With a seven-game slate, there is a $120k purse ($20k to 1st) available on DraftKings for an entry fee of $40. If you’re looking for a lower stakes contest, enter the “Excellent 8’s” for $8 with a shot at a share of $425k in guaranteed money. Also, FanDuel is offering a $400k purse for a $6.00 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 November 3, 2018
Best DFS Guards for November 3, 2018
Kemba Walker vs. CLE ($8.9k DraftKings, $9.3k FanDuel)
Walker is averaging an impressive 46.8 DraftKings points and 44.6 FanDuel points over his first nine games. He’s scored under 20 points only once (19) and jumps out as an appealing play if you’re paying up at guard Saturday. The Cavaliers are tied with the Bulls with the seventh-most points per game (23.8) allowed to point guards, along with the fifth-most made three-pointers (2.5) surrendered to PGs per contest. Walker boasts a team-high 32.6 percent usage rate and is posting a career-high 40.0 percent success rate from behind the arc. That dovetails well with Cleveland’s aforementioned vulnerability to long-distance shooting.
C.J. McCollum vs. LAL ($6.4k DraftKings, $6.8k FanDuel)
McCollum might be slightly less owned in tournaments after an underwhelming eight-point tally versus the Pelicans on Thursday. However, he finds himself in an excellent matchup against the Lakers on Saturday. Los Angeles has allowed the most DK (51.9) and FD (50.7) points per game to shooting guards. Those figures partly consist of the most points (30.3) and assists (6.2) per game surrendered to the position. The Lakers have also allowed the sixth-highest success rate from three-point range (38.3 percent), while McCollum is draining 37.0 percent of his 5.8 three-point attempts per game.
Jeremy Lin vs. MIA ($3.8k DraftKings, $3.9k FanDuel)
Lin has been parlaying his bench role into some solid production recently. He’s posted over 25 fantasy points on both DK and FD in each of his last two games. Irrespective of those numbers, the veteran point guard surprisingly checks in under $4K on both sites. The Heat make for a tantalizing matchup as well. Miami has allowed the third-most DK (54.7) and FD (52.7) points per game to point guards, along with the second-most points (31.8) and second-most made threes (4.1) per contest to the position.
Other guards to consider: Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan, Chris Paul, Kyrie Irving, Jrue Holiday, Zach LaVine, Trae Young
Best DFS Forwards for November 3, 2018
LaMarcus Aldridge vs. NO ($8.3k DraftKings, $8.1k FanDuel)
Aldridge has averaged over 40 fantasy points per game on both DK and FD over his first seven, generating a trio of double-doubles along the way. Aldridge is sporting the second-highest usage rate (27.1 percent) among Spurs starters and walks into an enticing matchup Saturday. The Pelicans could well be without Anthony Davis’ imposing presence down low due to his elbow injury. And they already check in allowing 47.9 DK points and 46.3 FD points per game to power forwards. New Orleans also continues to rank in the bottom 10 in points allowed in the paint per contest (53.0). Of course, Aldridge is scoring over half of his points (52.8 percent) in that area of the floor.
Rudy Gay vs. NO ($6.5k DraftKings, $6.8k FanDuel)
Aldridge’s teammate Gay is priced attractively relative to his consistency and production. The veteran wing has scored in double digits in each contest thus far this season. He also recently strung together three straight double-doubles for the first time in his career. Gay can generate solid numbers across every category on the stat sheet and should benefit from the bump in pace (109.3 possessions per game) that the Pelicans bring to the table. It’s also worth noting Gay is currently boasting the best shooting percentage of his career (52.5), including his best three-point success rate (64.3 percent).
E’Twaun Moore @ SA ($5k DraftKings, $4.8k FanDuel)
Moore is yet another appealing fantasy asset in the Pelicans-Spurs tilt. He’s taken his already impressive shooting to another level in the early going this season. The 29-year-old is draining 53.3 percent of his career-high 11.3 shot attempts per contest, including 46.7 percent from three-point range. Then, the Spurs are surprisingly allowing the most DK (50.2) and FD (49.0) points per game to small forwards. Those numbers are partly comprised of the most points (26.0) allowed per game to the position, along with the second-most rebounds (9.9) and assists (5.4). That leaves the versatile Moore with plenty of paths through which to pay off a modest price on both sites.
Other forwards to consider: LeBron James, Nikola Mirotic, Julius Randle, Al Horford, Taurean Prince, Brandon Ingram, Domantas Sabonis
Best DFS Centers for November 3, 2018
Nikola Jokic vs. UTA ($9k DraftKings, $10.1k FanDuel)
Jokic has unsurprisingly excelled thus far as the Nuggets have jumped out to a 7-1 record. He has a deceptively attractive matchup Saturday despite the fact he’ll have to frequently face off with Rudy Gobert. The Jazz were allowing the seventh-most DK points (60.8) and ninth-most FD points (59.2) per game to centers coming into Friday night’s action. That includes surrendering the fifth-most assists (4.9) and the most three-pointers (2.1) per contest to centers, two especially relevant stats when considering paying up for Jokic. The versatile floor-spacer is averaging a career-high 6.6 dimes and posting a career-best 42.3 percent success rate from three-point range. Those numbers bode well given Utah’s weaknesses.
Hassan Whiteside @ ATL ($8k DraftKings, $8.6k FanDuel)
Whiteside is still a bit difficult to figure out, but he’s been pretty consistent in the early going. The rim protector is averaging 39.3 DK points and 39.8 FD points per game, already posting five double-doubles over his first seven. Whiteside averaged a double-double across two games versus the Hawks last season as well. Plus, Atlanta has allowed 57.2 DK points and 57.0 FD points per game to centers, which includes the ninth-most rebounds (17.1) per contest yielded to the position. Whiteside has scored over 30 fantasy points on both sites in all but one game this season, making him a safe Cash or GPP play.
Jusuf Nurkic vs. LAL ($6.4k DraftKings, $7k FanDuel)
Nurkic averaged 16.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.3 steals across a modest 25.0 minutes over three games versus the Lakers last season. Moreover, he’s averaging over 30 fantasy points per game on both sites this season and comes into Saturday with back-to-back 20-point efforts. The Lakers have also allowed the third-most DK points (66.1) and fourth-most FD points (64.0) per game to centers. They’re yielding the fourth-most rebounds per game (18.4) to centers as well. Nurkic counters with an impressive 9.5 boards per contest. Finally, Los Angeles is allowing the third-most points in the paint per game (57.0), an area of the floor from which 68.3 percent (10.3 per game) of Nurkic’s points come.
Other centers to consider: Rudy Gobert, Clint Capela, JaVale McGee, Myles Turner, Tristan Thompson