Fanteam’s NBA 50k Friday Night Monster is back! Welcome to our preview with the best players to watch!
With 10 games on the slate and € 50,000 in total prizes available and a gigantic €7,500 going to whoever will finish in the first place, there is no better time to start playing NBA Fantasy on Fanteam!
Updated Rules For Postponed Games
After last week’s cancelation of the slate, due to the sudden postponement of the Spurs vs Pelicans game, and taking into consideration the current circumstances and, of course, the community’s feedback, Fanteam updated the rule for postponed matches.
For a tournament to be canceled, either 33% of the matches must be postponed or at least 1 player with 40% for ownership or higher affected by the postponement. Any missing player will be replaced by the special version of the safety net that we use for basketball competitions.
This rule will be valid from January 29th at 12:00 CET, meaning that the rule will be in effect for tonight’s NBA 50k Friday Night Monster!
Players To Watch
Of course, in such a big slate like the one we have for tonight’s NBA 50k Friday Monster, there are many players to choose from and it can get a little bit confusing. Below, you can find some of our suggestions, players that stand out and can make a difference.
In addition, check the NBA Fantasy Strategy Guide if you are new to the game.
There are plenty of quality options in the Point Guard position for tonight’s NBA 50k Friday Monster.
Trae Young (14.8m) looks to be the top choice from the Point Guards. After a slow start for the season, he has now 6 straight games of 50 fantasy points or more and he is averaging 38 minutes per game. He is going up against the Wizards, one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA, and a team that is happy to run up and down the floor, creating more possessions and more scoring opportunities for Young.
Given all the above, I really believe that Young is one of the top players, not only from the Point Guards but from the whole slate in total.
Russell Westbrook (13.1m) might not be helping his team to win this year (Wizards are 1-8 in the 9 games he has played this season) but that does not mean that he is not producing fantasy points. He is averaging 1.32 fantasy points per minute and the only concern that I have is if he is going to be in a minute restriction like he was in the last 2 games. If he does not have any restrictions, at 13.1m he looks like an excellent choice.
De’Aaron Fox (12.4m) has taken his game to another level this season and he is now averaging 44.4 fantasy points per game and 1.17 per minute! He is going up against the Raptors, a tough matchup, but I think he is already priced up for it, because you simply cannot have someone who is averaging 36 minutes per game and 1.17 fantasy points per minute, at only 12.4m for no other reason.
Looking further down the salary list, Ben Simmons (11.3m) and Fred Vanvleet (11.8m) seem to have good prices for what they can offer us. Simmons had 52.25 fantasy points against the Lakers 2 nights ago and looks to be good for another high return against a team that just cannot defend anyone. Vanvleet is going up against the Kings, the worst team in NBA on defensive Rating and Fantasy Points allowed. If you want you can go with Lowry, but I prefer Vanvleet, as he seems to be the one in better form.
Reggie Jackson (9.5m) got a huge price bump but I still believe that he can bring up back value, even at this price. He played 40 minutes against the Hawks, and if he is not in foul trouble, I expect him to get around the same minutes tonight. With a usage rate of 30% and a team playing without 7 players, Jackson seems poised to have a productive night.
Eric Bledsoe (7.9m) is priced too low for the form he is currently in, 35.5 fantasy points per game in 35 minutes in the last couple of games, and for the fact that he is playing against his former teams the Milwaukee Bucks. I am willing to take a chance on his “revenge” game.
Théo Maledon (5.2m) got to start in the previous game in place of the injured George Hill. Now, if Hill does not play again, then Maledon becomes a value play, given the fact that he played 30 minutes in his start and scored 24 points. If we get 24 points from a 5.2m player then our teams are in a good place.
James Harden (15.1m) on the Nets is not the James Harden we were used to. His usage rate is hovering around 20% and he is not the main focus of the offense. Recently though, Steve Nash said that they need to find more looks for Harden and involve him more in the offense. The game after that quote, Harden got 72 fantasy points. Can he repeat that? Maybe but I’ll take just 60 from him and move along.
Bradley Beal (14.9m) has been a monster again this season, despite the fact that he is playing alongside Westbrook. He is coming off his second 70+ fantasy points game for the season and is going up against a Hawks team, who is mediocre at defending guards.
Evan Fournier (9.8m)is averaging 38.3 fantasy points in 32.2 minutes in the 5 games after he returned from injury. On top of that, he is going up against a Clippers team, that is missing 7 rotation players, including their 2 best players.
With Donovan Mitchell most probably out again, Jordan Clarkson. (8.9m) will start again, against the Mavs. In the previous game, he had 44.75 fantasy points in 33 minutes and I see no reason why he cannot repeat that performance tonight
With the Clippers being banged up, Terance Mann (5.9m) entered the starting line up and he repaid his coach’s confidence playing really well in 34 minutes and getting 31.25 fantasy points along the way. If we get word that he is starting again, then, by all means, use him in your lineups.
Khris Middleton (11.4m) only needs to give us 45 fantasy points back, in order to make value (4x), something he has done 8 times already this season. On top of that, the Bucks are going up against the Pelicans, in what seems to be like an excellent match up for him.
Tobias Harris (10.7m) has 37+ fantasy points in 4 out of his last 5 games and most of them were against tougher opponents than the Wolves. The price is fair, all we need to is for Harris to live up to his part.
At the lower salary levels, Joe Ingles (6.9m) and Justin Holiday (6.2m) look like good picks at their prices. Both have the potential to give us enough points that will make their salary worthwhile. Ingles had 41 fantasy points against the Mavs 2 nights ago and Holiday 34 against the Hornets and I see no reason why they cannot repeat those performances tonight.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (15.6m) is averaging 1.61 fantasy points per minute in the month of January and he is playing the most minutes he has played in the last 3 years. Going up against Zion, in what looks to be a close game, I am expecting high 30s in minutes and a 60+ fantasy points return.
Domantas Sabonis (13.9m) scored 54.25 fantasy points and a triple-double against the Hornets, a team that really has no one to stop Sabonis. Honestly, his price is too low in my opinion.
Marvin Bagley III (8.3m) had the same price 2 nights ago and went on the score 36.5 fantasy points in 22 minutes. Earlier in the season, he had 25.5 fantasy points against the Raptors. He is an excellent value for his money and my only concern is Luke Walton and the minutes that he will give him.
Marcus Morris Sr. (6.4m) disappointed a lot of people with his performance in the previous game, getting only 17.75 fantasy points in 25 minutes. Despite that, I am willing to go back at him, given the situation with this Clippers team and the lack of bodies.
Nikola Jokic (16.9m) has 5 triple-doubles already this season, is averaging 63.8 fantasy points per game, and is playing close to 36 minutes per game. On top of all, he is going up against the Spurs team that is giving up 65.5 fantasy points per game against Centers, a recipe for a huge game and a great fantasy return.
Joel Embiid (15.2m) had a bad game against the Lakers the previous night, but he had 58.5/58.25 and 65 the 3 games before that, and most importantly, the Wolves are not the Lakers. He will be going up against the worst defense against Centers in the league and a team that just cannot handle him.
Andre Drummond (13.8m) is playing just 26 minutes after the team brought another Center in the rotation via trade. In those minutes though, he is averaging 40.85 fantasy points, that’s 1.57 per minute! Amazing numbers for any player and the good thing is that tonight he is going up against a Knicks team, that is playing at the slowest pace in the league, a game that usually suits big men.
Rudy Gobert (11.5m) had 29 points and 20 rebounds against the Mavs 2 nights ago and guess what. He is going up against them again today. Needless to say that this is a great matchup for him, especially if Mitchell is again ruled out.
Ivica Zubac (7.4m) did not play a lot of minutes against the Hawks (19) but he still managed to put up 28.5 fantasy points. Tonight he will be facing a Magic team that plays slower and “taller”, so he will be needed to play more minutes and hopefully give us even more fantasy points in return.
Cody Zeller (6.1m) got the start last game and he played 30 minutes, giving us 37 fantasy points in those minutes. That was his first start since his return from his injury, so his price has not yet been updated, so at 6.1m he is a steal!
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