games:              32.4

FP/Game --        Season:                21.3        |              Last Five Games:              21.2

 

Thompson is one of the safest plays on the board tonight. He is a monster on the glass and he is averaging minutes in the low-30s since entering the starting lineup. He is a bit underpriced on FanDuel and he draws a nice matchup against the Wolves, who are ranked 22nd against centers.




Center

 

Marc Gasol vs. Denver Nuggets                                                                

                                                                               

Salary    $7,500                                                  

TO-Adjusted Usage --    Season:                19.4        |              Last Five Games:              21.3

Min/Game --     Season:                34.5        |              Last Five Games:              33.5

FP/Game --        Season:                32.1        |              Last Five Games:              29.1

 

If Mike Conley and Courtney Lee were ruled out tonight, the Grizzlies’ offense would likely run through a combination of Mario Chalmers and Gasol. He is a great passer and he could post something close to a triple-double tonight against the Nuggets.

 

 

Note: This is not meant to be a full lineup. The picks are my favorite targets at each position. 

Derek "Notorious Farnsworth
Derek “Notorious” Farnsworth is ranked #7 Overall, has won a $50,000 Daily Fantasy Baseball Championship, qualified for the 2013 FanDuel Basketball Championship, and is a lead contributor on RotoGrinders.com. When he’s not winning daily fantasy contests, the Talented Mr. Noto can be found on Twitter @RG_Notorious.