Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Chris Paul and LeBron James? No were not talking about members of the NBA All-Star squads. We are talking about about what a daily fantasy lineup on FanDuel could look like or should I say we could all dream that is what it could look like.
In reality while we could never make that work around the salary cap structure, we could however feature any of those stars on our roster tonight as they are all in action. The NBA features a nine game slate tipping off at 7:30pm with the Cleveland Cavaliers traveling to Detroit to take on the Pistons.
For us the one game to pay attention to features the Houston Rockets heading to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder. This contest not only features three of the top fantasy scorers in the NBA it is also slated to have the highest/over line of the night at 221.5 points. Along with the combine score to be the highest tonight, each of these teams are also projected to be the two highest scoring teams in the NBA as well.
Along with the top options in this contes, this contest also features a few bargain type players who could reward us in tournament play. One of those options is Josh Smith who has three 23 plus fantasy performances over his last four games. The other guy who is more of a hit or miss type player is Steven Adams. The Thunder backup center has the potential to deliver a solid 29 point fantasy line or you could get the 9.4 night. In the end these types of fantasy plays are a high risk, high reward play that is suited for tournament play.
Here is our NBA FanDuel lineup for Friday January 29th, 2016.
PG – Jerian Grant ($3,800): As we looked around at a few players that could provide us with some salary cap relief we landed with Grant. Grant despite posting just 2.7 fantasy points a few games back is still a solid option with three 20 plus fantasy performances over his last four games. The New York Knicks point guard also has a very favorable matchup against a Phoenix Suns team that likes to move the ball.
PG – Deron Williams ($5,600): While we would have loved to have gone with at least one of the more expensive options we felt we could get more for a cheaper price at the point guard position than at some of the other spots. Williams gets a shot to go against a Brooklyn Nets team that is allowing the fourth most fantasy points to the point guard position this season.
SG – James Harden ($10,200): If we didn’t like Harden as much as we do tonight against the Thunder we could have gone more expensive at the point guard position. That being said it’s hard to pass on Harden any night he takes the floor for the Houston Rockets.
SG – J.J. Redick ($5,000): While Redick might not have the appeal as some of the shooting guards around the league he does have a great matchup tonight. Redick will look to help lead his Los Angeles Clippers to a win over the struggling Lakers.
SF – Kevin Durant ($10,600): Much like Harden we never really need a reason to go with the Thunders small forward. In the end Durant has been on a tear of late posting four straight games with at least 40 fantasy points as well as eight of them over his last ten games.
SF – Jae Crowder ($6,400): If Carmelo Anthony is a go tonight that would be a solid option as well. In the end we saved a few bucks and went with the Boston Celtics small forward. We expect tonight’s Celtics/Suns game to be one of the higher scoring contests of the night.
PF – Josh Smith ($4,100): As we said above Smith is more of a gamble play here with a high ceiling. That being said we could have easily gone cheaper with one of the Suns center options allowing us to spend more freely at this position.
PF – Serge Ibaka ($5,800): Looking at matchups landed us with the Thunder power forward. While many would think most would stack Durant and Westbrook, we have elected to go with Ibaka against a Rockets team that has struggled to slow down opposing.
C – DeAndre Jordan ($7.900): Jordan might not be the top option at the center position tonight but he might have one of the best matchups against the Lakers. The Lakers currently rank third in the NBA in fantasy points allowed per game to opposing centers.