UPDATE: Giannis is officially out for tonight’s slate. See below for the appropriate plays.
No Giannis tonight.— Kevin Chouinard (@KLChouinard) December 27, 2019
UPDATE: Giannis is listed as doubtful for tonight’s game due to a back injury. If he’s sidelined, which seems likely, Khris Middleton ($7,000) would be my favorite target on the slate and is a cash-game lock.
Here we’ll go over the top fantasy basketball and DFS targets on DraftKings for Friday night’s five-game main slate. We’ll consider players at each position, including some other options to help you craft your lineups. Let’s waste no time and get into the DFS picks.
Draymond Green, GSW vs. PHX, $6,300 — Dray is still PG eligible and I think it’s a chance for us to construct a unique lineup. Green is coming off an emotional win over the Houston Rockets on Christmas, posting 20 points, 11 rebounds and three assists in 33 minutes. I think his price is still pretty low considering what type of ceiling he has, and none of the bigs or guards worry me on the Suns side. Green may not reach 20 points again, but the Dubs should be able to get easy buckets against Phoenix.
Other Options: Devonte’ Graham, CHA vs. OKC, $7,500; Aaron Holiday, IND at MIA, $5,400
Devin Booker, PHX at GSW, $6,900 — This is just an insanely low price for Booker and I’m not really worried too much about his nagging forearm injury or lack of usage. The Dubs should regress a bit after playing the game of their season so far. Booker is a great tournament play at this price. He should play 30+ minutes and I’d imagine the Suns want to get him going early in this one. The Warriors allow opponents to shoot a League-high 38.7% from 3-point range.
Other Options: Khris Middleton, MIL at ATL, $7,000; Damion Lee, GSW vs. PHX, $5,900
Tobias Harris, PHI at ORL, $6,600 — I could resist the revenge spot for Harris against the Orlando Magic. Harris is on scoring binge with 57 points over the past two games. His price is down pretty low considering the type of production and it’s mostly because the Magic have length and play decent defense. Two games ago, Harris played another former team in the Detroit Pistons and dropped 35 points in an easy win. That’s been the case the past three for the Sixers and I think they’re starting to reach their peak.
Other Options: Kelly Oubre Jr., PHX at GSW, $6,300
Giannis Antetokounmpo, MIL at ATL, $11,300 — There are literally no other high-priced options on the slate outside of Trae Young ($10,800) and Joel Embiid ($9,700). I think Giannis needs to bounce back after Christmas was a huge letdown. It stands for something that Giannis’ worst game of the season still produced 18-14-7 and 50 fantasy points. This is a spot he can smash in and I don’t think he needs to play more than 25-30 minutes to reach value, we’re used to seeing his price closer to $12K.
Other Options: Al Horford, PHI at ORL, $5,700; Frank Kaminsky, PHX at GSW, $3,900
Steven Adams, OKC at CHA, $6,200 — The Charlotte Hornets have a very young front court and it’s a matchup where Adams should be able to reach a double-double. Adams has a nice floor given he’s been averaging around 35 DKFP over the past month. What stands out the most is his passing; Adams has 13 assists in his past four games and has been efficient from the field. The Hornets also allow opponents to shoot 47.8% from the field, 26th in the NBA.
Other Options: Bam Adebayo, MIA vs. IND, $8,900; Brook Lopez, MIL at ATL, $5,200