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Daily Fantasy NBA Picks for FantasyDraft – 11/20/15
By Sam Nedimyer @RotoNedi
Welcome back Chris Paul. In his first game back coming off injury, the point guard put up a stat line of only 35 points, eight assists, four rebounds and three steals. It looked like he didn’t have any problems exploding off the perimeter and working in a few oops for good measure. If it wasn’t for Steph Curry, he would’ve owned the highlight reel from Thursday night’s thrilling game in the Staples Center.
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Russell Westbrook, OKC – $22,800
Stephen Curry, GSW – $19,900
With Kevin Durant out of Friday night’s game against the Knicks, owners will want to lean heavily toward Westbrook instead of Curry. He has been doing almost everything for the Thunder in KD’s absence. Curry continues to nail triples at a ridiculous place, but has a tougher matchup against the Chicago Bulls on Friday night. Realistically, owners will have to choose either Westbrook or Curry, but it would sure be awesome to fit both in your lineup.
Kyle Lowry, TOR – $15,000
As a cheaper high-end play to the above mentioned athletes, Lowry offers great value for Friday’s slate. In addition to providing comparable value to last year’s numbers across the stat sheet, Lowry has clearly worked on his free throw shooting. He is making eight percent more free throws and averaging 2.4 more attempts per game. He gets the Lakers Friday night. A team that plays up tempo as well as some atrocious defense.
Jamal Crawford, LAC – $9,400
J.J. Redick continues to miss time, but may just suit up Friday night against the Blazers. If he is out, however, make sure to give Crawford a look. His minutes are getting high, but the 35-year-old guard looks like a rejuvenated spring chicken in his mid-20s. At his price, it is hard to pass up any starter, let alone one that has Crawford’s skill set.
Avery Bradley, BOS – $8,900
Brooklyn’s slow pace is sure to scare daily fantasy players away. Instead, players should look at their eighth-worst defensive efficiency as exploitable against an up-tempo team like Boston. The Celtics’ back court is getting rather crowded, but Bradley is the heir apparent when healthy. Bradley has seen a successive increase in FantasyDraft points over his last three games. During that span, he has averaged 17.7 points, 3 boards, 3 assists and 2 steals per game. Eventually, he is going to no longer come off the bench and maintain his starter status. Make sure to get in on the point production while the price is low.
Nicolas Batum, POR – $12,900
Who from the Sixers is going to guard Batum? That’s a serious question. I have no idea. Batum is a guy that has always stuffed the stat sheet, but now that he is a focal point of the Hornet offense, he is really becoming a top fantasy threat. His 21.9% usage rate is by far the highest of his career and clearly the Frenchman is seizing the opportunity. With a stat line of 17.1 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 3.8 APG, 1.0 SPG and 0.8 BPG, it seems like Batum should be priced much higher. I won’t apologize for getting in a nice return on investment.
Danilo Gallinari, DEN – $11,600
I am trying to figure out why Gallinari’s price is so low. The dude’s minutes consistently hit the mid-thirties and he is scoring over 18 points per game. Looking deeper, Gallinari’s DFS numbers in every game this year has drastically increased after seeing a big fall in production in his previous game. That trend should continue against the up-tempo Suns.
Kristaps Porzingis, NYK – $11,400
In lieu of sounding like a clown that is falling into the New York hype, I am going to slightly recommend Porzingis. The Detlef Schrempf look-a-like is going to be a tough matchup for Serge Ibaka, likely forcing the Thunder big man out to the perimeter for more than a few possessions. The downside here is the minutes that Porzingis plays. It is hard to grasp whether he will see 34 minutes or sit for twenty eight. I believe it is a safe assumption that Knick fans want to see Airzingis, which just may force Derek Fisher’s hand.
The $11,700 Wild Card Forwards
Ryan Anderson – NOP
Thaddeus Young – BKN
Both Anderson and Young are priced exactly at $11,700, but both players offer seemingly similar upside and potential downside for Friday night. Anderson is nearly a must play if starter Anthony Davis is out again. Monitor that situation closely. As for Young, he has been extremely reliable over the last couple weeks. He offers excellent double-double potential and has played north of 30 minutes in nearly every game this season. Young dropped his best performance of the season in Brooklyn’s last outing. He scored 27 points and added eight boards in their five point loss to the Hornets. Boston poses some matchup problems for Young. The Celtics are second in the league in defensive efficiency thanks in large part to a talented frontcourt of Jared Sullinger, Jae Crowder, Amir Johnson, David Lee and Kelly Olynyk. Young is a cash game and double up mainstay, but he may be in some trouble Friday night in Boston.