NBA DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for November 14, 2017
For the NBA DFS slate tonight, and for the rest of the season, we’ll be writing up the guards, forwards, and centers we’re considering for our Cash and GPP lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel.
Please note 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 lots of other factors. This is important to consider when constructing a roster.
When playing daily fantasy NBA, it’s important to consider the point spreads and totals in trying to predict gameflow. Injuries play a huge role in the NBA on a nightly basis, and value plays can arise at a moment’s notice. Always, always check the starting lineups and injury news right before tipoff.
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11/14/17 NBA DFS TOURNAMENTS
DraftKings Excellent 8’s: $8 buy-in, $475k guaranteed
DraftKings Triple Threat: $33 buy-in, $175k guaranteed
DraftKings Sharpshooter: $3 buy-in, $140k guaranteed
FanDuel Monster: $333 buy-in, $150k guaranteed
FanDuel Clutch Shot: $4.44 buy-in, $444k guaranteed
FanDuel Slam: $25 buy-in, $110k guaranteed
PLAYERS RULED OUT
Chris Paul (knee)
Kawhi Leonard (quad)
D’Angelo Russell (knee)
Seth Curry (leg)
Tony Parker (thigh)
INJURY NEWS TO MONITOR
Kyrie Irving (face)
Danny Green (hamstring)
Norman Powell (hip)
Devin Harris (ribs)
Jarrett Allen (foot)
Best NBA DFS Picks for November 14, 2017
James Harden vs. TOR ($12.3k DraftKings, $12.5k FanDuel)
There are two types of lineups for this short slate: James Harden plays and James Harden fades. At an immense price tag, he’s tough to fit into a balanced lineup, but he should be worth it given his floor of approximately 60 FPs these days. “The Beard” is an MVP candidate once again, with a league-leading 53 percent assist rate and 3.2 Win Shares. He’s orchestrating the Rockets’ offense with Chris Paul (knee) on the shelf. Across from him, the Raptors are giving up an above-average 40.61 FPPG and 23.42 PPG to opposing shooting guards this season. Harden averaged 34.5 PPG on 51.3 percent shooting over two meetings with Toronto last year, as if you needed any extra reasons to play him.
Spencer Dinwiddie vs. BOS ($4.8k DraftKings, $5.8k FanDuel)
Spencer Dinwiddie leads a pack of value options in Nets uniforms with the team’s leader in scoring and assists, D’Angelo Russell (knee), inactive. The Colorado product will start and is averaging a solid 0.97 FPs per minute this season. Down the line, Isaiah Whitehead ($3.6k, $3.9k) figures to see extra run behind Dinwiddie, and he posts a 26 percent usage rate with Russell off the floor. Plus, Caris LeVert ($4.5k, $5.4k) is rocking a 25.1 percent usage rate in that situation. Allen Crabbe ($4.6, $4.9k) is a longshot GPP option to consider, but expectations should be tempered against the Celtics’ top-ranked defense, which may also justify planning for a blowout by using some of the Nets’ bench players.
Others to Consider: Kyrie Irving, DeMar DeRozan, Eric Gordon, Marcus Smart, Dejounte Murray, Joe Harris
LaMarcus Aldridge @ DAL ($8.5k DraftKings, $8.7k FanDuel)
The Spurs (-6) are only moderate favorites on the road, but a blowout seems possible against a 2-12 Mavs team that ranks 26th in defensive rating and lacks the collective discipline necessary to stop San Antonio’s sophisticated offense. Aldridge should remain a safe play even in a blowout. He boasts more upside than any other forward on this short slate, leading his team with a 27.6 percent usage rate and posting the best true shooting percentage (.565) of his career. Dallas gives up the second-most FPPG (52.62) to opposing PFs this season, and “LMA” represents a mismatch for the Mavs’ under-sized frontline.
DeMarre Carroll vs. BOS ($5.8k DraftKings, $6.2k FanDuel)
Of all the Nets players, DeMarre Carroll has actually seen the greatest increase in usage rate (+6 percent to 24.9) with Russell off the floor this year. Nicknamed the “Junkyard Dog,” he’s a good candidate to produce in what should be a helter-skelter matchup between the fast-paced Nets and young and athletic Celtics.
Trevor Booker ($4.4k, $4.3k) is another player who sees a heavy rise in usage, up to 27.5 percent, when Russell is off the floor. He’s been quiet lately as he returns from a back injury, so he doesn’t have as much upside as the more athletic Rondae Hollis-Jefferson ($6.4k, $7.5k). RHJ is expensive on FanDuel because of his ability to pile up defensive stats, which is important to note because the Celtics give up the fifth-most blocks per game (5.2) this year. Essentially, you can build lineups around Harden, DeMar DeRozan, and other stars by rotating these Nets value plays tonight.
Others to Consider: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Jaylen Brown, Trevor Ariza, Marcus Morris, Kyle Anderson, Quincy Acy
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Al Horford @ BKN ($7.6k DraftKings, $7.8k FanDuel)
The Celtics have a very balanced roster, which is why few members of the Green Army are listed individually despite collectively drawing a plus matchup against the fastest-paced team in the NBA. Yet Al Horford is certainly worth a look after returning to the lineup with 21 clutch points to carry the C’s in a narrow victory over Toronto on Sunday. Now, he faces a Nets team that gives up the third-most FPPG (60.12) and most PPG (28.45) to opposing centers this year. The potential return of Kyrie Irving (face) shouldn’t hurt Big Al, as he averages 1.11 FPs per minute alongside Kyrie and 1.15 FPs per minute with him off the floor this year.
Clint Capela vs. TOR ($7.1k DraftKings, $7.5k FanDuel)
Clint Capela makes for an intriguing pivot off the chalk play in Horford tonight and a great pairing with Harden if you can afford it. The Rockets should put Jonas Valanciunas in PnR and run circles around the slow-footed big man. This should lead to plenty of lob dunks for Capela, who has made his living playing off double teams of Harden to lead the league in FG shooting (.696) this season. He’s rolling with 46 points, 44 boards, and eight blocks over his last three appearances. It’s no coincidence his spike in production has come in step with Harden’s eruption.
Others to Consider: Pau Gasol, Serge Ibaka, Salah Mejri
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