The NBA All-Star break, and its six-day layoff, is a lonely time for fantasy basketball aficionados. Hopefully you got a little taste of the action last night, but today is where the fun REALLY starts. There’s no mini three-game slate here; we have a massive 14 games on the docket Friday night!
Not only is the season back in full swing, but FantasyDraft is running one of the sickest promotions you’ll ever see, and it’s happening tonight! Contestants will have a chance to enter the Tony Parker Experience, where the winner will fly to San Antonio to see the Spurs play the Lakers. They’ll also have accommodations paid for and will even get to sit down for dinner at Wángcháo Restaurant with Parker himself! The best part is the entry fee is FREE.
All you have to do is read who my favorite value plays are and enter a lineup. The only question you need to ask yourself is whether Parker will order his wonton soup in English or French.
Let’s take a look at the top NBA DFS value plays for Friday, February 19th.
Value Play of the Night
Will Barton, Nuggets ($10,000)
Despite rumors that Kenneth Faried or even Danilo Gallinari might be traded prior to yesterday non-waiver trade deadline, the Nuggets kept nearly their entire roster intact. They’ll be minus Randy Foye, who was sent packing to Oklahoma City, but that’s mostly inconsequential for DFS purposes. It also doesn’t affect Will Barton‘s usage, which should be sky high tonight vs. the Sacramento Kings.
The Kings are simply handing opponents points since the the calendar turned over to 2016, allowing 111.8 points per contest in those 21 games. In the two weeks prior to the All-Star break, the Kings ranked dead last when it came to locking down opposing small forwards, which is good news for Barton, who is averaging 31.7 fantasy points over his last six games. An over/under of 218 — the second-highest of the night — should be spot on; this one’s gonna be a barn burner.
(NOTE: Barton is listed as a guard on FantasyDraft)
Other Players to Consider
Jeremy Lamb, Hornets ($7,700) – Charlotte traded for Courtney Lee this week, but he won’t make his Hornets’ debut till Sunday. With no Lee (or P.J. Hairston), the Hornets will be a little shorthanded in their backcourt. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is also out after having season-ending shoulder surgery and Al Jefferson should be on a minutes limit in his return, giving Lamb extra opportunities to produce. Their opponents, the Milwaukee Bucks, were ranked 31st vs. opposing shooting guards in the two weeks leading up to the All-Star break.
Jon Leuer/Mirza Teletovic, Suns (both $7,800) – Thursday’s trade of Markieff Morris to the Washington Wizards opens up a lot of playing time for Leuer and Teletovic. I honestly couldn’t tell you which I’d choose tonight, though Teletovic is probably safer since he’s played 20.6 minutes over his last six games while Leuer has been a healthy scratch in 10 of his last 12. What I can tell you, is that both of these guys played excellent basketball earlier in the season when Morris was in former coach Jeff Hornacek’s doghouse. During that month’s-worth of games, Leuer averaged 25 fantasy points while Teletovic averaged 19.4. A favorable matchup vs. the Houston Rockets should put these two on every DFS players’ radar.