With ten NBA games Friday night and precious few tanking teams, there’s a lot at stake for these teams and should be plenty of scoring. Friday night is all about upside. We’re going to need a lot of points to place well in GPP, so let’s take a big swing at all eight spots and hope we gain enough points on our hits to make up for our misses. We’ll build our lineup tonight around a possible star homecoming for Jabari Parker.
PG/SG Bradley Beal WAS $8.3K vs Denver
Beal is a bit of a contrarian superstar play since Denver is #2 against shooting guards and Beal has cooled off a bit lately, but look at the big picture. The Nuggets are struggling and tired amidst a long road trip away from home, and Denver’s defense has been terrible. Beal is as much a point guard as a two with Wall out, and Denver is bottom five against PGs. Beal’s price has dropped during his cool stretch. If he can get to 25 or 30 points and add in 7+ assists, he could have a huge ceiling.
PF/C Kevin Love CLE $7.7K vs Phoenix
Love was in our lineup Wednesday night and showed up with a monster 49 fantasy points on just a $6400 salary, pouring in 23 points, 12 boards, and four assists. He’s still on a minutes limit but that won’t be an issue in a blowout against the Suns anyway. Love looks healthy and has been on fire, hitting four threes in three straight games with 30 rebounds in those games. He should be able to do anything he wants against Phoenix’s big men.
SG/SF Josh Jackson PHX $6.9K vs Cleveland
The Cavs should run away with this one, but that just leaves the Suns playing their young guys. Devin Booker hasn’t practiced this week and is listed as questionable along with T.J. Warren. If both are out, that leaves the scoring and creation load squarely on Jackson’s shoulders, and the rookie has stepped up to the plate. He’s not shooting well yet, but that doesn’t matter in fantasy. Jackson is averaging 38 fantasy points a game over his last four outings, scoring 22 points a game with a huge minutes load and filling up the box score. He presents huge multiplier upside.
C Jonas Valanciunas TOR $6.8K vs Brooklyn
When in doubt, start a center against the Nets. Brooklyn has been last in the league against centers all year, and Valanciunas loves to pile up numbers against bad teams. He had a monster 26/14 game against the Nets for 48 fantasy points just ten days ago. He’s the sort of guy who can present 7 or 8x value easily if he gets rolling in the right matchup, and this is it.
SF/PF Al-Farouq Aminu POR $5.6K vs Boston
Aminu has been absolutely blazing hot lately, with 12 threes, 28 rebounds, and 12 assists over his last three games. He’s getting open and hitting everything in sight right now, and he’s averaged 41 fantasy points a game over that span. Now with a plus matchup against a banged up Boston team, he’s too hot to leave out of your lineup.
SF/PF Jabari Parker MIL $5.4K vs Chicago
The Bucks will be missing Giannis Antetokounmpo Friday night, and a lot of GPPs will see Khris Middleton or Eric Bledsoe in lineups because of it. We’re going with Jabari Parker instead as the play of the night. Parker has seen his minutes slowly rise and is continuing to produce, and he’s sure to play a little extra with Greek Freak out. He’s coming off his best game of the season with 20/6/3 and he’ll be playing in front of a ton of friends and family back home in Chicago so he’s going to want to put on a show. If Jabari gets his shot to fall, he could be a night winner.
PG/SG Trey Burke NYK $4.7K vs Minnesota
Burke is the sort of boom or bust player that suits GPP lineups well, and Minnesota is the perfect matchup. New York is out of options and letting Burke fire away from the perimeter, so he has high scoring potential and should grab a few dimes too. He’s a bargain upside play.
SG Nick Young GSW $4.6K vs Atlanta
It looks like Steph Curry may finally return against the Hawks, but he’ll be playing without Durant, Draymond, and Klay, so there are plenty of shots to go around against a team that started Isaiah Taylor and Damion Lee in its backcourt last night. Atlanta is in full on tank mode, and this is the sort of game where Swaggy could catch fire and pour in a bunch of threes. He’s a high upside GPP play.