Welcome to this edition of NBA FanDuel DFS Targets from FantasyCPR.com. Here you will find players to target for tonight’s action, geared for cash games and tournament plays on FanDuel.
Welcome to today’s edition of my NBA FanDuel Targets for NBA DFS. For those of you familiar with my PGA targets piece I do weekly here for FantasyCPR, this will be very similarly structured. First, I will go over players to target at each position for tonight’s seven-game slate, starting at 7:00 ET. I will give two targets at each the guard and forward positions, and one center. Following the picks, will be the ever popular “sample lineup” we like to do here at FantasyCPR. Some plays will be geared toward cash games, and some for GPP. Some of course will also technically qualify as both. As we break each play down, I will be sure to specify which type of contests I am targeting that player in.
With NBA however, I can’t stress enough how important it is to not play these sample lineups as silly as it sounds. There is so much info that will drop in the course of the day for NBA, and you never truly know what to expect. Anything from late scratches for rest after lock, and leaky roofs forcing cancellations, NBA DFS is truly not for the faint of heart at times. Because of my commitments around lock every night, I could never go hard at NBA DFS. If you want to be a consistent winner for NBA, lock starts at 6PM ET on most week nights. Plan on being ready to tinker those lineups last second, accounting for all of that fabulous NBA news that nobody was expecting five minutes before or even AFTER lock. It happens all of the time, so if you set your lineup now and forget it, it’s probably not going to work out for you in the long run.
So it’s Friday, that’s sweet, but what kind of slate is this? Come on NBA… Seven games on a Friday night? If the changes to the schedule to allow the players more rest led them to having shorter slates on what used to be the big DFS days, then these changes are going to be awful for those who prefer the nice big 10-12 game slates. I try hard every year to like the NBA product, and they are losing me fast this year. DFS will keep me slightly interested at least though!
NBA FanDuel DFS: Point Guards:
Stephen Curry – Golden State Warriors – $9,900 – (Cash/GPP)
Curry has been lights out for five games, and is coming off his best game yet. Yet for some reason, he is still below $10K. Curry’s lowest total of the season was 41 FDP, and Wednesday night he caught fire, making 15-24 from the field, including going an absurd 11-16 from three-point land. He finished with 51 points, four rebounds and four assists, for a ridiculous 61.3 FDP. Oh and if you are worried about the blowout tonight because they face the Knicks, Curry put up those numbers in three quarters on Wednesday… In a blowout. For GPP’s I am making him work with AD. For cash games, I am locking Curry in, but not so sure about Davis quite yet.
Elfrid Payton – New Orleans Pelicans – $7,400 – (GPP)
Massive game totals everywhere tonight with three games over 235 and only seven games total. This Pelicans/Nets game sits at 237, and the Pelicans are looking like my favorite stack once again. Of course the price tag on AD makes it nearly impossible to make a nice stack unless you exclude him, but that isn’t happening here. The positive thing though, is Payton, Jrue Holiday, Nikola Mirotic, and Julius Randle all can be mixed in somehow, and should be able to produce as they all normally do in this one. Randle could get some extra run in a blowout, and could put up huge numbers if he plays the whole fourth quarter. Elf can be a bit streaky and certainly dud here and there, but he is coming off of his best game this season, with a 44.4 FDP performance in 35 minutes of action.
***Also Consider: Chris Paul $9,800 – (Cash), Michael Carter-Williams $4,300 – (GPP/Punt)***
NBA FanDuel: Shooting Guards:
Jrue Holiday – New Orleans Pelicans – $7,800 – (GPP)
My favorite stack sure, but not my favorite position to pay up for. The price on Holiday is fair, but the floor is not safe enough for cash games while this team is at full strength. We think of Jrue as a high-usage lock when AD is out, and don’t normally consider him for DFS when Davis is healthy. However, the assists and steals Holiday has generated through the first three games has been impressive. You never know when you will see the dreaded “Davis to the locker room” tweet, but we all know when that happens, Holiday takes over the scoring. The Pelicans may end up the contrarian stack for GPP’s, and I think Holiday breaks 45 FDP tonight in this match-up against the Nets.
Lou Williams – Los Angeles Clippers – $5,300 – (Cash)
Sweet Lou is struggling to start the season, and it’s hard for me to believe his salary has gotten down this far. Is it understandable? Certainly! But with what I remember about Williams last year for a good stretch was worrying whether or not fading him at $8K was going to kill you or not. Well 2018 is different for sure, as Williams is yet to exceed 25 DP through four games. He is consistently playing minutes in the mid-20’s, and the scoring is way down to around just 15 PPG. I want to say $5,300 is a safe cash price play, but I would like to use caution a bit knowing he hasn’t been himself yet this season. I do think the big game is coming soon, and a little revenge game against the Rockets may be just what he needs.
***Also Consider: Eric Gordon $6,500 – (Cash), Joe Harris $4,400 – (GPP), Allen Crabbe – $3,600 – (GPP/Punt)***
NBA FanDuel DFS: Small Forwards:
Giannis Antetokounmpo – Milwaukee Bucks – $12,300 – (GPP)
With Anthony Davis just $700 more, it is hard to justify paying up for the Greek Freak here on this slate. Well that of course is fine logic for cash games, but when you are thinking of terms of trying to take down a large field GPP, you need to think completely the opposite. Sure the ceiling on AD is probably slightly higher, but considering the price difference is not substantial, this could be a good opportunity to get Antetokounmpo at a lower ownership percentage than normal. If I am making multiple lineups today, which I am not, I am making sure to mix in “G” here with Curry and AD no doubt. All in all, this is probably my favorite GPP pivot of the slate.
Gerald Green – Houston Rockets – $3,700 – (Cash)
Much like playing Lance Stephenson for the Lakers the last few times out due to the suspensions of Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo, the Rockets were suffering through the same fate with Chris Paul. CP3 will return tonight, but news dropped yesterday that James Harden will be out at least a week, and miss at least two games. Green was already getting some minutes off the bench with the second unit, but he has not been asked to do much scoring up to this point this season. He was an absolute DFS darling at times last year when Harden was out, and for this price, I’ll take a shot on Green chucking up some extra shots, and sneaking out 25 FDP. If you want to pay up for Davis tonight, you will likely need at least two punts in this price range. Green looks like my favorite one today.
***Also Consider: Kevin Durant $9,900 – (Cash), Justin Jackson $4,000 – (GPP/Punt)***
NBA FanDuel: Power Forwards:
Anthony Davis – New Orleans Pelicans – $13,000 – (Cash/GPP)
The big man and his massive $13K salary are making things really tough today. It’s really tough to roster him and make a balanced team around him. I am in love with the thought of rostering both AD and Curry tonight, but there just may not be enough viable value to go around to make that happen. When you consider Kevin Durant is $3,000 less, and could easily go for 60 FDP himself you may instantly think paying up for Davis might be the wrong choice, However, Davis is averaging nearly 70 FDP per game this season in the early goings, and you may not want to fade him if he breaks the slate with 80.2 FDP again, like he did in the Pelicans opener against the Rockets. I made to sure to run my best sample lineup with the studs mentioned. Should be interesting to see where it ends up!
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson – Brooklyn Nets – $5,600 – (Cash)
RHJ missed the early part of the season while he was recovering from a hip injury, and celebrating the birth of a child. He returned to the hardwood on Wednesday, coming off the bench and picking up eight points and eight boards in 21 minutes. There is no word on whether or not he will start yet or continue to come off the bench, but Jarrett Allen and company will need all the help they can get with AD tonight, so I expect Hollis-Jefferson to be put right back into of the thick of things sooner rather than later, as long as that hip is good to go. This salary is going to go up at some point. I like playing a player of this caliber at this discount, regardless of match-up.
***Also Consider: Markieff Morris $5,500 – (GPP), Marvin Williams $4,600 – (GPP/Punt)***
NBA FanDuel DFS: Center Targets:
Clint Capela – Houston Rockets – $8,100 – (Cash/GPP)
It was touched on before with Gerald Green, but the injury to James Harden means that someone will have to pickup the scoring for the Rockets tonight. Capela should have an easy time inside against Marcin Gortat and the frontcourt of the Clippers. Losing Harden is big, but if CP3 and Capela can get in sync, and either Eric Gordon and/or Green can be relied on from the outside, the Rockets should have no problems finding buckets without their superstar. The only other player I am considering at this position tonight is DeAndre Jordan, who is $300 cheaper, and certainly has the safer floor. Jordan may be the better play for cash games, but I love Capela for tournaments tonight.
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***Also Consider: Karl-Anthony Towns $8,500 – (GPP), DeAndre Jordan $7,800 – (Cash), Julius Randle $6,800 – (GPP)***
NBA FanDuel DFS: Sample Cash Lineup 10/26/18
The line-up below is meant to be illustrative only to further back-up the logic laid out in previous slides. It is not an optimal line-up. It is in fact, just a “Sample Lineup.”
PG – Stephen Curry – $9,900
PG – Elfrid Payton – $7,400
SG – Joe Harris – $4,400
SG – Allen Crabbe – $3,600
SF – Gerald Green – $3,700
SF – Justin Jackson – $4,000
PF – Anthony Davis – $13,000
PF – Rondae Hollis-Jefferson – $5,600
C – Clint Capela – $8,100
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