Daily Fantasy Basketball Playbook – 11/4

Jonas Valanciunas

Sorry about the slow start to the NBA DFS season. Technical issues on my side prevented me from doing anything, but that is now in the past and time to dive right into things. We have a heavy slate tonight with 10 games on the books. I really like the matchups tonight and it should make for a good night in DFS.

*note: all of my prices are according to DraftKings

Point Guard

Stephen Curry ($10,100) – There’s nobody better on the planet right now, including LeBron James. His salary is out of this world, but I can’t argue with anyone for playing Curry tonight.

Damian Lillard ($9,000) – Lillard will be in most of my linups tonight. He’s a guy that has a ton of upside, but also allows me to fit in guys that I couldn’t if I went with Curry. The Jazz’s backcourt is not very good and doesn’t have the athletic ability to keep up with Lillard. I like him a lot if you’re fading Curry.


Shooting Guard

Giannis Antetokounmpo ($6,900) – The Greek freak has had a strong start to the season and I expect that to continue tonight. The think I like about his game more this season is how much he’s using his body to create his shot and there are few players in the league that have the length or size to matchup with Giannis. He’s averaging over 40 fantasy points a game and I don’t see a way the Sixers slow him down tonight.

Langston Galloway ($4,500) – Galloway is another guy that I don’t see highly owned tonight because he’s coming off of a bad game. He’s getting the minutes to produce, and his salary doesn’t require much for him to hit his value. I really like him as a GPP play tonight.

Eric Bledsoe ($7,700) – Knight is coming off a terrible game so I don’t see a lot of high ownership for him tonight. The silver lining in his performance last night is the 41 minutes he played. He makes for a nice GPP play tonight.


Small Forward

Rudy Gay ($7,600) – Enjoy Gay’s price tag while it lasts, but it won’t stay under 8K much longer and that’s why I am using him. Add in the fact that DeMarcus Cousins is still out and it makes it a no brainer.

LeBron James ($9,900) – I always love to play LBJ when he is playing against his best friends. He always makes it personal, which only leads to good things in fantasy circles. When his price tag is stays the same, but his fantasy production is trending upwards always makes for a great play.


Power Forward

Paul Millsap ($7,900) – The thing I lover about Millsap is that he is consistent. I can always count on him to hit around 5x his salary. He’s done just that through four games and that’s why I love him for my cash games tonight.

Tristan Thompson ($4,600) – Thompson seems to be finding his groove over the last two games. He’s taking more shots and there’s no reason to ever doubt his hustle or rebounding ability. He’s scored over 26 fantasy points the past two games and I think that trend continues tonight against the Knicks.

Trevor Booker ($3,000) – Booker is my sneaky play of the night. It all depends on if Derrick Favors plays or not, but it’s not looking good. Favors is sick and wasn’t at the shootaround. If he sits, than Booker will slide start tonight in a solid matchup. Keep an eye on the situation.



Jonas Valanciunas ($6,000) – His name is Jonas and you should take note if you haven’t already. He’s been playing really well to start the season. OKC doesn’t have the big body to hang with him down low and his inside game has improved since last season. He’s hit over 30 fantasy points twice so far this season and there’s a good chance hit does just that again tonight to exceed his value.

Willie Cauley-Stein ($4,600) – As mentioned before, no Boogie Cousins tonight means another heavy dose of WCS. So far, he has been scored over 20 fantasy points in three straight games. More minutes means more opportunity to produce and he’s a perfect candidate for a GPP.

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