After yesterdays games it feels like things couldn’t get any better, but with an 11 game slate and $55,000 up for grabs in the Thursday Monster, the NBA season is only just getting started. Today hosts a great slate of games for NBA DFS and the rewards could be massive. Make sure you get your team in, and if you’re struggling for picks, here are a few suggestions:
Marcus Smart $5,200
I recommended Smart yesterday and with the Hayward injury (get well soon), his value does nothing but rise. This applies for most of the Celtics, including Irving, but as one of my favourites for MIP I’m happy to give Smart the nod again. Defensive numbers being increased to 3 make smarts value evern greater with 2 steals and 2 blocks today.
Damian Lillard $10,100
Phoenix have been one of the worst teams in the league at defending guards over the last few years and nothing looks set to change this season. Phoenix defense is bound to be poor and Damian Lillard – without Cj McCollum – will be primed to take advantage. He’s entering the season in strong form and he perenially plays with a chip on his shoulder. Him and Portland will both have something to prove after last season.
Jeremy Lin is also a great option starting at $5,200.
Jaylen Brown $4,100
Just like Smart, I recommended Jaylen on opening day and he repaid in dividends. He played 40 minutes and scored 25 points with 6 rebounds and 2 steals. I’m a little concerned this was an aberration, but I still feel like Brown is too cheap to ignore. Particularly in tournaments, the upside is just far too high.
Rodney Hood $4,000
Rodney Hood is way too cheap given his role on the Jazz this season. With Hayward gone, Hood could very well be the teams go to scorer. He has the skillset for it, and maybe with an increased role, his inconsistency issues will be long forgotten. Last year Hood was allegedly dealing with injury concerns and his efficiency and point production went down. But heading into this season he’s healthy and will take on a much larger offensively role that he’s definitely capable of fulfilling. Hood is another massive MIP favourite and at $4,000 he’s far too cheap to ignore. He’ll likely play 30+ minutes.
Eric Gordon $4,900
Eric Gordon’s monster 33.7 outing was also not a one off. EG didn’t even hit a 3, but he looked much more explosive and bouncy heading to the cup. His dunk on Jordan Bell was incredible and I said yesterday he’d average close to 20ppg this year. I’m even more optimistic about that after opening night. Brown might be the tournament play, but EG is a safer option for cash.
Jayson Tatum $4,000
Another Celtic to the list, but there’s just far too much value to be had. Tatum had 14 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists on debut, cementing his starting spot for at least a few more games. At $4,000 it’s just too difficult to ignore a starter even if he’s a little bit of an unknown.With Hayward and Morris injured, there will be plenty of minutes for all of the young (and underpriced) Celtic wings.
Ben Simmons $5,500
Ben Simmons looked great in preseason, and with Markelle Fultz relegated to the bench, he’s sure to have plenty of opportunities to assert himself as the primary ball handler. He’s looked good in the role, and given his ability to fill the stat sheet, he has a fairly high floor and a reasonably high ceiling. Of course saying that about a guy who’s never played NBA is ambitious, but Simmons should be good for a few points, a few rebounds, a few assists, and a defensive stat or two. Even if he doesn’t excel in any area, it should be just enough to bring fantasy value. But if he’s able to score efficiently or finds his spot as the facilitator, then his fantasy numbers could be huge. Simmons is just cheap enough to make a very nice tournament play.
Giannis Antetokounmpo $10,100
Giannis is considered to be a smoke MVP candidate and for good reason. He led the Bucks in all 5 major statistical cateogires last season and is a legitimate two-way terror. He’s good for points, rebounds, assists and multiple steals and blocks a game. With the increase for defensive stats and hopefully with continued improvement, Giannis’ DFS value will only continue to rise.
Myles Turner $6,400
As the new face of the Pacers franchise, Turner is probably undervalued at $6,400. ESPN has Turner projected for 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks this season, so if he puts up numbers anything like that he will be well undervalued at this price. There are other options at center today, but Turner feels like the best value play.