Happy Friday, Friends! Welcome back to the final Quick Bricks article of the week, and thank my great stars and yours as well that it is FRIDAY. I am sure you guys are just as ready for the weekend as I am, and this weekend features my son’s birthday, so pretty exciting stuff as he turns the big 3 years old! Got some nice stuff planned up for him and ready to spend some time away from work and with the fam. Now, tonight we are gifted with a yugeee 11-game NBA DFS slate and these are always the most fun to research, because mainly you can spot the lower-owned plays that more than likely no one will be on, and can mix and match those with the studs, as well as values, to make a nice LU that hopefully can score you tons of cash. I have done my research, and have chosen what I really liked above the $6k salary mark, and below that mark as well. So, enough chatter, lets dive in…
Kyle Lowry ($8,200)– This one is pretty huge gut feeling for me, as it does present tons of things to like about Lowry tonight, such as he is catching the Nets on a back-to-back, and he is really due for a nice monster game in my opinion. Not to mention, with guys like Harden, CP3, and Dame being a few big names in the top of the PG list, Lowry can easily fly under the radar quite a bit as his last couple of games have not been so pleasant fantasy-wise, as they have totaled just 28 and 24.8 FPs. Now, not to worry, as the Raps were on a 4-game road trip where they returned on two days ago, and got some much-needed rest and now host the Nets who once again are on a B2B. Lowry has been good at home, his last 3 of 5 in TOR have resulted in 49 fantasy points or more, and the Nets are allowing the 4th most FPs on average to the PG spot over their last 5 games.
Rajon Rondo ($6,100)– I do understand this pick isn’t under that $6k salary mark, but it was border-line and although I do feel Rondo could be a bit chalky tonight with this NO/DEN matchup (such a good game stack), I had to include him here tonight. Rondo has been steamy lately going for 38.5, 40.5, and 48 fantasy points totals in his last three road travels. Denver has NOT been good against the PG spot this season, allowing the most FPs on average to the PG spot over the season, and a modest 8th most over their last 5 games. There isn’t a total posted for this game yet, but I have a pretty confident guess that it will be over 220, and one of the higher totals on the board, so getting as much exposure to this game as possible is not a bad idea.
Lou Williams ($7,600)– Don’t pay much mind to the price tag on Louie tonight, as they are looking to be without the services of one of their major minutes guards in Austin Rivers. Not that Lou was hurting for minutes in the first place, as he is playing a whopping 33 or more minutes per game so far this season and is a monster part of this Clippers offense. Also, it does look as if they could be without the services of Danilo Gallinari once again, which is sad because the guy just cannot stay healthy. However, this makes the usage for Lou spectacularly high yet once again, and for that, we are thankful. Lou did manage to put up a smooth 51 FPs against the Wiz on Dec 9th, as they hosted the Wiz in the Staples Center. I feel that it doesn’t exactly matter what court Lou steps onto, he is still going to play his game, and should see over 40 FPs once again at the least.
Jamal Murray ($5,600)– Staying in the NO/DEN game once again here and playing Rondo’s counter-part in Jamal Murray. Murray has been absolutely lighting up the net here lately with his shooting, scoring 28 real points in his last 2 in route to 40.5 and 53.5 FP totals, while also grabbing at least 4 rebounds (10 last game vs BOS). It does help that we get the multi-eligibility for him in PG/SG as well, so making him more versatile and easier to fit in the LU with ease and with nice value at his price tag. It does need to be mentioned that the Pelicans are allowing the 3rd most FPs on average to the PG spot over the season. So, for a nice mid-tier guard roster spot, Murray is absolutely worth a look tonight.
Otto Porter ($6,500)– As long as Gallinari is side-lined we can keep fading the 3 for the Clippers. Otto torched this Clippers team 6 days ago, putting up a hefty 57.3 FPs on a 27 point, 11 rebound, 5 assist, and 3 steals performance. Although, Wall being back may lead to a bit of production taken away from guys like Beal and Porter, I am not overtly concerned about Porter and his price tonight as the matchup already presents itself and we know he can exploit it as he has already shown a few days ago. The Clippers have not been good without Gallinari defending the 3 as we know, allowing the 3rd most FPs on average over the season, as well as the 3rd most over their last 5.
Robert Covington ($6,100)– Once again, had to put in a roster spot that was border-line at the $6k mark, but I think tonight is a decent night to have some balanced line-ups, as there are a lot of mid-tier priced guys that are in really nice spots. RoCo is one of these guys tonight. I do know he has missed the Sixers last 2 contests, and I am sure this will also lead to lower-ownership on him as well, so I am all over it as long as he is back in for sure and starting. Now, before RoCo was side-lined he had been on a bit of a hot streak, putting up 39 FPs in his prior two performances. Hopefully, since it was just a bruised back, he should be nice and treated up and ready to hit the floor once again refreshed. OKC has been awful defending the SF spot lately as well, as they are allowing the 6th most on average to the SF spot over their last 5 games.
BOOGIE ($10,800)– I haven’t really paid up for anyone yet, but If I do pay up it will be Boogie Cousins. Trying to force this game stack with NO/DEN is going to be a bread and butter tonight, and I not lying when I say I will be all over it. It has the potential to be a shoot-out and Cousins is in a prime spot. Denver has allowed the MOST FPs to opposing Cs over their last 5 games (NO Jokic we know), by a 14.7 marginal average clip. Jokic was originally slotted to be back last game for the Nuggs, but ultimately did not step foot on the floor for reasons unknown, but maybe he isn’t exactly ready yet, or maybe the ole ball coach wanted to give him an extra night off as precaution. Either way, Cousins is still the big I am paying up for tonight in this spot and will be the guy I pay up for in this game stack.
Nikola Mirotic ($5,500)– Another guy that can benefit from injuries is Mirotic, and boy has he taken full advantage of his starting in the role of Markkanen over the past 2 games. Mirotic has also been lighting up the net as he has scored over 20 real points and grabbed at least 8 boards in those two in route to 44.8 and 37.5 fantasy point totals. Markkanen is still questionable after being noted that he was being slotted back into the starting line-up for the Bull’s last game, only to be a late scratch right after tip. Either way, I believe Mirotic has most definitely found his way into playing time, and you cannot argue the amount of value he brings at his current price. So, with that said, the Markkanen injury status is must-watch for, but at the same time, I think Mirotic is a fine plug-and-play here on tonight’s slate.
Marc Gasol ($7,900)– I know I am on Boogie, but with other guys like AD, Drummond, Vuce, and Embiid sitting atop the list for the C spot tonight, I believe Gasol will be way under-looked, with quite possibly one of the better match ups at the C spot tonight. Gasol and the Grizz will host the Hawks tonight in Grind city where the Hawks are coming off a B2B playing the Pistons last night. Guess who had a huge game? Drummond with 12 points, 19 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 steals on the night. The DET/ATL game did get a bit out of hand in the 2nd half, but most of the damage had already been done for Drummond, and well the Grizz aren’t exactly that good either, so I would think this game could stay closer till like the 4th or so. Either way, I believe Gasol is a very sneaky GPP play tonight at the C spot, his last 3 of 4 at home have gone for 34 fantasy points or more with a couple easily over 40, and it helps that the Hawks are allowing the 2nd most FPs on average to the C spot over their last 5 contests, and no John Collins coming back does not scare me a bit.
John Henson ($4,700)– Love the price, love the matchup that Henson has tonight. In his last two games, he has played 26 and 30 minutes, putting up 30.3 and 29.5 fantasy points in those two. Recording at least 2 blocks and a steal in both as well, Henson has the ability to stuff the sheet a small bit for the C spot here. It also does help that the Bulls run a bit smaller with their line-up, and it has caused them to be a little vulnerable to the C spot this season, allowing the 6th most FPs on average over their last 5 contests, as well as the 7th most on average to the C spot over the course of the season, so I could easily see a nice pay down spot here for Henson for a guy who can easily exceed value at his price point.
That’s all I got for tonight, good people! I hope you enjoyed and took away some tidbits from what I have presented for tonight’s yuge 11-game slate! With that said, and as always, GOOD LUCK! I hope your points are plentiful and your DFS accounts are hefty at night’s end!