It’s Friday, and that means a plentiful amount of NBA games for DFS contestants to choose from when setting their lineups.
Saving salary in a couple spots is a must when deciding which players to select from tonight’s nine-game slate. If you don’t cut a few corners, it’s going to be difficult to squeeze in that one extra stud — and that big stat line could be the difference between winning and losing.
Here are the top NBA DFS value plays for Friday, January 15th.
Eric Gordon, Pelicans ($9,800)
Another day, another issue with Tyreke Evans‘ knee. According to Marc Spears of Yahoo!, Evans had his knee drained on Thursday but is hoping to play tonight. I’m not trying to be pessimistic here, but there’s a pretty good chance that Evans — who is officially listed as questionable — does not play. Of course, he COULD play, but be forced to leave early like he did on Wednesday.
Eric Gordon took advantage of Evans only playing seven minutes Wednesday, scoring 24 points on 6-of-12 3-point shooting. He also chipped in five boards, six assists, three steals and a block. The Pelicans’ opponents, the Charlotte Hornets, are ranked 24th vs. opposing shooting guards over the past two weeks.
Tyler Johnson, Heat ($8,400)
The Heat will be without the services of Goran Dragic for at least the next week or so. This opens up time for Tyler Johnson and Beno Udrih to do battle at the point.
Johnson was the better of the two in their first game sans Dragic, putting up 23.5 fantasy points in 29 minutes to Udrih’s 12.5 FPs in 28 minutes. Clearly the minutes are going to be dispersed somewhat evenly, but Johnson’s ability to rack up all around stats (14.0 PTS, 3.2 AST, 4.7 REB, 1.1 STL, 0.7 BLK, 1.3 3PT per 36 minutes) makes him the better, though pricier option.
Amir Johnson, Celtics ($9,800)
Johnson is on an absolute tear right now, averaging 31.8 FPs over his last seven games. He’s coming off a mammoth 14-point, 18-rebound game vs. the Pacers on Wednesday and should have no trouble reaching value against a Phoenix Suns squad that is allowing the second-most fantasy points to opposing power forwards over the last two weeks. Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk are both similarly priced, but it’s almost impossible to trust them with the level of inconsistency they’ve shown all season long.