DFS - Fantasy Basketball - NBA FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice - 11/6/18
NBA - Main Slate (7:00 PM) - FanDuel Lineup - 11/6/18 - INITIAL THOUGHTS
NBA – Fantasy Basketball – Fanduel Lineup, Picks, & Advice – 11/6/18
Update (6:04 PM) - Hi Everyone! Made some minor adjustments. With the extra minutes that Bembry might get tonight with Prince out, I decided I wanted to get him in my lineup. To make room, I replaced Ilyasova with Zack Collinis who has upside, but will probably be my low-score player of the night. Imagie is updated below! Good Luck!
We have a 4-game slate for Tuesday, November 6th and let’s take a look at the games, key injuries, and our initial FanDuel lineup.
This is just my initial lineup based on information we have available in the morning. Injuries play a huge role in our DFS lineup so please check back later! If I have to make a real last minute update due a late injury or a starting lineup change in which I don’t have the time to update the website, I’ll post it on my Twitter (@BrettCU05) so make sure you hit that “follow” button!
Games/Lines (As of 12:45 PM)
7:00pm – Atlanta at Charlotte (Spread: CHA -11.5; O/U 232)
8:30pm – Washington at Dallas (Spread: WAS -1; O/U 226)
9:00pm – Brooklyn at Phoenix (Spread: BKN -2; O/U 219.5)
10:00pm – Milwaukee at Portland (Spread: MIL-2.5; O/U 229)
Key Injuries/Inactive Players
ATL/CHA – John Collins (Ankle) – Out; Taurean Prince (Ankle) – Doubtful;
WSH/DAL – Otto Porter Jr. (Toe) – Probable; TJ Warren (Back) – GTD; Dirk Nowitzki (Ankle) - Out
BKN/PHX – DeMarre Carroll (Ankle) – Doubtful
MIL/POT – Maurice Harkless (Knee) - Out
PG – Kemba Walker (CHA) - $9,200
PG – Trae Young (ATL) - $7,500
SG – Luka Doncic (DAL) - $8,100
SG – Kris Middleton (MIL) - $7,200
SF – Nicolas Batum (CHA) - $6,700
SF – Dorian Finney-Smith (DAL) - $3,600
PF – Ersan Ilyasova (MIL) - $5,500
PF – Markieff Morris (WAS) - $5,300
C – Dwight Howard (WSH) - $6,800
Let’s kick off our initial lineup and go right out to the Atlanta/Charlotte match-up as we’re going to take both point guards in this matchup in Kemba Walker (PG) & Tray Young (PG).
Kemba Walker has slowed down a bit over his last two games after a torrid start to this season, however, I’m not shying away from Walker who has a 32.9% usage rate and is in the highest O/U of the night. Walker comes into this game averaging 28.0 ppg, 5.8 apg, & 4.3 RPG and faces a Hawks team that ranks just 26th in defensive efficiency agianst PG.
Charlotte has done a decent job defending the point-guard position however, I’m still rolling with Trae Young as the dynamic rookie out of Oklahoma has looked outstanding as of late and is coming off one of his best games in his young career as he posted 24 points, 15 assists, & 6 rebounds in the Hawks victory over the Heat on Saturday. On the season, Young is averaging 19.1 ppg, 7.9 apg, & 3.2 rpg and as Taurean Prince is doubtful tonight, I think Young will be putting up 20+ shots and will hit value.
I was originally going to go with Devin Booker, however, as he is still not 100% and was have a decent defender in Chris LeVert against him tonight, I’m going to go with Luka Doncic (SG) in the Dallas Mavericks. Doncic is a bit banged up with a slight ankle injury but was back at practice yesterday and is should be a full go tonight which is great as has a solid matchup agianst the Washington Wizards that have shown little to nothing on the defensive end this season. Doncic has had a great start to his NBA career as he is averaging 19.4 ppg, 4.6 apg, 6.6 rpg in 34.8 mpg. Doncic has an extremely high usage rate and his fantasy totals haven’t been affected with Harrison Barnes back in the lineup, I like Doncic tonight.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is just a bit too expensive tonight for my taste, however, as I still wanted to get some Bucks in my lineup, I’m happy to go with Khris Middleton (SG). Milwaukee has the 2nd highest implied scoring total on the night (114.5) and is going agianst a Portland team that ranks just 24th vs. SG. Middle is averaging 30+ minutes per game and although he has struggled a bit with his shot over his last three games, still comes into this game with an impressive stat line of 19.2 ppg, 3.9 apg, 5.1 rpg & 1.4 spg.
Nicolas Batum (SF) will be my 2nd Hornets players in my line up as Charlotte has by far the highest implied scoring total tonight at 120.8 and I think Batum is still just a bit too underpriced with his upside to go off for 40+ on any given night. Batum is player that can get it done in every fantasy category and comes into this game averaging 10.5 ppg, 4.1 apg, 6.5 rpg, & 1.2 spg. The Hawks rank 28th vs. the SF position and as Batum is getting 33.3 minutes/game, I think he can get us 35 FanDuel points tonight.
For my value/low scoring punt play of the night, I’m going back to Dallas to roster Dorian Finney-Smith (SF). Finney-Smith is coming off one of his better games of the season last Friday against the Knicks as he went off for 19 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals in 27 minutes. I like Finney-Smith as he has been seeing about 25.4 mpg and has gotten up an average of 8 shots per game over his last 3 games. I don’t expect another 35.4 FanDuel point performance from Finney-Smith however, I do like he has this kind of upside for just $3,600 in a good match against the Wizards that rank just 25th vs. SF.
At the PF position, we’re going to start off with Ersan Ilyasova (PF) of the Milwaukee Bucks. In a game that is projected to be close, I don’t mind going with Ilyasova who comes into this game averaging 9.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.4 apg & 0.8 spg in 23.1 mpg. Ilyasova has no issues putting up shots when he is open and you have to like the fact that he is shooting almost 40% from beyond the arc this season. Portland ranks 21st vs. the PF position and as Ilyasova is averaging about 26 FanDuel points over his last 5 games, I think he is a pretty safe pick tonight.
For my last two spots, I’m loading up on the Washington Wizards front-court in Markieff Morris (PF) and Dwight Howard (C) in their great matchup agianst the Dallas Mavericks.
Markieff Morris is coming off his best overall performance of the season as in 21 minutes against the Knicks, Morris put up 16 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks and a steal. Morris is averaging 12.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.3 apg & 1.1 bpg on the season and is up against a Dallas Mavericks team that ranks just 25th in defensive efficiency against the PF position.
Dallas might have DeAndre Jordon at the Center position, but that hasn’t slowed down opposing Centers putting up big fantasy days agianst the Mavericks in their last two games Mitchell Robinson (13 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, 3 steals) and JaVale McGee (16 points, 15 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 5 blocks) have put up monster performances. Howard has played in only two games this season due to a back injury, however, he is averaging 15.0 ppg & 6.5 rpg and it’s encouraging to see him go 31 minutes agianst the Knicks last Sunday while recording a double-double.
Check back later for updates!