With a 11-game slate tonight, there is a $200k purse ($50k to 1st) available on DraftKings for an entry fee of $44. If you’re looking for a lower stakes contest, enter the “Starting Five” for $5 with a shot at a share of $500k in guaranteed money. Also, FanDuel is offering a $444k purse for a $4.44 entry fee.
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.
Injuries play a huge role in NBA DFS on a nightly basis. Value plays on the various daily fantasy sites can arise at a moment’s notice so always, always check the starting lineups and injury news right before tipoff.
NBA DFS Top Plays for October 24, 2018
Best DFS Guards for October 24, 2018
Kemba Walker at CHI ($8.5k DraftKings, $8.4k FanDuel)
Walker has taken his already impressive game to another level in the early portion of the season. The All-Star guard is averaging 33.0 points on 49.0 percent shooting through four games. He’s putting up a career-high 24.5 shot attempts per contest as well. That level of usage may not be sustainable, but it shouldn’t see too much of a drop given that Walker is by far Charlotte’s best weapon. He should be in prime position for a handsome return against a Bulls team allowing the fifth-most DraftKings points per game to point guards (48.86), along with the second-most made three-pointers (3.0) per game to the position.
Trae Young vs. DAL ($7.2k DraftKings, $7.8k FanDuel)
Young is starting to validate the ample hype that accompanied him into the league. After a so-so opener, the 20-year-old phenom has bounced back with 20-and 35-point tallies against the Grizzlies and Cavaliers. Young has been showing off his skills as a passer as well, notching nine and 11 dimes, respectively, in that pair of contests. Wednesday brings a matchup versus another talented young point guard in Dennis Smith, Jr. who has played a part in the Mavericks allowing the most made three-pointers per game to point guards (3.06), along with 45.16 DraftKings and 43.69 FanDuel points per contest to ones.
Josh Hart at PHO ($5.8k DraftKings, $6.4k FanDuel)
Hart may be slotted behind Kentavious Caldwell-Pope on the depth chart at two-guard, but he’s easily outplayed the veteran over the first three games of the season. Hart checks in averaging 17.0 points across 32.0 minutes while putting up 13.5 shot attempts per game. The playing time he’s logging offers him ample opportunity to pay off what remains a reasonable price tag. A matchup versus a Suns team that’s allowed a 44.0 percent success rate to shooting guards and 11.0 made threes per contest overall also helps his cause.
Best DFS Forwards for October 24, 2018
Kevin Love vs. BKN ($8,8k DraftKings, $8.5k FanDuel)
Love has unsurprisingly seen his usage peak over the first few games with LeBron James now in Los Angeles. The veteran is already averaging over six more shot attempts per game than last season and has come out of the gates with a pair of massive double-doubles over his first three games. He should be in prime position for a big return again Wednesday, considering the Nets have been vulnerable in the frontcourt (51.3 points allowed in the paint per game) and are allowing the fourth-highest three-point shooting percentage (40.8), with the latter especially relevant when considering a floor-spacer like Love.
Caris LeVert at CLE ($6.8k DraftKings, $6.9k FanDuel)
LeVert is making a claim to take permanent hold of the starting small forward job, as he’s excelled over his first three games while filling in for DeMarre Carroll. The third-year wing is averaging 24.7 points on eye-popping 65.0 percent shooting. The Cavaliers are allowing 44.1 DraftKings points and 50.32 FanDuel points per game to small forwards, including a league-high 3.0 made three-pointers to the position, along with the third-highest assists (5.4). In what should be a nip-and-tuck battle given the fact both teams are relatively evenly matched, LeVert should have ample opportunity to contribute across the stat sheet in similar fashion to the first three games.
T.J. Warren vs. LAL ($4.8k DraftKings, $5.7k FanDuel)
Warren’s price has actually come down on FanDuel despite his 27-point performance Monday against the Warriors, which helped lead to 45.3 fantasy points. The fifth-year wing has been red-hot from the field over the first three games. He’s drained 58.5 percent of his shots, including 57.1 percent from three-point range. The Lakers come in allowing a 49.5 percent success rate from the field, including 43.8 from distance. They’re also yielding the third-most made threes per contest (14.7), and the fourth-most FanDuel points (50.31) per game to small forwards. Warren’s price is a bargain on either site, especially considering the amount of extra possessions he should see against a Lakers team that’s averaging a league-high 115.3 per contest.
Best DFS Centers for October 24, 2018
Rudy Gobert at HOU ($7.5k DraftKings, $8.1k FanDuel)
Gobert has started off the new season in typically impressive fashion. He’s already generated three straight double-doubles and has a pair of multi-block games. The Stifle Tower will find himself in a winnable matchup Wednesday against a Rockets squad allowing the most FanDuel (80.81) and DraftKings (77.98) points per game to centers. Those numbers are partly comprised of a league-high 5.13 blocks per contest surrendered to the position. That’s a particularly relevant stat in Gobert’s case, given his rim-protecting ability. Moreover, so is the fact Houston allows the most points in the paint per game (69.3), an area of the floor Gobert usually scores approximately 70.0 percent of his points from.
Enes Kanter at MIA ($7k DraftKings, $7.2k FanDuel)
Kanter averaged 19.7 points and 11.7 rebounds over just 27.0 minutes in three games against Hassan Whiteside and the Heat last season. This is a matchup that the versatile big man wins consistently, making him an appealing mid-tier option Wednesday. Kanter has already opened the new season with four straight double-doubles and has taken double-digit shot attempts in three of those games. He’s also seen over 30 minutes in each of those contests. Given his usage and past history in the matchup, another double-double should be firmly within reach.
JaVale McGee vs. PHO ($5.3k DraftKings/$6k FanDuel)
McGee has likely exceeded expectations to open the season. He’s currently averaging his highest amount of minutes (23.3) since the 2011-12 season and posting a solid 15.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest. McGee has scored in double digits in all three games thus far and put up 11 and 13 shots in the last two, respectively. The veteran is benefiting from the extra possessions generated by the Lakers’ aforementioned fastest-paced attack in the NBA, and the matchup Wednesday also works in his favor. Despite the presence of first overall pick Deandre Ayton down low, the Suns are allowing the second-most DraftKings (76.71) and FanDuel (78.08) points per game to centers in the league.