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Daily Fantasy Basketball 2015: DraftKings NBA Optimal Picks for December 11

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIDecember 11, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC -  DECEMBER 9:  John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards handles the ball against the Houston Rockets on December 9, 2015 at Verizon Center in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Friday's NBA schedule is full, and that means a ton of DraftKings options to choose from. The Washington Wizards' John Wall ($9,100) should be atop your draft board. He has been playing exceptionally of late. Wall is coming off a near triple-double against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.

He had 26 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds. His overall stat line was good for 62.8 fantasy points. On Friday night, he has a favorable matchup that should allow him to remain a DraftKings stud.

The Wizards will travel to the Big Easy to play the New Orleans Pelicans. Alvin Gentry's team has struggled to defend this season. New Orleans is allowing a league-worst 109.1 points per game this season. Both teams like to play a fast-paced style, and that should give Wall ample opportunity to score and pick up assists.

He may not produce more fantasy points than the Golden State Warriors' Steph Curry ($10,700) will in Beantown against the Boston Celtics. However, Wall will cost you $1,600 less. That savings will make the Wizards superstar more of a value.

Here's a look at all of the optimal picks for Friday's NBA schedule.

Friday's Optimal DraftKings NBA Lineup
Pos.PlayerOpponentSalary
PGJohn Wall New Orleans$9,100
SGEric Gordon Washington$5,000
SFAndre Iguodala Boston$5,200
PFJulius Randle San Antonio$5,900
CKarl-Anthony TownsDenver$7,000
GBrandon Knight Portland$7,700
FErsan Ilyasova Philadelphia$4,800
UTILAlex Len Portland$5,000
Salaries per DraftKings, picks by Mazique

Brandon Knight ($7,700)

PHOENIX, AZ - DECEMBER 9:  Brandon Knight #3 of the Phoenix Suns goes to the basket against the Orlando Magic on December 9, 2015 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading
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Few guards have been as consistent as the Phoenix Suns' Brandon Knight. On the season, he's averaging 38.6 fantasy points per game (FPPG). He's had at least 30 in each of his last 10 games.

In that same span, Knight has averaged 37.5 FPPG. The Suns host the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday, and Knight has had some success against them this season.

In two games, Knight is averaging 41.4 FPPG against Portland. He's done a great deal of his damage against Portland behind the three-point line. Knight has made six of his 14 three-pointers this season.

Don't expect a drastic change on defense from the Blazers. The team has allowed 100 or more points to five of its last six opponents. Knight will continue to get good looks against the Blazers defense. Knight seems like a great candidate to bring in 45 or more fantasy points.

Julius Randle ($5,900)

Dec 2, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle (30) leaps to rebound the ball as Washington Wizards guard Jared Dudley (1) looks on in the second quarter at Verizon Center. The Lakers won 108-104. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-
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When he's allowed to log significant minutes, Julius Randle ($5,900) is close to an automatic double-double. After seeing his minutes drop in the previous game, the Lakers' young power forward performed well on Wednesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Randle had 20 points and 12 rebounds in the game. On Friday, Randle will be pitted against the San Antonio Spurs. It'll certainly be a challenge for the second-year forward, but he has a game that translates against most any opponent.

Randle is a hustler and battler on the glass who creates his own shot opportunities with his rebounding. He's averaging 29.3 FPPG on the season. Despite fluctuating minutes, he has a streak of three consecutive double-doubles.

He's also had a double-double in seven of his last 10 contests. Even though he's set to tangle with Tim Duncan and LaMarcus Aldridge on Friday, Randle is still a smart pick.

Karl-Anthony Towns ($7,000)

Dec 5, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) smiles during the fourth quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at Target Center. The Trail Blazers won 109-103. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Spor
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The gap between the Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns and the next Rookie of the Year candidate is getting wider by the day. Towns has been on fire in his last three games.

On Wednesday, he had 26 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots against the Los Angeles Lakers. That performance was good for 51.5 fantasy points. He's averaging 46.1 FPPG in his last three contests.

On Friday, Towns and the Wolves are on the road against the Denver Nuggets. In his only previous meeting with the Nuggets this season, Towns had perhaps the best game of his young NBA career.

In 33 minutes of action, he poured in 28 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked four shots. He had 57.1 fantasy points that night. That game was played in Denver, on October 30, in just the second game of the season.

There's a possibility the thin air in the Mile High City could take a toll on the rookie later in the campaign, but don't expect a drastic drop in his numbers. After all, Denver is just 3-7 at home this season. Visiting opponents seem to be handling the higher altitudes and the Nuggets just fine.

Andre Iguodala ($5,200)

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 6: Andre Iguodala #9 of the Golden State Warriors dribbles the ball against the Brooklyn Nets during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game at the Barclays Center on December 6, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
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The Warriors are looking to extend their historic season-opening win streak on Friday against the Celtics. Chances are Andre Iguodala will play a major role in what the Warriors do—win or lose.

The veteran swingman is still a stat sheet-stuffer capable of producing a consistent fantasy performance despite not scoring a ton of points. Iguodala hasn't had double-figure points in any of the last three games, but he's still averaging 23.6 FPPG in that span.

His rebounding, assists and steals numbers compensate for the lack of scoring opportunities. That's why he's still a solid pick at his moderate-to-low salary.


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All DraftKings salaries per official website.

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