3 NBA FanDuel Studs to Target on Friday 11/19/21

Basketball is the most consistent sport for daily fantasy purposes.

A top slugger in baseball will have his fair share of 0-for-4 days, and an elite fantasy football player is at risk of having games where his team's offense as a whole is shut down. A high-salaried NBA stud is generally going to get his, though. With so many possessions in a game providing opportunities to produce, top fantasy basketball options will be posting high scores just about every night.

While this consistency puts us in a good position to identify top plays, it also means you can't afford to miss when you're paying up for someone. Even with strong value plays in your lineup, paying up and getting a dud is likely going to leave your lineup drawing pretty close to dead.

Which top players should be the focal points of your lineups today?

Paul George, SF/SG, Los Angeles Clippers ($10,100)

With his Clippers teammates scoring better on FanDuel, the perception might be that Paul George is losing his top-tier role.

That's not the case.

Over the past week, George has had a 35.2% usage rate. That's actually increased from his season-long 34.9% usage rate. George himself had a couple of off nights shooting against tough matchups, but he's in a prime spot to bounce back against the Pelicans -- even on the second leg of a back-to-back.

New Orleans' 113.2 defensive rating is the worst in the NBA, and they play at a fast enough pace (17th) to take advantage of it. The 216.5-point total in this contest doesn't jump off the page, but it's actually the second-highest total on Friday's nine-game slate.

Stars are tricky on this slate, but expect George to put forward at least a moderate effort again; he's scored at least 45 FanDuel points in 8 of his last 10 contests.

James Harden, SG/PG, Brooklyn Nets ($9,900)

James Harden has turned around his shot, and that has allowed him to have the role that was expected for Brooklyn without Kyrie Irving.

Over the past three games, Harden's usage rate (31.0%) has actually surpassed Kevin Durant (27.8%) in the Nets' pecking order. It's likely because he is more comfortable being aggressive shooting the ball. Harden has posted a 46% field goal percentage or better in four of the past five games.

Harden is currently at a lower salary than Durant while averaging more assists per 36 minutes (9.10) and a comparable rebounds-per-36-minutes total (7.59).

He's definitely the Nets star to target on Friday due to that production and the void at his position. His matchup at home with Orlando is solid as well; the Magic's 110.5 defensive rating is the fourth-worst mark in the league.

Domantas Sabonis, PF/C, Indiana Pacers ($8,700)

The salary isn't ideal, but Domantas Sabonis won't get a better matchup all season for the skills he directly brings to the table.

The Pacers big dropped in 48 FanDuel points on the Charlotte Hornets in his first game of the season, and it was a sign of things to come. The Hornets have allowed the third-most points in the paint (48.7) and second-most rebounds (49.3) per game in the league.

That's precisely where Sabonis likes to work. He scores 70.5% of his points inside the three-point arc, and he's also sixth in the NBA in rebounds per game (11.5) amongst qualifying players.

He likely isn't obvious for tonight, either. Sabonis has failed to score 45 FanDuel points in six of the last eight games. That doesn't present glaring value at his salary, but he certainly has the matchup and continued solid usage (21.6%) to post a ceiling game on Friday.