Fantasy Basketball Picks: DraftKings NBA DFS Best Targets, October 24 Values
We have a list of five NBA Sunday games that starts at 7:00 p.m. ET. There is a game with a total of over 230 on the DraftKings Sportsbook – SG / SAC (234.5). The Knicks are the only team favored by at least double digits (NYK -11.5). I’m writing this early in the morning, before the injury news and lineup announcements. Things will change throughout the day, so be sure to keep up to date with the news by following @dklive on Twitter.
Let’s break down some of the best crampons and values in each position to help you build your DraftKings Waiting lines.
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors @ Kings of Sacramento ($ 11,000) – Curry is expensive. In fact, he is the most expensive player on the slate. If you want cheap curry, go to your local Indian restaurant.
In two games so far, Curry has a triple-double and a 45-point explosion. This translates to 65.5 and 58 DKFP. The utilization rate was 31.2% and 37.3%. Now he’s up against a Kings team he’s had great success against. Since the 2019 season, Curry has faced the Kings four times and has won 57.25, 61.5, 54.75 and 55.75 DKFP.
It’s early days but the Warriors are first at the offensive pace while the Kings are fifth. This game has the highest total on the slate, so the playing environment should be good. The cost can be prohibitive, so it will all depend on the build of the range and the value available.
Other options – Russell Westbrook ($ 9,300)
Tyrese Maxey, Philadelphia 76ers @ Thunder of Oklahoma City ($ 5,700) – With all the BS from Ben Simmons’ situation, Maxey has been the biggest beneficiary as he started the first two games of the season. The utilization rate was 21.4% and 21.7%, and it produced 36.75 and 23 DKFP. He hucked and threw 14 and 17 shots. The most important numbers are minutes played, as he scored 34 and 36. Minutes are half the battle. Yo, Joe! And Maxey should continue to have a lot of them. Since last season, Maxey has averaged 0.95 DKFP with Simmons off the pitch.
Other options – RJ Barrett ($ 5,800)
Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics @ Houston rockets ($ 8,100) – Brown is questionable for this one due to knee pain, so follow @dklive for any update. If he’s able to go, he has the highest projection on the slate at the shooting guard post. He went mad in the opener with 76.25 DKFP, but then called with an 11.5 DKFP stench against the Raptors. He only played 28 minutes in that one because the game was a blowout. Brown has a use rate of around 30% and the Rockets are fourth in attacking pace while still being in the middle of the pack in terms of defensive efficiency.
Other options – Andrew Wiggins ($ 6,000), Evan Fournier ($ 6,400)
De’Anthony Melton, Memphis Grizzly @ the Los Angeles Lakers ($ 4,200) – Melton has always been a fantastic beast by the minute. Unfortunately, he rarely got more than 20 minutes of running per game. With Dillon Brooks injured, Melton played 31 and 33 minutes in the first two games and thrived. He scored 20 and 22 points while producing 31.5 and 35.75 DKFP. He’s not a heavy-duty player (20% range) but he attempted 14 and 16 shots while converting efficiently from the field. The Lakers are second in attacking pace while being 17th in defensive efficiency. Both the playing environment and the game should be good.
Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics @ Houston rockets ($ 8,800) – Tatum was not great to start the season. He shot 7 for 30 in the first game and scored just 18 points with five turnovers in the other. Granted, he only played 30 minutes in that one due to a blowout. That said, we do know what Tatum is capable of and his cap is one of the highest in the job. The game is good because Houston is playing fast and Jaylen Brown may not be playing in this one. Since last season, Tatum has averaged 1.36 DKFP with Brown off the field.
Other options – LeBron James ($ 9,100)
Desmond Scourge, Memphis Grizzly @ the Los Angeles Lakers ($ 4,200) – Like teammate Melton, Bane started the first two games of the season and thrived. The utilization rate was 29.2% and 23.5% as he played 30 minutes in both competitions. He was very effective on the field, converting 8 of 16 and 7 of 15 attempts. He also had two interceptions and one block. The confrontation and the playing environment are both good as the Lakers play fast and haven’t been great in defense so far. This game has a healthy total of 224.5 points.
Other options – Josh Giddey ($ 4,700)
Anthony Davis, the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Memphis Grizzly ($ 9,400) – There are problems in La La Land as the Lakers are 0-2 and the frustration has produced internal fights on the sidelines. There were no issues with Davis’ fantastic production, however. He filled in the stats sheet in both games, played 39 and 38 minutes and contributed 57.75 and 50.5 DKFP. As long as he’s healthy, Davis has one of the highest floor / ceiling combos on slate.
Other options – LeBron James ($ 9,100), Jayson Tatum ($ 8,800), Julius Randle ($ 8,700)
Brandon Clarke, Memphis Grizzly @ the Los Angeles Lakers ($ 3,100) – I’m not crazy about the value of the position, as most of the options I’m interested in have high prices for output or projected minutes. It’s Clarke. He won’t play a ton of minutes and has only received 12 and 21 so far this season. It has a price tag of $ 100 above the minimum, however. The utilization rate is low (10% range) but it contributed 13.25 and 13.5 DKFP. If he gets the minutes, he could thrive in an accelerated clash against the Lakers.
Other options – Kyle Anderson ($ 5,400)
Julius Randle, New York Knicks vs. Magic of Orlando ($ 8,700) – Joël Embiid ($ 10,200) is the best option on the slate, but it’s questionable and likely won’t get full playtime. Even though Embiid is healthy, he might not play for many minutes because the Thunder stinks. Randle has been terrific to start the season, filling in the stats sheet even with defensive stats. He went for 62.5 and 48.5 DKFP playing 46 and 30 minutes and getting a utilization rate of 35.3% and 31.3%. The Knicks just played Magic in their last game and won by 25 points, so the risk of a blowout is real. Having said that, he still went for 48.5 DKFP, so Randle would have a big hand in the game.
Other option- Anthony Davis ($ 9,400)
Derrick’s Favors, Thunder of Oklahoma City vs. Philadelphia 76ers ($ 3,400) – Favors have played 20 and 10 minutes this season. The Rockets played small with Christian wood ($ 8,400), which pulled Favors off the ground. He played 20 minutes against Jazz because of Rudy Gobert. Favors average around 1 DKFP per minute and reach 18.25 in that one. The 76ers have Joel Embiid, so Favors should have his normal run. If Embiid doesn’t play, the 76ers would probably still play Paul Reed ($ 3,000), so Favors should still get his 20 minutes of playing time.
Other options – Steven Adams ($ 5,000)
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