Our daily fantasy basketball picks were far from perfect on Tuesday night, but we did avoid one thing; the dreaded Anthony Davis injury. Kristaps Porzingis was a giant turd and didn’t work out as planned, but he still doubled The Brow’s production.
Sources: Pelicans star Anthony Davis has no structural damage in injured left knee. He has swelling in knee, and will be day-to-day.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 25, 2017
Davis exited with a knee injury and is now listed as day-to-day, but anyone who used him felt the pain of losing a $12.2k stud well before he could come close to paying off. Zinger wasn’t much better and we didn’t cash because of it, while Tim Hardaway Jr. also sacked us pretty good with barely over 10 fantasy points.
The rest of Tuesday’s roster was solid, as D.J. Augustin crushed value, D’Angelo Russell showed up to play, Karl-Anthony Towns topped 40 fantasy points and Lauri Markkanen went off against the Cavs.
Austin Rivers (16 actual points) could have been worse based off of his cheap $4.3k price tag, while Joe Ingles ended up being limited due to an illness. Overall, last night was a loss, but the logic wasn’t bad and if you used some of our picks (namely KAT, Augustin, Jaylen Brown and Markkanen) you wouldn’t have been disappointed.
Wednesday brings in some serious star power and a loaded 10-game slate. Our NBA DFS strategy has to change for a bigger slate, while FanDuel’s pricing continues to limit the value on the board. Still, we need to build a roster that can compete in GPPs, so let’s get to it:
PG: Mike James – Phoenix Suns ($4.3k)
The Suns are done with Eric Bledsoe, which opens up a starting job to run Phoenix’s offense. By no means do I love targeting Phoenix players against a stout Jazz defense, but the Suns are at home and hopefully Utah will be a little fatigued after battling the Clippers last night.
It doesn’t matter, as James is starting and should get 25-30 minutes of run. He’s also dirt cheap and isn’t afraid to shoot, so we can use him at this price to save some cash. Here’s to hoping he can hit on 30 fantasy points tonight.
PG: Russell Westbrook – Oklahoma City Thunder ($10.8k)
Tonight feels like a Russ night. He’s finally under the $11k threshold, so I’m not scared of using him. He’s also at home against a pretty leaky Pacers defense. Westbrook has been fine to start the year, but he’s yet to top 53 fantasy points. Tonight is the night he does just that.
SG: Donovan Mitchell – Utah Jazz ($4.1k)
I’m not sold on Mitchell yet tonight, but Rodney Hood (calf) has been missing time with an injury and could sit out again tonight. With Joe Ingles (illness) also not himself, we might be able to take a stab at the rookie, who played a career high 29 minutes and poured in a career high 19 points last night.
Hood’s status is key here, but Mitchell can blow up as a scorer and if Hood is out I love him against a bad Suns defense.
SG: Eric Gordon – Houston Rockets ($6.7k)
I never love using Gordon and I’m extra hesitant with his price so high. The chief concern is he just doesn’t do much beyond scoring. That’s something to always worry about, but with Chris Paul (knee) sidelined, he has a pretty awesome role.
Houston needs him to create offense for himself and others, so I expect him to have a decent shot at meeting value as long as he stays under $7k. His price is probably only going to rise, so tonight against Philly seems like a good time to give him a shot. Shooting guard is also pretty volatile beyond the top options, too.
SF: P.J. Tucker – Houston Rockets ($4.4k)
I don’t trust P.J. Tucker, but he’s actually looked pretty good so far with the Rockets and he’ll be needed tonight with Trevor Ariza sitting out with a foot injury. He’s been getting 25+ minutes per night and can do a solid job of collecting defensive stats and hitting the outside shot. Hopefully he does a lot of both tonight in an up tempo tilt with the 76ers.
I do want to point out some elite value with Shabazz Muhammad, who is probably a must-use SF option if Jimmy Butler (illness) is out again tonight. Pairing him and Tucker isn’t the worst idea if we want to load up on stars, either.
SF: Paul George – Oklahoma City Thunder ($8.7k)
While we can punt both SF spots potentially, I still love PG-13. He’s been unstoppable since joining OKC, as he’s put up 40+ fantasy points in every game this year. While he’s already been great, I think he can smash value tonight when he takes on his former team, the Indiana Pacers.
There is the old revenge narrative here, but Indy also just doesn’t have a great defense. George should be rock solid no matter what happens, but we might get a true gem and we won’t be paying an elite price to get it if it happens.
PF: Domantas Sabonis – Indiana Pacers ($4.8k)
I’d prefer to have a little more stability than Sabonis, but he doesn’t have to do too much to pay off at this price. This is also more about saving cash than anything else. Just make sure Myles Turned (concussion) remains out of you plan on going this route.
Hassan Whiteside (knee) will miss yet another game, so depending on your roster construction, Kelly Olynyk ($5.3k) could also be in play at one PF slot.
PF: Carmelo Anthony – Oklahoma City Thunder ($7.6k)
I love the value we continue to get with Melo, as FanDuel is pricing him like he’s not an elite scorer on an improved team. He’s yet to truly blow up, but he’s been very steady with 34+ fantasy points in all three games so far this season. I like his chances of approaching 40+ fantasy points tonight in a plus matchup against the Pacers.
C: Joel Embiid – Philadelphia 76ers ($8.6k)
We can wrap things up with a number of stud centers, but the one I probably trust the most (ironically enough) is Embiid. He’s providing value at this price tag potentially, as he’s a pointer per minute demon and he is getting a ton of volume in about 26-28 minutes per game. Houston won’t have defensive ace Nene Hilario in this one, either, so it’s up to Clint Capela to stop Embiid.
Embiid has been quite vocal about beasting against his competition, so I don’t see Capela having much luck in this one. Look for Embiid’s first 40+ fantasy point performance of the young season tonight.