Here are some quality options for Friday’s 12-game slate:
James Harden, SG ($10,400)
Did you really expect me to mention someone else?
After serving a one-game suspension because of kicking LeBron James in the groin, the Beard picked up where he left off and dropped an 18-point, 13-assist double-double against Memphis. This Friday, the 2015 MVP frontrunner is facing the sixth-worst team in stopping shooting guards, Detroit Pistons. Draftkings actually cut Harden’s salary by $100 but whether he’s on a “discount” or not, the Arizona State product should be rostered night in and night out.
50 FP anyone?
Anthony Davis, PF ($10,800)
Wednesday marked the first time in almost two weeks Anthony Davis stepped into an NBA court. The result? It’s like he never left.
The Unibrow terrorized the Pistons with 39 points, 13 rebounds, and eight blocks good for 81.25 points in DraftKings. The Pels will face an anemic Boston frontline so expect Davis to do whatever he want to Friday night.
Just pray this won’t be that much of a blowout so we can maximize Davis’ production.
The Golden State Warriors are so good that they don’t need Steph Curry (ranked 11th in Usage Rate) to dominate all possessions for the Dubs. Even then, Curry is a lock to score at least 40 FP every night because of his uncanny ability to shoot and score, find open teammates, and pick off passing lanes. In his last 10 games, the NBA’s Three-Point shootout king failed to reach 40 in all but two games.
At any rate, there’s no way a weary Dallas team that played the night before can stop an offensive juggernaut like Steph Curry. The last time he dropped 50 points (not fantasy) on somebody’s head is against the Mavericks last February 4.
Needless to say, we like his chances.
The Middle Prices
Marc Gasol/Zach Randolph
This is for one reason and one reason only: Los Angeles Lakers. The purple and gold has been atrocious, to say the least, on defense that they’re a lock to give up 105 points easy. Marc Gasol‘s ($7,500) production is a bargain and Zach Randolph ($7,400) had a nice game in Houston the other night so it’s safe to roster either or both of these guys against a very weak defensive team.
Isaiah Thomas ($6,000)
Isaiah Thomas is constantly supplying 30+ fantasy points in only 26 minutes so in a game that we can potentially see the diminutive guard reach 30, do we have the soul to leave him out of our rosters?
Avery Bradley didn’t travel with the team to New Orleans making Thomas, Marcus Smart, and Evan Turner in line to benefit from the absence. However, considering Smart and Turner’s notoriously inconsistent ways, my money is on Thomas.
Mike Conley ($5,900)
There’s really plenty of reasons to smile when you’re up against the Lakers. If the purple and gold struggled to stop opposing big men, they are much worse in defending point guards. Mike Conley is not in his best form recently that’s why he’s available on a discount but there’s no better way to get back in track than playing against a defense so porous like the Lakers.
Ray McCallum, PG ($3,800)
McCallum’s consistent enough minutes in the last four games is an indication that he might be settling in just fine in George Karl‘s system. He scored 34.3 FP in a match-up with San Antonio and he has another favorable one coming up against Orlando.
Trey Burke, PG ($4,500)
Trey Burke is maddeningly inconsistent but he shows he can flourish with the right match-up. The Celtics– while not among the worst in defending point guards, is not among the best either– and Burke took advantage by dropping 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 8 assists. The Sixers are the third-worst in DVP for point guards, so the former Michigan U standout certainly deserves a flier.
Paul Pierce, SF ($4,500)
The Wizards are not exactly playing their best basketball at this point of the season having lost seven of their last 10. With Washington searching for poise, it looks like coach Randy Wittman is turning to his veteran forward more lately.
Paul Pierce responded by possibly having his best three-game stretch in quite a while, registering 36+, 30+, and 25+ fantasy points, consecutively. The Wizards are playing the Heat in D.C., and Miami is among the worst teams at defending the three-point line, which just so happens, Pierce is on fire lately (12 for 23 in the last four games).