4 Players To Help Build Your Best NBA DraftKings Lineup (10/22/19)

4 Players To Help Build Your Best NBA DraftKings Lineup for October 22, 2019

by Al Hunter

The wait is finally over. Tonight, NBA basketball returns with a very interesting value-filled, two-game slate on DraftKings. Below are four of my favorite players to help build the best NBA DraftKings lineup for October 22, 2019. As always, if you need any further lineup advice or have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me on Twitter.

Top NBA DFS Play:

Anthony Davis (PF/C, $10,200)

Anthony Davis starts his Los Angeles Lakers’ career in a dream spot against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers’ defense embarrassed themselves inside the paint on a nightly basis last season. They allowed the second most DraftKings points per game to opposing centers. With no major changes to their power forwards or centers over the summer, expect similar results this season.

Last season, as a New Orleans Pelican, Davis destroyed the Clippers’ defense for a whopping 69.7 DraftKings points per game across three matchups. He should easily surpass five times value at this comical price, and “the Brow” is by far one of the best values on the board.

Value NBA DFS Plays:

Lonzo Ball (PG, $5,400)

As long as he’s healthy, Lonzo Ball will be locked into a 30+ minute role with the New Orleans Pelicans. Last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, Ball produced 35.7 DraftKings points per game in the 26 games he exceeded 30 minutes. He had at least 30 DraftKings fantasy points in 19 of those contests.

Tonight’s matchup against the Toronto Raptors doesn’t look great at first glance but Kawhi Leonard is no longer with Toronto. That eliminates one of the best perimeter defenders in the league from consideration.

This game presents the highest over/under game total on opening night at 230 total points. Ball could garner some extra usage with Zion Williamson starting his rookie season on the sidelines. He is out with a knee injury.

I think we can safely project Ball at over 30 DraftKings fantasy points in his first game of the season with a ceiling around 40. He makes for a really strong option in both cash games and GPPs.

Kyle Lowry (PG, $6,800)

Most fantasy owners probably want to jump up to Jrue Holiday ($7,800) with Zion Williamson out of the lineup, but Kyle Lowry is the superior value at $1,100 less. In the 22 games that Kawhi Leonard missed with the Toronto Raptors last season, Lowry stepped up and led the defending NBA champions with 41 DraftKings points per game. This is a 6.1-point jump from his average for the season. In these contests, Lowry saw both his usage rate (+4.2%) and assist rate (+4.9%) increase significantly.

The Pelicans were always a prime matchup for point guards a year ago. They ranked 24th in defensive efficiency and 3rd in pace. Expect them to remain one of the fastest units in basketball with Lonzo Ball joining the squad.

Lowry produced solid results against them last season, and it’s worth noting that Leonard played in each of these games. Furthermore, this contest sports the highest game total of the night. Last season, in games where the Raptors saw a pace increase and the game total was 230 or more, Lowry generated 39 DraftKings points per game. After receiving his first ever NBA championship ring on Tuesday night, Lowry should return close to six times value.

Pascal Siakam (PF/C, $7,600)

Much like Kyle Lowry, Pascal Siakam is going to highly benefit from Kawhi Leonard’s absence in Toronto. In the 21 full-game contests without Leonard last season, he contributed 36.5 DraftKings points per game. Additionally, in all the minutes he logged without Leonard and Danny Green (now with LAL), Siakam saw a usage bump of 2.6%.

On top of his expanded role this season, the matchup tonight is perfect for his skill set. As noted above, the New Orleans Pelicans should be an extremely fast squad yet again this season. In his two meetings with the Pelicans last year, Siakam averaged 36.5 DraftKings points per game.

Siakam flourished in high-scoring affairs with 41.2 DraftKings points per game in the nine Raptors’ games with a game total of at least 230 points.

As an added bonus, Siakam was a slightly better on his home court in 2018-19. He averaged slightly over two additional DraftKings fantasy points per game. He has a great chance of leading this game in fantasy points, and with his friendly power forward and center eligibility, “Spicy P” is an extremely difficult fade.

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