NBA DraftKings & FanDuel DFS Primer: Friday (11/4)



Tyrese Maxey and the Philadelphia 76ers take on the New York Knicks on Friday night.

These slates have been strange. We barely had any matches on Tuesday and Thursday, but Wednesday and today were massive cards. It can be frustrating as an NBA fan, but it’s fun to switch things up from a DFS perspective. In fact, I came very close to doing a GPP buddy this week, and I feel like one is just around the corner. I hope these articles will also help you do that. Let’s get into that Friday card!


injury report

  • Ricky Rubio (knee) OUT
  • Jalen Duren (ankle) Questionable
  • Joel Embiid (disease) questionable
  • Ben Simmons (knee) Questionable
  • Lonzo Ball (knee) OUT
  • Robert Williams (knee) OUT
  • Kawhi Leonard (knee) OUT
  • Devin Vassell (knee) Questionable
  • Keldon Johnson (calf) questionable
  • LaMelo Ball (ankle) Questionable
  • Terry Rozier (ankle) Questionable
  • Gordon Hayward (shoulder)
  • Jaren Jackson Jr. (foot) OUT
  • Stephen Curry (B2B)
  • Draymond Green (B2B)
  • Klay Thompson (B2B)
  • Brandon Ingram (concussion) questionable
  • Herbert Jones (knee) Questionable
  • Fred VanVleet (back) Questionable
  • Damian Lillard (calf) Questionable
  • Deandre Ayton (ankle) OUT
  • Khris Middleton (wrist)
  • James Harden (foot) OUT
  • Kyrie Irving (suspended) OUT
  • Jimmy Butler (hip) OUT
  • Anthony Edwards (illness) Questionable
  • Donovan Mitchell (ankle) Questionable
  • Bam Adebayo (knee) Questionable
  • Anfernee Simons (foot) Questionable

Basic games

Ja Morant (PG – MEM): $10,100 DraftKings, $9,900 FanDuel
Ja has been on a mission this season. The MVP contender has scored at least 36 DraftKings points in all but one contest, averaging 31.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game. He’s just doing everything for this Grizzlies offense, and he should go crazy against the Hornets. Charlotte is 7th in pace and 19th in points allowed while yielding the sixth most fantasy points to opposing point guards. In their two meetings last season, Morant averaged 49 points against them.

Paul George (SG/SF – LAC): $9,500 DraftKings, $8,800 FanDuel
It was a struggle for George in the first two weeks, but he felt it this week. Over the last two games, PG13 had 63 points, 13 rebounds, 13 assists and seven steals. It’s no surprise since he does everything in Kawhi’s absence, compiling a 35% utilization rate with Leonard on the ground. San Antonio is also a spectacular game, second in pace and 27th in defensive efficiency.

Darius Garland (PG – CLE): $6,900 DraftKings, $7,900 FanDuel
Garland broke out last season with nearly 40 fantastic points per game, and it looks like he’s entering superstar territory. The point guard returned from an eye problem on Wednesday, posting 29 points, five rebounds, 12 assists and three steals in one of the best performances of his career. That kind of advantage is frightening for Detroit’s disastrous defense, ranked 29th in defensive efficiency ratings.


Gambling Considerations

Luka Doncic (PG–DAL): $12,400 DraftKings, $11,800 FanDuel
Doncic leads all players with a 40% usage rate, and he becomes the safest player in DFS. The usage dog has scored at least 56 fantastic points in every game this season, averaging 36.1 points, 8.9 rebounds and 9.0 assists per game. That floor makes him an easy sell on every slate, and we don’t mind that he averaged 34 points, 11.5 rebounds and 9.5 assists in two meetings with Toronto last season.

Tyrese Maxey (PG/SG – PHI): $6,500 DraftKings, $8,200 FanDuel
Maxey is in the middle of a breakout season, and it’s scary to think how handsome he’ll be without James Harden. The Beard is out for a month with a foot injury, and that should skyrocket Maxey’s usage and shot attempts. That’s great considering his recent form, with Tyrese averaging 45 points over his last five games. We’re also not worried about him facing a Knicks team that has a 25th OPRK against opposing point guards.

Jarrett Allen (C – CLE): $6,600 DraftKings, $6,800 FanDuel
Detroit was DFS’s best game, and we know Allen will relish this lackluster defense. The big man has double-digit rebounds in all but one game, averaging 12.3 points and 12 rebounds. A guaranteed double-double is a godsend from a cash game player, and that makes Allen a heck of a lot less than $8,000.


MPE targets

Al Horford (PF/C – BOS): $5,200 DraftKings, $5,400 FanDuel
It’s been a nightmarish start to the season for Big Al, but the veteran will go for it. He’s averaging almost a fantastic 40 points per game when Robert Williams was out last season, and it’s only a matter of time before he comes back in value. We say this because Horford is below $6,000 at both sites, and we really believe he will be a $7,000 player in the near future. He’s showing signs of returning to that player, scoring 34 DraftKings points in 40 minutes on Wednesday. That playing time is incredible from such a cheap player, and we love that Al averaged 37 DK points per game in three meetings with the Bulls last year.

Marcus Morris Sr.(SF/PF – LAC): $5,400 DraftKings, $5,700 FanDuel
Those players on the Clippers need to step up in Kawhi’s absence. Morris has been that guy for most of last year, averaging nearly 30 DK points per game. That would be quite the tally for such an affordable player, and we’re encouraged to see him averaging 32 points over his last four games. We’ve already discussed how bad San Antonio’s defense has been, yielding the fifth most fantasy points to opposing forwards.

P. J. Washington (PF/C – CHA): $5,800 DraftKings, $6,300 FanDuel
Washington will be a good GPP option all season. The talented big man has scored at least 39 DraftKings points three times this year but failed to break 21 DK points four times. That’s why it sits in that $6,000 price range, but we expect to see one of those cap games here. The Grizzlies rank 26th in points allowed and are really struggling in the power forward position with JJJ out for the first few months.


Value Games

Tre Jones (PG–SAS): $6,200 DraftKings, $6,500 FanDuel
Devin Vassell, Josh Richardson and Keldon Johnson have been some of the best players on this team, but all three guys are nicked right now. That leaves Jones as one of the only remaining options, averaging a fantastic 31 points per game since taking over as the starting point guard last season. If we’re going to stack the Clippers, we need to raise it with Tre.

Jordan Poole (SG–GSW): $6,500 DraftKings, $6,500 FanDuel
It’s a hunch, but I have a feeling Golden State is going to rest a few regulars here. It’s the second half of a straight set, and Curry, Klay and Draymond are all in play to sit down. If those three guys are out, it’s gonna be a Poole Party. He has a 34% utilization rate with those three guys on the ground since the start of last year, averaging 1.3 DK points per minute. He’ll be in every lineup, but he has to be in yours if those three end up sitting out. Even if it’s just Curry, make Poole part of your lineup.

Cameron Johnson (SF–PHX): $5,700 DraftKings, $4,500 FanDuel
CJ got off to a terrible start, but he’s starting to find his footing. Cam recorded a season-high in fantasy points in three straight outings, averaging 36 DK points per game over 30 minutes per night during that span. That’s all you can ask of such an affordable player, and it’s clear that Phoenix is ​​asking Johnson to do more in Ayton’s absence. Portland is no game to worry about, ranked 29th in total defense last year.


Advantageous pricing

***

Joel Bartilotta is a featured writer for FantasyPros. To learn more about Joel, check out his archive and follow him @Bartilottajoel.