With a nine-game slate tonight, there is a $100k purse ($10k to 1st) available on DraftKings for an entry fee of $44. If you’re looking for a lower stakes contest, enter the “Excellent 8’s” for $8 with a shot at a share of $450k in guaranteed money. Also, FanDuel is offering a $400k purse for a $5.55 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 27, 2018
Best DFS Guards for October 27, 2018
Zach LaVine @ ATL ($7.9k DraftKings, $8.4k FanDuel)
The benefits of a full offseason, training camp, and preseason, as well as more than a year’s distance from a torn ACL, are evident in LaVine’s play early this season. After being limited to just 24 games last season, LaVine opened the new campaign scoring 30-34 points in each of his first five contests. The talented two-guard had drained 57.1 percent of his attempts, including 40.0 percent from three-point range, coming into Friday’s game versus the Hornets. He’ll be in prime position for success Saturday, considering the Hawks are allowing the fourth-most points (27.2) and fourth-most made three-pointers (3.69) per game to two-guards. Additionally, LaVine’s 30.0 percent-plus usage rate should play well against a Hawks team playing at the third-fastest pace (111.9 possessions per game) in the NBA.
Victor Oladipo @ CLE ($7.7k DraftKings, $8.3k FanDuel)
Oladipo has unsurprisingly been the Pacers’ offensive linchpin in the early going. The rising star is averaging 21.4 points, making him by far the highest scorer on the team. Oladipo also enjoyed considerable success versus the Cavs last season — he averaged 25.0 points across 37.0 minutes over four regular-season games. He then averaged 22.7 points across 37.1 minutes over the seven-game playoff series. He’ll be set up for a similar caliber of production Saturday, considering Cleveland has allowed the fifth-most DraftKings (44.94) and FanDuel (46.15) points per game to shooting guards. Notably, Oladipo also boasts a robust 30.9 percent usage rate, furthering his case.
Bryn Forbes vs. LAL ($4.6k DraftKings, $4.4k FanDuel)
The Forbes experiment has been a successful one for the Spurs thus far. Yet his salary continues to be reasonable for a player who’s scored 11 to 17 points in each of his first four games. He’s shot 44.7 percent, including an impressive 48.0 percent from three-point range, while averaging 11.8 shot attempts per contest. Forbes generated 16 points versus this same Lakers squad last Monday. He’ll be in a favorable position for another strong return Saturday, as Los Angeles allows the most FanDuel (51.95) and DraftKings (49.95) points per game to shooting guards. Those numbers are partly created by LA allowing the fifth-most made three-pointers (3.68) per game to two-guards, which could be trouble against Forbes’ long-range prowess.
Other guards to consider: Ben Simmons, Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan, Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley, Kyrie Irving
Best DFS Forwards for October 27, 2018
LeBron James @ SA ($11.1k DraftKings, $11.8k FanDuel)
LeBron James’ selection hardly needs justification given his status as one of the NBA’s safest cash or GPP plays. However, it’s worth noting his 32-point, 14-assist double-double against this Spurs team last Monday. He’s also coming off a 28-point, 11-rebound, 11-assist triple-double against the Nuggets on Thursday. Meanwhile, San Antonio is allowing the seventh-most FanDuel points per game to power forwards (46.64), and the highest shooting percentage (62.9) to the position. James also sports a 28.4 percent usage rate, a number that’s actually trending up.
Khris Middleton vs. ORL ($7.2k DraftKings, $7.7k FanDuel)
Teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo’s exploits have admittedly overshadowed him. However, Khris Middleton has been outstanding in his own right, and his production has outpaced his price. The veteran wing had scored well over 30 fantasy points on both DraftKings and FanDuel over each of his first four games before a slight downturn against the Sixers on Friday (16 points, four rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block). The Magic have been tough versus small forwards in terms of scoring, but they’ve yielded the ninth-most rebounds (9.9) and fourth-most assists (4.93) per game to the position. That should give Middleton, who sports a solid 23.8 percent usage rate, plenty of paths to production.
Robert Covington vs. CHA ($5.1k DraftKings, $5.7k FanDuel)
Covington sports a particularly cheap price for a player who scored 25.0 to 36.25 DraftKings points and 22.2 to 36 FanDuel points over his first four games. He did see a downturn versus the Bucks (15.0 DK points, 14.9 FD points) in his most recent contest, but he’s right back in play Saturday. The Hornets check in allowing the sixth-most FanDuel points (46.5) per game to small forwards and the seventh-most (47.8) to the position on DraftKings. They’re also yielding the third-most rebounds (10.5) and fifth-most steals (2.2) to threes, two areas through which Covington is highly capable of supplementing his fantasy production.
Other forwards to consider: LaMarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin, Nikola Mirotic, Jayson Tatum
Best DFS Centers for October 27, 2018
Joel Embiid vs. CHA ($10.4k DraftKings, $11k FanDuel)
This selection is naturally contingent on Embiid being able to overcome an ankle injury that currently has him listed as questionable. If he does, he’ll be in a highly advantageous spot to continue a stellar stretch of play that’s seen him eclipse 60 fantasy points in three of the past four games on both DK and FD. The Hornets have no one who can match up consistently with Embiid down low. (What team really does?) Charlotte is allowing 58.84 DraftKings points and 58.95 FanDuel points per game to centers. Embiid also trampled the Hornets for 22.0, 13.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 2.3 blocks over three games last season while dealing with the much tougher challenge of Dwight Howard. The path is a lot easier this year with Cody Zeller at the five, making Embiid a top play if he suits up.
Andre Drummond vs. BOS ($8.7k DraftKings, $9.3k FanDuel)
Drummond has enjoyed plenty of career success versus the Celtics. He’ll be set for another stellar performance Saturday if he can stay out of foul trouble. Boston still doesn’t have the manpower down low to handle Drummond, whose stat line against Boston last season partly consisted of averages of 15.7 points and 18.0 rebounds across three games. The Celtics will be hard-pressed to defend Drummond with the under-sized Al Horford down low and will also be heaping plenty of attention on Drummond’s frontcourt mate Blake Griffin. That should leave the big center with plenty of opportunities to build on his robust 29.6 percent usage rate through plenty of put-backs and rebounds.
Myles Turner @ CLE ($5.8k DraftKings, $5.5k FanDuel)
Turner has been somewhat inconsistent in the early going, leading to a sub-$6K price on both sites. The young center carries plenty of upside, however, and draws just the matchup to help him display it. Cleveland has surrendered 60.4 DraftKings points and 59.2 FanDuel points per game to centers. Those numbers are partly comprised of the third-highest rebounds (19.5) and fifth-highest blocks (3.0) allowed per game to fives. Those are two areas in which Turner is very capable of generating production. He’s notably already averaging almost two blocks per contest this season. It’s also worth noting Turner enjoyed his fair share of success in the matchup versus Tristan Thompson last season. He went for 15 points and seven rebounds in one regular-season game, followed by four double-digit scoring efforts and one double-digit rebound tally during the seven-game playoff series between the clubs.
Other centers to consider: Nikola Vucevic, Marc Gasol, Al Horford, Alex Len