NBA Friday is back with a big slate of games tonight. Always keep an eye on the news with the RotoGrinders App to make sure you are setting the best roster you can. Let's dig in deeper now and find some top plays at each position on FanDuel and DraftKings.
Fred VanVleet (vs. Oklahoma City)
We are at that time of year where we are going to have to keep up with the news and take advantage of injuries. It’s also not the worst strategy to leave money on the table if you otherwise feel good about your team. Fred VanVleet is a value play tonight due to the injury of Kyle Lowry, who leaves around 35-point guard minutes per game for the team to soak up along with a solid 19.4 usage rate. VanVleet is a natural point guard who was next in line to soak up most of those minutes, and in 13 games this year where Kyle Lowry has sat out, VanVleet has capitalized by scoring an additional 6.7 DK/6.4 FD points per game. The price tag hasn’t climbed enough with the recent injury to Lowry and I’m going to take advantage of that tonight.
Delon Wright (vs. Orlando)
This is yet another opportunity to save some money on a position and spend up elsewhere. It looks as though Mike Conley is doubtful for tonight’s game and that would have a major impact on this Memphis lineup. Delon Wright looks like the player that should benefit most from Conley’s absence. Conley leaves behind over 33 minutes per game, nearly a 28 percent usage rate and 16 shots per game. Conley has played 100 percent of his minutes at point guard this year, and that is where Wright has received most of his minutes, also. Wright’s finally being given an opportunity since being traded from Toronto, and with Memphis has averaged 28.6 minutes per night to go along with 10 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.6 stocks per game. At a price tag of only $4,900 on DraftKings and $5,100 on Fanduel, I think he makes for the best value play on the night as of Friday afternoon.
Paul George (vs. Toronto)
For the most part, this writeup is littered with value plays and mid-range players. At some point you need to use some your salary on a stud, and I’m not necessarily eyeballing any particular player, but rather a position. Like most nights, small forward is a position that is extremely top-heavy with a severe drop off after the elite players. There are four such elite players at this position tonight, however, two of those stars are in danger of missing their games. There is a very good possibility LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo sit out tonight, leaving Paul George and Kawhi Leonard as your elites at this position. Oklahoma City is one of a handful of teams tonight that is actually trying to win games in order to improve their record and positioning headed into the playoffs. This game should be very competitive, and that should allow Paul George to crest his 37 minutes per game average on the year. He’s also averaged a usage rate that exceeds 30 percent over the last two months and I think this is the best way to spend up on salary on this slate.
Kyle Kuzma (vs. Brooklyn)
I keep playing Kyle Kuzma, and he keeps disappointing me. The overall fantasy totals aren’t terrible by any means, but I think there’s so much more upside there with half the team out due to injury. The promising part is, since his return from an injury in early March, he has played over 31 minutes every game. LeBron James is questionable again tonight and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him sit out. That would leave a void in this lineup for scoring, and Kuzma can fill that role. It’s not a huge slate tonight, so looking at the landscape of the power forward position leads me to the mid-range. I think this is a fine matchup for Kuzma (22/11 stat line last game vs Brooklyn) and I think he takes advantage of the extra shot attempts tonight.
Clint Capela (vs. San Antonio)
Clint Capela has finally returned to form for the Houston Rockets. He’s eclipsed 36 DraftKings points in six of his last eight games. He’s coming off a game where he played 43 minutes, erasing any doubt that Houston is treating him with kid gloves anymore. The Rockets are still fully engaged in Western Conference seeding, so they are trying to win at all costs right now. The last factor that sways me in the direction of Capela tonight is the matchup. On paper it doesn’t look like a great matchup for centers, but Capela’s style is very tough for San Antonio to defend. In the last three meetings this season against San Antonio, he has averaged 17.3 rebounds per game, and over the last two games has reached 20+ points. The center position falls off in a major way tonight after the first two stars are off the board, so the third best option may just be the big man from Houston, who comes in at a significantly discounted price compared to Vucevic and Jokic.