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Goran Dragic @ BKN – DK: $7,500 FD: $7,500
The Heat are just so short-handed in their backcourt right now, and that’s helping Goran Dragic play heavy minutes while carrying a big workload. Dragic is consistently seeing minutes in the mid 30s, and his shot attempts are hovering around 13 a game, keeping his fantasy production at a safe floor for cash games. When you factor in the pace of tonight’s game and the lack of defense on Brooklyn’s side of the ball, you definitely get GPP upside with Dragic as well, making him one of my favorite all around plays on this slate.
Darren Collison @ LAL – DK: $5,600 FD: $5,300
Darren Collison can be a relatively inconsistent fantasy option at times, but I don’t mind utilizing his inexpensive price tag against the Lakers on Friday. Collison will continue to be asked to do a bit more on offense with no Myles Turner, and that could lead to more results like his most recent game in which he had 23 real points. You don’t need Russell Westbrook-level production to get good value out of Collison, as around 30 FP is what we’re looking for here. At his price point across the industry, he has to be considered as a form of salary relief.
Also Consider: John Wall (DK: $9,700 FD: $10,300), Tyler Ennis (DK: $3,900 FD: $3,800)
Tyreke Evans vs SAC – DK: $8,800 FD: $8,800
Even if Marc Gasol plays, Tyreke Evans is a safe option with more than enough upside at this price point. This is a guy who is sporting a 28 percent usage rate, leading this Grizzlies team. High usage and opportunity are the keys to this play, as the Grizzlies just don’t have a lot of options outside of Evans and Gasol. Tonight’s matchup with the Kings is one that won’t be played with a ton of pace, but there are still going to be some people who produce in a likely competitive game. Evans should be one of these players, and his projected ceiling would only increase if Gasol had to miss another game.
Will Barton vs PHO – DK: $6,500 FD: $7,700
With Jamal Murray out of the lineup for the next couple of games, both Will Barton and Gary Harris (DK: $6,800 FD: $7,100) are going to be popular options in all formats. Both of these guys have been consistent fantasy options even with the Nuggets at full strength, so added looks and usage can only help their floor/ceiling. The real kicker is the matchup, as Phoenix creates a revolving door of great fantasy options from whichever team they have on the schedule that night. Barton and Harris are going to be incredibly popular, but this is what we like to call good chalk.
Also Consider: Victor Oladipo (DK: $9,600 FD: $9,300), Josh Hart (DK: $4,600 FD: $4,500)
Josh Richardson @ BKN – DK: $6,200 FD: $6,000
Josh Richardson should continue to see heavy minutes for the Heat, even with Justise Winslow back in the mix and getting minutes. The Heat just don’t have a ton of options with so many bodies missing, and that’s going to force Richardson to see 30-plus minutes in a game against the Brooklyn Nets. The small forward position isn’t exactly full to the rim with options tonight, so utilizing a safe play with decent upside is never a bad move to make in any format.
Also Consider: Brandon Ingram (if he plays) (DK: $6,900 FD: $6,300)
Domantas Sabonis @ LAL – DK: $6,400 FD: $6,000
Over the past few games with Myles Turner out, Domantas Sabonis hasn’t exactly been the monster he was as a starter earlier in the season. He became a instant plug-and-play the last time he was in this position, but now we are seeing him be good … but not great. This will hopefully keep his ownership percentage down tonight, as he gets a great matchup. His price point is still low enough that his recent production won’t ruin us, but a big night would really create some killer value. I love this spot for Sabonis, and he should be near the top of your power forwards list.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson vs MIA – DK: $5,900 FD: $6,500
If you throw out his last game against the Spurs, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has been quite consistent as of late. This is a strange slate without many standout options in multiple categories. Whenever that happens I tend to stick with some safe mid-range plays who rarely cripple your lineup with a bad night. Hollis-Jefferson has played the Heat twice already this season, and he’s averaging 32 DKFP in those games. That level of production is just fine at a somewhat tough position on Friday, but I will be the first to admit I don’t expect a huge ceiling.
Also Consider: Trey Lyles (DK: $5,300 FD: $5,400)
Hassan Whiteside @ BKN – DK: $8,400 FD: $8,700
Hassan Whiteside seems to have put the injury behind him now, and he’s getting back to his normal ways. We saw him put up a monster 27-13 line in his last game, and now he heads to Brooklyn for another plus matchup. Whiteside likely won’t be playing huge minutes due to the depth Miami has in their frontcourt, but he’s still a high upside guy with around 30 minutes. In his last game against the Nets, Whiteside posted 17-8 in just 20 minutes. This was only his second game back since the injury, and he has only gotten in better shape since then.
Also Consider: Nikola Jokic (DK: $9,500 FD: $10,000), Marcin Gortat (DK: $5,200 FD: $5,000)