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Russell Westbrook - PG - $12,800
OKC @ PHX
Call it chalky, call it safe, but fading Brodie is a good way to catch an “L” heading into the weekend. The Suns are allowing 43 Fanball points per game to opposing point guards, fifth most in league and Phoenix ranks 29th in defensive rating. Russ has tormented the Suns over the last two seasons, racking up three triple doubles in five games and averaging 77 Fanball points per contest. And no, that’s not a typo, 77 freaking FB points per game. As if that wasn't enough, Westbrook is averaging 60 Fanball points over ten contests against teams ranked 26th - 30th in Fanball points allowed to point guards this season with five performances of 65 or more FB points.
Giannis Antetokounmpo - SF - $11,000
MIL vs IND
Giannis has nowhere to go but up after one of his worst performances of the season against the Pistons, but that doesn’t make him a lock to hit his value, not even close. The Greek Freak has been up and down as of late, hitting his value in five of his last ten games but with disparate results. He’s topped 70 Fanball points twice in the last month, but has also failed to crack 40 FB points three times during that span. Indiana has done a decent job of containing Antetokounmpo, holding him to an average of 46 Fanball points over their last four meetings with no double-doubles, and the last time these two teams met Giannis managed just 36 Fanball points on 3-of-8 shooting from the floor. If you’re going to pay up for a small forward tonight, Kevin Durant seems to make a lot more sense, coming in $400 cheaper and with a much friendlier matchup.
Top Contrarian Play
Nicolas Batum - SG - $6,600
CHA @ PHI
Nicolas Batum is a guy who often gets lost in the shuffle for me, but he deserves a glance tonight. Batum has dished out seven or more assists in each of his last six games, and averaged 6.4 assists per game in February, his third highest assist average in any month over his ten year career. The 76ers are a decent defensive team, but coming off a big road win against the Cavs, I question how well this young team will be able to focus in on the second half of a back-to-back. Charlotte is fighting for the final playoff spot in the East, and has won five of its last six games, over which Batum has averaged 36 Fanball points per game...exactly the number he needs to hit 5.5x his value.
Mid Level Values
Tim Hardaway Jr. - SG - $6,300
NY @ L.A.C
Tim Hardaway owes a debt to Wesley Johnson’s ankles, because if not for that savage crossover/staredown, the most memorable moment of the season would probably be Giannis jumping straight up and over Hardaway Jr. to throw down a dunk in the Garden. Although Hardaway is an unlikely to create a meme-able moment on Friday night, he should have little trouble hitting his value against the Clippers lackadaisical defense. For the season L.A. is allowing the sixth most points to opposing point guards, but things have been even worse since the loss of Avery Bradley, as the Clips are giving up 62 FB points to the position over the last ten games, the second most during that span. With an over/under set at 226 points, this is a game you should consider stacking up on, with Michael Beasley, Tobias Harris, Emmanuel Mudiay, Montrezl Harrell, and Trey Burke all being options to consider.
Andrew Harrison - PG - $5,900
MEM vs DEN
Andrew Harrison is questionable with a wrist injury as of writing this, but if he is cleared to play, he should be primed for another strong outing. After torching Phoenix for 42 Fanball points on Wednesday, Harrison gets a matchups with Denver, one of only four teams allowing more Fanball points per game to opposing points guards than the Suns. Tyreke Evans has already been ruled out, so Harrison’s usage rating should remain high if he’s able to play, and he’s been very reliable lately, topping 31 Fanball points in four of his last five contests. Should Harrison be forced to sit, Mario Chalmers could become the steal of the night, especially if Wayne Selden is forced to miss his eighth consecutive game with knee soreness.
Low Level Values
David Nwaba - SF - $4,800
CHI vs DAL
The Bulls tank is ALL the way on and David Nwaba has been one of the primary beneficiaries from a fantasy perspective, seeing 30+ minutes in every game since the All Star break, and averaging 28 Fanball points over those four contests. The Mavericks rank dead last in Fanball points allowed to small forwards for the season, and over the last ten games they’ve allowed a gaudy 49 FB points per game to the position.
Nemanja Bjelica – SF - $4,400
MIN @ UTA
With Jimmy Butler likely out for the remainder of the regular season with a knee injury, Nemanja Bjelica should continue to be a member of Minnesota’s starting five for the foreseeable future. Until Bjelica’s price tag is bumped up to reflect his more prominent role, he will continue to be one of the better low level values available, and I advise you to take advantage while you still can. Bjelica is averaging 33 minutes and 27 Fanball points in the three games since Butler went down, and he should be able to find a way to reach his value (24 FB points) even against a stingy Utah defense.
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