FanDuel NBA Value Plays: Friday (1/12)
Geoff Lambert breaks down value plays for Friday’s slate of FanDuel NBA contests.
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Welcome again to the Friday edition of my FanDuel values column. Every Friday here at FantasyPros, I will give my tops plays under $5,500. We have a nine-game slate to look at today and plenty of value. Let’s get started.
Darren Collison (IND): $5,000 vs CLE
Collison has struggled with consistency all season, scoring as many as 44 FanDuel points and as few as six, but with Miles Turner expected to be out at least one more game Collison could prove to be that diamond in the rough. The Cavs are bottom nine in FanDuel points allowed to point guards over the last four weeks (47.56 fppg), and Collison dropped 36.9 on them earlier this season.
Andrew Harrison (MEM): $4,300 @ DEN
Harrison returned from a one-game absence and posted 28.9 FanDuel points in 29 minutes, good for one fantasy point per minute. Tonight he gets the fourth-worst team in points allowed to point guards, giving up 49.94 points on average. Harrison has already started to show improvement in the assist category logging 16 assists over his last three games, which is more than he had in his last seven games combined.
Evan Fournier (ORL): $5,500 @ WAS
With Nikola Vucevic out, Elfrid Payton lacking an outside shot, and Bismack Biyombo being an offensive liability, the Magic are left with Fournier and Aaron Gordon as their only offensive threats. This game will be a pace up game for the Magic, meaning more opportunities for Fournier to put up FanDuel points. At $5,500, he has 35 FD point upside. In fact, he just dropped 33.3 on the Bucks in a much tougher matchup.
Gerald Green (HOU): $4,800 @ PHO
Green has been one of my favorite value plays over the last few weeks with James Harden out of the lineup. The Vegas lines have not been posted at the time of this article, but I would expect that this game will have the highest over/under on the slate, meaning there will a ton of points scored in this game. Green checks off three boxes; below $5,500, high over/under, and a great matchup — the Suns have given up 41.21 FanDuel points to small forwards over the last four weeks.
Dragan Bender (PHO): $3,500 vs HOU
Bender may be the chalk value play of the day if Marquese Chriss does, in fact, miss this game. After dropping 43.2 FanDuel points on the Thunder a few nights ago, Bender will draw the start at power forward tonight against a defense that has given up over 46 FanDuel points per game over the last four weeks. This game will be played at a breakneck pace, and Bender should log 30-plus minutes. You will take that every day with a $3,500 player.
Enes Kanter (NYK): $5,300 @ MIN
When asked by reporters why he is not on the floor late in the fourth quarter of games Kanter replied by saying, “…it’s a little weird to me too. I guess he is trying to make everyone happy.” Truth be told, Kanter is a defensive liability and coach Hornacek likely prefers the defense of Kyle O’Quinn, but Kanter is still a double-double threat and will likely see 25-plus minutes tonight against the Timberwolves, making him an excellent value at $5,300.