There is value everywhere on FanDuel! It’ll be harder to come by on DraftKings, but there are still a few diamonds in the rough.
Dennis Smith Jr (PG):
Listen, this Mavs were committed to this guy being the starting point guard since he was drafted. He should see 30-plus minutes, and he’s shown in the preseason that he isn’t afraid to chuck. He’s over two grand more expensive on DraftKings, if that boosts your confidence. In the preseason, Smith averaged almost 11 points per game, four dimes, and two and half rebounds in only 19.2 minutes. Without any garbage steals and blocks, he’s hitting around your 4x floor in only about two thirds of his expected minutes.
Darren Collison (PG):
He’ll be in a role for the Pacers, which might result in his highest usage of his career. He’s in play at 4.9, and anything at the point guard position is possible against the Nets, who are always fast, sloppy, and can’t defend the perimeter.
Dejounte Murray (PG, Both Sites):
He’s finally going to get his chance to shine while Tony Parker and Kawhi are sidelined. He filled up the stat sheet during his opportunities in the playoffs last year, and showed that capability in the preseason. If he scores double-digit real points, he could crush. Slightly above average matchup against Jeff Teague this evening.
Andrew Harrison (PG):
Should draw the start at shooting guard. Are you feeling froggy? Crack that beer early.
Yogi Ferrell (PG):
My guess is he sees between 24-28 minutes. He’s dirt cheap and we saw what he can do last year. Plus-matchup with the Hawks.
Jaylen Brown (SG, Both Sites):
40 minutes, 23 FGA, will likely be the chalkiest play of the night. Need anything else for 3.7?
Evan Turner (SG):
He’ll be starting during CJ McCollums’ one-game absence. He’s in a fantastic matchup with Phoenix and under 5K. Terry Stotts had him handling the ball more in the preseason, and you could see more sets with ET handling the ball, which is more reason to play him.
Lance Stephenson (SG):
He might be known for blowing in LBJ’s ear a few years ago. But he should be the focal point of this second unit. Lance likes to get his, even if he plays around 25 minutes, he should put up around 10 shots, and he has his nights where he fills it up. Oh yeah, he plays the Nets.
Malik Monk (SG):
Categorize him with Andrew Harrison. Open Pandora’s box.
Donovan Mitchell (SG, Both Sites):
Another guy who we aren’t exactly sure what his role is going to be. But he had a MASSIVE preseason and went off against the Lakers. He’s a special kid.
Terry Rozier (SG, Both Sites):
He had four steals last night against the Cavs, which now unfortunately results in 12 FDP. He’s a GPP play.
Jeremy Lamb (SF):
Lamb is a guy who historically averaged about one FDP per minute last year without Nick Batum, the question was alwys whether or not he will get the minutes. With MKG and Batum both sidelined, no doubt Lamb should see some serious run tonight. Do the math. He could crush.
Jayson Tatum (SF):
He’ll be another popular Boston player on the board tonight. He’ll see a ton of minutes, as he’s one of the only players capable of playing the three and playing the stretch four in place of Gordon Hayward.
Bojan Bogdanovic (SF, Both Sites):
He should draw the start for Indy and takes on Brooklyn. He’s relatively scoring dependent, but an average night and a few peripherals and he could crush.
Kyle Anderson (SF):
Yeah, he’s in play despite Rudy Gay looking relatively healthy. He’ bare minimum and could see 20-25 minutes.
Jason Smith (PF):
There isn’t much below 5K that I’m crazy about here. However, Smith will draw the start and take on a Philly frontcourt without The Process and Richaun Holmes. There is no rim protector. You should probably just pay up for Ben Simmons, who is terribly underpriced on FanDuel.
Dewayne Dedmon (C):
If you’re going this route, you could be in for a bumpy ride. However, he’s Atlanta’s starting center, but we’re unsure of minutes. This is a guy who has averaged four points and five boards per game over his career in 14 minutes. Let’s say he doubles that production and time on the floor. Throw in a block or two and you’re set. Big IF though.
About the Author:
Justin is a 2013 grad of East Stroudsburg University and a former intern of the Brooklyn Nets. He’s been playing fantasy sports for 15 years and is a successful DFS player. He has years of sports media experience between radio and reporting, and has worked with a handful of DFS sites; providing content, editing, hosting podcasts,and now calls DRS his home. 2017 was a big year for him, finishing 16th in the FanDuel World Fantasy Basketball Championship, and taking down a “Monster” GPP during the NBA season with a single bullet in December 2016. Despite his GPP success, he is an optimal player who rarely plays more than one or two lineups per slate. He loves whiskey, Lil Wayne, and Tennessee Titans football. Follow him on Twitter @ThejCarlucci