NBA DFS Picks and Advice for Friday, November 12, 2021
The NBA schedule has been wonky lately, and it’s understandably impacted how you play in DFS contests.
These have been the slates the last three days: 3 games, 13 games, 3 games, 11 games.
Nice work, NBA schedule guy.
While the scheduling makes no sense, you at least have plenty of options at your disposal on Friday night. To help trim the fat, join me for an early look at the best NBA DFS picks, top sleepers, and my favorite lineup for November 12th, 2021.
NBA DFS Picks for Friday Night
- De’Aaron Fox, PG, Kings ($8.4k)
- Zach LaVine, SG, Bulls ($8k)
- Jayson Tatum, SF, Celtics ($10.1k)
- DeMar DeRozan, PF, Bulls ($8.5k)
- Anthony Davis, C, Lakers ($10.9k)
Fox is too cheap. On a massive slate with five point guards priced at $10k or much higher, he’s a welcomed discounted option.
While his price is nice, Fox finally displayed the upside we’ve been waiting for when he popped off for 37 real points in his last outing.
His projection won’t blow you away, but Fox has a great floor and flashed his ceiling. In a plus matchup against OKC, he’s one of my favorite plays of the entire slate.
You can talk about Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan in the same breath. Both are coming in at discounted rates consider their expanded roles, but their prices are arguably just about right, regardless.
Nobody can balk at their salaries for Friday, however, seeing as big man Nikola Vucevic is sidelined for the foreseeable future.
Sources: Bulls center Nikola Vucevic tested positive for coronavirus and will miss at least 10 days due to health and safety protocols.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 11, 2021
That makes LaVine way under-priced, but both he and DMR look like great mid-range options if you aren’t in love with the top tier studs.
Tatum is also a no-brainer option with Jaylen Brown out. I don’t mean that he has to be the stud you pay for on a slate this loaded, but with no Brown, his usage rate and upside only go up.
See what to expect from Tatum’s game in this Celtics vs. Bucks NBA betting pick.
He’s made of glass and teammate Russell Westbrook is just as appealing, but he’s cheaper, and has been the more reliable scorer. If he can have one of his trademark rebound/block nights, he is an elite hammer to close out this absurd slate.
Top Fantasy Basketball Sleepers for 11/12
- Davion Mitchell, PG, Kings ($4.7k)
- Josh Richardson, SG, Celtics ($3.3k)
- Kevin Huerter, SF, Hawks ($4k)
- Nemanja Bjelica, PF, Warriors ($3.2k)
- Tony Bradley, C, Bulls ($3k)
Is this another Ricky Rubio chalk night? Perhaps, but there are a lot of options in his price range, and there also happen to be other quality NBA DFS sleepers to consider.
One of them is Mitchell, who was already seeing solid run off the bench for the Kings. An injury to Tyrese Halburton saw that role grow, though, and he could be a great play once again tonight.
J-Rich is too cheap for his current role with Boston, thanks to the Jaylen Brown injury. He isn’t the easiest guy to trust, but he’s topped 30+ minutes in his last two games, and he has the second best points per dollar projection of the slate.
Huerter is another interesting value play, provided Bogdan Bogdanovic is sidelined again. He’s questionable after sitting out Atlanta’s last contest, where Huerter went ham.
Kevin Huerter heats up for 28 points and 6 triples, earning FanDuel Value of the Night! ? pic.twitter.com/v0JdmWNmaR
— NBA Fantasy (@NBAFantasy) November 10, 2021
I’m not sure you can demand that again, but at $4k, I’ll take my chances if Boggy is out.
The other two guys are pretty tentative plays, depending on what the Warriors and Bulls do with their starting lineups. However, both Bjelica and Bradley should see expanded roles to some degree, and they both tend to be solid per-minute producers.
Bradley feels like the safer play at the moment with Vuc out, but either way, I’ll let the official starting lineups do the talking for me here.
My Favorite NBA DFS Lineup for November 12
- PG: De’Aaron Fox – Kings ($8.4k)
- SG: Josh Richardson – Celtics ($3.3k)
- SF: Kevin Huerter – Hawks ($4k)
- PF: Kristaps Porzingis – Mavericks ($6.6k)
- C: Tony Bradley – Bulls ($3k)
- G: Zach LaVine – Bulls ($8k)
- F: Anthony Davis – Lakers ($10.9k)
- UTIL: Ricky Rubio – Cavaliers ($5.7k)
There are some mid-range options that are just too cheap tonight. If I can help it, I’ll be cramming Fox, Porzingis, and LaVine into my lineups. Rubio is a solid chalk option, and I do see other guys like Will Barton, too.
As far as my stud, The Brow is an elite late-game hammer that should get 55-60 in this spot, but still has the upside to deliver a massive outing.
Huerter, Bradley, and Richardson look like elite NBA DFS value picks tonight. Obviously injury news can alter their perceived value, and I am sure more news will change the slate.
We’re dealing with 11 games here, so news and odds are very key in how you build NBA DFS lineups. Be sure to track line movement at the best NBA betting sites, and be prepared to make the necessary changes.
This slate is sure to be wild before lock, and after. Plenty of superstars in play, and they’ll all be trying to leave their mark as they eye the NBA MVP trophy.
See who is in the lead at the moment in this recent 2021-22 NBA MVP odds breakdown.