Daily Fantasy Basketball Cheat Sheet For 10/26/16
Daily Fantasy Basketball Cheat Sheet: October 26, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 10/26/16
October 26, 2016
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Here is my lineup for October 26th, 2016. After a slow opening night we finally get a solid schedule with 10 games on the schedule and lots to choose from.
Here’s my lineup for today.
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Point Guard: Russell Westbrook, OKC
Opponent: @ PHI
Analysis: With the departure of Kevin Durant for the bright lights of Golden State, the focus of carrying the Thunder shifted squarely onto the shoulders of Westbrook. Before the season has even started there are rumblings that Westbrook is an early front-runner for the MVP if the Thunder have a strong season, and against a subpar 76ers team that hasn’t been good for a few years now, I think Russ makes a strong early statement for his case in an OKC blowout.
Shooting Guard: James Harden, HOU
Opponent: @ LAL
Analysis: I decided to try something to start this season, as I haven’t been doing DFS basketball for long. I saw that Westbrook and Harden are both projected to score over 50 points tonight so I figured stash them and try to find value elsewhere. The key for Harden is a new system under a new coach in Mike D’Antoni, who has been famous for his 8 seconds or less offense, which plays right into Harden’s M.O. Once teams start to tighten up on Harden’s shot, that should leave the door open for some nice assist numbers against a Lakers squad that doesn’t have much going for them heading into this season.
Small Forward: DeMarre Carroll, TOR
Opponent: vs. DET
Analysis: I thought Carroll was one of the best values on the board at any position on Wednesday. I’ll concede that it’s a bit of an iffy pick considering Carroll was not good in his first season with Toronto, a season marred by poor performances compounded by injuries. However his upside is hard to ignore with how he gets after it defensively and especially if his shot starts to fall. This game could potentially come down to the wire even though Toronto has become a tough place to play, which means Carroll could find himself with a lot of minutes late if that happens.
Power Forward: Julius Randle, LAL
Opponent: vs. HOU
Analysis: I think people are quick to forget that Julius Randle averaged a double-double last season because it was the worst season in Lakers history. Randle notched 34 double-doubles as a matter of fact last season, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he upped that total this season as he’s probably due for an increase in playing time and now he has a season of NBA experience under his belt. Now the reason I selected Randle on Wednesday is the same reason why I selected Harden. Houston has a new head coach, so even though the Rockets are professionals who know how to play defense, it’s still going to take a while to get comfortable. Plus with the new 9 seconds or less offense, if a shot is missed it leaves Houston vulnerable to be countered on which is where I think the value lies with Randle who can grab boards with the best of them.
Center: Jonas Valanciunas, TOR
Opponent: vs. DET
Analysis: The departure of fellow big man Bismack Biyombo to the Magic leaves the door open for Valanciunas to average more than 28 minutes per game for the first time since the 2013-14 season. With only rookie Jakob Poeltl and third-string center Lucas Noguiera chasing him on the depth chart, Valanciunas can just worry about his game and grabbing rebounds against a weakened Pistons team that will be without point guard Reggie Jackson and will most likely hoist a ton of bad shots up leaving the door open for Valanciunas to clean the glass.
Guard Flex: Buddy Hield, NOP
Opponent: vs. DEN
Analysis: Hield could be a sneaky pick for fantasy owners on Wednesday. Hield finds himself in a sixth-man role at the start of the season as he was outperformed by E’twaun Moore in the preseason. However, the preseason is the preseason and if Hield can kick the turnover bug and improve his 3-point accuracy for New Orleans, he may find himself starting. As for Wednesday, I still like Hield in a role off of the bench in what will definitely be an emotional game for the Pelicans as I’m sure they will honor the passing of fallen teammate, Bryce Dejean-Jones.
Forward Flex: Terrance Ross, TOR
Opponent: vs. DET
Analysis: Ross has some insane athletic ability, and will find himself playing a huge part in this game coming off of the bench in relief of DeMar DeRozan and the aforementioned Carroll. I feel comfortable backing Ross especially with this price tag at a flex because it’s a low-risk, high-upside option if his 3-pointer is on.
Utility: Thomas Robinson, LAL
Opponent: vs. HOU
Analysis: This is a gut call more than anything, and it didn’t help that I didn’t have a lot of cash left to spend. However I think Thomas Robinson knows how lucky he is to have made the Lakers’ final 15-man roster after Yi Jianlian requested his release from the team earlier this week, and even though it was with Brooklyn, Robinson did close out last season, posting double-doubles in 6 of his last 7 games. Granted I don’t think he gets anywhere near that on opening night, but if it’s a blowout, you never know.
Salary Remaining (Out of a $50,000 budget): $0