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NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 10/29/18

Drawing a plus matchup against the Lakers, Jimmy Butler is in a great spot for a bounce-back game.

If you're new to daily fantasy basketball -- maybe you started your DFS journey during the MLB or NFL seasons, or maybe basketball is your sport and this will be your first year giving it a shot -- you're in for a treat. The NBA scene changes hugely on a week-to-week, day-to-day, and -- depending on injury news -- even a minute-to-minute basis, making every slate a unique one that requires an ever-changing approach.

With so much changing so quickly, we're here with plenty of tools to help you out. We have daily projections, a matchup heat map, a lineup optimizer, and a ton of other great resources to help give you an edge.

We'll also be coming at you with this primer every day, breaking down a few of the day's top plays at each price point.

Let's take a look at who you should target on today's main slate.

Best of the Best

LeBron James ($11,800): We've seen LeBron go back and forth between volume and efficiency this year. His first three games of the season each saw him play 37-plus minutes, while his last three have seen him average 57.4 FanDuel points in only 32.3 minutes per game. His 54.6 FanDuel points per game on the season rank third in the NBA, while his 36.0 minutes per game are tied for third. The Minnesota Timberwolves rank only 23rd in defensive rating while playing at the 9th-fastest pace in the NBA, making them a juicy matchup for fantasy purposes. With the other two players who are priced above $11,000 dealing with "questionable" designations today, LeBron stands out as Monday's top play.

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