DraftKings NBA GPP Plays: October 23
The NBA week kicks off with an eight game DraftKings NBA GPP Main Slate tonight. There have been a handful of notable injuries over the first week of NBA action, which has opened up some much needed value plays. Don’t forget to check out multiple news feeds prior to game lock for last minute injury updates.
Sunday night’s NBA $150K Four Point Play closed with a cash line at 271 DraftKings points and a top score of 324 DraftKings points. The winning lineup including another dominating performances by Anthony Davis who crushed the Lakers for 62.25 DraftKings points and a solid 44.25 DraftKings point outing from Steven Adams at only 5.4 percent ownership. NBA DFS is certainly a chalkier sport than most, but you still need to roster some low owned players if you want to cash big.
Be aware of players with multiple position eligibility. Throughout this column, players might not be listed at their true position due to a lack off depth at another spot. Using positional flexibility could give you the edge to take down a DraftKings GPP.
Let’s jump into tonight’s slate!
DraftKings NBA GPP Plays: October 23 – Point Guards
John Wall ($10,100) vs. DEN
The Wizards point guard would have hit at least 5x value last game against the Pistons if he hadn’t racked up eight turnovers. His 48.75 DraftKings points were still a respectable performance as he continues to be an elite source of assists. Wall recently stated that he believes that he is the best shot-blocking point guard to ever play. He has two blocks in each of his first two games, so look for Wall to be locked in on proving his claim.
Steph Curry ($8,700) vs. DAL
Curry is always an elite DFS option due to his ability to light up the scoreboard faster than any other player in the league. Despite battling foul trouble against the Grizzlies, he dropped 37 points in 30 minutes. Tempers rose throughout the game, which led to Curry firing his mouthpiece in the direction of a referee, resulting in an immediate ejection. Pay attention to any reports on whether or not Curry with have to face a suspension for his actions. If not, Curry is always a viable GPP play.
Ben Simmons ($7,700) vs. DET
The suspense built all last season with Simmons sidelined due to injury, but now we’re being rewarded. In his first three games, he’s filled the box score in multiple categories and has been the player most had anticipated. He flirted with a triple-double last game and his size and style of play will make getting one a possibility every time he steps on the floor. Simmons has a floor of about 35 DraftKings points, while we’re still waiting to see how high his ceiling can be. We might found out tonight if he draws Reggie Jackson’s defense.
Mike Conley ($7,700) vs. HOU
Conley was cold against he Warriors last game, but it is good to note that the Grizzlies aren’t the slow paced team of the past. Conley has an attractive matchup tonight with Chris Paul (2. 76 DRPM) out with a knee injury and Patrick Beverley (1.37 DPRM) on the Clippers. He avoids the two best defensive point guards and will need to be aggressive offensively to keep up with the Rockets.
Eric Bledsoe ($7,100) vs. SAC
Over the last 24 hours, Bledsoe cryptically tweeted “I Dont Wanna Be Here” and shortly after the Suns fired head coach Earl Watson. Hmmmm. We know the Suns aren’t a good basketball team, but their uptempo style provides plenty of fantasy value. It appears there will be changes for the Suns and Bledsoe could benefit from the shakeup. We’ve seen Bledsoe post massive numbers before and his $7,100 price tag makes him severely underpriced.
Dejounte Murray ($5,100) vs. TOR
With Tony Parker out, Murray has surpassed Patty Mills at point guard and is making the most of it. Through two games, he’s averaging 12 points, 7.5 rebounds and four assists and has surpassed 30 DraftKings points both times. I love rostering a rebounding point guard because of the floor that comes with. Murray should continue to have a decent offensive role cut out while Kawhi Leonard remains sidelined.
J.J. Barea ($5,000) vs. GS
The veteran point guard is an efficient shooter who racks up fantasy points with points, threes and assists. Even in limited minutes, Barea has gone over 25 DraftKings points in the first three games and should see plenty of scoring opportunities against the Warriors tonight. Make sure to check out the health of Dennis Smith Jr. before lock tonight. If Smith is a go, Barea’s value takes a hit.
Malcolm Delaney ($3,000) vs. MIA
The chalk value play of the slate should be Delaney. He’ll fill in at point guard for injured Dennis Schroder who has had a massive usage rate for the Hawks this season. Delaney is in a great spot with Hassan Whiteside likely out and a matchup against Goran Dragic who sported a -1.62 DRPM rating last season. Delaney is a lock for me tonight at only $3,000.
DraftKings NBA GPP Plays: October 23 – Shooting Guards
James Harden ($11,200) vs. MEM
The Beard is by far the elite choice at shooting guard on tonight’s slate. With Chris Paul sidelined, Harden’s usage will continue to be one of the highest in league. He is averaging 50.2 DraftKings points on the season without having really exploded this year. Harden is never a bad play and the Grizzlies new style of play will keep the tempo high in this one. Harden is a core play tonight.
Devin Booker ($6,800) vs. SAC
We’ll see how the coaching change in Phoenix affects the team, but Booker’s role remains the same. If the Suns can stay in the game against the Kings as expected, then Booker will have plenty of opportunities. The Suns have lost by 48, 2 and 42 list season. In the close game against the Lakers, Booker finished with 55.25 DraftKings points. The Suns are currently a1.5-point favorite tonight. It’s as simple as that.
Klay Thompson ($6,600) vs. DAL
Like teammate Steph Curry, Thompson can go from 0 to 60 in a flash. Thompson continues to have an established role in this efficient Warrior offense that can drop 130 any night. He’ll play plenty of minutes as long as this game doesn’t get out of hand and is one of the league’s elite three-point shooters. If suspensions are handed out to Curry and/or Kevin Durant, Thompson’s value increases.
Will Barton ($5,800) vs. WAS
Barton’s upside each night makes him a solid tournament play. In a game with the highest implied total, Barton should be able to rack up quality offensive numbers. His ability to contribute across multiple categories is what makes his ceiling even higher. Barton gets an added boost by playing a good amount of minutes with the second unit as the primary offensive weapon.
Jeremy Lamb ($5,700) vs. MIL
The Bucks defensive scheme funnels the ball to the opposing team’s wing players. This is ideal for Lamb who will simply be standing on the perimeter waiting for Kemba Walker to find him so he can jack up shots at will. Lamb has put up 27 shots through two games and should continue to get that volume tonight. He’s one of my favorite plays tonight.
DraftKings NBA GPP Plays: October 23 – Small Forwards
Giannis Antetokounmpo ($10,900) vs. CHA
What does a guy have to do to get a significant price increase? Scratch that. I like being able to pay under $11,000 for a future NBA MVP. Antetokounmpo has been on a tear to start the season with his lowest score being 62.75 DraftKings points. He does everything and does it well. On this slate, there’s plenty of value to plug-in both Harden and Antekounmpo. Don’t mind if I do.
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Tobias Harris ($6,200) vs. PHI
Harris has a clear-cut role on the Pistons without Markieff Morris on the team. He scored 31 points on 24 shots last game and added six rebounds. He has eclipsed 40 DraftKings points in two of three games. Harris’ ability to rebound and stretch the floor makes him a great mid-tier play.
T.J. Warren ($5,300) vs. SAC
Its hard to stay away from a terrible basketball team with underpriced players. There’s a chance that the changes in Phoenix could benefit Warren greatly by giving him more opportunities to be aggressive. If so, I’d like to be on this trend early before it becomes too chalky. Warren emerged as an efficient scorer last season and can provide fantasy value in a variety of categories. At $5,300, he’s too cheap to pass up.
Trevor Ariza ($4,600) vs. MEM
Ariza hasn’t had the best start to the season, but he hasn’t played less than 31 minutes. He’s never been a high usage guy, but with James Harden drawing so much defensive attention, Ariza just needs to worry about knocking down open jumpers and playing defense. He has a seven three-pointer, five steal ceiling and its going to happen eventually. There’s a lot of value to be had with Ariza.
Kelly Oubre Jr. ($4,200) vs. DEN
The cheaper you go, the less minutes most guys play. That all stops when you get to Oubre. In his first two games, he played 32 and 36 minutes. For almost $4,000, Oubre is really hard to pass up. He’s certainly not a primary offensive weapon for the Wizards, but he could get forgotten about while defenses focus on stopping John Wall and Bradley Beal. Oubre doesn’t have to do much to pay of his cheap price tag.
DraftKings NBA GPP Plays: October 23 – Power Forwards
Nikola Jokic ($8,900) vs. WAS
Jokic has been seeing a lot of double teams to start the season and has demonstrated his great passing ability. That’s all great, but when he’s priced at $9,300 and only takes three shots then there’s a bit of an issue. While only taking three shots, Jokic still finished with 22.25 DraftKings points. Jokic is a primary weapon for the Nuggets and will breakout sooner rather than later. Take advantage of it while his price is on the decline.
Otto Porter ($5,900) vs. DEN
The Wizards limited rotation makes nearly every player an attractive option when they see such high minutes. Porter is another versatile player who can contribute in multiple ways. He exploded for 28 points last game, but I wouldn’t count on that kind of production on a regular basis. However, his average of 8.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals could be more regular, which locks him in for a solid floor.
Kelly Olynyk ($5,800) vs. ATL
With Whiteside potentially missing tonight’s game, Olynyk should see plenty of usage. Note, he’ll be coming off the bench, but that only increases his value. He’ll have more opportunities to contribute with the second unit and has a favorable matchup against the tandem of Ersan Ilyasova and Mike Muscala. This game should get up and down pretty fast, which benefits Olynyk even more. He’s a core play for me tonight at power forward.
Lucas Nogueira ($4,000) vs SA
If you’re looking to double-down on Harden and Antetokounmpo, Nogueira is a great way to free up some salary. He should slide into the power forward position as Serge Ibaka moves to center with Jonas Valanciunas injured. He’s a top shot blocker in the league and put up 28.75 DraftKings points in only 16 minutes of action last game. He’s a must play if you’re looking to pay up at multiple positions.
DraftKings NBA GPP Plays: October 23 – Center
Joel Embiid ($8,200) vs. DET
After sitting out the second game of a back-to-back, Embiid will be ready to go against Detroit tonight. He should see somewhere between 25 and 30 minutes, which is plenty of time to rack up fantasy points. He’s averaging 39.6 DraftKings points on the year, which puts him at just under 5x value. If the Sixers decide to let him get some added run in, I really like Embiid at center tonight.
Marc Gasol ($7,900) vs. HOU
Gasol dominated the Warriors last game with a monstrous 59.5 DraftKing point performance. He attempted 17 free throws in that game and should continue to be as aggressive without Zach Randolph on the team. Gasol is a force in the paint, while knocking down two three-pointers in each of his first two games. Another big game out of Gasol might be necessary to take down the Rockets tonight.
Serge Ibaka ($5,700) vs. SA
If you want a piece of the Raptors frontcourt with Valanciunas out, Ibaka is the safer of the two options. Ibaka has hit seven threes through two games, while still recording two blocks in each games as well. He’ll likely move to the center position tonight, but should still see plenty of opportunities around the perimeter. If DeRozan can’t go due to an illness, Ibaka will take on a much bigger offensive role.
Frank Kaminsky ($4,700) vs. MIL
Kaminsky made the most of his 33 minutes last game with 35 DraftKings points. Cody Zeller is out with a knee injury, which means Kaminsky will continue to see a bump in minutes. He’s a nice balance to Dwight Howard with his ability to stretch the floor and knock down the three. As the Bucks try to contain Kemba Walker, Kaminsky will see plenty of perimeter looks tonight.
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