It’s Friday night and we have a huge ten-game slate over on DraftKings tonight. Tonight’s slate features a ton of fantasy-friendly matchups, along with a red-hot LeBron James taking on the Suns at home. Deciding what to do with LeBron and his massive price tag is going to be one of the key decisions on this slate and I will touch on that in my picks (I’m playing him). Since he’s expensive, we’re going to need some value plays, so I’ve mixed in a few of them throughout my picks as well.
With this in mind, I have focused on identifying my two favorite plays, at each position with an emphasis on finding some strong value plays.
Taurean Prince (ATL): $7,000 at GSW
It has been a long road to get here, but we’re finally at the point in the NBA season where Taurean Prince has become playable at $7,000. He has been on fire over the past few weeks, putting up 45 or more DK points in four of the past six games. On top of this, he is consistently leading the Hawks in minutes over the past two weeks while they ride his hot streak. The Warriors are ranked 21st in DK points allowed to small forwards this season, so this is definitely a beatable matchup for Prince. In a game that features a total over 220 points, Price is a great late-night hammer in tournaments.
Quinn Cook (GSW): $4,000 vs. ATL
With the Warriors suffering from injuries to their star players, Cook has stepped up and played some great basketball over the past three games. He has averaged 39.9 DK points in that span, which even includes a game against the tough Spurs defense. Tonight’s matchup against the Hawks is a great one, as they rank 20th in DK points allowed to PGs. Cook’s individual matchup is favorable as well, as Dennis Schroder ranks 99th out of 103 PGs in DRPM. At a price tag of only $4,000, Cook is a great salary saver on tonight’s slate.
LeBron James (CLE): $12,100 vs. PHX
LeBron is $1,000 more expensive than the next closest player but based on his form this price tag is certainly warranted. He has exceeded 70 (!) DK points in each of the past five games, averaging an insane 74.4 DK during this torrid stretch. To make matters even better, he gets to take on the Suns who are ranked 30th in defensive efficiency rating this season. Affording him is going to come down to roster construction, but I am going to be squeezing LeBron into most of my lineups tonight. This is a game where LeBron has a fairly strong chance to keep his 70 DK point streak going. He will be a tough fade in cash game and tournaments.
Noah Vonleh (CHI): $4,600 vs. MIL
In order to afford LeBron on tonight’s slate, we’re going to have dig for some value in the $4,000-$5,000 range. Vonleh really stands out in this price group, as he has been surprisingly consistent over the past five games. He has averaged 25.6 DK points over the past five games and is seeing a solid 25-30 minutes per game. The Bucks have struggled to rebound the ball throughout the entire season and they rank 27th in rebounding rate. Vonleh is likely to come at a low ownership on tonight’s ten game slate, but he definitely makes for an interesting tournament option due to his recent form and playable price tag.
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN): $9,800 at NYK
Towns has flashed a ton of upside recently, going for 56+ DK points in three of the past five games. Tonight, he gets a great matchup against a Knicks team that has been free falling since late-January. The Knicks are ranked 21st in defensive efficiency rating this season and Enes Kanter is ranked 75th out of 80 centers in DRPM. Towns hung 58.25 DK points against this team in mid-January and he definitely has the ability to get there again in tonight’s game. His price is elevated, but this is a matchup he should dominate from start to finish.
Bam Adebayo (MIA): $4,600 at OKC
Adebayo is coming off a poor game on Wednesday, but prior to that, he had been solid in Hassan Whiteside‘s absence. In the four games prior to his 8.0 DK point effort the other night, Adebayo put up 24.3 DK points per game. The Thunder appear as a poor matchup on paper, ranking eight in DK points allowed to centers. However, Steven Adams is only middle of the road when it comes to his defensive real plus-minus rating, as he is listed at 44th out of 80 centers in DRPM. Adebayo is a sneaky tournament option on tonight’s slate.