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”. Los Angeles Clippers’ PF Blake Griffin flies high as Thursday’s top Daily Fantasy Basketball play.
Let’s rip it up.
Point Guard: Chris Paul, LAC ($9,600): Paul had an off game last night, but should bounce back nicely in what should be a high scoring and fairly competitive game vs. the Dallas Mavericks. Last time out vs. Dallas, Paul had just 19 points and 6 assists, but also only played 21 minutes. With his usual run of 36+ minutes tonight, Paul should have no problem posting a double-double and putting up 40-45 FPs or so.
Also of note, Brandon Knight, MIL ($7,200), though difficult to trust in cash games, could be in for a huge game vs. a horrible Los Angles Lakers’ backcourt. Consider him more of a tourney play.
Shooting Guard: James Harden, HOU ($9,400): Harden may be a little hard to trust in this game, given the likelihood of a blowout. However, against the Philadelphia 76ers horrible defense, a player of Harden’s talent should be able to put 35-40 FPs even if he’s limited to three quarters of action. On the other hand, if the 76ers can keep this game close for some reason, Harden’s upside is amazing.
If you’re looking to play it a little safer, Monta Ellis, DAL ($7,400) has topped 30 FPs in each of his last five games and should do so again in a matchup with the Los Angeles Clippers, who have been merely average vs. SGs this season.
Small Forward: Chandler Parsons, HOU ($6,600): Parson’s price is down, and rightfully so, as his production has been erratic of late. Nonetheless, he has been producing right in the 25-35 FP range over his last ten games, with a few games above or below that range. Obviously, he’ll see a plus matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers who rank just 27th vs. SFs over the last 15 days, and dead last on the season. With that sort of matchup, 30 FPs or so should be attainable, with 40+ FP upside, as evidence by his 42.7 FP performance last time out vs. the 76ers.
Power Forward: Blake Griffin, LAC ($10,300): Yes, the price is considerably higher than the other top options at PF, but so is the floor and the potential. The Dallas Mavericks rank just 22nd vs. PFs on the season, and with this game expected to be both close and high scoring, Griffin should score no less than 45 FPs. Few other plays at this position even offer that type of upside, let alone a floor in that range.
If you’re playing tourneys this evening, I love Thaddeus Young, PHI ($8,300) in a high-paced game vs. a Houston Rockets defense that ranks near the bottom of the league vs. PFs both on the season and in recent games.
Center: Dwight Howard, HOU ($8,700): Though I think today is definitely a day when you can (and probably should) go with one of the cheaper value plays at center, I’d be a fool if I didn’t list Howard as my top play. Howard has all the potential in the world to completely destroy the 76ers in this matchup and put up 50 FPs. That said, I think 35-40 FPs seems more likely and is the safe bet, especially considering that in the likelihood of a blowout, Howard will be among the first players to hit the bench, given his recent ailments.