3 NBA FanDuel Studs to Target on 11/7/19
Basketball is the most consistent sport for daily fantasy purposes.
A top slugger in baseball will have his fair share of 0-for-4 days, and an elite fantasy football player is at risk of having games where his team's offense as a whole is shut down. A high-priced NBA stud is generally going to get his, though. With so many possessions in a game providing opportunities to produce, top fantasy basketball options will be posting high scores just about every night.
While this consistency puts us in a good position to identify top plays, it also means you can't afford to miss when you're paying up for someone. Even with strong value plays in your lineup, paying up and getting a dud is likely going to leave your lineup drawing pretty close to dead.
Let's get right into it and look at which top players should be the focal points of your lineups tonight.
Kawhi Leonard, SF, Los Angeles Clippers ($10,800)
A controversially well-rested Kawhi Leonard shouldn't have much trouble proving himself worth the highest salary on this slate.
The Klaw has eclipsed 60 FanDuel points in three of his last four games. His per-game average is held down by a couple blowouts, but if we just look at games decided by 15 points or fewer, he's averaging 56.5 FanDuel points per game.
This potential playoff matchup doesn't carry a ton of blowout risk, either, with the Los Angeles Clippers favored by 5.5 over the Portland Trail Blazers. There's not much risk that Kawhi's minutes fall into the 20s tonight.
His 1.76 FanDuel points per minute are not going to be sustainable (he averaged 1.32 last year), but with a 40.1% usage rate, we can expect him to continue to be incredibly efficient with the minutes he gets while Paul George is on the shelf.
Kemba Walker, PG, Boston Celtics ($9,500)
He's sporting a 31.1% usage rate in that stretch, and his .552 effective field goal percentage tops his previous career-high mark of .527.
Leading the C's in usage, he should be in for a big night as the focal point of the offense in an outstanding matchup (and revenge game, no less) with the Charlotte Hornets. Even without a narrative tacked on, Kemba shouldn't have much trouble against Charlotte, whose 111.7 defensive rating ranks 26th in the NBA while their 48.7 percent rebound rate ranks 27th.
Our models also like Kemba to go above his season average in playing time here, projecting him for 35.7 minutes, which would be a nice boost in what should be a high-efficiency matchup.
Devin Booker, SG, Phoenix Suns ($8,700)
The Phoenix Suns are no strangers to playing fast, and if anything, their 11th-ranked pace (104.0) is somewhat disappointing. The Miami Heat have been running in a way we haven't really seen from them before, though, with a 105.4 pace (8th) of their own, so this game can be expected to be played at a fast rate.
Both teams also rank top-12 in points per game in the young season, and accordingly, it has the second-highest over/under (219.5) on the slate, and with just a 1.5-point spread, it should be a back-and-forth game.
Devin Booker's 29.0% usage rate is a drop from what we've seen in the past, but not having to force the offense through him could actually be a boon. With the capable Ricky Rubio facilitating, Booker is still matching his career high with 27.3 points per 36 minutes, despite his 19.0 field goal attempts per 36 being his lowest since the 2016-17 season. His .610 effective field goal percentage isn't sustainable, but he set a career best with .521 last season, and a new high-water mark this year would come as no surprise.
He also just dropped 40 points (and a season-best 49.3 FanDuel points) in his last outing, and he shouldn't cool off too much in a matchup with the Heat.
Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.