DFS - Fantasy Basketball - NBA DraftKings Lineup, Picks & Advice - 10/28/18
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We have a 3-game slate for Sunday, October 28th and let’s take a look at the games, key injuries, and our initial DraftKings lineup.
This is just my initial lineup based on the information we have available in the morning. Injuries play a huge roll in our DFS lineups so please come back later! If it’s a real last minute update in which I don’t have time to update the website, I’ll post it on my Twitter (@BrettCU05) so make sure you hit that “follow” button!
7:00pm – Phoenix at Oklahoma City (Spread: OKC -12.5; O/U 219)
7:00pm – Utah at Dallas (Spread: UTH -5; O/U 214)
9:30pm – Washington at LA Clippers (Spread: LAC -4; O/U 228.5)
Key Injuries/Inactive Players
Russell Westbrook (Shoulder) – Active; Devin Booker (Hamstring) – Out; Dwight Howard (Back) – Out; Dennis Smith Jr. (Ankle) – Active; Markieff Morris (Illness) – GTD; DeMarre Carroll (Ankle) – Out; Dirk Nowitzki (Ankle) - Out; Derrick Favors (Knee) - Out
Update (6:21 PM) - Russell Westbrook is playing so I'm changing up my lineup a bit. I've decided to get away from both Schroder & George now that Russell Westbrook is back in the lineup. I've decided to go with Dennis Smtih Jr. at PG as I think he has some upside and paid up for Donovan Mitchell at SG. I'm going to go with Oubre Jr. as Morris might be out and even if he is not, he'll still get a good amount of playing time to do some damage. Everything else is pretty much the same, expect I'm putting Jae Crowder in at the Utility spot as he value/usage should get a bump in the right direction with Derrick Favors out due to a knee in jury.
Image is updated with current lineup.
PG - Ricky Rubio (UTA) – 5,400 – Ricky Rubio exploded last night as he easily put together his best game of the season last night against the New Orleans Pelicans, as he had a double-double with 28 points (8-14 FG), 12 assists, 6 rebounds, and a steal. I don’t expect that Rubio will be able to repeat that time of performance however, you have to love his match-up against the Dallas Mavericks who rank just 27th in team defense coming into this game and has allowed 113.5 ppg in their last two games. The Mavericks have been awful defending opposing PG’s this season as they currently rank 28th against the position and I think Rubio will be able to hit value tonight as in three games against the Mavericks last season, he averaged 16.3 ppg, 5.0 apg, 4.0 rpg, & 3.3 spg.
SG - Dennis Schroder (OKC) - $5,900 – DraftKings is making things easier for us than Fanduel is as because the 5PM GSW/BKN game isn’t part of the slate, we’ll know for sure if Westbrook will be going or not before the slate starts. As of right now, I’m going on the assumption that Westbrook is out and because of that, I’m getting Dennis Schroder in my lineup as in 30.0 mpg this season, the 5-year veteran is averaging 13.3 ppg, 7.0 apg, 4.3 rpg, & 1.3 spg. Schroder has put up double-digit shots in each of his 4 games this season and I expect that more FG’s will start to fall for him as he is shooting just 30.0% from the field and 29.4% from beyond the arc. Schroder put up an impressive 46.75 point performance agianst a fast paced team in Golden Start to open his season and as I think the match-up agianst the Suns is great for Schroder, I love him tonight if Westbrook doesn’t play.
SF - Paul George (OKC) - $8,300 - Similar Dennis Schroder, I’m currently going with Paul George on the basis that I believe Russell Westbrook won’t be suiting up tonight. The good thing about George is that he still is save if Russell Westbrook gives it a go as on the season he is averaging 24.5 ppg, 3.0 apg, 6.0 rpg, & 2.5 spg. Phoenix comes into this game ranking 28th in team defense and hasn’t been great agianst the SF position as they rank just 21st vs. the position. George has put up a ton of shots this season, putting up 20+ shots per game and as I expect his shooting percentage (36.7% FG; 28.6% 3P) to improve, I don’t think it will be long until we see George putting up 50+ DraftKings nights.
PF - Jerami Grant (OKC) - $4,100 – Jerami Grant and Patrick Patterson were in a battle throughout preseason for the starting PF spot and although Patterson started the first 4 games, it looks like Grant has already passed him as he got the start in the Thunder’s previous game against the Celtics. Even if Patterson starts, Grant has been playing much more and in 28.8 mpg, he is averaging 7.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.5 apg & 2.0 bpg. Grant has a great match-up against the Phoenix Suns who rank just 28th against the PF position and as I’m encouraged that he has put up double-digit shot attempts over his last two games, I think Grant has some nice value tonight.
C – Deandre Ayton (PHO) – $7,700 – Deandre Ayton has been impressive so far in his NBA career as the rookie out of Arizona is currently averaging 17.8 ppg, 10.2 rpg, & 4.0 apg in 30.8 mpg this season and the scariest part, is that I think that he is only going to be getting better. Ayton has been unbelieve over his last two games as he has combined for 46 points on 23 of 27 shooting, while also adding 19 rebounds, 8 assists, and 3 blocks. Oklahoma City currently is ranked just 21st vs. the Center position on the season and as Ayton has had 43.5+ DraftKings points in each of his last three games, I think Ayton will be able to continue to impress tonight.
G – Isaiah Canaan (PHO) - $4,400 – I need some value at the guard position, and I’m going to be taking a chance with the Suns starting PG, Isaiah Canaan. Canaan is averaging just 9.0 ppg, 3.4 apg, & 4.0 rpg however, I do like the fact that he is getting almost 30 mpg. Oklahoma City hasn’t fared well agianst PG position this position as they rank 30th in the NBA against the position. I’m not looking for much out of this position tonight as of right now and will be happy if Canaan can get me 20 points.
F - Montrezl Harrell (LAC) -$5,200 – I just don’t understand how Montrezl Harrell’s price is still this low. Harrell is averaging just 20 mpg on the season however, has put up an impressive stat line of 13.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.2 bpg, & 1.0 spg. Harrell has been by far the best presence down low for the Clippers and it looks as if he is starting to earn more playing time as he has averaged 25.0 mpg over his last three games. Harrell is shooting an impressive 60.5% from the field and 91.7% from the FT-line this season and between the fact that he has registered at least 2 blocks in every game this season and that he is averaging 39.0 DraftKings points over his last three games, I think Harrell as some of the best value on the board.
Utility – John Wall (WAS) - $9,000 – I’m worry a bit about a blowout with the Golden State/Brooklyn game so instead of going with Curry, I’m going to be spending up for John Wall of the Washington Wizards. Wall comes into this game averaging 21.2 ppg, 7.6 apg, 3.0 rpg, 1.8 bpg, & 1.8 spg. Wall is coming off one of his best games of the season as in 37 minutes agianst Sacramento, he put up 26 points (9-20 FG), 8 assists, 2 rebounds, 3 blocks, & 3 steals. The Clippers have been the best defense agianst SG’s which should make life tough on Beal, however, they ranked just 23rd in defense agianst PG’s and as Wall will have a bit higher usage tonight, I think he can put up another 52+ point game tonight.