NBA is finally back with a big slate of games on this glorious Friday night. Always keep an eye on the news with the Rotogrinders App to make sure you are setting the best roster you can. Let's dig in deeper now and find some top plays at each position on both FanDuel and DraftKings tonight.
Kyrie Irving (vs. Toronto)
This is a fantastic game for both real-life and fantasy purposes. You have, arguably, the two best teams in the Eastern Conference squaring off in a showdown that sees Toronto -3 over Boston with a total of 209. So, I think we get a full allotment of minutes from both sides here and Kyrie’s price is a touch too low in my opinion. If people are game log watching, then they’re only seeing the poor shooting performance that led to a disappointing 21.5 DraftKings points on opening night. The reason for that poor fantasy total was his terrible 2 for 14 shooting performance, with only one three-pointer made in eight attempts. Kyrie shoots 38.7% from three-point range in his career and 46.1% overall; if you plug those numbers into those 14 field-goal and eight three-point attempts, you’re going to get a much different outcome on that fantasy total. I expect him to shoot much better in this game and this price tag has dropped to the point that I think he is a fantastic play tonight.
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Donovan Mitchell (vs. Golden State)
Donovan Mitchell had a fantastic rookie season and I expect big things out of him this year. In his first game, he played 36 minutes and took 21 field-goal attempts (10 3-pointers). It was a perfectly acceptable performance for his price tag, but I think there’s more in store tonight in a big matchup against Golden State. As a rookie last year, Mitchell played Golden State four times throughout the regular season and averaged 20 points per game against them. His lowest DraftKings output in the four games was 32.3 fantasy points. This is a matchup against Steph Curry that Mitchell wants to win and can win. That mid-30s fantasy production is going to be his floor in this matchup tonight. I am a fan of balanced lineup construction, and a guy like Donovan Mitchell fits that mold perfectly.
Paul George (vs. Los Angeles Clippers)
We knew Paul George was going to carry a heavier load with Russell Westbrook on the shelf to start the season, and he did just that. Oklahoma City was very competitive against Golden State in game one and Paul George played 37 minutes. Taking 23 field-goal attempts. Westbrook should continue to sit early in the season and it’s going to lead to more big games for Paul George. The price tag rose slightly on both sites, but not enough to drive me away from a high usage player in a good matchup against the Clippers.
Jayson Tatum (vs. Toronto)
As mentioned above, this is a very intriguing game, and possibly the real-life game of the night in the NBA for Friday, so we should get a highly competitive game against two good teams. That bodes well for Jayson Tatum because I think Boston is going to be involved in a lot of blowouts this year. On opening night, they whipped Philadelphia by 18 points and Tatum gave us a potential glimpse of what to look forward to this year. He took 17 field-goal attempts, grabbed nine rebounds and put up a 28.5 usage rate. If that’s the type of work he’s going to get in the offense, then he’s going to be an absolute monster this year, and the price tag did not adjust enough from opening night to drive us off of him in this highly competitive contest.
Marc Gasol (vs. Atlanta)
This is an interesting spot for Marc Gasol. Memphis looks like a terrible team this year, as evidenced by the 28-point blowout at Indiana to start the season. However, this game at home against Atlanta is going to be much more competitive and Memphis has an outrageous 109.5 team total right now. Gasol started slowly on opening night but ended up playing 30 minutes and putting up 32 DraftKings points. He only shot 2 of 11 from the field, so those numbers should all improve. For a very modest price tag on both sides, I think you’re getting a player with big upside tonight, but also a high floor.