Sharing core plays and a cheat sheet for the November 10, 2019 NBA DFS slate on FanDuel.
Welcome to our NBA Core Plays & Cheat Sheet column for FanDuel. We’ll be sharing this article with you for all key slates (2 games+) over the course of the 2019-2020 NBA season. Hope you enjoy!
Core Plays – Main Slate
Boy was the Friday night blowout against the Pelicans costly for the Raptors. They lost both Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka to what appear to be extensive injuries. From a DFS perspective, this has to leave you licking your chops thanks to increased minutes and usage for a number of key guys in the rotation. Here are some quick highlights on situations I want to call out:
- Pascal Siakam – even at $9,600 and against a tough opponent, Siakam is a hard guy to completely fade in GPPs. His elite usage and minutes are fantastic given he’s still not in the 5 digit range, and his floor seems like it should settle into the mid-40s in fantasy points right now. A drawback is a tough statistical match-up, so I’m not saying he’s a lock for cash games.
- Fred VanVleet – probably the safest play on the Raptors tonight, as he’s going to be handling heavy touches and minutes for the Raptors as really their only traditional facilitator. For $6,800, he should deliver a 32+ FP outing given the role he’s set to play. Even though he and the Raptors are +10 underdogs on the road in LA, this price is too hard to pass up.
- Norman Powell – he saw nearly 30 minutes in Friday’s game, and came around to finish just shy of 25 FP on 6 of 10 shooting. He’ll need to be a key spark off the bench here forward for the suddenly short-handed Raptors, and could be a 28-32 minute, 18-22% usage guy for a very fair $4,200.
- Chris Boucher – being a Raptors fan myself, I watch a lot of their games and Boucher has always been very intriguing as a player. Toronto has really just been too strong for him to get a significant look over the last few years – but the skills/fantasy upside has always been tantalizing. Over his very short 35 game career, his per 36 minute averages net out to be 18.4 points, 12.6 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 5.4 blocks and 2.0 assists. Don’t worry – I’m not saying he’s getting that kind of playing time tonight. However, there’s 22-25 minute potential with a blowout risk for LAL to run away with this, as well as the opening for additional runway with Ibaka out (and playing against a tough Anthony Davis/LeBron James combo). There’s 12 point, 6 rebound, 2-3 steal+block upside here at a great price.
- Marc Gasol – there’s going to be quite a bit of ownership funneling his way tonight, but I do think it’s a bit tricky to lock him in. Frankly, LAL has been very stingy against the position this year, and he’s struggled to get things going so far in 2019-2020. I do think the playoff run and father time has started to catch up with him. Given the lower pace and team total here, even with a few extra touches, it’s hard to envision him being more than a 4-5 ROI guy (if that) given how poor he’s been to start the season. Boucher is the stronger GPP play, at a cheaper price, and in a situation where Nick Nurse is going to get creative to disrupt the Lakers.
Sixers values without Ben Simmons again
With Ben Simmons out once again, we have a very under-priced Raul Neto ($3,700) set to log about 28-32 minutes once again. He proved he’s very capable of running the offense for the Sixers in that role, hitting 25.4 FP in his first start of the year. Expect massive ownership here given how cheap he is, but don’t back off of a guy that has a 6+ ROI floor.
Tobias Harris was a guy I spoke about last time in the same split, and he’s back on my radar here on Sunday. This is an elite DvP match-up – not to mention a very solidified role we’re looking at for 33-35 minutes, 20-23% usage and what feels like a pretty safe 37-42 FP projection.
Turner has been banged up again this year (and water is wet). Sabonis has simply been tremendous for the Pacers this year, and especially while stepping in to play an elevated role while their young big man has been sidelined. In fact, he’s put together 4 straight fantasy performances of over 44.6 FanDuel points while generally playing mid to high-30s minutes (other than an easy win against the Wizards, where they only needed him for 28 minutes – even though he scored 48.9 points in that one). His elite rebounding% makes him a tremendous option today, even at $9,100, against an Orlando team who is softest against PFs.
Cheat Sheet – Main Slate
$ Tier PG SG SF PF C High Kyrie Irving (9.8k / 44.94) Devin Booker (8.4k / 41.06) Pascal Siakam (9.6k / 34.25) Domantas Sabonis (9.1k / 42.83) Tristan Thompson (8.5k / 33.97) RJ Barrett (7.2k / 29.81) Giannis Antetokounmpo (11.7k / 53.40) Anthony Davis (11.3k / 56.96) Nikola Vucevic (8.8k / 42.79) LeBron James (11.5k / 50.89) Kevin Love (8.8k / 39.33) Medium Ricky Rubio (7k / 33.92) Caris LeVert (6.5k / 32.47) Tobias Harris (7k / 36.02) Julius Randle (7.2k / 38.72) Marc Gasol (5.4k / 27.80) Terry Rozier (6.8k / 29.90) Fred VanVleet (6.8k / 28.11) OG Anunoby (6.2k / 22.53) Al Horford (6.5k / 34.81) Eric Bledsoe (6.8k / 28.83) Josh Richardson (5.9k / 30.33) Danilo Gallinari (6.7k / 30.90) Jabari Parker (6.6k / 31.13) Low Raulzinho Neto (3.7k / 26.57) Norman Powell (4.2k / 23.19) JaKarr Sampson (3.8k / 22.26) Taj Gibson (4k / 23.76) Chris Boucher (4.2k / 22.31) Aaron Holiday (4.1k / 24.11) Kyle Kuzma (4.3k / 21.47) Bobby Portis (4.4k / 25.27)