NBA DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for October 22, 2017
Today and the rest of the NBA DFS season, we’ll be writing up the guards, forwards, and centers we’re considering for our Cash and GPP lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel. As with any DFS sport, the advice below is relevant for daily fantasy purposes. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than in real life due to matchup, price, and more. This is important when constructing a roster. And if you’re looking for a new ways to play NBA DFS, be sure and give DRAFT a try with our promo code!
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10/22/17 NBA DFS TOURNAMENTS
DraftKings Four Point Play: $4 buy-in, $150k guaranteed
DraftKings Crossover: $33 buy-in, $50k guaranteed
FanDuel Monster: $333 buy-in, $40k guaranteed
FanDuel Clutch Shot: $4 buy-in, $150k guaranteed
FanDuel Slam: $33 buy-in, $50k guaranteed
PLAYERS RULED OUT
Rajon Rondo (groin)
Solomon Hill (hamstring)
Alex Ajinca (knee)
Best NBA DFS Plays for October 22, 2017
Dennis Schroder @ BKN ($7.7k DraftKings, $8.8k FanDuel)
It’s tough to pay up for Russell Westbrook on the second half of his B2B set, especially if you want to play Anthony Davis and/or DeMarcus Cousins in their choice matchup. Yet you can still get a high-volume scoring PG in Schroder at a much cheaper price tag, a strategy that makes sense in cash games this Sunday. Schroder’s facing the fastest-paced team in the NBA and he averaged 22.5 PPG and 7.8 APG over 4 meetings with Brooklyn last year. Now he’s posting a lofty 34.6% usage rate as the main man for Atlanta and won’t have much trouble blowing past D’Angelo Russell in this road tilt.
Lonzo Ball vs. NO ($6.9k DraftKings, $7.1k FanDuel)
His NBA debut was a borderline disaster, but Ball quickly bounced back with a great performance in easier matchup, falling just one assist shy of a triple double in a 132-130 shootout against the Suns on Friday. Now his Lakers host a Pelicans team that’s ranked 28th in defensive rating so far this year and has given up the sixth-most FPPG (48.57) and fourth-most RPG (6.15) to opposing PGs over the last two seasons. Ball’s size and basketball instincts gives him a great floor as a rebounder and he’s bound to grow more comfortable on offense after getting a few NBA games under his belt.
Spencer Dinwiddie vs. ATL ($3.9k DraftKings, $4.4k FanDuel)
At least in the short-term, Dinwiddie seems poised to benefit most from Jeremy Lin’s season-ending knee injury. The combo guard out of Colorado produced 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists over 25 minutes in a win over Orlando on Friday and logged 15 FGA in the Nets uptempo system. Dennis Schroder has so much on his plate offensively that his defense may suffer and the Hawks have been mediocre defensively thus far.
Others to Consider: Russell Westbrook, Jrue Holiday, Kent Bazemore, Marco Belinelli, Jordan Clarkson
Anthony Davis @ LAL ($10.6k DraftKings, $11.5k FanDuel)
Here’s where your excess salary should go on this short slate. The Brow has filled out over the offseason and that makes him both more durable and more physical on the boards, as he’s grabbed 35 rebounds through two appearances this year. He’s facing a Lakers team that’s given up the second-most FPPG (50.48) and most PPG (22.6) to opposing PFs over the last two seasons and allowed Davis to average 35.3 PPG over 3 meetings last year. Julius Randle has been pathetic defensively for the Lakers so far and clearly has had little success guarding AD.
Trevor Booker vs. ATL ($5.5k DraftKings, $5.6k FanDuel)
While he continues to come off the bench, Booker is the Nets best rebounder by far and he should earn more and more playing time if he continues to attack the glass. He’s posted an impressive 23.5% offensive rebounding rate and a 23.9% usage rate while mostly playing with the Nets second unit and would match up with rookie John Collins at times if both players come off the bench. Collins is not a great rebounder at this stage in his career, neither is starting Hawks PF Ersan Ilyasova, and the Nets breakneck pace of play can often lead to positive DFS results.
Brandon Ingram vs. NO ($5.2k DraftKings, $5.4k FanDuel)
Ingram has the green light for the rebuilding Lakers and he simply couldn’t get anything to fall in his season debut, but also bounced back against a poor Suns defense with 25 points on efficient 9-of-14 FG shooting to exceed value. The Pelicans are weakest on the wing, where natural PF Dante Cunningham is forced to log minutes at the 3, so Ingram might be able to exploit that matchup with his quickness.
Others to Consider: Paul George, Larry Nance Jr., Carmelo Anthony, Kyle Kuzma
Karl-Anthony Towns vs. OKC ($8.9k DraftKings, $9.9k FanDuel)
Towns has yet to come up with a monster game through two appearances this year and he’s priced very low on DK as a result. It’s only a matter of time before KAT clicks with his new teammates and starts seeing more looks, as his lack of DFS production is primarily the product of his modest 22.8% usage rate thus far. A matchup against Steven Adams and the Thunder may seem difficult, but Adams is very uncomfortable guarding on the perimeter, which helped KAT go for 28.5 PPG on 57% FG shooting, including 5-of-14 from three over 4 meetings with OKC last season.
Dewayne Dedmon @ BKN ($4.9k DraftKings, $5.5k FanDuel)
This is the boring, but safe value play at center on a slate where you can gamble in GPPs with Brook Lopez or really risk it by using burgeoning Nets center Jarrett Martin. Dedmon’s grabbed 14 rebounds with 4 blocks and 20 points while playing consistent minutes over his first 2 appearances for the Hawks this season. He’s posted a 27.2% defensive rebounding rate throughout his career and Brooklyn will clearly give up plenty of boards while playing at the fastest pace in the league once again.
Others to Consider: DeMarcus Cousins, Brook Lopez, Jarrett Martin