Roster construction in daily fantasy basketball can differ, depending on whether you’re building teams for cash contests (head-to-head, 50-50) or for tournaments (GPPs). Below are my top tournament picks for your FanDuel NBA lineups for a busy Friday night.
Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors, $9,100 - With DeMar DeRozan sidelined, Lowry has had to carry the offensive load for the Raptors and has done so spectacularly. His usage is through the roof, and he’s still contributing numbers across the board. Tonight the Raptors are at home against a Cleveland squad that played last night in New York. It’s an ideal spot, and Lowry should come through with a big game once again.
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John Wall, Washington Wizards, $9,300 - Wall has a prime matchup at home against Ty Lawson and the Nuggets. This game should be played a faster pace than the Wizards are used to and that should result in more opportunities for the point guard. Wall typically plays better at home and Ty Lawson does not have the defensive chops to deny Wall’s penetration and pull-up jumpers. Expect a big game here.
Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns, $7,300 - Bledsoe has had an up and down start to the year, but he’s got tremendous upside every game he hits the court, and in this fast-paced matchup vs. the Mavericks Bledsoe should be asked to do a lot for the Suns. The Mavericks don’t have any guards who should have success slowing him down and if he gets going early, Bledsoe could be in for one of his 40+ fantasy point outputs.
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat, $8,100 - Wade is back from his hamstring injury and playing well in the three games since he’s returned from injury, seeing his normal allotment of minutes. The Heat will need to rely on him if they are going to defeat the Bucks and the price is certainly right at a moderate $8,100. Roster Wade with confidence tonight.
Rudy Gay, Sacramento Kings, $8,100 - With DeMarcus Cousins out sick, we’ve seen Rudy Gay’s usage tick up several percentage point. He’s being relied upon to shoulder more of the scoring load, but he also plays the facilitator more often (10 assists last game) and snags some of the rebounds that Boogie is not out there to grab.
Tobias Harris, Orlando Magic, $7,200 - Harris has been one of the more consistent fantasy performers in the NBA this year, seeing big minutes and a predictable number of shots nearly every game out. At a position that can be tough to fill, Harris should deliver a solid number of fantasy points in a nice matchup on the road in Utah against the Jazz.
Jared Sullinger, Boston Celtics, $7,000 - Sullinger continues to fly under the radar from a fantasy perspective, but he’s been a monster on the glass and is scoring a good number of points as well. You have to love the matchup tonight at home against Carlos Boozer and the Lakers in what should be a high pace, high scoring matchup.
Donatas Motiejunas, Houston Rockets, $5,600 - Motiejunas has really stepped up for the Rockets in Dwight Howard’s absence, scoring enough fantasy points to cover his low salary in nearly every game. He’s a lot safer than he seems, and the matchup with the Timberwolves is obviously a very good one.
Tyson Chandler, Dallas Mavericks, $7,200 - Chandler has been reinvigorated by his move back to the Mavericks, playing big minutes and rebounding at a huge rate. The Mavs don’t have many other good rebounders on the roster and Tyson cleans the glass night in and night out. In a matchup vs. a weak Suns interior in a high paced matchup, Chandler should get plenty of rebound opportunities and some easy putback dunks and alley oops as well.