Resourceful plays for Friday from RosterResource…
Nikola Vucevic – DET is dead-last against centers, so Vuc could approach 40 fantasy points on Friday night. He has fallen short of projection in four of his last seven, but will still take plenty of shots and could get back to his usual double-double.
Victor Oladipo – Detroit is ranked 26th against SG, so we like him best at DK, where he is just a bit better value. We can use him likely on most sites, however, in this spot. Oladipo has fallen a bit short of projection over his last two outings, but prior to that was on a terrific role when priced a bit lower. He had been easily reaching 30 FPs or more almost each outing.
Reggie Jackson – Jax is our tab, especially if Greg Monroe is out of the lineup, as his participation and production both see increases when that has been the case his season. Probably prefer his at FanDuel more preferably due to the difference in price.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – He has been awesome lately and would be a play at either site tonight. KCP has been a hugely profitable player over the last two games, putting up 53 points and over 77 fantasy. He is also good for usually more than 35 minutes.
Jonas Valanciunas – Jonas is 5.7k at DK and 6k at FD and can be safely used at both sites. Beating projections in 5 out of his last six, nearly putting up 30 each time. Going up against LAL should also be to his benefit.
DeMar DeRozan – We can also consider DeMar, but would more likely include him on several lineups if Kyle Lowry is out. DeRozan has been a great fantasy play for the entire month and has only seen a slight bump in price, while the strong production continues. Throw in a bit more usage and a few more shots with Kyle out, and that’s a nice play.
Lou Williams – Has to be considered with Lowry out. He should get enough run here to meet his 4.7k price at FanDuel. Mostly a disappointment this month, but seems profitable with Toronto’s star PG on the shelf.
Greivis Vasquez – If Lowry is out again, and it seemed more than a certainty overnight, then Greivis is a play again, this time against the Lakers. He seems to produce a sufficient total no matter what the role, but when given minutes, and given this discount, he would be a go at 3.9k at FanDuel.
Jordan Clarkson – Jordan is 5.3k at DK and 6.5k at FanDuel, so he could be limited to DK only. He will be in the game no matter what the score is, so he is in our lineups at DK without question. He could go 20-5-5 against the Raptors tonight.
Jeremy Lin – Another great value spot for Jeremy, although he was benched him down the stretch of the last game, and even into overtime, so that is a concern, as they Lakers continue to say they will play younger lineups, while sitting or resting the vets. He really has been terrific over the last three games since moving into the starting lineup, just ensure he starts.
Ed Davis – Davis is more of a play on DK, as he has been an extremely consistent fantasy producer for nearly 2 1/2 months, and hasn’t failed to nearly meet or exceed projection for nine-straight games. Cash only, as there is seemingly little upside, although he has thrown in a handful of 30 fpgs once in awhile.
Ryan Kelly – A value punt to be sure, and you can squeeze in your superstars comfortably now that it looks like Ryan will be playing extensively for the rest of the season. Get him now at bottom tank value. It’s practically free to ride the Kelly train for now.
Tarik Black – Another value punt from the Lakers for just 4k on FanDuel, as Tarik is going to play close to 30 minutes, it seems, and that has easily resulted in 22 and 24 FPs over the last two games, and he had 30 FPs three games ago at home vs. Utah.
Rudy Gobert – DEN is awful against the big guys, so Gobs should enjoy this matchup. More than 30 FPs are what we are calling for Rudy here despite the fact that he has fallen far short of projection in three of his last four games.
Trey Burke – A value play with the resurgent Burke, who has become a viable option at 5.1k at FanDuel with a stretch of positive fantasy-producing performances during a string of five games in double-figure scoring. Burke started on Wed., but beware as some of the shots may be gone with the probable return of Gordon Hayward from a shoulder injury.
Elijiah Millsap – If Rodney Hood doesn’t play, we would likely take Millsap, and even more so if Hayward doesn’t play, although it looks like the latter will be in the game. Millsap is still an excellent value 3.2 DK, and 3.6k at FanDuel. He has played 30 and 33 minutes in the last two games.
Al Horford – Al may not play, as ATL could start sitting players more frequently, but his salary has fallen to a level which could put him back in play if he is in. He really hasn’t reasonably met his projection but in two of his last eight outings, however, Miami is injury-plagued in the front court.
Kent Bazemore – If Kyle Korver rests, we are interested in Bazemore at DK, but we need to be monitoring the ATL situation until lineup lock. Baze always needs a full compliment of minutes and has no fantasy value as a reserve near 5k.
Dennis Schroder – Schroder is a sneaky play if Jeff Teague rests. Schroder is in play for sure at DK if Teague is out at just 4.5k at DK and 5.4k at FanDuel. Schroder has been scoring in double figures nearly every time out, which has led to several 25-plus fantasy-point nights. Not a play if Teague is available.
Udonis Haslem – Expect over 30 minutes for Udonis again, as Chris Anderson and Hassan Whiteside are unlikely to play. Has had 34 fantasy points in 38 minutes last game, in the most minutes he’s played all season. Absolutely bottom of the barrel at DK and min. value at FD, so probably going to use him at both sites, but only if the Heat players, including Whiteside and possibly Dwayne Wade, are down for this game.
Monta Ellis – Consider at DK, but not as much at FanDuel. He has dominated the Spurs, but expect the Spurs to do a better job this time after allowing a big night to Monta with 38 points, as the teams just met on Tuesday night in DAL. Ellis said he is finally healthy after battling a series of injuries all season. He put up 27 shots against the Spurs on Tuesday.
Mason Plumlee – He’s our value play at Center. He would need to start, but BKN may have to play him at this time because of the injury situation with Thaddeus Young. This could easily bump him up to an expected 20 fantasy points for just 4.3k at FanDuel.
Brook Lopez – BroLo is a possiblity at DK where he is 7.1k, while he is 7.8k at FD. We could just keep riding him, as he is hot, but he may end up the chalk with his gaudy stats of late, which have been off the charts. He has averaged almost 50 fantasy points over the last four games.
Kevin Love – With Thad Young out for BKN, this is a low price for Love at 7k, as earlier in the season he was above 10k. Great game last time out for KLove with 46.5 fantasy, so he could have a great time of it tonight. Love should make lineups somewhere in your portfolio tonight since he pretty much is equal value at both sites. He is the more preferred play at PF at DK, however, especially because of his three-point threat.
Josh Smith – At 5.5k at FanDuel, we almost have to consider rostering Josh despite a near month-long string of sub-par fantasy production games. The Timberwolves allow the most points in the league and the Rockets are currently facing a surplus of injuries in their frontcourt which could lead to extra minutes for JSmoove.
Trevor Ariza – He is just a target at Fanduel for the most part, where he is 5.8k. He had 22 points against NO on Wed., compiling 44 FPs. Trevor has not disappointed his backers of late, failing to meet or exceed projection in just two of his last ten outings.
Corey Brewer – Corey has hit the skids over the last two games, including a clunker on Wed., but we might give him a vote here to return to his recent profit-producing form due to the opponent and the extra minutes that could be available tonight with the absence of G Patrick Beverley. His salary has risen, so that could be leading to his immediate decline, but let’s see when he returns home tonight.
Zach LaVine – Mostly prefer him at FanDuel, but he is okay to use at DK, as well. He is 5.1k at FD, while 5.3k at DK. His salary has risen, but his minutes have risen even more, making him a big money maker for us of late. 5x isn’t out of the question for Zach, as Ricky Rubio is listed as doubtful overnight. As always, turnovers are a big part of Zach’s game so keep that in mind when rostering him at FD.
Andrew Wiggins – The minutes are there for Wiggins tonight, as MIN has had all sorts of industry concerns, leading them to playing their short roster extensively. We prefer to use him at FanDuel where he is just 6k and absoulte target in what should be a high scoring game against the Rockets.
Chase Budinger – Definitely a guy to consider to save money. We have to move up to some higher priced players, likely, because we can’t pass on the value here. Bud has been all over the place with the Wolves’ short roster. He should crush projection once again, as he has played nearly 40 minutes in four of the last five games.
P.J. Tucker – At 5.4k at FanDuel, we loved the effort and consistency of Tucker last week. Even on Wed., he scored just three points on 1-of-11 shooting, but still ended with over 24 fantasy points. He has been consistently taking at least 10 shots every game and faces a POR team that doesn’t defend opposing wings very well.
Damian Lillard – DK play here for sure, but may not have room for him at FD where he is listed at 8.8k. Still, Lill was awesome at Utah two nights ago, putting up 50 fantasy, including 10 assists. We expect over 100 from the Blazers tonight, so we will count on the catalyst to produce. PHO ranks 25th against opposing PG.
Tony Allen – Allen has been a good cash game play of late, and is currently a better value at FD, where he is just 5.1k. Very consistent lately in the fantasy department, but was limited to 17 FPs vs. Cleveland on Wed. He’ll likely be on Klay Thompson all night in what should be a hotly contested game at the Grindhouse between the top 2 teams in the West.
Klay Thompson – Probably only a consideration at FD, where he is 6.8k compared to 7k at DK. He will have Tony Allen on him in this one, however, but Klay has been OK since retuning from an ankle sprain, meeting his expectations nearly right on in three of four games. We’re projecting him for 33 FP tonight which is over 5X value.
John Wall – With Bradley Beal out, Wall’s price is looking good at 8.6k at DK, and a tad expensive at 9.5k at FD. Wall could be your horse with more shots to take with his shooting partner listed as doubtful overnight. Wall has been a strong, consistent fantasy option before a couple of down performances on the end of the Wizards’ road trip. He bounced back with over 50 FPs and 34 points last out vs. Indy after Beal went down.
Kemba Walker – If Mo Williams is out, then that would put Kemba even more in play on Friday night. Washington struggles against the position of late, and Kemba has been a profitable producer since getting above 30 minutes since his return from knee surgery. Add in the fact that the Hornets are fighting to make the playoffs, and Kemba could be a great play Friday night as there are so many big name PG’s on the card that it will put former UConn star in the shadows.
J.J. Reddick – Should be good to go with J.J. in this spot, although he is a much better value at FD at 6.5k. Reddick has no doubt been straight money since missing a series of games in mid-Feb., with only two sub-par fantasy outings. He has seen a reasonable uptick in price in March, but we know we are likely getting 15 shots or more with J.J. tonight.
Rudy Gay – We’ll play Rudy Gay at DK all day. While Rudy only amassed 25 FPs at PHX last time out, he has been very consistent since returning from a two-game absence. He is still battling yet another nagging injury, but fully expect him in tonight.
Eric Gordon – Only at FanDuel can we consider Eric, since he is the same price at goths sites. Sacramento hasn’t really been very good defensively, and we know we are going to get maximum play out of New Orleans as they are in must-win games at this point.