by Ray Kuhn
Daily fantasy basketball is a roller coaster ride. You have to have a short memory but also learn from both your successes and failures. If you are new to this feature then welcome aboard, and if not, then welcome back.
Friday is always one of the best days to play Daily fantasy basketball. There is a nice, full slate of games which helps to vary the lineups and prevent overlap. Also, there is no football to take away or force you to divert some your attention.
Let’s take a look at six players (two at each position) you should be looking at as you set your lineup for tonight. All of information referenced is based on game play at Fantasy Score (USA Today’s DFS engine). If you do play on other sites in the industry the same logic and thought process is applicable. Additionally, you can also use these tips to help you in your season long leagues.
- Rajon Rondo, G, Boston Celtics, $7,600. Rondo does face a tough defensive team in the Grizzlies, but they are also a little banged up. With Rondo averaging 40.1 FP’s per game and a value that is still below market value from his hand injury, I would jump on the Boston point guard. We all know that Rondo can score, but what really stands out to me about his game is that he is averaging 11.8 assists a night. That is where his value really is.
- Deron Williams, G, Brooklyn Nets, $5,800. At this point it is fact that Williams is not the player the Nets traded for a few years ago. But that doesn’t mean he can’t have fantasy value if his price is right. At $5,800 he is priced as a mid-tier guard but is only averaging about six FP”s a game less than Rondo. So far this season, Williams has been healthy and actually looks as good as he has in the past few years. It is possible we have a resurgence on our hands as he is averaging 18.2 and 6.5 assists per game.
- Markieff Morris, F, Phoenix Suns, $4,600. You know we have to get at least one player in so is facing Philadelphia. In fact, Morris is a very good value regardless of who the opponent is. Morris is on his way towards a breakout season, and he scored 30 points (53.75 FP’s) the other night. Even if Morris doesn’t have a standout game, his averages of 14.8 points and 6.2 rebounds is pretty solid production for the price. Morris is one of those players I would keep on hitting “Buy” on.
- Channing Frye, F, Orlando Magic, $2,400. When will Frye’s price rise? If you are looking for a cheap forward, then there none better than Frye. He has good range, is proficient from behind the arc, and is also averaging close to 6 rebounds a game. Sign me up for that.
- Gorgui Dieng. C, Minnesota Timberwovles, $4,300. Dieng is solid value regardless, but with Nikola Pekovic sidelined, he is even more of a good play. On the season Dieng is averaging 22.02 FP’s per game, but in his first game with Pekovic sidelined he put up 33.75 FP’s. With extended playing time, Dieng has the potential for a double-double every game with at least a block a game.
- Marc Gasol, C, Memphis Grizzlies, $7,100. Gasol faces the Celtics who don’t have a legit presence in the middle and Kosta Koufos will be out of the lineup. That likely means a few more minutes for Gasol as well as the chance for a few more rebounds. But regardless, it is hard to argue with the 18 points and 7.8 rebounds a game Gasol is averaging in his free agent year.