The NFL was a rip-roaring success last night, and I’m ready to put it back into play with the 9-game Fanduel NBA slate this evening. While you’re here be sure to sign up for our DFS NBA projections which are updated LIVE leading up to tip off. I won’t make chat tonight but our team of analysts will be there for you helping set those Fanduel NBA lineups ahead of tip off. We already have some injury news to sift through with the usual Clippers all out again and Rudy Gobert set to miss 4-6 weeks for the Jazz, so let’s examine the best way to build! Give me a follow on twitter @jac3600.
Fanduel NBA Lineup | Monday 11/13
Damian Lillard, POR ($9600)
My big spends will come from the frontcourt tonight (LeBron and/or one of the New Orleans bigs), but Lillard is in a fine spot for the Blazers. Lillard is averaging 25.2 PPG while posting a 30.9% usage rate (eighth in the NBA). Denver is currently ranked 14th in pace which is down from recent years, but the spread is one point and the Nuggets are 26th in defensive efficiency against PGs.
Other options – John Wall, Stephen Curry (GTD)
Mid-tier options – Lonzo Ball, Ricky Rubio, Dennis Schroder, Jrue Holiday, Mike Conley
Tyler Ulis, PHX ($4000)
Ulis and Mike James are still stuck in a time share which caps each’s individual upside, but Ulis started last game which seems to indicate the balance of power may be shifting in his favor. Ulis is by far the superior defender so it would make sense to see which lineups benefit the most from each players’ strengths. The game environment could not be better, as the spread is one point, the O/U is 227, and the Suns and Lakers rank second and fourth in pace.
Other options – Jeff Teague, Mike James, De’Aaron Fox, Jamal Murray, TJ McConnell, Frank Ntilikina
Devin Booker, PHX ($7200)
Booker is the cornerstone of a fluctuating Phoenix offense (even with TJ Warren coming on), and his price just doesn’t move on FanDuel. The PHX/LAL is one of the best to target for fantasy purposes tonight, and Booker should feast on a Lakers defense that ranks 26th overall while running fourth in pace. They’ve alos given up the second highest 3PT% this year.
Other options – Bradley Beal, CJ McCollum
Mid-tier options – Klay Thompson
Lou Williams, LAC ($5500)
Sweet Lou needs to be locked in on all sites. His price simply does not account for his elevated role in the thinned out Clippers offense, and Beverley, Gallinari, and Teodosic have all already been ruled out again. With those three out the past two games, Lou has logged 39 and 36 minutes with enhanced rates across the board. The 76ers are a great matchup as they rank third in pace and 21st against opposing SGs.
Other options – Donovan Mitchell, Rodney Hood, Kent Bazemore, Will Barton, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Sindarius Thornwell, Iman Shumpert
LeBron James, CLE ($11,200)
Ideally I’d like to get LeBron and one of the New Orleans bigs as my cash studs tonight, but the price tags may prove difficult. LeBron is certainly viable in all formats tonight even at his price, as he has a history of tearing Madison Square Garden apart and is playing 40 minutes per night. This is not the same Cavs team that can afford to treat LeBron with kid gloves, as he’s the only chance they have of winning without Kyrie Irving in town. LeBron is tenth in the NBA with a 30.3% usage rate, and he’s torched the Knicks his whole career.
Other options – Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant
Mid-tier options – TJ Warren, Jimmy Butler
Brandon Ingram, LAL ($5900)
Ingram is just another terrific piece in the Lakers/Suns game. Phoenix has really struggled to defend scoring wings this season and Ingram is logging just over 36 minutes a night. His fantasy scores have been down lately but his price reflects this, and he only needs 28-29 points to pay off his tag. Ingram is viable in all formats.
Other options – Robert Covington, Evan Fournier, Taurean Prince, Evan Turner, Jonathan Simmons, Thabo Sefolosha
Anthony Davis, NO ($11,400)
You’re going to want one of the two New Orleans big men in cash tonight. I strongly prefer Cousins in cash due to far less health risk, but Davis has been playing 40 MPG and once again is a top-three play in PER (he led the league the last two seasons). Atlanta ranks 28th against opposing PFs and allows the seventh most FGA to them.
Other options – Kristaps Porzingis, Ben Simmons, Blake Griffin, Draymond Green
Mid-tier options – Aaron Gordon, Paul Millsap, Otto Porter
Derrick Favors, UTA ($5400)
Favors is another value that you have to lock into cash games. With Rudy Gobert on the shelf for 4-6 weeks, Favors sets up to be the prime beneficiary of both frontcourt usage and rebounding. His lengthy injury history makes it tough to imagine him playing a full complement of minutes each night, but he played 36 last game and Minnesota ranks 11th in pace and 27th in overall team defense.
Other options – Kyle Kuzma, Julius Randle, John Henson, Markieff Morris, Zack Randolph, John Colling, Luke Babbitt, Dario Saric
DeMarcus Cousins, NO ($11,700)
Cousins ranks fifth in the NBA in usage and is 16th in PER. He’s added a three point shot to go along with a 16% assist rate (elite for a center), and should savage the Atlanta frontcourt that ranks 28th against centers, 25th in overall team defense, and dead last in rebounding rate. The price tag is fair, but Boogie is getting locked in for me with the highest expected floor/ceiling combo.
Other options – Karl-Anthony Towns, Joel Embiid
Mid-tier options – Nikola Vucevic, Marc Gasol, Kevin Love, DeAndre Jordan
DeAndre Jordan, LAC ($7200)
If you’re looking to save a bit at the center position so you can pay more elsewhere (a viable route to take), Jordan looks like a great pivot at $4500 less than Cousins. DeAndre will come with a bit of foul risk against the freakish athleticism of Joel Embiid, but he’s a rebounding monster in his own right and the 76ers allow the fourth most RPG (along with the third most BPG, which really can elevate Jordan’s ceiling).
Other options – Brook Lopez, Marcin Gortat, Tyson Chandler, Alex LenFantasy Basketball