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Daily Fantasy Basketball: Bobcats' Al Jefferson leads Friday's top plays


HIGH FIVE/low five 

Al Jefferson

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Daily Fantasy can be quite the grind!  Let us do the grinding for you with “High Five/Low Five”.  Each day, we help put you in the money by presenting you with FIVE of the “top-tier” plays, as well as a quick list of FIVE “value plays”.  Charlotte Bobcats’ center Al Jefferson leads Friday’s top Daily Fantasy Basketball plays.

Let’s rip it up.

HIGH FIVE:

Point Guard: Isaiah Thomas, SAC ($8,000): With the Kings again not confident that DeMarcus Cousins will play, it looks as though Thomas’ increased workload will continue for the time being.  Earlier this season versus Dallas, Thomas had 24 points and 12 assists, and though similar assist numbers may be difficult to come by without Cousins in the lineup, the points should be there.  With a “value threshold” (VT) of just 40 FPs, Thomas should definitely be in range.  Expect 35-40+ FPs, in what could be the highest scoring game of the night.

Also consider: Michael Carter-Williams, PHI ($8,300)/Stephen Curry, GS ($9,900)

Shooting Guard: Gordon Hayward, UTA ($7,700): Having topped 35 FPs in three out of his last five games played, and 30 in the other two, Hayward should be a good source of value tonight.  If the handful of game-time decisions in Utah end up sitting out, Hayward could be in for quite the night against a Golden State team that has not performed that well versus opposing SGs in recent weeks.  Bank on 35 FPs, with a chance at 45 FP upside, should a few of his teammates be forced to sit out.

Also consider: Monta Ellis, DAL ($6,900)

Small Forward: Rudy Gay, SAC ($7,500)/Evan Turner, PHI ($7,000): Of course, Kevin Durant is always in play, but as far as value is concerned, I’m liking my chances with Rudy Gay or Evan Turner tonight.  Gay is playing in a game with a 215 over/under and should again be one of the focal points in Sacramento’s offensive attack this evening with Cousins unlikely to play again.  Meanwhile, Evan Turner is playing in what is also expected to be one of the higher scoring games of the night, against an Atlanta defense that ranks 29th out of 30 teams versus SFs in recent weeks.  Since putting up a 13 FP dud in New York five games ago, Turner has been on a nice little streak, in which he’s topped 35 FPs in three out of five contests.  Ride the streak.

Power Forward: Dirk Nowitzki, DAL ($8,500): With back to back games with over 45 FPs, Dirk appears to be in vintage “Dirk mode”, just in time for a tasty match up versus Sacramento.  Not only is this going to be a high scoring game, but in addition to performing poorly against opposing PFs this year, the Kings will also be without DeMarcus Cousins which should give Dirk a chance at some extra rebounds.  I’m guessing 40 FPs plus for Nowitzki tonight.

Also consider: Zach Randolph, MEM ($7,700)

Center: Al Jefferson, CHA ($9,300): Jefferson has been on fire for the entire month, particularly over the last ten games.  Over his last ten contests, Jefferson has topped 50 FPs five times, and been over 35 FPs in every game.  Couple that with the fact that the Lakers have been horrendous against opposing bigs all year, and it’s easy to see why Jefferson is the top play of the night at Center and could very well end the night being the top overall play.

Also consider: Spencer Hawes, PHI ($7,000)

low five:

Point Guard: Shelvin Mack, ATL ($4,500): This play is largely dependent on whether or not Jeff Teague plays, but if he doesn’t, Mack has got a real nice price and has performed admirably in the few starts he’s had this season.  If Teague plays, give Ramon Sessions, CHA ($5,700) your consideration.

Shooting Guard: Evan Fournier, DEN ($3,900): Again, another play that is dependent on whether or not the man ahead of him on the roster plays, but if Ty Lawson sits, I really like Fournier tonight for such a cheap price.

Small Forward: Jae Crowder, DAL ($3,500): Shawn Marion is out tonight for Dallas and Crowder will get the start.  At the bare minimum in price, he’s our top value play at SF.

Power Forward: Gustavo Ayon, ATL ($3,900): Another near minimum guy who has been playing real well in recent games, having played over 25 minutes in the last three and on average has produced well over his VT.  With tonight’s game against Philadelphia, there is no reason he can’t continue his recent good play and again reach 20-25 FPs.

Center: Timofey Mozgov, DEN ($4,400): In recent games, Mozgov has been getting close to 25 minutes and producing nearly an FP per minute.  With similar minutes tonight, he should continue to produce at the same clip.  Expect 20-25 FPs tonight from Mozgov against a Toronto team that is weak against opposing bigs.

Thank you and good luck tonight !!!

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