Friday night provides us with an appealing 11-game slate. I will do my best to provide some key GPP targets to help you take down one of these massive FanDuel tournaments. Let’s hop into the action.
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder - If you played DFS NBA last season, you should know fading Westbrook when Kevin Durant is not on the court is a losing proposition. Westbrook is a near lock to have a monster game tonight. Some people might be afraid of the big spread (OKC -13.5 on the NBA odds board), but Westbrook has proven that he is capable of producing a monstrous stat line in just three quarters of work.
Jeff Teague, Atlanta Hawks – Teague is not a guy that many DFS players will be clicking on tonight. The PG position offers quite a few viable options tonight, so a guy like Teague will be very low owned. The Hawks have an appealing matchup with the fast paced Celtics, which is evident by the game total (205). If you’re looking for a low owned, high upside point guard, Teague is your man.
C.J. McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers – McCollum is in play for me tonight in GPPs for a couple main reasons. First off, people will be avoiding him tonight due to the perceived difficult matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies. The matchup is not the greatest, but the Grizzlies have shown some vulnerabilities versus SGs dating back to last season. Secondly, with McCollum you know you’re going to get two key things: minutes and shots, which can lead to a big performance in any matchup.
Will Barton, Denver Nuggets – Barton’s role with the Denver Nuggets has been very inconsistent to start the season. That being said, one thing holds true: when given the opportunity to play extended minutes, Barton has impressed. That problem lies in the fact that it has been impossible to predict when exactly those minutes are going to come. For that reason, Barton is better served for GPP formats as opposed to cash games.
Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks – Anthony and the Knicks have shown some positive signs this season. Melo is obviously more of a scoring-dependent player, so he’s not usually a guy that many people will look to on a full slate of games. If the peripheral statistics show up though, he is capable of a monster game.
Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks – Millsap has been remarkably consistent this season for the Atlanta Hawks. His fantasy performances have not fallen victim to any sort of game script. This type of production is ideal for cash games. That being said, I also think he is a viable candidate for GPP lineups as well. The matchup tonight is phenomenal for Millsap and the Hawks when they face the Celtics and their fast pace of play. He is a very appealing (and safe) option tonight.
Al Jefferson, Charlotte Hornets – Jefferson hasn’t really gotten it going this season and has become a guy that is ignored for DFS purposes. That being said, he has always been a slow starter, and I expect him to turn it on at some point. Big Al has flashed 40 fantasy point upside this season, but has also shown a low floor as well. Tonight’s matchup is favorable against the frontcourt of the Chicago Bulls, who have been getting crushed by opposing big men this season.