28 Oct 4 Players To Help Build Your Best NBA DraftKings Lineup (10/28/19)
4 Players To Help Build Your Best NBA DraftKings Lineup for October 28, 2019
Daily fantasy basketball is in full swing, and we have another exciting slate tonight. Below are four of my favorite targets to help build your best NBA DraftKings lineup for Monday’s 11-game slate.
Note: Joel Embiid and Jrue Holiday are currently questionable. If one or both sit out, it significantly alters the slate.
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Top NBA DFS Play:
Russell Westbrook (PG, $9,400)
During the preseason, the main question for the Houston Rockets was whether Russell Westbrook and James Harden could coexist in the same offense.
Last season, they were among the most ball-dominant players in the league, each finishing in the top 10 in usage percentage. There were concerns that Westbrook would see a significant decrease in fantasy points per game with Harden continuing to run the offense.
Through two games, that is not the case. Westbrook is averaging 63.5 DraftKings fantasy points per game and a monster 1.92 fantasy points per minute. He has 17 field goal attempts and 10 free throw attempts in each of Houston’s first two games, including a triple-double in their latest.
Coach Mike D’Antoni has staggered Westbrook and Harden’s minutes this season, making sure there is always one of them on the floor. In Westbrook’s time on the court without Harden, he is averaging a 35.1 usage percentage and 2.32 fantasy points per minute.
Tonight, Westbrook takes on the Oklahoma City Thunder (his former team) in a game with a 226-point total. This might be one of the last times fantasy owners get Westbrook under $10K this season, and he makes for a great play.
Value NBA DFS Plays:
Andre Drummond (C, $9,300)
Through three games without Blake Griffin this season, Andre Drummond has been the focal point of the Detroit Piston’s offense. Despite a tough matchup and foul trouble against the Philadelphia Sixers last game, Drummond is averaging 1.54 fantasy points per minute with a 25% usage rate on the year.
Tonight, Drummond gets a rematch of the first game of the season against the Indiana Pacers. In the season opener he caught fire, finishing with 32 points and 23 rebounds, totaling 78.25 DraftKings fantasy points.
While we should not expect a repeat of that performance, Drummond is still priced reasonably low at $9,300. Griffin remains out and PG Reggie Jackson is doubtful with tightness in his back, forcing Drummond to shoulder the main offensive responsibilities for the shorthanded Pistons.
Drummond is a near lock for his fourth straight double-double tonight and can be considered in all formats.
Mario Hezonja (SF/PF, $3,300)
In last night’s game against the Dallas Mavericks, Portland’s PF Zach Collins suffered a dislocated shoulder. He is confirmed out for tonight’s contest. His absence creates increased opportunity for Mario Hezonja.
Hezonja finished last night with 21 DraftKings fantasy points in 25 minutes and could see another 25-28 minutes tonight. Last year on the Knicks, Hezonja averaged 25 DraftKings fantasy points per game when he saw minutes in that range.
Throughout his career, he has averaged almost 0.8 fantasy points per minute. This rate projects him to pay off his $3,300 salary tonight, even at the lower end of the minutes range.
We have seen flashes from “Super Mario” in the past, and he should be able to hit value at this bargain-bin price tag.
Despite a tough matchup against the Spurs, Hezonja is one of the better point-per-dollar plays on the slate at his price, allowing you to pay up for one or more high-end options.
Marquese Chriss (PF/C, $3,200)
With so many high-priced players in good matchups tonight, fantasy owners need some value to balance out the top spends. Marquese Chriss is a solid target due to his current role.
Kevon Looney did not travel with the Warriors on their current road trip, and Willie Cauley-Stein is still out with a hamstring injury.
Last night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Chriss logged 23 minutes and scored 25.5 DraftKings fantasy points. He should see similar minutes tonight, which would likely lead him to pay off his $3,200 price tag.
The Warriors get an ideal matchup with New Orleans tonight, as the Pelicans defense has been a goldmine for fantasy purposes thus far. The 237-point over/under is the highest on the board today by 10 points.
Chriss lacks a legitimate ceiling, but the game environment should boost his floor. If he can stay out of foul trouble, Chriss should 5x his salary tonight, making him a viable salary saver.
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