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.
12/1/18 NBA DFS TOURNAMENT PICKS
Big Jam: $10 entry, $400k guaranteed (DraftKings)- $100K to 1st!
Spin Move: $44 entry, $70k guaranteed (DraftKings)- $10K to 1st!
Legendary Layup: $9.99 entry, $375k guaranteed (FanDuel) – $100,000 to 1st!
Slam: $55 entry, $100k guaranteed (FanDuel)
NBA DFS Best Picks & Plays for December 1, 2018
Best DFS Guards for December 1, 2018
Kyle Lowry at CLE ($8.4k DraftKings, $8.3k FanDuel)
Lowry has been at his best on the road, averaging over 40 fantasy points per game on either site away from Scotiabank Arena. He’s also eclipsed 40 and 60 fantasy points on separate occasions over the last five, providing a glimpse at his upside. The Cavaliers come in allowing 46.4 DK and 44.1 FD points per game to point guards on the season, along with the second-highest shooting percentage (47.7). Cleveland is also yielding a robust 8.2 assists per game to PGs. Meanwhile, Lowry is averaging a career-high 10.3 dimes per game and boasts a 22.2 PER, the second highest of his career.
D’Angelo Russell at WAS ($7.2k DraftKings, $7.8k FanDuel)
Russell is one of two Nets who particularly stands out against a defensively challenged Wizards squad on the second game of a back-to-back Saturday. The 2015 second overall pick is averaging career highs across the board and a 29.5 percent usage rate that’s tops among Nets players. Russell eclipsed 60 fantasy points two games ago on both sites against the Sixers. He’s also been between 49 and 52 fantasy points on three other occasions over the last 10 contests. Russell is shooting a career-best 36.4 percent from three-point range while the Wizards headed into Friday night’s action allowing the highest three-point percentage (37.8) on the season. Then, Washington yields the most DK (55.1) and FD (53.5) fantasy points per game to point guards, along with the sixth-highest shooting percentage (46.4) to the position.
Darren Collison at SAC ($5.4k DraftKings, $6.3k FanDuel)
Collison is priced right for a player who’s scored over 30 fantasy points twice in the last three games on DK and over 30 in all three contests on FD. Plus, the veteran point guard has averaged over 25 fantasy points per game across his 12 road games. He should have some extra juice Saturday in his return to Sacramento. The Kings make for excellent facilitators of fantasy production to PGs. They come into Saturday allowing the fourth-most DK (49.3) and FD (48.2) points per game to ones. Finally, it’s worth noting Collison is averaging 26.5 DK and 27.3 FD points with Victor Oladipo off the court, and the latter is now out indefinitely with his knee injury.
Other guards to consider: James Harden, Stephen Curry, John Wall, Kyrie Irving, Zach LaVine, Chris Paul, Klay Thompson, Spencer Dinwiddie, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Danny Green
Best DFS Forwards for December 1, 2018
Kawhi Leonard at CLE ($9.6k DraftKings, $10.4k FanDuel)
Leonard put the Raptors on his shoulders in Thursday’s thrilling OT win against the Warriors. He scored 56.5 DK and 56.1 FD points in a 37-point, eight-rebound effort. The Cavaliers could well offer up more of the same. Cleveland checks in allowing the fourth-most DK (44.6) and third-most FD (44.1) points per game to small forwards. They’re also yielding the second-most points (23.6) and fourth-highest shooting percentage (48.3) to the position. Leonard has been over 40 fantasy points on both sites in six of his last seven games. That stretch includes two games over 50 and another over 60.
Robert Covington vs. BOS ($6.5k DraftKings, $7.3k FanDuel)
Covington has encouragingly found consistency in his move to Minnesota. The veteran wing is logging plenty of minutes under coach Tom Thibodeau and producing with them. He’s scored 25 or more fantasy points on either site in seven of his last eight games. As usual, Covington is getting it done across the stat sheet too. He faces a Celtics squad that has been only average versus small forwards this season. Boston is allowing 40.4 DK and 39.4 FD points per game to threes. Furthermore, the Celts yield the fifth-most made threes per game (2.8) to small forwards. Covington is shooting a career-high 39.4 percent from three-point range.
Marcus Morris at MIN ($5.5k DraftKings, $5.3k FanDuel)
Morris draws one of the most appealing options for power forwards in the NBA. Minnesota has been permeable in the frontcourt, allowing 50.3 DK and 48.7 FD points per game to fours. They’ve been much more generous near the basket at Target Center as well. Minnesota is allowing 49.0 points in the paint home compared to 44.6 per road contest. Then, Morris’ price is right for a player who’s averaged 26.0 DK and 24.1 FD points this season. He topped 30 FPs on both sites in two of the last five. In what should be a wire-to-wire battle, Morris should remain aggressive and potentially capitalize on his 43.2 three-point percentage (eight highest in NBA).
Other forwards to consider: Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Domantas Sabonis, Jabari Parker, Robert Covington, Jayson Tatum, Pascal Siakam, Markieff Morris, Andrew Wiggins, Larry Nance, Jr.
Best DFS Centers for December 1, 2018
Clint Capela vs. CHI ($7.8k DraftKings, $8.8k FanDuel)
Capela has turned it on in the latter half of November and went into Friday’s action averaging 40 fantasy points per game on both sites. The Bulls have been vulnerable to centers all season, allowing the fourth-most DK (60.9) and FD (60.5) points per game to fives. Those numbers are partly the result of Chicago yielding a whopping 17.4 rebounds per contest to centers, also fourth highest in the league. In turn, Capela is pulling down a career-high 11.8 boards. Then, the Bulls are allowing the second-most points in the paint over the last three games (56.7) while Capela is scoring 88.2 percent of his points in that area of the floor. Given his still reasonable price on both sites and the matchup, he presents as an appealing option over higher-priced selections at center Saturday.
Myles Turner at SAC ($5.9k DraftKings, $7.1k FanDuel)
Turner seemingly hit his stride in recent games, not counting a surprisingly quiet performance (16.0 DK, 15.7 FD points) versus the Lakers on Thursday. Prior to that outlier, Turner had eclipsed 30 FP on both sites in five of six games. He’s been excellent on the defensive end, recording multiple blocks in nine out of the last 10 games. The Kings make for an enticing matchup for him. They’ve allowed the sixth-most DK (59.5) and ninth-most FD (58.4) points per game to fives. Those numbers partly consist of the Kings yielding the second-most rebounds (19.8) and, just as important considering Turner’s rim-protecting prowess, the seventh-most blocks (2.8) per contest.
Robin Lopez at HOU ($3.3k DraftKings, $3.7k FanDuel)
Lopez is perpetually little owned in tournaments, but given his minuscule price on both sites and the fact he’s seeing consistent minutes, he’s viable if you need to punt a spot. The veteran has been logging over 20 minutes more frequently. Plus, he’s posted double-digit fantasy-point tallies in seven consecutive contests on both sites. While expectations should be tempered, it’s worth noting the Rockets are allowing 58.8 DK and 59.6 FD points per contest to centers, including the fifth-most steals (1.7) and most blocks (3.1) to fives. Lopez doesn’t have to do much to generate a solid 5x-6x return.
Other centers to consider: Andre Drummond, Karl-Anthony Towns, Serge Ibaka, Tristan Thompson, Wendell Carter, Jr., Jarrett Allen, Jonas Valanciunas