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.
The Full Roster contests on FanDuel include a new scoring system in which the lowest score of the nine selected players is dropped, allowing users to take more risks with a punt play or two. At DraftKings, they brought back late swap for NBA contests.
11/1/18 NBA DFS TOURNAMENT PICKS
Excellent 8’s: $8 entry, $425k guaranteed (DraftKings) – $100,000 to 1st!
Spin Move: $44 entry, $150k guaranteed (DraftKings) – $50,000 to 1st!
Shot: $5.55 entry, $400k guaranteed (FanDuel) – $100,000 to 1st!
Slam: $55 entry, $150k guaranteed (FanDuel)
NBA DFS Top Plays for November 1, 2018
Best Guards for November 1, 2018
Kyrie Irving vs. MIL ($7.7k DraftKings, $7.6k FanDuel)
The Celtics need to improve on their low offensive output in today’s fast-paced NBA. That should be quite apparent with Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks coming to town tonight. Kyrie Irving is no longer deferring to the Celtics’ balance and began scoring like the all-world player he is with 31 points on 10-of-16 FG shooting Tuesday night. He averaged 24.3 PPG on 44.8% FG shooting over three meetings with Milwaukee last year and should get his against inconsistent PG Eric Bledsoe. Kyrie saw a 32% usage rate at home last year and may take matters into his own hands if the rest of the Celtics struggle to produce against the Bucks’ top-notch defense.
Jrue Holiday @ POR ($7.3k DraftKings, $8.3k FanDuel)
Anthony Davis (elbow) returned last night but struggled and is OUT on the second half of this B2B set. Both Nikola Mirotic and Jrue Holiday will see a huge rise in usage and Holiday has a very affordable price tag on DraftKings. Portland is yet another NBA team that’s increasing its offensive output while averaging the sixth-most PPG (117) this season. Holiday averaged 19.3 PPG and 7.8 APG while shooting 50% from the floor over four meetings with Portland last season. He moved over to the PG spot with Elfrid Payton (ankle) out, and his assist rate has jumped to 36% of his last three appearances. Portland allows the most PPG (22.27) and third-most FPPG (43.34) to opposing PGs this season. Damian Lillard should come right back at Holiday on the other end, making the pair an appealing stack in tournaments.
Buddy Hield @ ATL ($6.4k DraftKings, $8.0k FanDuel)
The Kings’ uptempo system is helping several players find their rhythm, including former college sharpshooter Buddy Hield. Finally showing promise in his third year, the Oklahoma product is shooting 52.2% from the floor and 44.7% from downtown. Atlanta leads the league in pace and ranks 22nd in opponents 3-point shooting (.372%) this year. Hield has a solid projected for 33.6 DK points with a lofty bargain rating (86.75), according to pro models on FantasyLabs.
Monté Morris @ CLE ($3.9k DraftKings, $4.9k FanDuel)
Because Denver (-6) is coming off a narrow overtime win last night, the Nuggets’ starters could get a little extra rest against one of the worst teams in the NBA. Monté Morris stands to benefit most if the score is lopsided during the second half. The second-year man out of Iowa State is 6-of-15 from 3-point range with an 18.9% usage rate and 25.4% assist rate over seven appearances off the bench. Cleveland coughs up the second-most 3PTM (2.46) and APG (9.77) to opposing PGs while ranking 29th overall in defensive rating and 3PT defense (.567%) this season. He should fly under the radar after a quiet performance last night, giving him appeal as a low-end tournament play.
Other guards to consider: Damian Lillard, Kemba Walker, Eric Bledsoe, Rodney Hood, Markelle Fultz, Collin Sexton, Malik Monk, Frank Jackson
Best Forwards for November 1, 2018
Giannis Antetokounmpo @ BOS ($11.1k DraftKings, $11.5k FanDuel)
The “Greek Freak” has been cleared to play Thursday after missing Monday’s tilt with the Raptors. This spells trouble for the Celtics. Despite ranking atop the league in defensive rating for the past season-plus, Boston has struggled to contain athletic bigs like Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Freak averaged 33.5 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 5 APG over four regular-season meetings with the C’s last year and had a couple huge games to force a seven-game series in the playoffs. This year, he’s leading the league with a 36.7% usage rate, and his pace of play (107.55) is way up as the Bucks rank fourth in pace and PPG (120). With Jaylen Brown (foot) questionable, the Celtics may be without their best defensive option against the indefensible MVP candidate.
Paul George @ CHA ($9.1k DraftKings, $9.3k FanDuel)
As Russell Westbrook acclimates to the season following his offseason knee surgery, Paul George continues to see heavy usage as the 1B option for the Thunder. He matched Westy with 32 points Tuesday and could star again tonight with Kemba Walker and Westbrook battling at the PG position. The Hornets have taken a step back defensively and are allowing the fifth-most 3PTM (11.6) per game this season. After struggling against Boston’s league-leading defense, George is 18-for-33 (.545%) from the floor and 7-of-13 from long range over the Thunder’s first two wins of the season. Defenses will continue to collapse on Westbrook, meaning George will get even more open looks now that Carmelo Anthony is no longer with OKC.
Sam Dekker vs. DEN ($4.6k DraftKings, $4.5k FanDuel)
The Cavs turned over management, and Tyronn Lue was almost certainly let go because of his unwillingness to play young guys this early into a lost season. Cavs interim coach Larry Drew promptly gave Dekker 29 minutes as a starter. The Wisconsin product may have played more down the stretch if Cleveland didn’t run away from Atlanta earlier this week. He seems to be well ahead of Larry Nance Jr. in this new pecking order. With averages of 14.2 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 3.0 steals per 36 minutes, he’s likely to exceed value if this game remains close.
Evan Turner vs. NO ($4.1k DraftKings, $4.5k FanDuel)
He’s by no means a flashy play, but Evan Turner can help you craft a balanced lineup that includes enough studs to crack 300 points on DraftKings or FanDuel tonight. The Blazers’ sixth man is averaging his most points (18.3) and rebounds (9.3) per 100 possessions since he left Philadelphia in 2014. The Pelicans stand out as an extremely fast-paced team that creates extra possessions with their style of play. Turner averaged 10.3 PPG, 5 RPG, 2.3 APG over three meetings with New Orleans last year and carries a solid projection of 20.4 DK points on FantasyLabs.
Other forwards to consider: Ben Simmons, Nikola Mirotic, Taurean Prince, Nemanja Bjelica, Marcus Morris, Al-Farouq Aminu, E’Twaun Moore
Best Centers for November 1, 2018
Joel Embiid vs. LAC ($10.3k DraftKings, $10.9k FanDuel)
After his first quiet night of the season, Joel Embiid erupted for 31 points and 11 boards while Ben Simmons (11 turnovers) struggled mightily against Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors. Simmons could have trouble penetrating against Tobias Harris and the Clippers tonight, but Embiid will be free to dominate against either slow-footed starter Marcin Gortat or natural PF Montrezl Harrell. The Clips are allowing the second-most PPG (21.26) and eighth-most FPPG (44.7) to opposing centers this season. Embiid has met or exceeded value in seven of eight appearances this season and is a locked-in top play at a thin position tonight.
Willie Cauley-Stein @ ATL ($6.8k DraftKings, $7.3k FanDuel)
Willie-Cauley Stein paid off as a great mid-tier option Monday before cooling off on the second half of a B2B set. On normal rest, he’s poised for another big game against an Atlanta team that just coughed up 136 points to the previously winless Cavs. The Hawks are giving up the seventh-most FPPG (44.8) and allowing opposing centers to shoot 53.9% from the floor, the second-highest mark in the league. If Alex Len gets more run than veteran starter Dewayne Dedmon, the quicker Cauley-Stein should absolutely torch him. In his fourth season, WCS has made a huge leap with a 119 offensive rating while averaging 20.7 PPG and 10.7 RPG. Atlanta leads the league in pace, and the Kings are third, so this is another game to target with a 231-point Over/Under.
Other centers to consider: Nikola Jokic, Steven Adams, Jusuf Nurkic, Cody Zeller