The NBA is back from a one-day Thanksgiving break, and we have another big tournament slate on the docket this evening. Let's take a look at some top plays and some value options for this late-November Friday on FanDuel.
Top Play – Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics
In the absence of Marcus Smart, Thomas appears ready to fill the void in Boston. He is the best pure scorer on the team, and he is coming off a great game against the Sixers where he scored 30 points while grabbing four rebounds and dishing out six assists. He also played 39 minutes in the contest, and he should be ready to go in a fun matchup with John Wall and the Wizards this evening. He doesn't get the notoriety of the Stephen Curry's or the Russell Westbrook's of the league, but Thomas' upside on a points-per-dollar basis for DFS is unquestioned.
Value Play – Patty Mills, San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs are going to rest Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan tonight in the first game of a back-to-back, and that should open up a few more minutes for Patty Mills. He tends to excel in games where Ginobili sits, and the up-tempo nature of this game against the Nuggets is also a bonus. Mills should see 22-26 minutes in this game, and his price is a great value on every DFS site. This is definitely a spot to target the Aussie in tournament contests.
Top Play – James Harden, Houston Rockets
The only risk here is the potential blowout. Philadelphia has nobody capable of checking Harden defensively. Houston isn't a great team, which is why they are only a ten-point home favorite against the winless Sixers. If this game stays close, this could be a 60 fantasy point performance from Mr. Harden. He has been shooting it much better in recent games, and it looks like his early-season funk is now a thing of the past.
Value Play – Kevin Martin, Minnesota Timberwolves
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times? I suppose I will go there with Kevin Martin tonight. Since being inserted into the starting lineup, Martin has been nothing short of awful in the last two contests. The good news is that tonight's matchup against Sacramento is the perfect recipe for a slump-buster. The Kings play some of the worst defense in the league, and they have struggled against opposing shooting guards ever since Ben McLemore became the starter. Assuming he remains in the starting lineup, the upside of Martin should be on display in this one.
Top Play – Rudy Gay, Sacramento Kings
DeMarcus Cousins is currently listed as doubtful for tonight's game against the Timberwolves, and this is another game that should be very high scoring. Defense will be optional in this game, and fantasy points will be there for the taking. Should Cousins sit out, Rudy Gay will see a nice increase in usage. He was fantastic the other night and would be one of the best fantasy options on this slate in a potential shootout. Keep an eye on the news throughout the day, and give Gay a major bump if Cousins sits once again.
Value Play – Robert Covington, Philadelphia 76ers
Even though he shot just 4-for-16 in the last game, Covington put up a wonderful all-around line of 11 points, 14 rebounds, six steals, and two blocks while playing 35 minutes. Nik Stauskas is not going to play tonight, which means Covington should once again play as many minutes as he can handle. If his shot starts to fall, he could be the best value on the board on this Friday.
Top Play – Anthony Davis, New Orleans Hornets
We are finally starting to see the consistency we generally expect from Anthony Davis. He has logged at least 50 fantasy points in three straight games since returning from injury, and now he gets a fine matchup against the Clippers in a game that features a projected total of 213 points. The good times should keep coming in this game, as long as it stays competitive. His GPP upside is on par with any other player on the slate tonight.
Value Play – Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia 76ers
Jahlil Okafor got into a nasty altercation on Wednesday night outside of a Boston bar, and, of course, it was caught on video. It is very possible that he sees a suspension coming his way starting tonight. In any case, the GPP upside is intriguing for Nerlens Noel. He continues to see a healthy dose of minutes and is locked into a starting spot, though the production has been lacking in recent games. He gets an extra bump if Okafor is suspended, but I have a feeling that Noel will have one of his better games against Houston here.
Top Play – Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons
What is left to say at this point? Drummond has grabbed double-figure rebounds in every single game this season, and he is averaging almost 18 rebounds per game. He is capable of a 50-60 fantasy point night every time he takes the court, and this is a big-time matchup with stars like Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant on the other side. Drummond should be motivated to perform here, and another big game is likely as long as he can stay out of foul trouble.
Value Play – Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets
The good news is that Jokic has held his own since being handed the starting center spot, and Kenneth Faried will be out again this evening. However, Joffrey Lauvergne practiced in full yesterday. Lauvergne was the starting center at the beginning of the season before succumbing to his back injury. It remains to be seen what the rotation will look like tonight, but Jokic appears to be locked into a decent role in the Denver frontcourt. The return of Lauvergne probably makes him too risky for cash games, but Jokic is a solid GPP target against the Spurs.