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The NBA Rundown – FanDuel & DraftKings NBA DFS Picks – November 24, 2021 (11/24/21)

The NBA Rundown – FanDuel & DraftKings NBA DFS Picks – November 24, 2021 (11/24/21)

Please note that players on DraftKings and FanDuel have multi-position eligibility and may not always match their position between each other. In this article, we will be breaking down some of our favorite plays on the slate at their positions. Remember to always keep your eye on the news as the day progresses, as NBA news changes the slate frequently.

We have a nice 13 game slate on tap for tonight. Before jumping into some of our favorite players on this slate, I cannot stress enough how important it is to watch the injury news tonight. There are a lot of players that are questionable tonight which will have a massive impact on the outlook for a handful of key value pivots. On a deep slate like this, there’s always a ton that pops up towards lineup lock, so keep that in mind as you navigate across our various FC Insights articles. Our cheat sheets are always updated closer to game time as key values emerge, too.

The link to today’s cheat sheet is here for your convenience.

Point Guard

Tyrese Maxey ($7,500 DK, $8,100 FD)

Team Total Usage Rate Fantasy Points Per Minute Opponent Defensive Net Rating Rank Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to Position 
104.25 21.5% 0.93 10th 41.78

This isn’t as much a DvP exploitation play as it is about the player himself making noise, as well as the usage opportunity flowing his way. The Warriors are off to a great start in 2021, helping fans forget all about the disappointment the last couple of seasons. They have been pretty stout against PGs this year, but the minutes and usage Maxey’s seeing these days are impossible to ignore. In his last 3 games, he’s seen 35 MPG with a 28.4% usage rate average, scoring at least 35 DKP in each outing. With Joel Embiid ruled out and Tobias Harris questionable, there’s potential here for another ~30% usage night (33.7% on Monday night) at a price point that we’ll really enjoy across the industry.

Cory Joseph ($4,400 DK, $4,100 FD)

Team Total Usage Rate Fantasy Points Per Minute Opponent Defensive Net Rating Rank Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to Position 
100.25 17.1% 0.74 24th 49.16

There really isn’t much flashy about Joseph’s game, but opportunity knocks with Killian Hayes sidelined, and the value at the PG position is pretty hard to come by today. It isn’t often we can nab a veteran PG under $4,500 on both FanDuel and DraftKings who is staring down yet another 30+ minute night. In his last 4 games reaching the 30+ MPG threshold, he’s scored at least 20.5 DKP in each with 29+ in 2 of those outings. He makes his living in the assists and steals categories, not doing much on offense outside of a few open baseline jumpers from time to time to help create a bit of offense. The blowout potential does worry me a bit here, but you can’t go wrong if you need a bit of value in your lineup at a position that won’t see many managers spend down for. There’s solid 7+ ROI potential on DK and 6+ ROI potential on FD.

Shooting Guard

Josh Giddey ($6,600 DK, $6,000 FD)

Team Total Usage Rate Fantasy Points Per Minute Opponent Defensive Net Rating Rank Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to Position 
98.25 20.5% 1.04 12th 39.31

Recommending someone against the Jazz, especially when a team has less than 100 projected points per Vegas, is always a bit risky. However, when Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is sidelined, Giddey gets plenty of opportunity to thrive and has done just that in 5 straight games now. Even when his team has scored less than 90 points, he’s produced nicely in those outings with 34.75 and 35.5 DKP against MIA and MIL respectively. His ability to score, distribute and rebound always keeps the floor nice and high, and for a mid-range option with 22-25% usage outlook across 32-34 minutes, he still makes for an excellent target.

Fred VanVleet ($7,800 DK, $8,400 FD)

Team Total Usage Rate Fantasy Points Per Minute Opponent Defensive Net Rating Rank Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to Position 
109.25 23.2% 1.05 4th 48.02

The Raptors travel to Memphis tonight to take on the Grizzlies here, in a game that has the third highest total at the moment. This is expected to be a close game, and that always leads us to a nice spot for DFS exposure, given the minutes outlook that is fairly easy to lock in. Outside of an easy win against the Kings recently, Freddy has played 39+ minutes in 3 of his last 5 and has scored at least 37 points in 4 of 5 with plenty of 40+ fantasy points nights over his last 10 game stretch, too. The season long usage rate of 23.2% feels a little understated if you just evaluate that on its own, because the minutes and occasional boost to 30% in that department drive an even higher floor/ceiling combo, too. I’m happy to invest in the Raptors here given the team total and potential for a bounce back outing, and even with a higher end rating in terms of DvP, a near 50 FPPG to the position shows there’s plenty of room for a big night here.

Small Forward

Jayson Tatum ($10,100 DK, $10,000 FD)

Team Total Usage Rate Fantasy Points Per Minute Opponent Defensive Net Rating Rank Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to Position 
107.25 31.6% 1.25 27th 41.54

He’s taken his game to the next level this season, and he isn’t slowing down. He’s had 6 straight games with a usage rate over 33%, and in close games he’s seeing close to 38 minutes on a nightly basis. Couple that with the way he’s played against the Nets in recent matchups and it’s easy to see why we should be excited about going all-in with him tonight (76, 62.74 and 55.25 DKP the last 3 games they faced off). Despite it being the playoffs when they last met, the baseline has been set and we can realistically expect a 30-7-5-2-2 kind of night from him just about any day of the week. That’s worth investing in, especially if Jaylen Brown is limited or out altogether given he’s being slowly brought back to full speed.

Scottie Barnes ($6,600 DK, $6,500 FD)

Team Total Usage Rate Fantasy Points Per Minute Opponent Defensive Net Rating Rank Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to Position 
109.25 19.8% 0.93 3rd 46.11

Outside of Tatum as a SF1 and potentially flexing Josh Giddey into a SF position or maybe Zach LaVine or even Brandon Ingram, I’m not terribly excited about the options here. Barnes is a great mid-range play in my eyes, averaging 32.5 DKP on the season in 34.9 MPG, and lining up really nicely in a spot tonight against the Grizzlies who will struggle with his versatility. He’s proven to be a great high floor DFS option in his rookie year, making everyone forget about them passing on Jalen Suggs on draft day. He’ll consistently approach 35 minutes a night (even with Pascal Siakam back) and does a great job contributing across the board. He’s a safe mid-tier play on this slate with a high team and game total and tightly projected game.

Power Forward

Brandon Clarke ($3,500 DK, $4,800 FD)

Team Total Usage Rate Fantasy Points Per Minute Opponent Defensive Net Rating Rank Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to Position 
112.25 15.8% 1.03 2nd 43.08

This is more of a mention for his value on DK as a potential punt than anything. The Grizzlies aren’t getting much from Steven Adams these days, and with 26 minutes off the bench in his last game (10 points, 9 boards) he could certainly be looking at a steadier 18-22 minute role in the near future. He’s the kind of guy that can produce in a big way in limited minutes, and for just $3,500 on DraftKings possesses all kinds of 7+ ROI upside in a higher-scoring game against a TOR team that can be exploited at times by opposing energetic bigs.

John Collins, who Zach mentioned here just 2 days ago, is a great mid-range option if you want to spend up a bit higher on the list.

Center

Rudy Gobert ($8,700 DK, $8,800 FD)

Team Total Usage Rate Fantasy Points Per Minute Opponent Defensive Net Rating Rank Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to Position 
110.25 17.6% 1.36 10th 55.67

This is a boom spot for Gobert, who faces a very underdeveloped team at the 5 who is going to have all kinds of trouble keeping him at bay. On the year, OKC has allowed the third most REB to opposing bigs (18.4 RPG) and the third most blocks to the position as well (2.9 BPG), leading to all kinds of potential for one of the most dominant in these departments in basketball. There really isn’t anyone on the other side that can body up against Gobert, and I’m expecting to see him absolutely mow down the opposition here. Andre Drummond is intriguing as a pivot with Joel Embiid out, but I don’t see anyone beating the price point and floor/ceiling combo you’ll get with Gobert here this evening.

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