T.G.I.F! Thank god it’s Friday. That phrase is meant to signify how excited people are to end their work week and begin the weekend. While that’s probably also true for most of you reading this, it has dual meaning for DFS players, because today we get an eventful 11-game NBA slate to choose from when setting our lineups.
Saving salary in a few spots is always necessary in order to assemble the perfect squad, but you want to also make sure those guys can reach value for you as well. So here are the top value plays for Friday, December 10th.
Jae Crowder, Celtics ($10,400)
Crowder’s price tag is a little higher than normal for a true “value play”, but with all of the top forwards playing tonight, his cheaper price can allow you to fit in some of the bigger studs.
If there’s one position the Warriors have had trouble defending, it’s small forward. Over the last two weeks, the Warriors are 28th in fantasy against the position, a timeline that has coinciding with Harrison Barnes being sidelined.
This may be the game of the year so far, as the Celtics (sort of) have a legit chance at ending the Warriors’ undefeated start to the season. Crowder is arguably the Celtics’ top defender, and he will be asked to play big minutes in this one. The former Marquette star is averaging 28 fantasy points over his last five, and if he can achieve that, it’ll put him right around value.
Patty Mills, Spurs ($7,100)
Spurs vs. Lakers used to be one of the top matchups of the season, often getting top billing on national telecasts. Nowadays, though, the Lakers are barely watchable, and have become an easy win for nearly all of their opponents.
Coach Gregg Popovich is notorious for sitting his players in easier matchups (he did it earlier this week vs. the Sixers), and he could very well do so tonight, especially with the Spurs playing again Saturday. So, whether Pop completely rests guys or simply decides to sit them once the Spurs are up big, their bench players are in for some big minutes.
Patty Mills is one of San Antonio’s top reserves and he should receive 20-plus minutes, giving him a really good chance of reaching value for the evening. The Australian guard is averaging 16.1 FPs over his last five games, and he’s doing so in just 20.4 minutes per contest. The Lakers are also the second-worst team against opposing point guards.