Daily Fantasy Basketball 11/5

Russell Westbrook

The Daily Fantasy Basketball season continues tonight Thursday, November 5, 2015. A 5-game slate is upon us tonight as some premier superstars such as Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, D-Wade and Damian Lillard take the court. On a night where there are a limited number of options, my best advice is to pay up for the stars and find value in the role players. Best of luck tonight guys, lets go out and win.

**These prices/values come from FantasyDraft.com. However, all players mentioned are recommended picks regardless of DFS gaming platform.

 

Play of the Night: Kevin Durant ($18,000)

Durant comes into the night averaging 29.2 ppg, 6 rpg, and 2 ast. This equates to about 43 points over on Fantasy Draft, which actually is low for the superstar. This is most likely because he rebounding and assist numbers have dipped some. I still love him in this matchup against the Bulls however. This isn’t the same defensively sound Chicago team of years past. They are allowing 102 ppg while OKC is scoring just over 114. That bodes well for Durant and company. I play him confidently if his value is under 20% of your salary cap.

 

Point Guard

Russell Westbrook ($20,400) – Westbrook has been absolutely insane this year. Even with KD in the lineup he remains a triple double threat every single night, regardless of matchup. Tonight he gets Derrick Rose and the Bulls in primetime. It may be hard paying up for him tonight with a slate of talented big men available, but just know he will not disappoint. Westbrook is close to a must play in what will be a high scoring affair.

Goran Dragic ($11,600) – In what has been a very mediocre start for Dragic, tonight seems like a wonderful opportunity to really kick things into gear. His value across the DFS industry is that of a mid-tier play, however I love his upside going against the defenseless wonder Ricky Rubio. Goran is averaging a little over 30 minutes a game, but this is partly due to coach Spoelstra limiting his veterans through the grueling season. If he can develop a solid pick and roll game with Bosh, as well as finding his way to the free throw line, Dragic will make for a great play.

Emmanuel Mudiay ($12,300) – Mudiay comes into tonight as a turnover machine. I mean seriously, the kid is averaging a little over 6 per game to start the year. Although, I will say that the rookie can definitely score the basketball, and has a certain swagger about him that other rookies have yet to find. If you play Mudiay tonight, hope for numbers of around 15, 3, 6 to really help your fantasy lineups.

 

Shooting Guard

Jeremy Lamb ($7,800) – Strictly a GPP play, Lamb has great potential. Coming off a contract extension, the Charlotte guard seems energized and ready to prove himself. He is very cheap across the DFS community and represents a wonderful GPP option if you are bold enough. The only issue with him is minutes and inconsistency shooting the ball, but if the stars align he could win you a bunch of money.

Jimmy Butler ($15,100) – Butler comes into the night as what appears to be the top play at shooting guard. Chicago isn’t getting a ton of offense from anyone else other than Jimmy Buckets. His price is a little high tonight, but I do still like he can hit value. I don’t exactly love his opportunity tonight; although you can’t go wrong with him either.

 

Small Forward

Danilo Gallinari ($12,400) – Gallo! The Italian forward is so talented. I truly believe this is the year that he puts it all together and becomes a superstar. Embrace the opportunity tonight in what will be a high tempo game. If Gallo can get the three-ball falling, he will easily exceed his value.

Rodney Hood ($9,600) – As a Duke fan, I loved watching Rodney Hood and just thinking how great of a pro he could become. As his minutes increase, Hood is finally molding into his own. He shoots the 3-ball well, and is a great option when the Jazz choose to go to a small ball style of play. I think his ownership will be very high in cash games, as he is a very safe play.

 

Power Forward

Kenneth Faried ($12,600) – The Manimal. Faried has the makings of an absoulte superstar in this league. His bruising and aggressive high-energy style of play is what fantasy players around the industry love to watch. He makes for a great cash game play tonight, and I expect his ownership to reflect that. He should easily hit value, as his stats are up from last season.

Pau Gasol ($13,700) – His price on DFS sites as well as production have both seen a steady decline since the seasons start a little over a week ago. As Gasol gets older and plays fewer minutes, this will likely be a theme for him over the course of the season. Embrace his upside however as a threat to still give you 20 and 12. Tricky play tonight, for both cash games and GPP.

 

Center

Rudy Gobert ($13,700) – Gobert is averaging 8 points, 12 rebounds and a massive 4 blocks per game. Rudy is literally 6 points away from being a daily fantasy monster every single night. If the big man can get a few more dunks than usual, and get to the line slightly more, he will win someone a ton of money. Love the upside tonight against a Nuggets team that plays a lot of small ball.

Al Jefferson ($13,200) – Big Al is definitely off to a slow start. The Hornets have played a few teams with solid defensive front-lines, which could play a big part. His minutes have been down and with the emergence of Cody Zeller, you’re probably asking why play him? Dallas has an extremely weak front court and the pace fits his style of play so much. The old Al Jeff will show up tonight, and hit value. Book it.

 

Thanks for reading and be sure to follow me on Twitter @BrandonHodge for any NBA DFS questions you may have!

 

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