Daily Fantasy Basketball: Knicks' Carmelo Anthony is Friday's top play

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Carmelo Anthony

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HIGH FIVE/low five

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”.  New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony flies high as Friday’s top Daily Fantasy Basketball play of the night.

Let’s rip it up.


Point Guard: Michael Carter-Williams, PHI ($7,800): There aren’t lot of great things to be said about Carter-Williams and his performances lately, although he’s not been terrible.  Having been right around or above the 30 FP mark in four out of his last five games, MCW does stand a good chance of besting that tonight and reaching his value threshold of 39 FPs given some of the factors surrounding tonight’s game, such as the 219 over/under that is significantly higher than most of the other games, in what should be a close game.  Also to his advantage is the Lakers’ deficiency at defending the PG position.  MCW may not end the night as the top scorer at his position, but he represents one of the better locks for reaching value.

Also consider: John Wall, WAS ($9,400)

Shooting Guard: DeMar DeRozan, TOR ($8,300):  Tonight, DeRozan locks up with a Clippers’ team that ranks just 26th versus SGs over the past couple of weeks and whom he was having a fine game before leaving with an injury during their last matchup.  If you’ll remember, that was the same game that Terrence Ross took over for DeRozan and went on to score 51 points, en route to 62.3 FPs.  Now, while 62.3 fantasy points may be out of the question for DeRozan, it does serve to illustrate how easily this Clippers squad can be dominated by even a decent SG, let alone one of DeRozan’s caliber.  Roster DeRozan without hesitation.

Also consider: Monta Ellis, Dal ($7,100)

Small Forward: Kevin Durant, OKC ($12,100): It goes without saying that when one player is priced at roughly four grand more than every other player at his position, he’s clearly the top play at that position.  That said, I’d like to mention a couple of the options in the tier just below Durant, like Paul George, IND ($8,100) who represents an amazing play tonight for his price, given that he should be heavily counted on tonight with Lance Stephenson out.  George has been a little erratic lately from a fantasy perspective, but tonight should be a night that he easily reaches the 40 FPs needed for value, with a good chance at 50 FP upside.  Also worth heavy consideration, given his price and enticing matchup in what should be a very close and high scoring game, is Evan Turner, PHI ($6,600).  He’s a tough pick to stomach sometimes, but I think that he should provide solid value tonight with 40 FP upside.

Power Forward: Carmelo Anthony, NY ($10,100):  Carmelo, as I’m sure you well know, has been on fire recently.  He’s topped 40 FPs in eight of his late 10 games, due to him shouldering a much larger share of his teams offense.  Speaking of offense, there should be plenty of that to go around tonight, especially for Melo in a game with a 209 over/under that should be close.  Among the top priced PFs, Melo is definitely your man.

Center: DeMarcus Cousins, SAC ($9,500): As is the case with Kevin Durant, when one player is priced significantly higher than the rest of the men at his position, he should always be considered as the best bet to be the top scorer at his respective position for the night.  Such things are no different for DeMarcus Cousins.  However, there is some fine value to be had from the middle tiers, in particular, Spencer Hawes, PHI ($6,700).  As previously stated, the Sixers/Lakers game is expected to be close and extremely high scoring, which should benefit any player in that game, Hawes included.  Needing only 33.5 FPs to reach value tonight, I think Hawes smokes that and gives you money to spend elsewhere.  He’s my favorite play at the C position tonight, and I expect he will be that of many other grinders.

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