NBA Roosevelt’s Playbook – Monday October 22nd, 2018

Looking for help with your NBA lineups? In Roosevelt’s Playbook we provide our recommended plays for Drafters, Draft, DraftKings and FanDuel,  for today’s NBA contests!

Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 54.1 fantasy points per game and has a great matchup against The Knicks tonight. Is he the number one option on this slate?

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Welcome to my very first edition of the NBA Roosevelt’s Playbook for the 2018-2019 season! Last week, I was unable to write any NBA articles due to a full schedule of Euroleague and golf. The smaller sports have higher writing priority for me because there is less information out there for them. However, this week, we’re down to 2 days of Euroleague action so that gives us more time for NBA content.

Tonight we have a 9 game slate of NBA action. The first game starts at 7:30pm Eastern. We have some pretty good games to target tonight for DFS purposes tonight! So far, I’ve been down on the salary cap sites of DraftKings and FanDuel. However, I’m up on Draft and Drafters, especially Drafters, which has been my best site so far this season. The gains on Draft and Drafters have outweighed my losses on DraftKings and FanDuel thus putting me in the profit so far this NBA season. This is why I highly recommend considering draft sites if you haven’t already. While you can’t win as much as you can on the salary cap sites, the games are much easier to cash and much easier to profit while you wait to have those big nights in GPP.

Here’s a breakdown of what I like to look at when considering NBA players:

  • Vegas Team Implied Total (The higher the better)
  • Vegas Spread (I like to avoid players on teams that I think will get blown out)
  • Expected minutes played including injuries and expected impact
  • Average Fantasy Points Per Game
  • Average Fantasy Points Per Minute
  • Usage Percentage
  • Opposing defense vs position
  • Opposing defensive real plus minus

There’s a great article that Rotogrinders produces written by Derek Farnsworth that I look at every day that breaks all of these elements down. It’s not completely accurate because injury news comes out later in the day that might change some of the key elements. However, it’s a great start and it saves me the time of having to go find this information elsewhere on my own. It’s called NBA First Look.

Here’s a breakdown of who I like today on the different sites. Keep in mind I’m writing this as of 12:30pm Eastern. Things can change a lot in NBA especially on the salary cap sites. However, the idea is to give you a start to work with for your own research and plays today.

Drafters Top 10 Plays

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For each player, I list the position that I prefer to draft that player at first. This is VERY IMPORTANT on Drafters and one of the reasons why I’m so successful on this site. Many of the other players there don’t pay attention to this and they handicap the potential output of their team as a result.

  1. Giannis Antentokounmpo SF/PF
  2. Kevin Durant SF/PF
  3. LeBron James SF/PF
  4. Stephen Curry SG/PG
  5. Damian Lillard PG
  6. Jimmy Butler SG/SF
  7. Karl Anthony Towns C
  8. LaMarcus Aldridge PF/C
  9. Kemba Walker PG
  10. DeAndre Jordan C

Draft Top 10 Plays

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  1. Giannis Antetokounmpo – F
  2. Kevin Durant – F
  3. LeBron James – F
  4. Stephen Curry – G
  5. Damian Lillard – G
  6. John Wall – G
  7. Karl Anthony Towns – F
  8. DeMar DeRozan – G
  9. DeAndre Jordan – C
  10. Rudy Gobert – C

DraftKings Top 10 Plays

  1. Giannis Antetokounmpo – SF/PF $11,100
  2. Damian Lillard – PG $8,600
  3. LaMarcus Aldridge – PF/C $7,800
  4. DeMar DeRozan – SG/SF $7,400
  5. Luka Doncic – PG $6,800
  6. Marc Gasol – C $6,400
  7. Bobby Portis – PF/C $6,600
  8. Wesley Matthews – SG/SF – $5,000
  9. Al-Farouq Aminu – SF/PF $4,600
  10. Isaiah Canaan – PG $4,300

FanDuel Top 10 Plays

  1. Kevin Durant – SF $10,800
  2. Damian Lillard – PG $10,000
  3. LaMarcus Aldridge – PF $8,800
  4. DeAndre Jordan – C $8,300
  5. DeMar DeRozan – SG $8,200
  6. Al-Farouq Aminu – PF $5,300
  7. Wesley Matthews – SG $4,600
  8. Damian Jones – C $4,600
  9. Dorian Finney-Smith – SF $4,300
  10. Isaiah Canaan – PG $4,300

Good luck!

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