DraftCheat dishes out his favorite tournament targets for a busy Friday night of NBA basketball action on FanDuel.
Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics, $8,400 – Rondo is back to full health, and his skills have been evident over the first portion of the season. He’s leading the league in assists and filling up the box score in every category. If he can get his shot to start falling, Rondo is in for some monster performances going forward.
Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves, $7,100 – With Kevin Love out of town, the Timberwolves are Rubio’s team, and he’s taking full advantage. Rubio is playing big minutes and dishing out dimes by the dozen. He’s a fantastic mid-range play against an Orlando Magic squad that is giving up a lot of fantasy points to opposing point guards.
Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, $6,700 – Butler will be heavily owned tonight, which we normally want to avoid in a tournament format, but his upside is just too high in this matchup vs. the Sixers, one that favors his style of play perfectly. Expect Butler to nab several steals on his way to a 30+ point fantasy performance.
Kevin Martin, Minnesota Timberwolves, $6,200 – We’re seeing several Timberwolves step up in the absence of Kevin Love, which has freed up shots and rebounds galore for the remaining Wolves. Martin has never been afraid to put up a high volume of shots, and under new coach Flip Saunders he’s being asked to do exactly that.
Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz, $7,300 – The Jazz have surprisingly been one of the most efficient offenses in the entire NBA in this young season, largely due to the exploits of Gordon Hayward, who has seen big minutes in every game so far and is playing a lot of point-forward. He’s performing in every statistical category and is a fantasy beast right now.
Chris Copeland, Indiana Pacers, $5,400 – Not many predicted the emergence of Chris Copeland this season, but with all the injuries the Pacers have suffered, Copeland has been asked to share a large portion of the offensive hole left behind. He’s taking a huge number of three-pointers and contributing boards and assists as well.
Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons, $7,400 – After returning from suspension, Monroe has put up two huge games while playing at the four for the Pistons. Coach Stan Van Gundy appears to trust him over Drummond and Josh Smith, and he’s got a dream matchup inside vs. a soft Milwaukee Bucks interior tonight.
Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers, $9,000 – You’ll have to pay up if you want the services of Kevin Love on your roster tonight, but with value plays at most positions available you can afford to get him in. Love has performed well for a Cavs team that has not played up to expectations so far. If they start moving the ball a bit better, that should free up even more looks from long range for Love, who is always a monster on the boards as well.
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings, $9900 – Cousins has absolutely crushed it to start the season, appearing more mature and staying out of trouble with opponents and the referees. His minutes have been a bit limited, but at some point his per-minute production and increased playing time will come together to produce a GPP-winning performance. He’s always a roll of the dice, but should be worth his price tonight.