Top NBA DFS Picks and Advice for Friday, December 3, 2021

| December 3, 2021 6:56 am PDT

Wednesday may have been one of my worst nights ever in NBA DFS. Not only did one of my favorite plays (PG-13) get ruled out before lock, but two of my ultimate core plays (Kevin Porter Jr. and Christian Wood) exited due to injury.

It was a bad scene all around, but that kind of terrible luck can’t keep happening. Things should improve going into Friday, especially with the slate looking somewhat clear from the jump.

That’s specifically the case with value, as Jimmy Butler is already ruled out, and Kevin Porter Jr. is unlikely to suit up. Let’s see how it all shakes out for Friday with my NBA DFS picks, sleepers, and top lineup.

NBA DFS Picks for December 3

  • Cole Anthony, PG, Magic ($8.2k)
  • Tyler Herro, SG, Heat ($7.5k)
  • Jayson Tatum, SF, Celtics ($10.1k)
  • Evan Mobley, PF, Cavaliers ($6.7k)
  • Deandre Ayton, C, Suns ($7.4k)

Cole Anthony is back without limitations. He logged 37 minutes in his return from injury, generating 44.5 fantasy points. Assuming he has no set-back, he figures to be in a smash spot against the Rockets.

I also like Herro and any other Miami players you manage to fall in love with. There will be a lot of usage to go around with Jimmy Butler already ruled out for Friday’s contest.

Jaylen Brown also won’t be playing tonight, which means you can look at a lot of options for Boston. That allows Jayson Tatum to stand out as one of the top studs on this slate.

Cleveland isn’t normally a team I look to in NBA DFS, but Evan Mobley is probably too cheap. He’s under $7k for a plus matchup with the Wizards, who haven’t been great at stopping bigs down low in 2021.

I also love Ayton, who did as he pleased the last time he faced the Warriors.

Ayton is a mismatch for Golden State, but he also just sees more opportunities with Devin Booker still out with a hammy issue. All Suns options are on the table here, as well.

Fantasy Basketball Sleepers for 12/3

  • Cameron Payne, PG, Suns ($3.7k)
  • Garrison Mathews, SG, Rockets ($4.5k)
  • Max Strus, SF, Heat ($3.8k)
  • Cameron Johnson, PF, Suns ($4.2k)
  • Dewayne Dedmon, C, Heat ($4.8k)

Speaking of the Suns, you might as well toss Cam Payne into the mix. The minutes will always fluctuate, but he should have solid usage and his scoring will be needed sans Booker.

Houston is down Jalen Green and possibly Kevin Porter Jr.

If KPJ is also out, all Rockets options are in play. One of them is Mathews, who is pretty scoring dependent, but would be a good bet for 35+ minutes. With run like that, he’s an easy sell.

Strus could also benefit from extra burn with Butler sidelined. I feel much better about Herro or Kyle Lowry, but Strus is cheap and could push for 30 minutes off the bench.

Another Suns option that could also be good is Cameron Johnson. He’s also fairly scoring dependent, but he is a marksman from long range and he’s going to get about 30 minutes in this spot.

Dedmon is not a lock for me, as his price has spiked considerably. However, it’s early in the process, and he’s still a fine price for the role he should retain with Bam Adebayo out indefinitely.

My Top NBA DFS Lineup for Friday

  • PG: Cole Anthony – Magic ($8.2k)
  • SG: Tyler Herro – Heat ($7.5k)
  • SF: Jae’Sean Tate – Rockets ($6k)
  • PF: Evan Mobley – Cavaliers ($6.7k)
  • C: Deandre Ayton – Suns ($7.4k)
  • G: Garrison Mathews – Rockets ($4.5k)
  • F: Franz Wagner – Magic ($5.8k)
  • UTIL: Cameron Payne – Suns ($3.7k)

It’s early in the day, but I like to push out my NBA DFS picks so you have some sort of a baseline to start your own process.

Not much will change when it comes to the Heat, Suns, and Celtics, though. The top guys are in play, and the value there looks solid, too.

The big difference will be when more news trickles out. Once that happens, you just need to decide if the value that is here is good enough, or if you want to change everything.

Tatum is my top stud, but as things stand, I don’t even see him as all that necessary. This feels like a good slate to go a bit more balanced, and just spread things out.

I might let everyone else chase the high-upside studs, as the majority of them are in bad spots and/or simply are overpriced.

Of course, things do change with injury news, so keep an eye on your favorite news site, and be sure to react to any major change in pricing at the best NBA betting sites.

Noah Davis

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