FanDuel NBA Value Plays: Friday (3/17)
While the rest of the basketball world ponders what went wrong with their busted brackets, savvy DFS players are picking through an enticing Friday night NBA slate, setting up a winning lineup. The Rockets vs. Pelicans game features two of the game’s most expensive stars: James Harden at $11,800 and Anthony Davis at $11,200 on FanDuel. It would be a smart idea to include either one of them in your lineup, but that will require you to find value elsewhere in order to field a competitive lineup. Fortunately, there are several options to choose from.
Below are some value plays to consider for Friday night’s FanDuel main slate.
Tyler Ulis (PHX): $5,400 vs. ORL
Ulis steps in as the starting point guard for the Suns, following the news that both Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight are being shut down for the year. Knight has been useless lately, but there’s a lot of leftover usage to go around in Bledsoe’s absence. Ulis has been impressive so far in the time he’s been getting, averaging nine points and seven assists in just over 25 minutes in his last four games. He will get his first real test against Elfrid Payton and the Orlando Magic, who have their own defensive issues to work through. Ulis should see his price rise over the next couple weeks as he gets more playing time and usage. For Friday night, though, he’s a great value.
Evan Fournier (ORL): $5,500 vs. PHO
The Magic-Suns game promises to be a high-scoring affair, pitting two teams that like to get out and run. Since trading Serge Ibaka, the Magic have shifted to a more open style of play, and Fournier is starting to benefit. Over the last 11 games he’s averaging 16.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.4 assists. There are 11 shooting guards priced more expensive than Fournier on the Friday night slate. There’s a good chance he will outplay at least some of them.
Tony Snell (MIL): $4,200 vs. LAL
The Lakers and Bucks are two organizations going in completely opposite directions. While the Lakers are shutting down their veterans and giving minutes to their youngsters, the Bucks have climbed their way into the playoff conversation and have a reasonably good chance of qualifying. Snell has been playing well as of late, averaging 11.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in his last four games. He’s playing close to 30 minutes a game, and against a weak defensive squad like the Lakers, he should have no problem producing 5X his value on Friday night.
Marquees Chriss PF (PHO): $4,800 vs. ORL
As I mentioned earlier, the Magic-Suns game should be full of FanDuel points. The Suns are playing their youngsters more and more each game and Chriss is showing promise. He and Alan Williams are providing a nice glimpse of what could be a very solid frontcourt for years to come in Phoenix. Over his last four games, Chriss is averaging 12 points and 6.8 rebounds. This is a great matchup for him. The Magic are among the worst teams in the NBA defending opposing power forwards. There are 12 other power forwards priced higher than Chriss, and there’s little doubt he will perform better than some of them on Friday night.
Nerlens Noel (DAL): $6,000 vs. PHI
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the recent trade deadline sweepstakes was when the Sixers sent their young center Noel packing to Dallas. Noel returns to Philly for a Friday night date with his former team, and there’s a pretty good chance he will have something to prove. The Sixers are allowing the most FanDuel points to opposing centers over the last seven games, so Noel has a decent matchup. He’s missed some recent games due to a sore knee, but in his last outing he scored 12 points and grabbed three rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench. The Mavericks seem energized when he’s on the court and their recent play has them thinking about the playoffs. His price remains a bit high for someone who’s coming off the bench and has missed time recently, but the additional motivation of playing against his former team is the key to this pick.