The NBA is in full swing and we have our first Friday night slate tonight. We have a total of 12 games, and this article will assist you in identifying some key GPP/tournament targets on FanDuel. Let’s hop into the action.
John Wall, Washington Wizards, $9,600 – Wall is one of my favorite point guard GPP targets on most nights, and tonight is no different. He always offers a slight price discount to the other top PG options, which allows you to spend up at another position. Tonight’s matchup is somewhat appealing versus the turnover-prone Michael Carter-Williams. Locking in Wall is a great way to differentiate your lineup tonight.
Ty Lawson, Houston Rockets, $7,300 – The Houston Rockets offense was not very impressive in their opening night game with the Denver Nuggets. Tonight’s matchup with the Warriors does not allow for any sort of forgiveness either. That being said, this game is projected to be high scoring (215 total) and should remain close (Warriors favored by two on the NBA odds board). After witnessing the mess that was the Rockets offense the other night, a guy like Lawson will be low owned tonight. Assuming Houston does indeed keep this game close, the point guard could be in for a solid stat line.
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, $8,200 – On most nights, it’s clear Kobe will not be approaching 40 minutes of action per game. That being said, he looked healthy in 29 minutes in his first game. As the season goes on, I expect there to be games in which Kobe pushes the minutes total up. Tonight’s individual matchup for Kobe is excellent in what should be a fast-paced game against the Sacramento Kings. For this reason, Kobe is worthy of consideration in GPPs only.
Brad Beal, Washington Wizards, $7,200 – Much like teammate John Wall, Beal is another one of my favorite GPP targets. The reasoning here is much different than that of Wall though. Beal is a very volatile player in terms of production; he is a pure scorer which leads to inconsistent fantasy production. However, as we’ve seen in the past, Beal is capable of filling up the stat sheet on occasion, which has led to some massive performances, and he’ll be low owned.
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, $10,700 – Assuming the trend continues from last season, LeBron James will be the superstar that goes lowest owned on most NBA DFS nights. Without Kyrie Irving available, LBJ will be relied on heavily on the offensive end of the court. Fading LeBron is a big mistake in GPPs if you’re building multiple lineups tonight.
Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks, $5,800 – Recency bias is real, and that is precisely the reason why Middleton is a GPP recommendation tonight. He was a relatively highly owned player on opening night due to a situation in which the Bucks were down a key wing player in Giannis Antetokounmpo. On many occasions last season we saw Middleton approach 40 minutes. I think he builds on that from last season, and he makes for an excellent under-the-radar GPP target tonight.
Pau Gasol, Chicago Bulls, $7,800 – The Bulls frontcourt is pretty crowded at this point in the season, making it hard to rely on their players for production. I think tonight is a unique situation for the Bulls though. The Pistons will be looking to play a bigger lineup with Marcus Morris at small forward, which is essentially what the Bulls want to do as well with Nikola Mirotic. For that reason, I think the Bulls frontcourt will some extra run tonight. Gasol should absolutely feast in this matchup with the Pistons frontcourt, one that really struggles to contest athletic big men.
Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic, $4,000 – Coming into the season, a lot of hype was surrounding Aaron Gordon, and eventually I believe he will be in the starting lineup. For now, I really like the kid for GPPs. He does not need much time on the court to be productive, and an up-tempo game with the Thunder is ideal for his skill-set.
Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat, $7,300 – Here is another case of recency bias. Whiteside was very disappointing in the Heat’s first game of the season. For that reason people will simply avoid him tonight, and that is a mistake. Let’s not forget the upside Whiteside showed last season (triple-double with blocks). I expect a much better performance tonight versus the frontcourt of the Cavaliers, possibly one that could lead to a GPP victory.