You guys ready for a big Friday in the world of NBA DFS?! I sure am! 10 games are scheduled for tonight and that means that finding value will be extra important if you want to be able to afford a few studs.
There are a few injuries you should be monitoring as it gets closer to tip-off, including Jimmy Butler (knee), Pau Gasol (hand), Jae Crowder (leg) and Kemba Walker (knee). Let’s get to it!
Value Plays of the Night
Joe Johnson, Nets ($9,600)
Johnson has produced some pretty solid numbers over his last 17 games, which coincides with Jarrett Jack‘s season-ending ACL injury. Johnson has been anything but “Iso” during that span, contributing 4.2 assists as he’s assumed the playmaking role on the team. He’s also scoring 12.9 points on 1.9 treys and grabbing 3.8 boards.
Johnson is coming off his second-best scoring output of the season, tallying 43 FPs against the Pacers on Wednesday and the Nets’ opponents on Friday, the Sacramento Kings, have allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing shooting guards over the past two weeks. This game also features the the third-highest over/under of the night at 212 points.
Evan Turner, Celtics ($9,600)
Turner’s fantasy season has been a virtual roller coaster. From October 28 till December 12, he averaged 23.1 fantasy points, followed by 19.3 FPs from December 15 to December 23. He went on a real nice run after that, averaging 28.6 FPs from December 26 to January 7. Of course, he then dipped again, putting up just 12.9 FPs over his next six games. He’s on another hot streak right now though, and it’s time to take advantage of his reasonable price.
Over his last six contests, the former No. 2 overall pick is averaging 30.5 FPs, and he’s doing so in nearly 28 minutes per game. He’s scored 30-plus FPs in all but one of those games and will look to repeat his success against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.
The matchup with the Cavs isn’t an overly appealing one, but with his recent play, his floor is higher than most players prices in his range. An over/under of 210 points should afford these teams some nice fantasy stats as well.
Other Players to Consider
Robin Lopez, Knicks ($9,700) – Not an ideal play in a tough matchup on the second game of a back-to-back, but it’s hard to ignore what Robin Lopez has done over his last two games. The center scored 95 total fantasy points in games against the Celtics and Pistons, while also averaging 36 minutes per contest. Meanwhile, Kristaps Porzingis played just 25.5 minutes in that span.
Tony Allen, Grizzlies ($8,700) – Tony Allen is mostly a defensive whiz, but other aspects of his game have been on display of late. Over his last nine games, Allen has averaged 9.2 points and 7.7 rebounds while also contributing his customary high steal count (1.9). That’s led to a 24.2 fantasy points per game during that span. He’ll most likely be shadowing Carmelo Anthony on Friday, which means a heavy workload for the 12-year vet.