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. Then, DraftKings has brought back its late swap for NBA contests.
11/24/18 NBA DFS TOURNAMENT PICKS
Pick and Roll: $12 entry, $35k guaranteed (DraftKings)
Mid Range Jumper: $40 entry, $35k guaranteed (DraftKings)- $5K to 1st!
Shot: $9.99 entry, $400k guaranteed (FanDuel) – $100,000 to 1st!
Sat. NBA Slam: $77 entry, $150k guaranteed (FanDuel)
NBA DFS Top Plays for November 24, 2018
Best DFS Guards for November 24, 2018
Jrue Holiday at WAS ($8.6k DraftKings, $8.7k FanDuel)
Holiday has been excelling as the Pels’ primary ball handler in the ongoing absence of Elfrid Payton. He’s topped 40 fantasy points on both sites in five straight games. There’s isn’t a box on the stat sheet the veteran guard doesn’t check off, and he’s unsurprisingly been especially proficient as a facilitator from the point guard spot while sharing the floor with multiple talented scorers. He’ll be in prime position for one of his more explosive performances Saturday, considering the opposition. The Wizards have allowed the most DK (53.8) and FD (52.5) points per game to point guards. The pace of play should certainly work in Holiday’s favor as well. The Pelicans are averaging the fourth-most possessions per game (107.9) while the Wizards check in with the eighth most (106.9).
De’Aaron Fox at GSW ($7k DraftKings, $7.9k FanDuel)
Fox’s breakout season (18.2 points, 7.4 assists, 4.3 rebounds, 1.2 steals) has been integral to the Kings’ surprising success thus far. The second-year guard has seen a 7.5 percent improvement in overall shooting (48.7 percent, compared to 41.2 percent last season) and a 9.0 percent boost in three-point shooting (39.7 percent compared to 30.7 percent). As with Holiday, the pace of play in Saturday’s matchup will be ideal for Fox. The Kings are averaging 108.4 possessions per game (second most in NBA) while the Warriors play at a clip that’s producing 104.0 possessions per contest, including 104.5 at home. Golden State is also more vulnerable to ones with Quinn Cook manning the point. The Warriors check in allowing 47.0 DK and 45.9 FD points per game to point guards.
Quinn Cook vs. SAC ($4.9k DraftKings, $5.5k FanDuel)
That said, Cook is in a very good position in his own right. Sacramento has been even more vulnerable to point guards than the Warriors. The Kings come in allowing the fifth-most DK (49.6) and FD (48.3) points to point guards. Those numbers partly stem from Sacramento yielding the fourth-most rebounds (6.5), fourth-most assists (9.1), and sixth-most made threes (2.8) to ones. Cook has eclipsed 20 fantasy points on both sites in four of his last five games, including one outing over 30. He’s also posted double-digit shot attempts in four of the last six overall and currently sports career bests in overall shooting percentage (51.6) and three-point percentage (46.3).
Other guards to consider: Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, John Wall, DeMar DeRozan, Bradley Beal, Chris Paul, Zach LaVine, Luka Doncic, Malcolm Brogdon
Best DFS Forwards for November 24, 2018
Anthony Davis at WAS ($11.4k DraftKings, $12.6k FanDuel)
Davis naturally stands out any time he’s on the slate, but he’s even more appealing than usual against a defense like the Wizards’. Washington has struggled throughout the early portion of the season defending every position on the floor. They’ve yielded 57.8 DK and 57.3 FD points per game to centers, as well as the third-most assists (4.3) to fives. One of the various categories in which Davis is currently sporting a career high at present happens to be assists: 4.9 dimes per game. Davis hasn’t dipped below 50 fantasy points in eight straight games on either site. That’s a streak he stands an excellent chance of extending Saturday.
LaMarcus Aldridge vs. MIL ($7.6k DraftKings, $8.1k FanDuel)
Aldridge is displaying more inconsistency than usual on the shooting front. But he’s largely making up for it by bringing down a career-high 11.5 rebounds per contest while typically manning the center spot for the Spurs. He’s sporting a robust 25.5 percent usage rate and walks into an appealing matchup against the Bucks. They’re struggling in several facets of their defense against centers. Milwaukee allows the fourth-most points (26.4), second-most assists (4.5), and most made threes (2.1) per game to centers. In turn, Aldridge is averaging over 37 fantasy points on both sites and has secured DK’s double-double bonus on six occasions over the last 10 games. His price remains reasonable relative to recent production, and he’ll have a chance to benefit from the bump in pace the Bucks will bring (108.8 possessions per game at home).
Jabari Parker at MIN ($5.9k DraftKings, $6.8k FanDuel)
Parker is thriving in his starting stint at power forward in place of Lauri Markkanen (elbow). The fifth-year veteran is currently averaging a career-high 7.1 rebounds per contest and just topped 50 fantasy points on both sites against the Suns on Wednesday, providing a glimpse at his upside. He could certainly be poised for one of his bigger returns Saturday, considering the Timberwolves rank in the bottom 10 in multiple categories against fours. Those include fantasy points (51.5 on DK, 49.9 on FD), points (22.4), rebounds (12.8), assists (3.9), and blocks (1.7). Moreover, he could certainly benefit from a Minnesota squad that allows 51.0 points in the paint per game at home. Parker logs over half his scoring (54.5 percent) in that area of the floor.
Other forwards to consider: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant, Paul George, Julius Randle, Khris Middleton, Nikola Mirotic, Harrison Barnes, E’Twaun Moore
Best DFS Centers for November 24, 2018
Karl-Anthony Towns vs. CHI ($9.1k DraftKings, $10.5k FanDuel)
Towns brings 50 fantasy-point upside nightly and averages well over 40 on both sites. The fourth-year big man fell just a rebound short of his fifth double-double in seven games Friday, and he’s averaging over 45 fantasy points per game on both sites. The Bulls shape up as appealing facilitators for more of the same. They’ll come into Saturday’s contest having allowed the fourth-most DK (60.8) and fifth-most FD (60.4) points per game to centers, along with the third-most rebounds (17.9). The latter figure could especially spell trouble for Chicago in trying to slow down Towns. He has a pair of 20-rebound efforts and another tally of 19 over his last six. Then, Chicago’s pedestrian 43.6 percent success rate from the floor on the road should afford him plenty of opportunity on the boards.
Clint Capela at CLE ($7.5k DraftKings, $8.6k FanDuel)
Capela often goes a bit underowned in tournaments on larger slates, but he makes for an intriguing mid-tier play Saturday. The Cavaliers have had trouble on defense overall, including against centers. Cleveland has allowed 54.5 DK and 54.7 FD points per game to centers while also surrendering the sixth-most blocks (2.9) and second-highest shooting percentage (59.1) to the position. Capela is on a three-game streak of eclipsing 50 fantasy points on both sites and topped 20 rebounds for the first time this season Friday versus the Pistons. He’s averaging career bests in points, rebounds, and assists while also taking a career-high 12.0 shot attempts per game. The ceiling he’s recently flashed coupled with his reasonable price and matchup puts him squarely in play in the road matchup.
Willie Cauley-Stein at GS ($5.8k DraftKings, $7.2k FanDuel)
Cauley-Stein is especially underpriced on DK, but he remains reasonably priced on FD as well relative to his typical levels of production. The big man is averaging 32.5 DK and 32.4 FD points per contest. He’s scored over 30 fantasy points on both sites in six of his last eight games, and he came within less than two points of the mark on either site in another contest during that span. The Warriors have allowed bottom 10 figures in assists (4.1) and steals (1.7) per game to centers, along with 52.4 DK and 51.5 FD points per game to the position. Golden State also sees a notable spike in the amount of points in the paint they allow at home (51.5, compared to 45.1 on the road), and Cauley-Stein scores 80.1 percent (career-high 12.3 per game) in that area of the floor.
Other centers to consider: Nikola Jokic, DeAndre Jordan, Steven Adams, Wendell Carter, Jr., Brook Lopez, Kevon Looney