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NBA DFS Plays: Friday

by David “headChopper” Kaplen
Updated On: December 21, 2018, 2:00 pm ET

NBA Friday is back with a big slate of games tonight. Don’t forget about the big promo at Yahoo for this slate of games. Lots of overlay tonight guaranteed and that’s a quick way to boost your bankroll. Let's dig in deeper now and find some top plays at each position on FanDuel and DraftKings.


Point Guard       


Kris Dunn (vs. Orlando)

Kris Dunn has put up two separate 40+ point performances in his last three games for the Chicago Bulls. Those numbers coincide with Zach LaVine being sidelined with an injury. Lavine will be out for the foreseeable future and that means more prosperous times for Dunn. It’s not a coincidence as last season we saw Dunn absolutely light it up when Zach LaVine was sidelined for a chunk of the season. The usage rate goes up and the fantasy points per minute also rise. This is a player that also missed more than a month to start the season with his own injury and is just now starting to receive the playing time as he’s getting back into basketball shape. We’re still getting an incredible discount on a player with massive upside and a very solid floor.


Others to Consider: Emmanuel Mudiay, Lonzo Ball


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Shooting Guard


Jeremy Lamb (vs. Detroit)           

Jeremy Lamb is a solid way to get a good player in your lineup at a below average price tag and roster a player that has a very solid floor. He’s always had an explosive fantasy game and just needed the opportunity. He seems to be getting that this year as Charlotte made a shift at a certain point in the season to get him on the court more. Over the last 17 games, he’s averaging over 32 minutes per game to go along with 17 points, seven rebounds, and more than a block per game. This team desperately needed somebody to step up on the floor to take some pressure away from Kemba Walker and Lamb has provided that assistance. This game environment at home against Detroit looks to be one of the more competitive of the night, so I think we see a full allotment of minutes for Lamb en route to a high floor performance.      


Others to Consider: Victor Oladipo, Donovan Mitchell


Small Forward 


Kevin Knox (vs. Atlanta)               

Kevin Knox was a high draft pick for the Knicks this year and they’ve only recently finally turned him loose. He’s been inserted into the starting lineup for the last five games and has averaged over 36 ½ minutes per game during that stretch. He’s averaging 18.4 points per game to go along with five rebounds and a solid 20.9 usage rate. The price tag is still extremely affordable, and tonight’s matchup doesn’t get any better. Atlanta is dead last in the NBA, giving up 119 points per game this season, and New York is bad enough to actually keep this game competitive.  


Others to Consider: Khris Middleton, Kyle Kuzma


Power Forward


John Collins (vs. New York)         

Last season, John Collins averaged 24 minutes a game and 1.02 DraftKings points per minute. You could always see that he had a special fantasy spark in his game and he just needed the opportunity. This year, he’s getting that opportunity with all the off-season losses and in-season injuries to this Atlanta team. He’s averaging nearly 29 minutes per game and his DraftKings points per minute has jumped up to 1.22. Over the last two weeks, he’s averaging slightly over 43 DraftKings points per game and with Taurean Prince sidelined until late December with an injury, there is no end in sight for this production. Tonight, we can also add a solid matchup against a weak New York Knicks team as another checkmark on the resume for this fantasy slate for John Collins.               


Others to Consider: Blake Griffin, Lauri Markkanen




Marc Gasol (vs. Sacramento)     

Marc Gasol is putting together another phenomenal fantasy season. He’s averaging 39.4 Yahoo points per game. On top of the monster season he’s posting, this is also a great matchup. According to the Rotogrinders defense versus archetype matchup tool, this is a top five matchup on the night at this position. Also, in terms of just raw fantasy points allowed to true centers, Sacramento gives up the fourth most points on this slate to opposing big men. This game being in Sacramento should keep it competitive and if we get the full allotment of minutes for Gasol, he should be able to provide us with another 40+ point performance.         


Others to Consider: Andre Drummond, Nikola Vucevic

David “headChopper” Kaplen
David “headChopper” Kaplen is one of the godfathers of Daily Fantasy, having been near the top of the rankings since DFS emerged in 2010. Nearing double-digit live final qualifiers, David’s crowning achievement is winning the 2013 FanDuel Basketball Champion in Las Vegas. HeadChopper can be found on twitter @headChopper.