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DFS - Fantasy Basketball - NBA FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice - 10/19/18

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NBA – Fantasy Basketball – FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice – 10/19/18

Update (6:03 PM) - Unsure about Russell Westbrook still at this point so I went a different direction and got Anthony Davis in the lineup. Harris won't get as many minutes with Crabbe back however, still should see enough time to get us a 25-30 point game if he has his shot falling in which should be a high scoring game against the Knicks. Image is updated below! Good Luck. 

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DFS - Fantasy Basketball - NBA FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice - 10/19/18

Hi everyone!

It was a solid night for us as our 320.4 – point performance had us easily cashing in both our GPP’s & 50/50’s last night. We decided to take Lebron James out of the lineup to create a more balanced team across the board which paid off with solid performances by John Wall (52.1 points), Ben Simmons (51.1 points), Josh Hart (39.3 points), Rodney McGruder (39.6 points), Josh Richardson (44.3 points), & Otto Porter Jr (40.2 points).

As you know, the NBA is a bit harder to update prior to the games as many of the starting lineups/final injury reports aren’t made available until minutes before tip-off so I’ll do my best to provide updates. The best way to receive any updates is following me on my twitter handle (@BrettCU05) or following the Sports Chat Place Facebook page and Fantasy Group page.

Let’s take a look at who we have going on the 9-game slate tonight!

Point Guard

Spencer Dinwiddie (BKN) - $5,500 – Spencer Dinwiddie showed us that his production last season was not an outliner on opening night has the 4-year veteran out of Colorado was outstanding in 32 minutes off the bench agianst Detroit as he ended up with 23 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, & 1 steal. Dinwiddie is behind DeAngelo Russell on the depth chart, however, I like him being the main option on the 2nd unit of the Nets, especially when he is going up agianst the New York Knicks who don’t have much in terms of defense on their 2nd unit. Dinwiddie is not just scoring dependent which is nice as he can certainly pile up some rebounds and assists and as the Nets have the 3rd highest implied total tonight at 110.75, I’m a fan of Nets tonight.

Elfrid Payton (NO) - $7,000 – Elfrid Payton ditched his signature haircut and looked like a different player in his debut for the New Orleans as although his shot is still a bit shaky, Payton recorded a triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds, & 10 assists in the Pelicans impressive road victory agianst the Rockets. Payton has always had a bunch of talent and is decent filling up a stat sheet as over his career he has posted averages of 11.2 ppg, 6.4 apg, 4.3 rpg however, this seems like it could be a special season for Payton as know he has some solid offensive weapons at his disposal in Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday, and Nikola Mirotic. New Orleans has the highest implied scoring total tonight agianst the Sacramento Kings at 120.75 and rightly so considering the Kings are coming off a season opening loss to the Jazz in which they allowed the slow-playing Jazz to score 123 points agianst them.

Shooting Guard

Tim Hardaway Jr. (NY) - $7,000 – I was originally putting Dennis Schroder in this spot as he is the same price and it looks as if Russell Westbrook will be out against however, decided to shift towards Tim Hardaway Jr. as I just like the match-up against the Nets better (I think Patrick Beverley can give Schroder some trouble…). Hardaway is the clear-cut scoring option for the Knicks and although he got off to a slow start in the Knicks season opener against the Hawks, Hardaway used a strong 2nd half to finished with a stat line of 31 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, & 2 steals. Hardaway Jr. put up an incredible 22 shots agianst the Hawks and as I expect Hardaway Jr. to have a break out season which we should consistently see 20+ shots, I think we need to roster him know while his price is still in this range.  

Caris LeVert (CHI) - $7,400 – As you can tell by now, I’m a fan of targeting the NY/BKN game and I loved what I saw from Caris LeVert in Brooklyn’s season opening victory against Detroit. In 34 minutes of action, LeVert put up an impressive stat line of 27 points (10-18 FG), 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, & a steal. LeVert looked more assertive than what we’ve seen in the past for the Nets on opening night and looks like he has no problem being the go-to scorer for Brooklyn as during the preseason he had at least 13 shots in each of the Nets four games. LeVert is athletic as anyone in the league which makes him capable of getting us points in a variety of ways and although we can’t expect him to shoot 55.6% from the field every night, I think LeVert in poised for a big season and don’t mind paying this price for him.

Small Forward

Paul George (OKC) - $9,200 – It’s tough say that Paul George didn’t have a great game considering he finished his season opener agianst the Golden State Warriors with 27 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, & 4 steals, however, after watching the game it just felt that George could have done so much more if he has his shot going, especially from behind the arc as he was just 4 for 12. George played 37.0 minutes in the season opener and I expect to see a similar workload tonight with Russell Westbrook likely to miss the game. I like this match-up against the Clippers who although have solid defenders in the backcourt with Avery Bradley & Patrick Beverley, don’t have anyone that has the size and strength to match-up with George. We’ll have to confirm that Westbrook is out however, if he is, I’m getting George in my lineup.

DeAndre’ Bembry ATL) - $3,600 – DeAndre’ Bembry is more of our “punt” option tonight with FanDuel allowing us to get rid of our lowest scoring player. Although we’re basically paying the min for Bembry, I think he has upside like we saw with Rodney McGruder last night who had a monster game with 39.6 points. I like Bembry as he has a similar game to Otto Porter Jr. of the Wizards in which he has the ability to really pile on the points with rebounds, assists, steals & blocks. Bembry was had some solid games down the stretch for the Hawks last season and I think we’ll see him more in the rotation of the 2nd unit this year as he went 23 minutes in the season opener, posting a stat lineup of 2 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, & 2 steals.

Power Forward

Domantas Sabonis (IND) - $5,600 – Domantas Sabonis has a nice first game of the season as he posted a double-double with 14 points, 15 rebounds, & 2 assists in 29 minutes in the 111-83 Pacers victory against the Bucks. Sabonis will be coming off the bench, however, he has a monster 1st half for the Pacers and it’s encouraging that we saw 29 minutes from him even though that number might have been a bit inflated as the game got out of hand quickly. Sabonis has a solid match-up against Bucks team and I’m not afraid of him losing minutes even if Milwaukee pulls away late in this one, I like his potential tonight as he can find ways to put the ball in the basket and can be a monster on the boards.

Nikola Mirotic (NO) - $7,200 – How happy do you think Nikola Mirotic must be knowing that he is on the court with Anthony Davis. This seems like the best possible scenario for Mirotic has he complements Davis great with his ability to stretch the floor and knock down the 3-pointer. Mirotic was a big reason the Pelicans had so much success against the Rockets in their season-opener as he in 30 minutes, Mirotic went for a double-double with 30 points (11-20 FG; 6-8 3P) 10 rebounds, & 3 assists. Mirotic isn’t shy putting up shots and with the amount of open looks he should get with teams doubling Davis, Mirotic will probably his best statistic season this year.   

Center

Enes Kanter (NY) - $7,500 – Kanter isn’t a flashy pick and there is always some risk with his minutes, but man does he produce when he is in the game. Kanter had a solid outing in New York’s 126-107 victory over the Hawks as the big-man had a double-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, & a steal in 27 minutes. Brooklyn has a nice up and coming center in Jarret Allen however, he just doesn’t have the size yet and experience yet to handle the bigger centers in the league as we just saw Allen and the Nets allowed Andre Drummond & Blake Griffin to combined for 50 points & 28 rebounds against them. Kanter averaged a double-double last season (14.1 ppg, 11.0 rpg) and if he gets another 25-30 minutes tonight, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him put up a line similar to Andre Drummond’s 24-point, 20 rebound performance agianst the Nets earlier this week.

Good Luck tonight!

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