One of the best daily fantasy basketball minds out there, DraftCheat, gives out his top FanDuel picks at each position for Friday night. Check them out below.
Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets, $8500 - With Lance Stephenson and now Al Jefferson sidelined, a huge piece of the offensive pie will fall on the shoulders of the Hornets’ point guard, who is rarely shy to shoot the basketball. The matchup is prime as well. With the poor defense of Kyrie Irving and a complete lack of rim protectors on the Cavaliers, Walker should feast at home tonight.
Jeff Teague, Atlanta Hawks, $7700 - Teague is one of the more frustrating players to roster in FanDuel DFS, as he’ll dominate some games and completely disappear in others. While that makes him a poor choice for cash games on most nights, it makes him a perennial tournament option. The matchup is solid tonight against Trey Burke and the Jazz, so Teague could have one of his big games. I don’t expect him to be heavily owned, as there are some great point guard options tonight.
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors, $7900 - Thompson has seen fewer minutes recently, as the Warriors have run away with some games early, but tonight’s tilt against a strong Raptors’ side should be a tight affair. With Lowry hounding Stephen Curry, expect the Warriors to put the ball in Klay’s hands a bit more. That should mean more shots and assist opportunities on his way to a big game.
Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic, $6300 - Dipo has been quietly very consistent since returning to his preferred shooting guard role. The minutes are there for him every night regardless of the state of the game, and he still possesses an upside that shows itself every once in a while. He’s a very safe option at a thin position at a medium price point.
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, $10600 - Durant is back from his ankle injury and went absolutely nuts in Wednesday’s OT win vs. the Suns. He’s unguardable when he’s on his game and clearly able to play big minutes, as he went 40 without a problem last time out. This price is simply too cheap for perhaps the best fantasy asset in the NBA, so he should be locked into your lineups tonight.
Robert Covington, Philadelphia 76ers, $5600 - Covington continues to see big minutes for the 76ers, who desperately need his outside shooting. He’s been a very consistent option and doesn’t come out of the game even when the Sixers get crushed. The matchup is solid tonight in what should be an up-and-down game, and the price is certainly right.
Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons, $6300 - Monroe can be a frustrating player to roster, as even with the departure of Josh Smith, the minutes have not yet been consistent. But there were some mitigating factors that kept him off the court last game (bench playing well, blowout) that shouldn’t apply in tonight’s contest with the Knicks. This is a fantastic price point for the Pistons’ big man and we should take advantage while we can, as he’ll surely be priced over $7K before too long.
Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers, $5900 - With Anderson Varejao and LeBron James out, Thompson simply has to play big minutes for the Cavaliers. He won’t help much in any categories besides points and rebounds, but he does enough in those two to make him well worth rostering for his price point.
Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies, $9100 - With frontcourt mate Zach Randolph sidelined, Gasol has had to pick up some of the scoring and rebounding hole left in Randolph’s absence. Gasol is an elite center who performs night in and night out, and we’ve seen a bigger upside from him this season, as his usage his risen from past years. He’s the top center option on the board tonight.