DraftKings daily picks: Fantasy basketball lineup – October 19, 2018

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 5: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans looks on against the New Orleans Pelicans during a pre-season game on October 5, 2018 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. 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 2018 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 5: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans looks on against the New Orleans Pelicans during a pre-season game on October 5, 2018 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. 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 2018 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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Giannis Antetokounmpo
BOSTON, MA – APRIL 17: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks dribbles against the Boston Celtics in the first quarter of Game Two in Round One of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on April 17, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

High Salary SF

Players costing over $6,250

Giannis Antetokounmpo (vs IND – $11,000): Needs 51.1 fantasy points. Giannis did what Giannis is going to do this season. He was a terror with his scoring and rebounding. He’s going to be unleashed in the Bucks system this season. He’ll routinely give you 60 fantasy points on a nightly basis this season. And that’s what I expect against a weak defensive team like the Pacers. He costs, but you’re getting the production and on a big night, you can find value elsewhere. Diagnosis: Build around him and enjoy the 60 fantasy points.

Aaron Gordon (vs CHA – $8,200): Needs 38.1 fantasy points. I’m starting to think early season Aaron Gordon is the best player in the league. He got off to a fast start last year before injuries and the Magic being bad crashed him back down to earth. He’s healthy, for now, and the Magic are slightly better. Plus, Charlotte doesn’t seem all that great, at least on the defensive side of the court. Diagnosis: As I said, early season Aaron is basically Michael Jordan.

Nikola Mirotic (vs SAC – $7,000): Needs 32.5 fantasy points. Can Mirotic shoot as well as he did in game one? Given the team he’s playing and how well he played for the Pelicans last season, I’m not going to doubt him. Julius Randle is currently listed as probable. I’m going to assume he’ll play — more on him later — but if he doesn’t, that’s going to open up more opportunities for Mirotic. Diagnosis: You’ve probably noticed a lot of Pelicans today. When you look as good as they looked and you’re playing the Kings, you’re going to be on this list. Take him with confidence.