NBA DFS Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings – 10/31/17

Welcome to another edition of ResearchFantasy’s NBA Breakdown. These picks are what I consider to be the best play of the day, relative to their price. One of the most important things we must consider in daily fantasy is how many points a player gets per dollar. It helps us identify value plays to pair with studs that we know will produce in order to maximize our potential points in lineups. I also try to identify plays that can be used in either cash games or tournaments. Typically, when I build my cash games, I am looking for players that have the best floor combined with good upside. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please let us know!

Pricing is FantasyDraft/FanDuel/DraftKings

GUARDS:

Russell Westbrook (22900/11100/11200) – This should be an awesome matchup between Westbrook and Giannis Antetekuonmpo. I put Westbrook here over Giannis because his price is starting to get uncomfortable. I understand he has been awesome, but we have not seen him sustain this level of play over a whole season. As a result, I will take the guy who is STILL almost averaging a triple double, and not doing it as loudly as he did last year. I think we can find enough value to get it done, and Westy is one of my favorites tonight.

Bogdan Bogdanovic (8900/4500/4300) – It is hard to know what to expect from Bogdan. He looked good in a blowout loss the other night, but that was with both George Hill and Zach Randolph out. I think he should still see minutes in the mid-20s and if he does, he should see fantasy production in the same vicinity. I do not think there is a ton of risk here, and he is someone I am keeping my eye on moving forward.

Ish Smith (6100/3700/3300) – So this jumps out at me right away. This is either going to be a smash spot or a let down spot. Ish may not be setting the world on fire, but he is doing enough to be more than this on DraftKings. On such a short slate, in a positive matchup where we are looking for value, Smith jumps off the page. I do think Lonzo plays solid enough defense, but he should avoid him for the most part, and should have a decent shot at 20 fantasy points.

FORWARDS/CENTERS:

Devin Booker (14000/7200/7900) – Booker is not a forward on FanDuel, but he is on DraftKings, so we are going to take advantage of that. The price is pretty crazy, but who cares? This is the Nets. They make everyone look better. I am sad this price is on a 4 game slate, because I do think some DFSers would jump past it, but I think it might force their hands tonight. We could see him hit the 50 fantasy point marker, and quite frankly, I would not be shocked to see him hit 50 real life points either.

Steven Adams (11900/6600/5800) – I know coming into the year I saw a lot of people who I respect in the industry say that Adams would lose out because of Carmelo and Paul George. Well, that simply has not been the case. The price is still very affordable, and he is someone that I want to use in my cash game lineups because I do think he has a solid floor. I

Alex Len (9200/4300/4800) – It is tough to know still exactly what the Suns are going to do, but Len is one of those guys that is 40 points waiting to happen. He will likely carry ownership because of the nature of the slate, but that does not mean I will limit my tournament exposure to him. He has shown for a few years now that he can come through with the double-double, and at his price, that would be an awesome thing.

Strategy

For me, the Brooklyn/Phoenix game is central to how this slate goes. If it does what we think it is going to do, then ownership will be a must when it comes to taking down big money.

If it busts, then having exposure to those other games is what will be the difference maker.

Thankfully, there is viability in playing in every game. That is always a plus, and should really help in a situation where there are such few games on the slate.

For a four game slate, this is going to be very fun, and I think we will see a non-traditional lineup take things down!

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