TGIF! What up everyone? This NBA season is driving me crazy as baseball season approches. Wednesday was by far one of the worst nights as far as NBA as Paul George put up probably one of the worst games for a stud I’ve ever roster-ed. I’m looking to get that sick taste out of my mouth and get my money back for Friday! Let’s take a look at some of the top plays out there for Friday.
Steph Curry is one guy that is very scary to roster as he cost you a ton of salary, but he’s got a ton of upside. The problem is he doesn’t always hit value, but on Friday I like the chances he reaches the value we need. Atlanta is 29th over the last 10 games at defending the PG and giving up 109 points per game over that span.
Carmelo Anthony just continues to impress me fantasy wise at least and made me look smart on Wednesday as he outscored Kevin Love, but of course it didn’t matter with the rest of my line up. However, he’s in play again on Friday as he’s at home where he’s averaging 30 real points per game to go along with 9 rebounds per game. He’s cheaper than some other studs out there and has a pretty high ceiling.
Kevin Love didn’t quite go Paul George on us Wednesday night, but 30 fantasy points wont do it for his high salary. He’s got the chance to redeem himself in a home match up with Detroit. The Pistons are dominant on the glass, but they do struggle to defend the PF position ranked 23rd over the last 10. Love is the type of player that can cause havoc on them.
Al Jefferson has reached the stud level for my articles as he’s flat out killing it right now. He killed the Pacers on Wednesday and now gets a easier match up with the Cavaliers. Jefferson has an increase in production right now as he’s getting a few more shot with Gerald Henderson out of action. Jefferson’s price has went way up, but he’s still worth the look because of the possible ceiling you can get with him.
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Anthony Davis bounced back in a big way Wednesday night almost making back into the stud category for me, but I want to see more. He’s got the chance to have another big game against Bucks on Friday at home. He’s averaging 4 blocked shots per game at home this year to go along with a double double. I expect him to look for some revenge after his terrible game he had against the Bucks last time out.
Ty Lawson is healed and playing better than ever right now posting over 40 fantasy points in both his 2 games back from injury. Lawson now gets the match up with a Lakers team on a back to back that he should have no problem reaching the 40 fantasy points level against. Lawson posted 46 fantasy points back on January 5th against the Lakers and now faces them at home this time. The Lakers are giving up 112 points per game over the last 10 and this should give Lawson plenty of scoring opportunity on Friday.
Demar Derozan has scored over 44 fantasy points in his last 3 games and if Terrance Ross is out by chance that’s a slight bump for Derozan as he gets a couple more shots. Sacramento is ranked last over the last 10 games in defending the SG position. Derozan gets the match up at home where he’s shooting 45% on the year.
Eric Gordon is coming off his best game of the year from a fantasy points stance. Gordon is averaging a little under 3 more points per game at home than he is on the road which makes him a little bit safer play for me on Friday. Gordon actually had a decent game on the road versus the Bucks on February 12th where he put up 21 real points along with 35 fantasy points.
Tyson Chandler has been over 30 fantasy points in 7 of the last 8 games. Chandler has grabbed over 10 rebounds in 9 of the last 10 games as well and should have no problem doing that against the Jazz as well. Chandler is priced nicely around the industry and gives you some salary cap relief with a nice ceiling.
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Chris Douglas-Roberts is basically a punt play, but if he gets the start again for the Bobcats I think he can produce for value. He’s minimum on most sites and was able to pay over 25 minutes. The last two games he’s went for 16 and 27 fantasy points.
Jerryd Bayless didn’t hit value in his last game, but I believe the blowout prevented him from getting his normal 30 minutes lately. If he’s still in the starting line up he’s worth a look against a Nets team that he should be able to score against.
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