Why not kick-start your holiday weekend a little early by taking a shot at $10,000 worth of prizes in the NBA Friday Swish. With a solid five-game slate, there are plenty of opportunities for big scores, which could mean big $$$.
Jeff Teague ($7,300)
Jeff Teague has scored 40 fantasy points or more in his last four games, and doesn’t seem like stopping. Coming up against “The Little Guy”, Teague has another favourable matchup to take advantage of. With the Pacers playing better basketball of late (with Monta Ellis out), Teague’s price should continue to increase. Especially after he puts up a big score today against the Celtics.
Goran Dragic ($6,800)
The Lakers play at a fast pace and are the league’s second worst defense (behind Portland), so it makes sense to target this matchup. Goran Dragic is the first of a few Heat players to consider today ,with his upside looking especially inviting. Dragic has scored in the 40’s in three of his last five games. So another performance within that range would be a great return on investment at $6,800.
Josh Richardson ($3,500)
Josh Richardson played 43 minutes as the starter against Orlando and is pencilled in as the started for todays matchup against the Lakers. Richardson didn’t put up huge numbers in those 43 minutes, but when you’ve got a basement salary guy starting and playing that many minutes there’s a safe floor and the potential for a massive fantasy outburst.
Klay Thompson ($6,100)
Klay Thompson hasn’t been in great form of late, but who better to bust you out of a rut than the Brooklyn Nets? This should be an easy game for the Warriors, and there’s potential for a blowout. But I’ve got a feeling they will look to get Klay involved, and once he starts making them they will feed the hot hand.
Justise Winslow ($3,900)
Justise Winslow is in the same boat as Josh Richardson, coming off of a game where he played 46 minutes against the Magic. Like Richardson, his scores haven’t been outstanding. But he has showed throughout the season that he’s capable of putting up fantasy scores in the late 20’s and early 30’s. Against the Lakers, Winslow is likely to hit on the high end of that spectrum (just like the rest of his teammates).
Carmelo Anthony ($7,800)
Carmelo Anthony is trying to cling to the title of New Yorks best player, while Kristaps Porzingis quietly assumes the throne. However, Melo is still good for fantasy purposes, and he seems likely to take advantage of the Magic today. He’s coming off of a 49.8 effort against Paul George and the Pacers, so there seems to be no reason why he won’t repeat that VS Aaron Gordon and the Magic.
Thad Young ($5,000)
Thad Young has a nice matchup against Amir Johnson and the Boston bigs on Friday. Coming off of two strong performances, scoring 28.2 and 33.9, Thad will have the pace and skill advantage against the Celtics, which should allow him to dominate. If the Celtics decide to play small, then Thad will be able to use his size to finish inside and in transition.
Draymond Green ($7,600)
The Brooklyn Nets are bottom three in the league at defending Power Forwards, which bodes will for Draymond who should stuff the stat sheet in this one. Draymond doesn’t particularly care about scoring, but he would appear to be a prime triple-double candidate in this one. The Warriors will put up a lot of made field-goald – most assisted – and Draymond should be the guy to see the rewards. The Nets are also strong on the offensive boards, so you can bet Draymond makes a concerted effort to hit the glass hard. All of which will result in plenty of fantasy points.
Hassan Whiteside ($8,900)
This one is an obvious choice. The Lakers matchup is the perfect game to target and Hassan Whiteside has the highest upside of anyone in it. Whiteside will be able to score, rebound and block shots, and after scoring 46 and 61 fantasy points in his last two his confidence should be high. Expect to see a big performance against Whiteside, who loves playing under bright lights and always feels like he has something to prove.