Daily Fantasy Basketball – 10/27

Christmas in October! For NBA fans and Daily Fantasy Basketball fans across the world , Tuesday October 27th marks the tip-off of the 2015-2016 season. In a small 3 game slate, the league will put some of its marquee stars on display. Usually, I wouldn’t recommend playing heavily the first week of the season. This is to let value plays build and to get a feel for players with new systems/coaches. But it’s opening night so I can’t blame you for going at it. Lets start the season off on a good note and win some money.

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


Play of the Night: Anthony Davis ($19,100)

Davis will likely be the first pick in all seasonal fantasy drafts. Over the summer, General Managers voted The Brow almost unanimously as the player they would start a franchise with today. The kid can play. He stuffs the stat sheet, shoots a high percentage from the floor, plays defense like an animal, and makes the most of every minute he’s on the court. I am playing Davis across every daily fantasy website regardless of price. He is the best player on a small slate of games.


Point Guard

Stephen Curry ($18,600) – The reigning MVP of the league kicks off the season in what will be a plus matchup against the Pelicans. Jrue Holiday, who will be on a minutes restriction to start the season, will NOT be able to stay in front of Curry. 5’8” Nate Robinson may be quick enough to stay with the leagues best, but simply will have a tough time contesting Curry’s jumper. He is an elite play for the night, but beware of a blowout. Last season the Warriors jumped to many double digit leads resulting in a lot of benched 4th quarters for their starters.

Mo Williams ($10,200) – Yes, it’s 2015 and yes Mo Williams is the starting point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Relax, Kyrie Irving will be sidelined for a while with injury, so the veteran Williams will look to hold down the fort in his absence. I actually prefer Williams as a safer pick on this slate. I believe he will play anywhere between 25-30 minutes and mainly with the starting unit. You may think of him as a GPP play, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see Mo go for say 14 points and 6 assists. Throw in a steal and a few rebounds and he makes a sneaky play.

Nate Robinson ($7,500) – Robinson begins this season in a backup role for the Pelicans. With Norris Cole and Tyreke Evans injured, and Jrue Holiday on a minutes limit – Nate has a solid opportunity to contribute. For this price, I love the upside. He’s merely a candidate for instant offense, but for DFS that is gold. 20-25 minutes is likely, but I believe he can do the most with these minutes, especially against a second unit.


Shooting Guard

Klay Thompson ($14,200) – This season Klay, along with Harden will be the best options at SG all season. Thompson fresh off his best season as a pro, will look to improve even more. I like Klay in a plus matchup against a frail New Orleans backcourt. His days as just a spot up shooter are over, as I expect him to put the ball on the floor and attack the basket a ton this season opening up lanes for cutters and shooters.

Jimmy Butler ($14,800) – Butler will be in consideration almost every night. He will likely lead the league in minutes and with Rose still extremely inconsistent, Jimmy Buckets is solid in every aspect. He gets a great matchup on offense, however makes for a slightly risky play if he if forced to guard LeBron and picks up early fouls. Butler has had multiple well-rounded games against in the past against the Cavs.


Small Forward

LeBron James ($18,700) – The King. The Chosen One. LeBron. Fade at your own risk. He lives for primetime games, and in the season opener I wouldn’t worry about all the talk of a minute reduction.

Andre Igoudala ($8,400) – The MVP of the 2015 Finals, Igoudala represents a solid GPP play. This is the role he played last season during majority of the DFS season. His stats are there, but his minutes are not. He is a much better real life player than fantasy, however Iggy definitely has his moments. Proceed with caution.


Power Forward

Nikola Mirotic ($12,600) – Mirotic, in a surprise will move into the Bulls starting lineup to begin this season. With Noah aging and unable to perform at a high level during the stretch last season, Mirotic took the opportunity and ran with it. I love his upside playing next to Pau Gasol, as he stretches the floor and provides solid spacing for shooters. He does a good job of rebounding, and I like him for this price with the extended minutes on the horizon.

Paul Millsap ($15,100) – This is a great matchup for Paul to start the season. Going against a weak defender in Illysova, and an undersized Marcus Morris all night will help him thrive. Love the opportunity in this one for Millsap. Should be an EASY 20 and 10 game. Super safe pick here.

Ryan Anderson ($10,100) & Kevin Love ($14,600) – Both Love and Anderson represent high upside GPP plays. Anderson will have extended minutes with a thin Pelicans frontcourt, which helps his value. Love is a superstar who will be the second option on this Cavs team for the start of the year. Both players have 3-point range and will take double digit shot attempts. Rebounds will be there, but just be wary of the risks that each bring. I prefer Anderson if you are looking to save salary cap, however Love may be under owned on a night where many will pay up for Curry, Davis, and LeBron.



Andre Drummond ($15,900) – Drummond is a rebounding machine. With Greg Monroe out of the picture in D-Town, the paint belongs to him on both ends of the floor. This could easily be the breakout season for Drummond to put things together, stay out of foul trouble, and fulfill his potential. I like him tonight, as his floor is very safe.

Anderson Varejao ($6,500) – Brazilian Andy has looked GREAT in the preseason. But with news of Tristan Thompson signing, and Mozgov likely ready for the opener his promise of being an elite value play is somewhat hindered. I do still like him if you need to save some cap and pay for other guys. He can still go out and get 12 and 6, which would be just what DFS owners will be looking for.


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


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