NBA GPP Plays 10/19/17
Prices listed are Fanduel unless otherwise noted.
My NBA articles will mostly focus on Fanduel lineup construction since besides center, you need to play two at each position. The players recommended are usually still good plays on DraftKings unless the pricing is drastically different. Also, many players on DraftKings have dual position eligibility or may be listed at a different position. I will try to mention if there is a specific good play on DK based on price or position eligibility. These are my favorite plays at each position and maybe a value play or two.
We have an interesting small three game slate tonight. It is hard to fade Russell Westbrook on such a small slate. I would rather lose with him, than not have him and he goes for 70 fantasy points. So how much does his fantasy value take a hit with the additions of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony? His scoring should go down a little, but his assists should stay the same or even go up. I am not finding a roster I love that does not have Westbrook in it. We will have to take a stand somewhere, but I don’t think it’s with Russell.
Russell Westbrook – See above, almost must play on three-game slate.
Kyle Lowry – The next best point guard on the slate, pairing him with Westbrook has big upside.
Patrick Beverley – I like him at only $5400 taking over the point guard duties for the Clippers.
Tim Hardaway Jr. – He’s $5500 and think he can do as well as Justin Holiday for $1000 less.
The $4700 crew – Lou Williams, Norman Powell, and Jordan Clarkson are all $4700 on Fanduel. All three are in play and could even pair two of them to pay up at other positions.
Demar Derozen – This is one of the spots I am taking a stand tonight. He has the upside, but I like other high-priced options better. I won’t fault you for playing him though.
Paul George – He did well in the preseason playing with Westbrook. Don’t know who on the Knicks can guard him.
C.J. Miles – We will have to pay down somewhere, if not playing George, small forward is the other option besides shooting guard to do so.
Brandon Ingram – At $5800 he can get to 5x or 6x tonight. Prefer him over Danilo Gallinari who is $1000 more.
Blake Griffin – Probably having him and Westbrook in the same lineup is the best way to attack the slate.
Carmelo Anthony – Revenge narrative against former team the Knicks. He could go off.
Kyle Kuzma or Larry Nance Jr.– The two low-priced options I like at power forward. Kuzma played well in the preseason and may take over down the line. But for now, they are almost interchangeable at $4800 and $4900.
Jonas Valanciunas – The lowest priced of the starting centers, has the same upside of all of them except maybe DeAndre Jordan.
Robin Lopez – Priced $1800 less than his brother Brook, low floor, high ceiling.
Enes Kanter – Priced slightly higher than teammate Willy Hernangomez should be one of lowest owned centers.
I’m fading DeAndre Jordan – Priced too high for me tonight. I will be paying down at center. But he does have the highest ceiling of all centers on the slate.
I find most of my rosters have Westbrook, Griffin and one other stud. Either Lowry, George or Anthony is the question. If you have a strong feeling one way or the other go with your gut. If you are entering more than one lineup, I would mix it up.
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