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3 NBA FanDuel Studs to Target on Friday 11/5/21

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?

Giannis Antetokounmpo, F, Milwaukee Bucks ($11,300)

The shorthanded Bucks will pick up the services of Jrue Holiday on Friday in a return from an ankle injury, but that doesn't hurt Giannis Antetokounmpo at all.

In a variety of floor conditions with and without Holiday, Khris Middleton, and Brook Lopez, Antetokounmpo's ceiling -- and reasonability to his said ceiling -- is unmatched. He has four 60-burgers in terms of FanDuel points in four of his eight contests this season.

In all floor conditions, Antetokounmpo's 35.1% usage rate and 1.74 FanDuel points per minute lead all active, qualifying players. At just $500 clear of Paul George, it's difficult to build an argument for a different cornerstone forward.

The New York Knicks are an easier matchup than one may expect. They have the seventh-worst defensive rating (109.7) in the NBA, and the 4.5-point spread should keep things tight in this game for Antetokounmpo to see his full minutes allotment.

That's a terrifying proposition for one who chooses to fade him.

Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Minnesota Timberwolves ($10,200)

The mid-range at center is loaded, but spending up, it's hard to turn away Karl-Anthony Towns.

Minnesota will be missing the services of D'Angelo Russell for a second straight game, and that turns the Wolves incredibly reliant on Towns and Anthony Edwards. Towns, specifically, has a 28.4% usage rate and averages 1.28 FanDuel points per minute in floor situations without Russell this season.

Combining that offensive role with 9.63 rebounds per 36 minutes? That can definitely work.

The Clippers are dead last in estimated rebounding rate, which should provide plenty of opportunity and minimal competition for Towns on the glass, as well.

The 214.5-point total in this game doesn't blow anyone away, but the concentrated usage within Towns, Edwards, and Paul George on the other side make this contest an appealing one to stack.

Stephen Curry, G, Golden State Warriors ($9,800)

The Warriors must have been in "The Twilight Zone" on Wednesday because Stephen Curry swapped bodies with Jordan Poole.

Poole dropped in 31 points and made 7 three-point shots in that game against the Hornets. Curry, in turn, only scored 15 points, but he added 9 assists and 8 rebounds to continue a surprising trend from this season.

Steph Curry...triple-double threat?

Curry's current marks in rebounds per game (7.4) and assists per game (6.9) would set the highest per-game totals for him in those categories since 2014. The scoring upside is obvious (Curry's 26.7 points per game ranks sixth in the league) , but those peripherals counting stats only increase his floor in daily fantasy.

The question tonight is not whether Curry will find success against the Pelicans' lowly defense (111.0 defensive rating; third-worst in the NBA), but rather, will New Orleans be able to keep it close? There's a nine-point spread on the game right now, but Brandon Ingram's potential return to the lineup on Friday could help that shrink.