Every team will have a game in the books after tonight’s three-game slate. The 10/24 NBA DFS Game Previews get you ready to build your lineups.
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The Hawks go as PG Trae Young ($8,300, DraftKings) goes. Young averaged 37.7 Fantasy points per game last season at DK and has the potential to become a consistent 40-45 FPPG player. He’ll make for a more affordable alternative to James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Steph Curry. C John Collins ($7,300, DK) averaged 36.9 FPPG and should be strongly considered for NBA DFS if you want in for this game. SF De’Andre Hunter ($4,000, DK) makes his NBA debut; not one to consider here, but worth watching to see how he flows into things.
Andre Drummond ($8,300, DK) opened with 32 points and 23 boards on Wednesday and is a strong option at C. You’ll pay for the rebounds and blocks. The scoring will be there as the Pistons go without Blake Griffin. PG/SG Derrick Rose ($5,400, DK) had 29.3 FP off the bench on Wednesday, but it will be hard to invest in a repeat effort. PG/SG Reggie Jackson ($5,300, DK) played just 20 minutes on Wednesday, so give Rose the edge here. Luke Kennard ($4,700, DK) scored 30 in the opener and is a value play considering the Hawks had one of the Association’s worst defenses.
Reigning league MVP and NBA DFS star Giannis Antetokounmpo ($12,200, FanDuel) will be the anchor in the bulk of formats. SG Khris Middleton ($7,600, FD) offers premium scoring and should be able to hit his 33 FPPG rate of 2018-19. This might be one matchup that won’t fit C Brook Lopez ($5,800, FD), as he will be shadowed by Rockets C Clint Capela ($8,400, FD). PG Eric Bledsoe ($7,000, FD) is a game time decision (ribs), but I’d put good money that he’ll be in the starting lineup. He was seventh in steals (1.48) last season, yet this is one game where he’ll be overshadowed in that category.
The Rockets’ Great Experiment begins with PG Russell Westbrook ($10,000, FD) joins SG James Harden ($11,400, FD). The two combined for over 113 Fantasy points per game last season, and while there will be nights they’ll achieve this, tonight isn’t the night to stack them together. Give Harden the edge as the Bucks were 28th in stopping opposing SGs last season. Capela will still get enough trash baskets to merit starting him. He averaged 39.09 FPPG at FD last season and should be the best play outside of Drummond at C. Streaky SF Eric Gordon ($4,900, FD) is perhaps the only other Rockets player worth considering.
No shock here: SF Kawhi Leonard ($9,800, FD) is the best option on the Clippers, having scored 47.7 FD points on Tuesday. The Warriors are thin up front, making PF/C Montrezl Harrell ($7,000, FD) something of a bargain as he amassed 34.4 FD in the win over the Lakers. SG Lou Williams ($6,900, FD) could exceed the 38.5 FP he scored on Tuesday as he won’t have to worry about Klay Thompson blanketing him. He’s a good pairing with Westbrook in the backcourt. SF Moe Harkless ($4,900, FD) surprised with 32.79 FP on Tuesday coming off the bench.
NBA DFS King PG Steph Curry ($10,300, FD) will have the green light to attempt 25-30 shots. This could be a 50-55 FP night for him as the Warriors look to discover who else can offer offense outside of him and PF Draymond Green ($8,000, FD), who should be a good option up front. SG D’Angelo Russell ($8,200, FD) makes his Golden State debut. His style should fit well with the Warriors’ game pace. C Kevon Looney ($6,400, FD) has value now that he will see extended minutes as a starter. Those who love a deep toss of a gamble will like PF Marquese Chriss ($3,800, FD), whose athleticism and upside might have finally found a home after spending last season as a bench player with the Rockets and Cavaliers.
Stephen Curry — Fifth in scoring last season, Curry will have a chance to compete for a scoring title as he takes the bulk of a Warriors offense without injured Klay Thompson and the departed Kevin Durant.
Kawhi Leonard — He was right behind Curry among last year’s top scorers. He was 10-for-19 from the field (1-for-5 beyond the arc) and 9-for-10 from the free throw line in his Clippers debut on Tuesday night.
My Pick — Curry has no Plan B around him, so don’t be shocked if he attempts 25-plus shots. Leonard will be the top scoring option in the Clips’ starting five, but elite sixth man SG Lou Williams has the potential to lead the team in scoring each night. It may not do wonders for Curry’s field goal percentage, but I’ll take him at the Over, with Leonard just scraping the under.
Brandon C. Williams has covered Fantasy Sports since 2013 when he was selected as a finalist for the FSWA Newcomer of the Year. He is an award-winning writer/editor who has been in sports media for 30 years, having worked with likes of the Houston Chronicle, Fox Sports Net, CBSSports.com, Rivals.com and RotoExperts.com. Brandon is a Fantasy Content writer for the Canadian Football League and will begin his second season as a Fantasy Football Columnist for the Associated Press.
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