4 Players To Help Build Your Best NBA DraftKings Lineup (10/23/19)

4 Players To Help Build Your Best NBA DraftKings Lineup for October 23, 2019

by Al Hunter

Welcome back, everyone. Tonight, we get our first full slate of the 2019-2020 season with 11 games on tap. Below are four players to help build your best NBA DraftKings lineup.

As always, if you need any further advice, feel free to reach out to me on Twitter.

Top NBA DFS Play:

Karl-Anthony Towns (C, $10,100)

Karl-Anthony Towns should carry one of the highest usage rates in the NBA this season. Last year, in all the court time he logged without Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson, Dario Saric, and Derick Rose, Town’s posted a 32.8% usage rate. He contributed an elite 1.7 DraftKings fantasy points per minutes.

Towns showed tremendous upside with this current Minnesota Timberwolves’ team in his final preseason game. He recorded 33 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 blocks in only 26 minutes.

Tonight, he heads to Brooklyn to face the Nets, a team that was the best matchup for centers last season. Vegas projects this game to be close (Brooklyn -3.5) and very fantasy-friendly (over/under 227).

KAT should smash value at $10,100 in this excellent matchup.

Value NBA DFS Plays:

Marvin Bagley (PF/C, $7,200)

Tonight’s matchup between the Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns holds the highest over/under points total on the slate. Get exposure to this shootout.

Bagley is one of the strongest values on the board at $7,200. The former Duke Blue Devil looked great in preseason, averaging 18.2 points per game and 9.8 rebounds per game in 27.6 minutes per game.

He will play a much more consistent role with Sacramento this season. In 30+ minutes of work, Bagley will have no issues returning value in this elite matchup against the Suns.

He scored 40.5 DraftKings points per game in his final five games last season with at least 30 minutes of court time. This Suns’ defense was the second worst rated unit in the league a year ago. They allowed the most points in the paint and the most total rebounds per game. In a pair of matchups with Phoenix last season, Bagley produced 41 DraftKings points per game.

Derrick Rose (PG/SG, $4,400)

With Blake Griffin out due to hamstring and knee injuries, the Detroit Pistons desperately need offensive production tonight. Derrick Rose is not in the starting lineup, but he is going to be one of Detroit’s primary scorers against the Indiana Pacers.

In the preseason, Rose averaged 12.5 points per game in only 20.8 minutes per game. He trailed only Andre Drummond in usage rate. It’s worth noting that Griffin was healthy enough to compete in two of these four games.

Rose is coming off a solid season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he contributed 29.3 DraftKings fantasy points per game in 27.2 minutes per game. He will have a similar amount of court time tonight with room for more.

In his last 10 games with 20 minutes or more, Rose produced 26 DraftKings fantasy points per game. That would be a 5.9x value return at his current salary.

The matchup with Indiana is not appealing, as they were third in defensive efficiency last season, but this is the cheapest Rose has been in nearly a year. His price does not reflect the role he will take on this evening.

Ish Smith (PG, $5,300)

With both John Wall (achilles) and Isaiah Thomas (thumb) out tonight, the Washington Wizards will rely heavily on Smith to start the year. As expected, he will draw the start at point guard tonight against the Dallas Mavericks.

He scored a solid 0.8 DraftKings fantasy points per minute last season with the Detroit Pistons. Smith should see at least 30 minutes tonight with Washington’s extremely thin guard situation.

Bradley Beal will take on a massive usage rate, but Smith is Washington’s best healthy ball handler and play maker. He cracked 30 DraftKings fantasy points in his last two games with over 25 minutes.

The Mavs were always a nice spot for PGs last season, allowing the sixth most DraftKings points per game to the position. While he may not seem like the most exciting option, Smith is a safe target that should produce value with his expanded role.

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