Daily Fantasy Basketball: Wizards' PG John Wall is Friday's top play

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John Wall

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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”.  Washington Wizards’ PG John Wall is Friday’s top Daily Fantasy Basketball play.

Let’s rip it up.

HIGH FIVE:

Point Guard: John Wall, WAS ($8,600): Wall was wonderful last night, scoring 48.4 FPs against the Blazers, and should be on top of his game again in an even tastier matchup vs. the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers have been horrible vs. PGs all season long, and even worse over the last two weeks, ranking dead-last during that time.

Last night marked Wall’s third 40+FP game in his last four, and he should push that up to four in his last five, in what Vegas expects to be one of the higher scoring games on the NBA schedule.

Shooting Guard: DeMar DeRozan, TOR ($7,900): DeRozan is easily the safest top-tier play at SG.  Oklahoma City has been atrocious vs. opposing SGs since the loss of Thabo Sefolosha, ranking 30th in the last 15 days, and having been routinely lit up by players far less talented than DeRozan.

Value for DeRozan is just 39.5 FPs, and with him having bested that number in each of the last two games, I feel he does it again tonight.  40 FPs seems like a safe bet and a 50 FP upside doesn’t seem too unreasonable.

Small Forward: Trevor Ariza, WAS ($6,500): I wouldn’t mind playing Rudy Gay, SAC ($7,700) here in a plus matchup against the Spurs, but Ariza is where the value lies.

SF is another position that the Lakers are among the league’s worst at and a player of Ariza’s caliber should be able to take advantage.  Over his last four games, Ariza is averaging just a tick under 30 FPs and should be able to get at least that, if not 40.  All in all, 30-35 FPs is not too shabby for a guy whose value threshold is a mere 32.5 FPs.

Power Forward: Carmelo Anthony, NY ($10,300): The Philadelphia 76ers are one of the worst defensive teams in the league, and PF is a position they are particularly bad against, having given up the second-most FPs on the season.  If you couple that with the fact that Melo has been on a roll lately (averaging nearly 43 FPs over his last 10), it spells certain trouble for the 76ers.  Take advantage and roster Carmelo tonight with the expectation that he can get you 45-50 FPs with ease.

Center: DeMarcus Cousins, SAC ($9,400): In real life the Spurs aren’t a very bad defensive team, but for our purposes they are.  Cousins is an absolute monster that routinely post 40+FP totals against inferior teams and should do so again vs. San Antonio.

The Spurs rank just 19th vs. centers on the season and have been faring worse of late, ranking a mere 26th over the past 15 days.  This game has a nice over/under of 208 and with his usual complement of minutes, Cousins should able to get near his value of 47 FPs.

For about $2,000 less, Marcin Gortat, WAS and Marc Gasol, MEM could be nice plays given their matchups.  Both centers are available for $7,400 and have value thresholds of 37 FPs.

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