NBA Value Bin: Boston Turner Overdrive

Screw Sunday fun day, it’s FRIDAY fun day — and that’s ‘cuz the NBA is offering DFS players a 12-game slate to end the work week.

Friday’s schedule features some exciting games, including the Clippers vs. Spurs, Pistons vs. Bulls, Raptors vs. Heat and the Warriors looking to avenge their only loss of the season in a rematch with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Saving salary in a few of your roster spots will be key if you plan on squeezing some extra studs into your lineups. So here are the top value plays for Friday, December 18th.

Andrew Bogut, Warriors ($8,300)

Golden State’s undefeated season came to an end against the Bucks last week and the Warriors will be seeking redemption on Friday night.

Andrew Bogut may not put up big offensive numbers — he’s averaging just 5.7 points for the year — but he makes up for it on the defensive end. On the season, the Australian center is grabbing 6.9 boards and blocking 1.9 shots per game. Those numbers are even better over his last four games (9.5 REB, 2.8 BLK), and he’ll look to keep that going against the team that drafted him way back in 2005.

The Bucks are 23rd against opposing centers in fantasy over the past two weeks and will be without their best big man in Greg Monroe, who suffered a knee sprain earlier this week. Expect the Warriors to exact revenge and for Bogut to be right in the middle of the fantasy action.

Evan Turner, Celtics ($9,000)

Two teams that made the Eastern Conference playoffs last year now find themselves on the outside looking in.

The Hawks and Celtics are the 9th- and 10th-seeds in the East, respectively, and though it’s still December, this game could prove to be huge come April. Vegas has the Celtics as four-point favorites, which is one of the slimmest margins of the night, and that means these two teams will be going back and forth at one another, forcing each other to play their best lineups for extended periods of time.

Evan Turner will never live up to his lofty No. 2-overall draft status, but he’s making solid contributions in Boston these days and is a key cog in their resurgence. Over his last five games, the former Ohio State Buckeye is averaging 27.2 fantasy points. He’s doing it with an array of stats, contributing 10.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.6 blocks in 29.6 minutes, so even if he doesn’t blow up for a lot of points, he still manages enough secondary stats to fill up the box score. He also has at least two steals or eight boards in seven straight and has no less than three assists in each of those games.

Turner won’t likely get you 45 fantasy points, but his floor is much higher than most players you can throw into your lineup for a $9,000 price tag.

Seth Klein

Seth is a DFS writer at FantasyDraft, as well as a writer for TheFantasyFix and Razzball. You can find his player rankings at FantasyPros. Though he was born and raised in Los Angeles, Seth is a lifelong New York sports fan. Seth has no more access to the site than the typical user. Follow him on Twitter at @SethDaSportsMan.

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