Friday’s Resourceful Plays from RosterResource.com…
Otto Porter – Make sure Otto is in there if Paul Pierce is out and our plans are likely good to go. Otto came out and owned the first couple of minutes against Philly on Wed., finishing with over 25 fantasy points in a whopping 38 minutes. For just 3.5k, this is an unbeatable bargain tonight.
Bradley Beal – Beal could get a call at SG tonight, although Washington should trounce the Knicks. Bradley has had mid-30 fantasy efforts in two of the last three games, as he put up 18 shots in each of those games.
Thaddeus Young – Definite strong look at PF tonight, as we plan on rostering Thad at home against TOR. Thad has played 39 and 33 minutes after missing a couple of games with a sore knee. He had 16 rebounds in those two games combined. Given that BKN is expected to score around 105 points, we like Thad to be up in the high 20s fantasy-wise.
Joe Johnson – Joe has excelled during the Nets’ recent run, turning in four-straight stellar outings heading into tonight’s home game with TOR. He should approach 30 FPs again, considering the Nets’ expected offensive production of late.
Lou Williams – Lou quietly gets the job done, and has done so several times over the last two weeks with Kyle Lowry’s absence, now likely extended. We’re not going to get any tremendous upside, but cash production is LouWill’s expectation. He’s up to 5k on FanDuel, but we can expect him to meet his over 20 fantasy projection tonight.
Arron Afflalo – Dirt cheap even though he is up to 4k and last three games have been great. We noted during Arron’s nice run that he is the beneficiary of a little more free reign since Wes Matthews went down for the season, as he is surely to play around 30 minutes or more, and has taken 11 shots in each of those last three contests.
Nicolas Batum – Batum’s back looks sound, as has averaged over 30 fantasy points in three-straight games, scoring in double digits in all three, as well. No reason why he wouldn’t achieve that tonight against the Lakers.
Jeremy Lin – Matchup against Lillard is good for Lin and he is back from a respiratory infection that sidelined him for two games. He plead 29 against NO on Wednesday, but was a dud with just 20 fantasy. With Los Angeles losing Wayne Ellington for the season, the Lakers’ guards will get an uptick, so Jeremy could get near 30 fantasy, as they will likely be trailing POR most of the evening.
Jabari Brown – His price went down to 3.5k after a bad outing, but all the Lakers get a bump with Ellington out for the season. Brown will be seeing considerably more time than usual, so Jabari has value at this price. He scored 22 points at Philadelphia earlier in the week, but flopped against NO at home last time out.
Pau Gasol – Against Detroit’s Anthony Tolliver, Pau is a terrific choice, if necessary. Possible blowout here in effect, as the Bulls are favored by nine overnight. So consistent that it seems you can’t go wrong. Double-doubles are more likely than not and he hasn’t fallen short of expect ion in five-straight games. Chicago is expected to score just over 100 points or so.
Jimmy Butler – Great matchup against DET for Butler, who has been very consistent over the last four games, and we’ll expect the same tonight. The Bulls could win handily, which could lead to a shortage of minutes, however. Butler played just 25 minutes against the Knicks earlier this week.
Zach Randolph – Zach is a consideration if necessary, but not a must-endorsement. ZeBo has been nursing a sore elbow over the last couple of days, but played 29 minutes against SAC last time out despite losing feeling in his arm, along with a sore knee. Memphis is expected to score nearly 105 points in this one at home against OKC.
Marc Gasol – If Zach Randolph is out, we are going to possibly pivot here. Marc had a couple of off outings of late, but that is a rarity, really. He returned to his usually form last time out at home against SAC, putting up nearly 35 fantasy points, despite scoring just eight points for the game.
Jeff Green – Jeff Green is always a sound option for around this level, although he is up a bit to 5.2k. Still, he has scored in double digits in eight-straight games, playing over 30 minutes in six of the last eight games.
Tobias Harris – Tobias has had nearly 30 FPs in each of the last two games, but we like him to just crack the 30-point barrier tonight at Minnesota. He had 18 points last time out and 21 two games back against DET, seeing well over 30 minutes and putting up double-digit shot attempts.
Elfrid Payton – Payton’s salary continues to rise (up to 7.9k now), but he has missed his projection in just one of his last 14 games. He also shows tournament upside, as well, smashing his expectations several times over that span.
Chase Budinger – There is a little bit more value elsewhere at SF, but Bud can easily be considered if necessary, considering his incredible run of most crushing his expectation. You would be hard-pressed to find a player that has drubbed his projection for as many week’s as Chase has.
Zach LaVine – Zach should have a fun night against ORL as the young guns will be out in force in a game which could feature very little defense. Still, LaVine does have some inconsistent tendencies, however.
Michael Carter-Williams – MCW has really been up-and-dow, but out pick his is for him to have back-to-back strong games, as we will take him to score over 30 fantasy points tonight at Boston. He took 19 shots last time out and had 34 FPs vs CHI on Wednesday.
Khris Middleton – Milwaukee players are in play, but consider that the Bucks actually have one of the lowest expected offensive outputs on Friday night, as they are one of five road teams expected to score around 95 points or lower.
Tyreke Evans – Tyreke had over 40 fantasy points against SAC last time out. Sacramento could have a hard time against the Pelicans defensively, so Evans could amass near 35 fantasy points tonight. He had 25 and 28 points against SAC and HOU last week, respectively.