Which plays stand out most for Thursday night’s NBA DFS action on FanDuel? Find out below.
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, $10,700 - It’s a very small slate, so Curry is the top option on the board regardless of position. He has his eyes set on a second straight MVP award and is averaging 50 FD PPG so far this season. Ricky Rubio has never been known as an elite defender, and he missed the last game with knee discomfort, so this is a prime spot for Curry to put up another huge performance on national TV.
Brandon Knight, Phoenix Suns, $6,700 - I certainly wouldn’t argue if you paired Curry with Chris Paul, but you’ll have to save elsewhere if you go that route. Knight comes in at a solid mid-range price point, and while the individual matchup with Paul isn’t great, his minute volume and pace of this game should lead to a solid game. He put up 35 FD points against the Clippers earlier this year, and with this game carrying only a 2.5-point spread on the NBA odds board, he should be in line for 35+ minutes.
Jamal Crawford, Los Angeles Clippers, $4,400 – J.J. Redick left last night’s game with a back injury and is listed as doubtful for tonight. While Crawford wasn’t incredibly productive in his absence last night, he did play 29 minutes, and on a short slate that’s about as good as we can do. He’s struggled to shoot the ball so far this season, but he’s proven to be a very effective scorer in the past, so positive regression should be coming.
Outside of Crawford, things are murky at SG. If you can swing his price tag, Eric Bledsoe has been playing very well and is the top option on the board. Dropping down a level, the Warriors are crushing everyone, which is incredibly impressive when you factor in that Klay Thompson has really struggled to start the year. He’s too good to keep struggling for this long though, and at some point he’s going to catch fire and put up a monster game. Given that, he’s a great GPP play, especially since the Warriors have a team total of 110 points. In the lower end, Alec Burks would be my favorite cheaper option.
Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors, $5,100 - Barnes rejected a big extension and is looking for a payday this offseason. His early play should get him that big payday, as he’s really elevated his game so far this season. He’s been more aggressive offensively, scoring in double digits in five straight games, and he’s hit 5x value in four of his last five. Minnesota has been stingy against SFs so far this season, but this is a very thin position, so I’ll take the discount with Barnes.
Nemanja Bjelica, Minnesota Timberwolves, $4,600 - I’m looking to save at SF, as Andrew Wiggins is coming off an injury and Gordon Hayward has struggled to start the year, and neither have great matchups. Bjelica comes off the bench but has carved out a stable role; he’s played at least 23 minutes in each of the past seven games. He’s produced solid point, rebound and assist totals, and if the Warriors do blow out the Wolves, he should be on the floor in garbage time.
Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, $10,200 - Outside of Curry, Blake is the next high-priced option on my list. I don’t think he’s a must, but if Draymond is still limited by sickness, the PF position is very thin in general. The Clippers are running their offense through Griffin more to start the season, and he’s responded by averaging 28 points as well as almost 10 rebounds per game. The Clippers have the second-highest team total on the night, so he should be in for another big outing.
Derrick Favors, Utah Jazz, $7,800 - If we get word that Draymond Green is feeling better, he’s certainly in play here as well. However, he was limited last night, so I’m slotting in Favors right now. He’s been the go-to guy offensively for the Jazz, and outside of one dud game against the Nuggets that saw him play limited minutes due to sickness, he’s consistently producing 35 FD points a night. The Heat have defended PFs well, but he was solid against a tough Memphis interior and is playing big minutes.
Tyson Chandler, Phoenix Suns, $5,700 - The Suns haven’t played since Sunday, so the aging Chandler should be well rested for this one. He’s shown he can still put up big rebounding numbers, and he produced a big outing against these Clippers earlier this season with 14 points and 17 rebounds. Those numbers don’t appear to be a fluke, as the Clips have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to centers on the season.
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