FanDuel Daily Fantasy Basketball Helper: Saturday 10/29/22

After a 3% salary decrease to his lowest point this season, Philadelphia's Joel Embiid is in a great spot against the Bulls. Which other players are ideal targets for Saturday's six-game main 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 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 bunch of other great resources to help give you an edge.

Daily fantasy basketball is very reliant on a player's opportunity, so you'll need to make sure that you're up-to-date with key injuries. Our projections update up until tip-off to reflect current news, we have player news updates, and the FanDuel Scout app will send push notifications for pressing updates regarding your players.

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

Let's break down today's main slate on FanDuel.

Team O/U Spread Implied Total Injuries
OKC 218.5 10.5 104 Giddey OUT
CHI 221.5 2 109.75 LaVine probable
PHI 221.5 -2 111.75 Embiid available
CHA 233.5 10 111.75 Ball OUT, Rozier doubtful
ATL 229 5 112
UTAH 226.5 2.5 112 Conley OUT
IND 238 10 114 Nesmith, Turner OUT
DAL 218.5 -10.5 114.5
MEM 226.5 -2.5 114.5 Morant doubtful
MIL 229 -5 117
GS 233.5 -10 121.75
BKN 238 -10 124 Curry questionable


Luka Doncic ($11,600): Despite producing a season-high 79.2 FanDuel points in his last appearance, Doncic's FanDuel salary has somehow dropped 3.3% against a Thunder team ranked 14th in points allowed per game (111.4). In 143.4 minutes this season, the Mavericks' superstar is averaging a robust 1.83 FanDuel points per minute and a 41.2% usage rate.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ($10,000): With Josh Giddey inactive on Saturday, Gilgeous-Alexander sees a sneaky 0.10 per minute boost to 1.60 FanDuel points in a 94.3 minute sample size. With a 46.4 fantasy expectation, Oklahoma City's lead offensive playmaker ranks as numberFire's second overall rated guard.

Stephen Curry ($9,700): At this lowest salary point this season, Curry has an underrated spot versus a Charlotte Hornets team ranked 16th in defensive rating (111.3) and eighth in pace (102.4). In 166.9 minutes, Golden State's long range savant leads his team in fantasy production (1.47) and shot attempts per minute (0.63).

Kyrie Irving ($9,600): After a 71.4 FanDuel point performance, Irving's FanDuel salary barely moved 2.1% despite his ridiculous outing. In a great spot against an Indiana Pacers' unit ranked 27th in defensive rating and sixth in pace, Brookyln's guard stands fourth among guards with a 44.9 fantasy expectation.

Trae Young ($9,400): Young's FanDuel salary has remained stagnant even after putting up season-highs with 36 real-life points and 55.4 FanDuel points. The 24-year old ranks first among Atlanta's starters in several categories including FanDuel points per minute (1.38) and usage rate (34.6%).

Tyrese Haliburton ($8,400): In 103.7 minutes with Indiana's current inactives, Haliburton's per minute production increases by 0.09 to 1.42 FanDuel points mostly due to a 4.1% boost in assist percentage.

Desmond Bane ($7,600): Memphis' 24-year old guard is expected to lead his team offensively with Ja Morant (illness) unlikely to suit up after his averages jump by 0.11 FanDuel points to a 1.26 mark. With a 27.4% usage rate. Bane ranks seventh among guards with a 23.0 real-life point projection.

Jrue Holiday ($7,500): At his lowest FanDuel salary this season, Holiday rates eighth among his positions with a 5.01 value rating against a Hawks' team ranked 13th in points allowed per game.

Dennis Smith ($6,900): With multiple injuries in Charlotte's backcourt, Smith has been leading Charlotte's starters in fantasy production (1.09) and assists per minute (0.19).

Jordan Clarkson ($6,600): In 49.4 minutes with Mike Conley off the floor this season, Clarkson is producing 1.38 FanDuel points, 0.32 assists, 0.14 rebounds, and 0.38 field goal attempts per minute.

Ben Simmons ($6,100): Since Brooklyn's opening game, Simmons' FanDuel salary has decreased by 12.8%. At his lowest salary point, Simmons is ranked fourth among guards with a 5.29 value rating despite averaging 0.18 real-life points and 0.17 field goal attempts per minute.

Tre Mann ($5,500): Oklahoma City's second-year guard sees a noticeable 0.20 increase to 1.14 FanDuel points per minute in 98.0 minutes with Josh Giddey off the floor.

Tyus Jones ($4,500): The 26-year old should get the start at point guard while averaging 0.85 FanDuel points, 0.18 assists, and 0.56 field goal attempts in a 71.2 minute sample size with Morant off the floor.


Giannis Antetokounmpo ($11,800): numberFire's top ranked option with a 58.8 fantasy projection has a sneaky matchup against an Atlanta team rated 20th in points allowed in the paint. In 140.5 minutes, the "Greek Freak" has been outstanding in every aspect, averaging 1.81 FanDuel points, 0.38 rebounds, 0.18 assists, and 0.98 real-life points.

Kevin Durant ($9,900): At his median salary point, Brooklyn's elite forward is second among his positions with a 51.9 FanDuel point projection against a poor Pacers' defensive unit ranked 29th in true shooting percentage.

Andrew Wiggins ($7,500): Golden State's forward ranks second on the Warriors with a 1.23 FanDuel point average while also accounting for 0.46 shot attempts, 0.21 rebounds, and 0.08 assists per minute.

Lauri Markkanen ($7,400): In an underrated matchup against a Memphis team rated 28th in defensive rating and 18th in opposing true shooting percentage, Utah's 25-year old forward is ninth among forwards with a 18.2 real-point expectation. Producing 1.42 FanDuel points per minute with Conley off the floor in a 66.9 minute sample size, Markkanen is an undervalued play on Saturday night.

Jalen Smith ($6,000): With Indiana's current injuries, 22-year old forward ranks second on his team in fantasy production (1.32 FanDuel points) after his usage rates jump by 3.0% to a 25.1% mark and his averages are boosted by 0.12 FanDuel points.

Draymond Green ($5,800): Despite limited playing time around 30 minutes and a low 14.9% usage rate, Green ranks third among his team's starters with a 0.92 FanDuel point average.

Buddy Hield ($5,700): Even at his highest salary point, Indiana's long-range specialist ranks seventh in value among forwards with a 5.21 rating against a Nets' team rated 28th in opposing three point shooting point percentage.

Dillon Brooks ($5,100): In a 605.4 minute sample size with the Grizzlies' projected lineup, Brooks is averaging 1.03 FanDuel points and a 29.5% usage rate.

Santi Aldama ($4,900): Ranking second among forwards with a 5.58 value rating, Aldama is another viable lower salary option with a 27.3 FanDuel point expectation.


Joel Embiid ($9,700): At this lowest salary point this season after a 3% decrease, Philadelphia's star center ranks eighth among Saturday's entire slate in value with a 5.33 rating and fourth overall with a 51.7 FanDuel points against a middling Chicago unit allowing 46.3 points in the paint.

Christian Wood ($7,600): Despite coming off the bench for his new team, the Mavericks' big man is second among his team in fantasy production (1.29 FanDuel points) and usage rate (29.9%)

Nicolas Claxton ($6,300): Brooklyn's starting center is third among his team's first unit in fantasy production (0.98 FanDuel points) while also recording 0.29 rebounds and 0.40 real-life points per minute.