NBA DFS Picks – 10/20/16

That’s right ladies and gentlemen: we only have two days left in the preseason! This, followed by a two day break, will lead to an epic opening night of basketball featuring million dollar contests being offered for a slate of three games. This is going to be a huge year of NBA DFS and I cannot wait until we get into it and start winning money! With that said, here are our top plays for the night:

POINT GUARD:

Kemba Walker – Walker is a guy I like to take another step forward this year, and it all starts in the preseason. He has a lot to prove still, despite being a pretty darn good point guard. It will be a fun battle between he and Goran Dragic tonight. I like him to be able to put up a strong outing on a short slate of games.

Goran Dragic – On the opposite side of the matchup, Dragic is a guy I am going to want to have a lot of exposure to. He is going to be the number two in this offense, as well as being the main facilitator. He should be able to put up a strong game against Charlotte in what should be a true showdown between he and Kemba.

Elfrid Payton – Payton has been kind of a train wreck in this preseason, but I still think there is a reason to play him in this game. First, he was getting assists and steals in the last few games, and his scoring had improved, despite field goal percentage being poor. If he is able to improve on that, he could be a guy that takes you to the promised land tonight.

SHOOTING GUARD:

Evan Fournier – Fournier has shown pretty strong this preseason, and on a short slate like this, he’s a guy I definitely feel like I want to get into my lineups. He’s got a ton of upside with shooting, and can chip in with assists, boards and steals too. With the team getting healthy, he’s still getting his, and that is pretty important to me.

ETwaun Moore – Buddy Hield struggled in his first start, and with Moore coming back, I could certainly see Moore getting the starting nod, and he’s a producer when he gets the ball in his hands. He was impressive last year in Chicago, and in a similar situation in New Orleans, I don’t know why it wouldn’t be the same.

Dion Waiters – Waiters has done pretty well for himself in the preseason, so I want to give him a look here tonight. The Heat doesn’t seem to know quite yet how they want to use him, which bodes well for him, as they should be giving him a strong look down the stretch. I’m not expecting anything crazy, but I think he could very well have a good game tonight.

SMALL FORWARD:

Jimmy Butler – The small forward position leaves a lot to be desired tonight, so I’m probably going to be rolling out the top options and plugging in my value plays elsewhere. Jimmy Buckets is a great basketball player, and can be an elite DFS player as well. He’s probably not going to see the time to do tons of damage, but a 30 point outing isn’t out of the question.

Carmelo Anthony– Carmelo is sitting out the game as I am writing this, so I would have to assume he would be locked and loaded in the lineup tonight. The Nets are woeful defensively, and Carmelo is still one of the better scorers in the game. If he’s in the lineup, he should be in yours. It really is as simple as that.

Bojan Bogdanovic – Bojan has been pretty quiet overall this preseason, but we know from history that is more of an anomaly than anything. He is a terrific shooter, and I expect he’ll see plenty of time off the bench to try to keep his team in the game. He makes a great option in tournaments to change up from the high priced options.

POWER FORWARD:

Anthony Davis – I have absolutely no idea why the Pelicans would risk losing Antony Davis for a longer amount of time, but I’m imagining this is the scenario: they think he’s fine, he plays, he gets hurt, he missed the first 10 games of the season. For those of you drafting him Top 5 in your fantasy leagues, congratulations, you are the Cleveland Browns of NBA fantasy: you lost before the season started. Anyway, if he plays, he’s got the highest upside at the position and he’s worth a play.

Serge Ibaka – Ibaka disappointed me last time out, as I definitely expected him to be able to dominate and he came through with a mostly ho-hum outing. I’m betting that he turns that around tonight against the Pelicans, and I’m betting that he is able to put up a really nice outing to reward his owners.

Willie Reed – Reed is only in play if Whiteside is out again, but if he is, this is a no brainer, and will also see a ridiculously high ownership level. He’s not a great shooter, but he can rebound very well, and could be a candidate to hit that double-double bonus over on DraftKings. On a short slate with Whiteside out, he’s a safe play.

CENTER:

Dwight Howard– Honestly, at this point, there is no reason to play any other center with Howard on the slate because he has been absolutely insane. I cannot imagine things changing tonight, as Howard will go up against Robin Lopez, and quite frankly, that isn’t even fair. He’s going in my lineups no questions asked.

Bismack Biyombo – Biyombo got rested on Tuesday, so I am fully expecting him to be in the lineup tonight. He’s got elite rebounding potential, and if he gets positioned properly, he can end up with some easy points as well. He’s got his risks, but the rewards are there as well.