NBA DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for October 24, 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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10/24/17 NBA DFS TOURNAMENTS
DraftKings Fall Festival Tuesday Shootaround: $20 buy-in, $325k guaranteed
DraftKings Four Point Play: $4 buy-in, $450k guaranteed
DraftKings Power Dunk: $444 buy-in, $600k guaranteed
FanDuel Monster: $360 buy-in, $250k guaranteed
FanDuel Clutch Shot: $4 buy-in, $400k guaranteed
FanDuel Slam: $33 buy-in, $150k guaranteed
PLAYERS RULED OUT
Myles Turner (concussion)
Elfrid Payton (hamstring)
Rajon Rondo (groin)
Marcus Morris (knee)
Zach Lavine (knee)
Kris Dunn (finger)
Nikola Mirotic (face)
Milos Teodosic (foot)
Sean Kilpatrick (personal)
Jeremy Lin (knee)
INJURY NEWS TO MONITOR
Tristan Thompson (knee)
Aaron Gordon (ankle)
Rodney Hood (calf)
Marcus Smart (ankle)
Best NBA DFS Plays for October 24, 2017
Damian Lillard vs. NO ($8.4k DraftKings, $9.9k FanDuel)
Because he’s more comfortable within his offensive system, Lillard is simply a better play than Kyrie Irving at this point and the fact that he’s priced below Irving on DK makes him a no-brainer tonight. The Pelicans are obviously stronger down low than on the perimeter, as they’ve given up the seventh-most FPPG (47.12) and sixth-most PPG (23.82) to opposing PGs so far this season. Dame averaged 27.7 PPG and shot 44% from downtown over 3 meetings with New Orleans last year and continues to produce even though C.J. McCollum returned from suspension, yet his price tag doesn’t reflect his lofty floor-ceiling combination.
D.J. Augustin vs. BKN ($5.1k DraftKings, $5.9k FanDuel)
Elfrid Payton is expected to be sidelined several games with a hamstring injury and Augustin immediately proved capable of stepping up with 12 points and 10 assists to exceed value in a surprising win over Cleveland on Saturday. Now he’ll look to lead the Magic in arguably the best matchup possible for a PG, as Brooklyn ranks second in pace and is giving up the second-most PPG (121.7) so far this season. Augustin averaged 17.8 points and 7.2 assists per 36 minutes with Denver back in 2015-16 and he’s starting to benefit as Orlando increases its pace of play.
Patrick Beverley vs. UTA ($4.8k DraftKings, $6.0k FanDuel)
With Milos Teodosic out indefinitely due to plantar fasciitis, Beverley’s role becomes much more secure. He logged 15 points and 5 steals over 26 minutes in a blowout win over Phoenix on Saturday and should see more time with the Clippers marginally favored at home against a tough Utah team. The Jazz are very good defensively, but less so in the backcourt where Ricky Rubio is a bit of a liability now, and Beverley thrives on chaos should this game deteriorate into a defensive battle.
Others to Consider: D’Angelo Russell, Evan Fournier, Jaylen Brown, Allen Crabbe, Lou Williams, Terry Rozier, Caris LeVert
Anthony Davis @ POR ($10.9k DraftKings, $12.2k FanDuel)
Davis has been a monster so far this season and he appears much more durable than he has in years past (knock on wood). His ridiculous run is likely to continue in a plus matchup against a Portland team that’s given up the third-most FPPG (49.49) to opposing PFs over the last two seasons and allowing the third-most FPPG (50.42) to the position so far this year. Even in an injury-plagued campaign last year, The Brow averaged 28 PPG and 12 RPG while shooting 53.7% from the floor over 3 meetings with the Blazers and he’s leading the league in MPG (39.7) with the best rebounding rate (22.2%) of his career through 3 appearances this season.
Kristaps Porzingis @ BOS ($8.5k DraftKings, $9.3k FanDuel)
He’s priced more accordingly on DK now, but the Zinger is still rather cheap for a player that’s essentially rocking a 40-point floor on DFS sites. Tonight Porzingis faces an under sized Celtics team that ranks 25th in total rebounding after finishing 25th in rebounding last season. Porzingis’ rebounding numbers are up and his usage rate has skyrocketed to 33.9% with Carmelo Anthony out of the picture, which is why he should be able to continue producing at a consistent clip.
Joe Ingles @ LAC ($4.7k DraftKings, $5.0k FanDuel)
This is a game to target for value since the stars on each team could be held in check by elite defenders and solid defensive schemes. Like Beverley for the Clippers, Ingles is a grinder, who thrives on chaos and is averaging 2 steals per game on the young season. He actually leads the NBA in effective FG shooting (.846%) with a ridiculous 64.3% mark from downtown and Ricky Rubio’s deft passing is going a long way as far as generating looks for the steady lefty. With Rodney Hood (calf) likely to be hobbled or inactive again, Ingles makes for a solid value.
Others to Consider: LeBron James, Blake Griffin, Trevor Booker, Lauri Markannen, DeMarre Carroll, Jayson Tatum, Evan Turner
Karl-Anthony Towns @ IND ($8.6k DraftKings, $10.1k FanDuel)
It’s very possible to fit Damian Lillard and KAT into DK lineups with Anthony Davis at the 4 if you use a lot of values elsewhere. In any case, paying up for bigs makes sense considering some of the juicy matchups, including Towns facing a Pacers squad that’s without starting center Myles Turner (concussion) once again. In his absence, skinny young Domatas Sabonis logged 30 minutes at center on Saturday and was lucky that the Heat were missing Hassan Whiteside as well. Towns should be able to bully Sabonis all evening and flash the upside that he’s lacked thus far to open the season.
Nikola Vucevic vs. BKN ($8.3k DraftKings, $9.8k FanDuel)
Vooch is on a tear to open the season with averages of 27.7 PPG and 10.7 RPG and his biggest output came when he dropped 41 points over 35 minutes against these Nets. Brooklyn’s coaching staff is stubbornly using athletic rookie center Jarrett Allen as an occasional reserve and neither Timofey Mozgov nor Trevor Booker are capable of slowing down Vucevic. The Magic center is rocking a team-high 27.5% usage rate and averaging 1.28 points per minute with Elf Payton off the floor over the last two seasons and Augustin is even more of a pass-first PG, who will look to feed big Vooch.
Others to Consider: DeAndre Jordan, Jusuf Nurkic, Domantas Sabonis, Kyle O’Quinn