FanDuel NBA Value Plays: Friday (4/21)

Apr 21, 2017

The Celtics center could help you squeeze Westbrook into your lineup

The Thunder-Rockets series is a fantasy basketball dream matchup. Superstars James Harden and Russell Westbrook are blowing up the stat sheet as they have all season. Averaging 54.9 FanDuel points in the series, Harden can be had for $13,600 on FanDuel. Meanwhile, Westbrook is listed at an absolutely unheard of $14,600 and is putting up 64.6 FanDuel points per game. Despite their hefty price tags, you absolutely need at least one of them in your lineup on Friday night. You could probably even get by fitting them both in your FanDuel lineup. However, you will need to find value elsewhere to field a competitive lineup.

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Below are some value plays to consider for Friday night’s FanDuel main slate.

Point Guard

George Hill (UTA): $5,600 vs. LAC

When Rudy Gobert hyperextended his knee in game one the Jazz lost a significant advantage in this series. Somehow though, they were able to steal a game in L.A. and now the series heads to Utah tied at one. The production that Gobert brought to the table needs to be made up elsewhere and Hill is ready to fit the bill. He may only be the fourth best option on the Jazz right now, but he is actually the cheapest option at point guard on Friday night that is playing significant minutes. He’s averaging 23.6 FanDuel points in 37 minutes per game so far this series. Given a number of minutes Hill plays, there is little risk and tremendous value in including him in your lineup.

Shooting Guard

Lou Williams (HOU): $4,900 vs. OKC

With the Thunder already down 2-0 in this series, Russell Westbrook is likely to take it upon himself to ensure they don’t lose a third time. You could easily spend an additional $1,000 and upgrade for a more attractive looking Victor Oladipo at shooting guard, but are you comfortable with trusting anybody on the Thunder other than Russell Westbrook? Lou Williams is averaging 13 fewer minutes played than Oladipo in this series yet is averaging only 1.3 less FanDuel points per game. You can get more bang for your buck with Williams and spend your money saved elsewhere.

Small Forward

Joe Johnson (UTA): $5,400 vs. LAC

As mentioned previously, the Jazz are stepping up without Rudy Gobert in the lineup. Joe Johnson has seen his usage skyrocket in this series. His 26.4 usage rating is second on the team to only Gordon Hayward. At $5,400 he’s a tremendous value at the small forward position. The veteran is averaging 30.1 minutes per game, and his average of 26.4 FanDuel points is right around 5x value. You can feel comfortable putting him in your lineup and expect similar numbers in game three on Friday night.

Power Forward

Bobby Portis (CHI): $4,400 vs. BOS

The Bulls have the Celtics on the ropes and are looking for the knockout punch on Friday night. Bobby Portis has been a key part of the Bulls’ success in the first two games of the series. At $4,440 he’s a steal, averaging 19.3 minutes and 22.5 FanDuel points per game this series. The Bulls are going with the hot hand, so if Nikola Mirotic starts hitting his shots he will see more time on the floor than Portis. Neither one of them has been consistent all season so there is a lot of risk including either Mirotic or Portis in your lineup. Playing Portis, though, is the cheaper option and allows you to grab salary elsewhere at a stronger position.

Center

Kelly Olynyk (BOS): $5,100 vs. CHI

The Celtics have been outplayed by the Bulls in this series at virtually every position, but especially at center. Still, Olynyk has been putting up respectable numbers in the minutes he’s played. At 23.3 minutes per game, he’s averaged 26.8 FanDuel points. Compared to the similarly priced Nene Hilario and Steven Adams, Olynyk has a higher usage and production in the playoffs so far. You could spend an additional $1,000 and grab Robin Lopez instead, but if you need salary relief, Olynyk is a good option.

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Tom Williams is a correspondent at FantasyPros. To read more from Tom, check out his archive or follow him @ChicagoSports22.

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