With most of the NBA's stars on track to play tonight, there's plenty of ways to win. Our NBA fantasy expert dishes his daily advice.
It’s a thin Friday night slate with just six games on the docket. There is one standout player at all five positions, so you’ll have to decide which, if any, you’ll want to use. Chances are all lineups will have some combination of John Wall, James Harden, LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Andre Drummond. Our lineup below is no different.
All prices are courtesy of FanDuel and based on a $60,000 budget.
PG: John Wall ($9,000) vs. PHO: Wall has been hot and cold this season, but coming on of late, scoring at least 57.9 fantasy points in both of his last two games. Wizards-Suns has the highest over/under of the night at 212, and Wall should enjoy the heightened pace. The Suns have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points per game to point guards this season.
SG: Eric Bledsoe ($8,800) @ WAS: With just six games on the slate, you’re going to want a lot of exposure to Wizards-Suns. We’re paying up for it by rostering Bledsoe alongside Wall in the backcourt, but it should pay off. Bledsoe leads the Suns in points and assists, so he figures to benefit the most from a game with a 212 over/under.
SF: LeBron James ($10,000) @ NO: James may not carry the same nightly ceiling as some of the other superstars in the league, but he falls short of the 40-fantasy point threshold. Using that as a floor, James can easily vault himself to a 50-plus point night, especially in a game that has a 207 over/under.
PF: Jon Leuer ($4,000) @ WAS: Leuer started in place of Markieff Morris last game and turned in one of the best games of his career. The Wisconsin product racked up 20 points, six rebounds and five assists en route to a 40.7 fantasy point night. If Morris is out again on Friday, Leuer would again be in the starting lineup in what is expected to be the highest scoring game of the night.
C: Zaza Pachulia ($6,700) vs. HOU: Dwight Howard is getting Friday night off for simple rest, and that sends Pachulia’s stock soaring. He has had at least 30.6 fantasy points in five of his last eight games, and he should easily be able to get to that mark with Howard on the bench on Friday. The Rockets are 17th in fantasy points allowed the centers, and that’s with Howard active. Without him, they’re nowhere near as effective in the paint.