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Daily Fantasy Basketball Cheat Sheet For 10/25/16

Daily Fantasy Basketball Cheat Sheet: October 25, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 10/25/16

October 25, 2016

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Here is my lineup for October 25th, 2016. Opening night on the NBA and we have 3 games on the docket including the defending champ Cavaliers hosting the new-look New York Knicks and the loaded Warriors against the Tim Duncan-less Spurs.

Here’s my lineup for today.

Daily Fantasy Basketball Cheat Sheet For 10/25/16

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Point Guard: Damian Lillard, POR

Opponent: vs. UTA

Salary: $8,500

Analysis: Most of the sheep will head towards taking Steph Curry on opening night, but I’m not down to pay an extra $1,100 for a point guard on a loaded Warriors team. Mainly because everyone is going to want what they feel is their fair share of the shots and until we see a method to that, I’m avoiding Curry. Instead, I’ll back Lillard who will have to shoulder the majority of the load for a Blazers squad that lacks in star power. Now although Utah is one of the better defensive teams in the league, they are banged up right now and missing a couple of key pieces. Not to mention Lillard averaged 28.7 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in 3 games against the Jazz last season. There’s always that one monster night in the first couple of days of a new season and I think Lillard has potential to be that guy here.

Shooting Guard: C.J. McCollum, POR

Opponent: vs. UTA

Salary: $6,300

Analysis: Considering that Tuesday is a small schedule to open the season, shooting guard is a position that is very, very thin, which is why I’m backing McCollum. McCollum has decent value in a spot where we will probably get at least 30 minutes out of him against a previously mentioned banged up Jazz team that is missing Gordon Hayward. His point guard flexibility when Lillard is on the bench makes him an intriguing play but it’s risky as McCollum is a volume shooter who relies on the 3 for momentum. However I feel that McCollum is the best option at the 2 on Tuesday night.

Small Forward: LeBron James, CLE

Opponent: vs. NYK

Salary: $9,000

Analysis: There’s this guy you may have heard of, I think his name is LeBron James. Ok all joking aside, the Cavs matchup with the Knicks could get ugly, as Cleveland will be riding the high of their first championship celebration in franchise history, and the first major four title for Cleveland since 1962. The Knicks on the other hand are still trying to fit all of their key pieces and find their footing. James has triple-double potential on any given night, and I like him to kick things off with a bang on Tuesday night.

Power Forward: Kevin Love, CLE

Opponent: vs. NYK

Salary: $7,000

Analysis: With how lots of teams are evolving by using a stretch 4, it’s made the power forward position in DFS very scarce and thin. The only problem with taking Love is that he is the 3rd offensive option behind LeBron and Kyrie Irving, which makes you wonder is the price tag is worth it. However considering Love’s ability to shoot the 3 and possibly grab a few rebounds here and there, I am willing to take a shot in a game that could see the wealth spread amongst the big 3.

Center: Rudy Gobert, UTA

Opponent: @ POR

Salary: $7,000

Analysis: The reason that this pick makes me queasy is that I’m relying solely on Gobert’s defense to get me points. Gobert has not been known for his offensive ability, but rather for his getting after it on defense. Gobert averaged only 9 points in 30-plus minutes last season, however he countered that by logging 11 boards per game. Gobert has been called the stifle tower, and with how banged and bruised the Jazz are on opening night, he may be called upon to do more offensively that in recent memory.

Guard Flex: J.R. Smith, CLE

Opponent: vs. NYK

Salary: $4,100

Analysis: No real logic behind my backing of Smith here, just a gut feeling more than anything. Like I said before, Cleveland will be thunderous tonight after kicking off their first season after winning a championship for the first time in franchise history. Smith is a 3-point threat but also has a trigger finger and hoists up unnecessary shots. However from a value perspective, I’m willing to take the risk on Smith.

Forward Flex: Joe Johnson, UTA

Opponent: @ POR

Salary: $4,300

Analysis: The only reason for me taking Johnson is that he is a valuable option on a thin opening night. The pick makes me queasy but it has some upside provided that Johnson gets the start in place of injured starter Gordon Hayward. Johnson can play solid defense when he wants to, and is by no means a stud like he was in his days in Atlanta. However I think Johnson will do enough with what he is given on opening night.

Utility: Courtney Lee, NYK

Opponent: @ CLE

Salary: $3,700

Analysis: With how weak the shooting guard position looks on Tuesday, I’m okay with taking Lee as my utility, but I didn’t give myself much of a choice as he was my last pick. Lee has the potential to log a lot of minutes and can also be a valuable piece off of the bench is the Knicks use him correctly. However, the trick will be balancing him with a pair of teammates who don’t particularly prefer to pass the rock in Carmelo Anthony and now Derrick Rose. Assuming both stay healthy of course.

Salary Remaining (Out of a $50,000 budget): $100

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