Whenever we have a full slate, as we do on Friday, we have to highlight which players are going to form the core of our lineups, regardless of position. For my money, one of the youngest players has already entered that discussion. Karl-Anthony Towns, who costs you just $7,100 on FanDuel on Friday, is averaging 16.1 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game. As a 19-year-old. He’s the first building block for Friday. Here’s how to fill out your lineup around him.
All prices are courtesy of FanDuel and based on a $60,000 budget.
PG: Kyle Lowry ($8,500) vs. NO: Fading Russell Westbrook is always a risk, but Lowry is well worth making that play on Friday. He’s averaging 38.1 fantasy points per game, has scored 40-plus points his last two times out, and has a great matchup with the Pelicans, who have allowed the most points per game to point guards.
SG: Jimmy Butler ($7,800) vs. CHA: You’re getting Butler at a bit of a discount, down from his usual $8,000-8,200 price tag. Butler is averaging 33.8 fantasy points per game and shouldn’t have to work quite as hard on the defensive end against Charlotte as he usually does.
SF: LeBron James ($10,200) @ NY: James always seems to show up under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden. Plus, it helps when he’s averaging 45.3 fantasy points per game and has put up at least 50 in three of his last five contests.
PF: Kristaps Porzingis ($5,600) vs. CLE: Porzingis probably won’t match James in this one, but he has been on a bit of a heater as well, scoring at least 29 fantasy points in three of his last four, raising his season average to 25.9 fantasy points per game.
C: Karl-Anthony Towns ($7,100) @ IND: What more can we say about the rookie out of Kentucky? Well, how about the fact that he has a great matchup? The Pacers have allowed the second-most points per game to centers.