NBA DFS Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings – 11/13/17

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!

We are headed (I think) into the fifth week of the NBA season – time sure does fly!

We have some injuries that could certainly open up value for things tonight, so lets get this thing started!

Pricing is FantasyDraft/FanDuel/DraftKings

GUARDS:

Devin Booker (14900/7400/8000) – Booker is the focus of the Suns right now, and that is the way it should be. It is a young team with some decent talent (Warren, James, Len, Jackson, Chriss), but Booker is the best of them all. A matchup against the Lakers should do well for him. There could be some concern that KCP defense would give him some trouble, but I think that he is likely to see more time that KCP first and foremost, and even if his scoring is affected, he can contribute through secondary stats. Despite his expanded role, I do still feel uncomfortable paying this much for him, but will continue to do so for this prime matchup.

Lonzo Ball (12900/7600/7300) – If you have read this article at points this year, you will undoubtedly know that I am a big fan of Ball from a fantasy perspective. He is a hustler, and he finds a way to get himself involved in all facets of the game. The Suns are a fast paced team that lack both defense and discipline, as well as the fact that they still make poor decisions with the ball. This past weekend saw Ball notch his first triple double, and I highly doubt we have seen him done in that category yet. This game sets up perfectly for him to explode again, and despite the increase in price, I want some shares of him tonight.

Will Barton (12700/6100/6000) – Will Barton has been one of the best fantasy players over the last two years. Since coming over from the Blazers, he has been a huge part of what the Denver Nuggets do, and is a solid threat to be the sixth man of the year. Gary Harris remains banged up, and while his status is unclear at the time of this writing, missing the game would put Barton in line for huge minutes. He will not be shy about trying to get himself involved in the game, and Mike Malone has seemingly green lit his style of play. We just saw him reach 50 fantasy points and the reality is that he could do the same thing if given the chance tonight.

FORWARDS/CENTERS:

Kristaps Porzingis (16500/9600/9600) – The Cavs suck. Well, they suck defensively at least. It sounds stupid saying this about guys like Porzingis and Giannis, but there is no one to guard him. Love cannot do it and neither can LeBron (who lets face it is not known for his defense). This is a game that the Cavs should run away with but will likely struggle in, especially with it being on the road. I will have a lot of Porzingis in the lineups I make tonight, and feel another 50 fantasy point game coming on.

Blake Griffin (14900/8400/8700) – Aside from the first few games of the year, I just really do not think we have seen the Blake Griffin I thought we would see. Much like the comment I made above with Kristaps, there is nothing that will work out here with the Sixers trying to guard Blake. Embiid will have his hands full with DeAndre, and I cannot imagine the combination of Simmons/Covington/Saric/Johnson doing much to stop Blake. I know he has 50+ point upside tonight, and I want to have some tournament exposure to him.

Derrick Favors (9000/5400/4600) – I forget a lot of the time that each year more and more players come to play DFS. I also know that, like me, DFS becomes addicting and you start moving in to new sports because you want to play as much as possible. I want to flashback to 2012-13. The front court of the Jazz was made up of Paul Millsap and Al Horford. They had budding young talent such as Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors. Kanter left the team a few years later once they felt comfortable with Gobert and his trajectory. In the meantime, though, Favors was certainly being looked at as the perfect compliment to Gordon Hayward as the one-two punch that the Utah Jazz would become. But then came the injuries. That let Gobert pass him in the eyes of fans and pundits alike, but now he has the time to regain his former stature within the organization. Minnesota is still not a strong defensive team, and while he could get into foul trouble with Towns, I think he should be able to go past 30 fantasy points.

Strategy

This is a really nice nine game slate that should play very nice for both cash games and tournaments.

The only game I am really not interested in tonight is SAC/WAS. That should be a blowout and it is hard to see anyone really crushing value.

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