I’ll be bringing you the Friday tournament plays for FanDuel from RotoGrinders. We have a great 12-game slate, which means plenty of attractive options to select for our GPP rosters.
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Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics, $4,900 - Smart will probably be a very popular play, so some will consider fading him in tournaments. However, fading really good plays can be a risky proposition, as evidenced by those who decided to fade Hassan Whiteside on Wednesday night. Since taking over the starting PG position, Smart is averaging 39 MPG and almost 28 FD points. He’s not going to provide you with a ton of scoring, but he can fill up the stat sheet with assists, rebounds and steals. The 76ers are 25th in DVP against opposing PGs, and could be missing Michael Carter-Williams tonight. Also, they are very loose with the ball as they average the most turnovers in the league, so this a great spot for Smart to rack up his peripheral stats and even perhaps score more actual points than usual.
Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers, $9,700 – Everyone had Russell Westbrook plugged into their lineups, but with Kevin Durant likely active, most will just drop down to Stephen Curry, who is involved in the highest Vegas total of the night. Curry is obviously a great option, but that should leave very low ownership for Chris Paul, especially considering his dud last night. The Clippers were embarrassed on national TV, and CP3 uncharacteristically got a technical foul. I think we see a strong bounce back effort from the entire team tonight lead by CP3. Kyle Lowry looks to be wearing down as the Raptors are 23rd in DVP against PGs over the last three weeks, so this is a good matchup for Paul. Like the Warriors/Hawks game, the total for this Clippers/Raptors game is a very solid 211 points.
James Harden, Houston Rockets, $10,800 – Shooting guard is once again a thin position tonight, so paying up for James Harden is a great option for tournaments. He is picking up extra usage with Dwight Howard out of the lineup and is one of the few SGs with 50-60 FD point upside. Outside of Giannis Antetokounmpo, who can be foul prone, the Bucks don’t have anyone to deal with Harden, and he tore them up in the first meeting with 34 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists.
Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic, $6,900 - Oladipo draws a great matchup with the Lakers, who are 28th in DVP against opposing SGs over the last three weeks. He is one of the few SGs with 40 FD point upside so he is a great option for tournaments. The Magic have a new coach, so it’s guesswork as to how the minutes and rotation will shake out, but Oladipo is a big part of the future of the Magic so I wouldn’t worry about his minutes.
Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz, $8,100 - The SF position is pretty thin tonight, so you could see a lot of people spend up to Kevin Durant or LeBron James for security. However, for GPPs you can save almost $3,000 and get high upside with Hayward. As evidenced by his last five games, he is very hit or miss as he has 22.8, 43.5, 56, 26.3, and 46.7 FD points. With Dante Exum, who is a very reluctant shooter, starting at PG, Hayward has picked up more usage. Tonight looks like it could be a “hit” for Hayward against the uptempo Suns who are 28th in DVP against opposing SFs. He had a big game in the first matchup between these teams with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists. By dropping down to Hayward you can spend at another position and differentiate your lineups.
Tobias Harris, Orlando Magic, $6,100 - Harris has been re-inserted into the starting lineup, although you’ll need to double check that as the Orlando Magic have a new coach. If he continues to start, then he offers high upside at a cheap price in a very difficult position to fill. He flashed his upside last game with 44 FD points against a tough San Antonio team, and now draws the weak defense of the Los Angeles Lakers. He’s been very aggressive in looking for his shot as he has 13 and 20 FGA over his last two games, and if that continues, could put up another 40 FD point game here.
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Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons, $8,200 - Monroe has been quiet lately, but the minutes are still there and he has flashed 45 FD point upside since Josh Smith was waived. The Pistons have a nice team total above 100 points against the poor defense of the Nuggets, who have been awful against opposing PFs as they are dead last in DVP on the season. At $8,200, Monroe makes for a high-upside play at a reasonable price point.
Jared Sullinger, Boston Celtics, $6,600 – I like Anthony Davis tonight, but there is a ton of mid-range value at PF tonight. So when we consider positional scarcity, it makes sense to spend somewhere other than PF. Assuming Sullinger can actually manage to show up on time, he makes for high-upside play at only $6,600 against the lowly 76ers. Despite being benched in his last game for showing up late, he still played 21 minutes and produced 28 FD points. I would expect him to be back in the starting lineup and to top 30 minutes tonight against the 76ers, who are dead last in DVP against PF and C. He’s getting a ton of usage in the offense as he is averaging 15 FGA over his last five games and has 40 FD point upside in this matchup.
Brook Lopez, Brooklyn Nets, $6,700 - Lopez was on a very nice three-game run, including a monstrous 60 FD point game, before flaming out last game. His ownership should be very low, but he has flashed good upside recently. His minutes are finally up and he has at least 14 FGA in each of his past three games. I think the Nets could be showcasing him to drive up his trade value. The Knicks have been terrible against opposing centers recently, and even let Al Jefferson block 7 shots. Lopez has played very well against the Knicks so far this year with 21.5 PPG, 8.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 2.5 blocks. Nikola Vucevic makes for a great play, but if you are looking for a pivot with upside, Brook Lopez makes for intriguing low owned option.
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons, $8,400 - I recommend having some exposure to Nikola Vucevic, but if you are running multiple tournament teams, then Andre Drummond is another attractive pivot with high upside. His minutes are on the rise as he has played 33 minutes in each of his past three games, and has averaged almost 38 FD points, with two of those games being slow paced games. Now he gets the fast paced Denver Nuggets who are weak on the interior and are 25th in DVP against opposing centers. At least one of Drummond or Monroe should go off tonight, it’s just a matter of hitting the right one.