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NBA Daily Fantasy Sports Plays For Feb. 27

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Friday NBA Preview

I’ve been doing game previews for awhile now in this space, but with Friday having 14 games, that didn’t seem to be the best way to tackle the slate. Instead, I’m going to write about some of the studs and more importantly the value plays that I’ll be looking at to round out my lineups.

Values

We’ll start with the values at each position, since they’re the most important pieces to get right in my opinion.

Point Guard – With Derrick Rose suffering another knee injury, look to Aaron Brooks as one of the top point guard values for the near future. Brooks played 28 minutes in Rose’s first game out on Wednesday and should do well in a nice home matchup with Minnesota. Mo Williams and Isaiah Canaan are the other two prototypical value plays to consider at point guard.

Shooting Guard – I’m generally someone who likes to pay up at shooting guard, but if you’re in need of a value play on Friday there are some names to look at. Alan Anderson and Markel Brown have both seen a big bump in playing time of late for the Brooklyn Nets. Garrett Temple from the Washington Wizards has played well recently in Bradley Beal’s absence. Finally, Eric Gordon and Wesley Matthews offer some value in the mid-range price point.

Small Forward – Danilo Gallinari is currently the value play du jour at small forward, as he’s getting big minutes for Denver and producing in them. James Johnson of the Raptors is the other cheap small forward consideration, but he can have wild swings in minutes from game to game that are hard to predict.

Power Forward – Terrence Jones of the Houston Rockets had a hot start to the season then saw an injury keep him out for quite some time. Well, he’s back and has been re-inserted into the starting lineup and is playing great basketball right now. Brandon Bass put up a bit of a clunker on Wednesday night for the Celtics, but he’s still priced really low everywhere and playing a steady diet of minutes.

Center – Center has been a value fiesta recently, with a lot of big men around the league being unleashed as the season progresses. Rudy Gobert stands alone as the best of the value center plays, though it seems he won’t have a cheap price for too much longer. Other names to consider are Tyler Zeller, Alexis Ajinca, Jusuf Nurkic and Enes Kanter.

Studs

These are the guys I will be targeting if I’m able to jam enough value into my lineups to fit one or two of them.

Point Guard – Russell Westbrook is basically the Rob Gronkowski of NBA DFS for me. He’s so consistent and has so much upside that I find it hard to use anybody over him. If I were to use someone else as a sort of contrarian play in a tournament, I’d strongly consider his counterpart Damian Lillard. Lillard typically plays better at home and had an enormous game in an overtime win in Oklahoma City in December.

Shooting Guard – James Harden rolled an ankle late in Wednesday’s duel with the Clippers and is questionable Friday, but when he plays he’s always the top target at the shooting guard spot. My other favorite play for now is Tyreke Evans while Anthony Davis is hurt. The Pelicans don’t have many offensive minded players at the moment so Tyreke has the ball in his hands a lot and always has 50 fantasy point upside in these scenarios.

Small Forward – The toughest position day to day in NBA DFS is small forward. Lebron James is clearly the stud to talk about while Kevin Durant is out. Most often at small forward I end up with a Trevor Ariza or Tobias Harris type and just end up praying they have one of their good games as opposed to the occasional disappearing act.

Power Forward – With the Derrick Rose injury, I’m looking strongly at Pau Gasol every night over the near future. Rose had a very high usage rate, meaning he was dominating the ball quite a bit for this Bulls team. With him gone, Pau should see increased touches as the offense leans on him more. Serge Ibaka has been on an absolute tear recently, though he has a tough matchup with Portland on Friday.

Center – Deandre Jordan has been DFS gold ever since Blake Griffin went down with an injury for the Clippers. I generally don’t like to roster players facing Memphis in DFS and I’ll probably stick to that here, but he’s at least worth a look. The center I will be using if I have oodles of cap room to spend on the position is Demarcus Cousins in a home matchup with San Antonio. That being said, I’ll likely have one of the aforementioned value plays at center in my lineups on Friday.

Well there’s a little overview on my approach to this wild 14 game slate on Friday. Finding values and pairing them with studs is generally the way you want to approach NBA DFS, so hopefully this can get you going in the right direction. When you play a cheap player, do your homework in regards to his expected minutes and role so you don’t get burned.

Thanks for reading, everyone. Find me on Twitter @IanJ300 with any questions.


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