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NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 11/19/18

With Victor Oladipo ruled out, some serious value has opened up in the Pacers' backcourt for tonight's slate.

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

Anthony Davis ($12,800): Davis isn't just the only player averaging more than 60 FanDuel points per game this season, he's also the only player averaging more than even 54 per game. He has 4 of the 13 highest single-game fantasy scores of the young season, and he has 54 or more FanDuel points in 10 of his 13 games to start the year. It's hard to overstate how ridiculous that production is, and with his salary still sitting south of $13,000, he's someone that we can essentially default to as a top play on almost any slate, as long as there's some decent value available and no other high-priced studs flirting with "must-play" status. Tonight's matchup against the San Antonio Spurs also shouldn't scare you off Davis, as they don't rank better than 14th in either defensive rating or rebound rate, and they're on a second half of a back-to-back that saw starting center LaMarcus Aldridge play 40 minutes against Golden State last night.

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