FanDuel Daily Fantasy Basketball Helper: Sunday 11/27/22

Boston's Jaylen Brown is an important decision point to consider after Jayson Tatum was ruled out versus Washington. Which other players rate should be targeted on Sunday?

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.

TeamO/USpreadImplied TotalInjuries
DET2187.5105.25Bogdanovic, Ivey, Stewart OUT
PHI213.51.5106Embiid, Maxey, Harden OUT
WSH221.57.5107Kuzma, Morris questionable
ORL213.5-1.5107.5Suggs, Carter Jr., Okeke OUT
MIA224.55.5109.5Butler OUT / Herro, Martin probable
NY2272.5112.25Rose, Brunson, Reddish questionable
CLE218-7.5112.75Allen, LeVert, Stevens, Love OUT
BOS221.5-7.5114.5Tatum OUT
MEM227-2.5114.75Bane OUT
ATL224.5-5.5115Capela questionable


Luka Doncic ($12,200): At his median salary in November, Doncic is ranked second overall with 52.7 FanDuel points against a stingy Milwaukee Bucks' team ranked first in defensive rating and fourth in FanDuel points (43.5) allowed per game to his position.

Ja Morant ($10,100): In 297.4 minutes this season with Desmond Bane off the floor, Morant's productions increases 0.08 to 1.52 FanDuel points per minute with an eye-popping 37.8% usage rate.

Trae Young ($9,800): Despite scoring a season-high 44 real-points in his last appearance, Young's FanDuel salary remained stagnant versus a Miami Heat unit allowing 45.2 FanDuel points to point guards this season. Atlanta's leading scorer is ranked fifth among guards with 44.5 expected fantasy points.

Donovan Mitchell ($9,600): If Jarrett Allen is unable to suit up on Sunday night, Mitchell's fantasy average sees a 0.21 boost to 1.41 FanDuel points in a 60.3 minute sample with Cleveland's other inactives.

Darius Garland ($8,500): In a 221.7 minute sample with the Cavaliers' current injuries, Garland is producing 1.03 FanDuel points, 0.23 assists, and 0.51 shot attempts per minute.

De'Anthony Melton ($7,900): The 24-year old currently ranks fourth in value among guards with a 4.96 rating and a 39.2 FanDuel point projection against a leaky Magic team ranked 25th in fantasy points allowed to his position. In a 126.2 minute sample size, Melton is producing 1.12 FanDuel points per minute and a 25.5% usage rate.

Shake Milton ($7,000): Despite a 9.3% salary increase, Milton still provides undervalued production with a 4.84 value rating and 33.9 expected fantasy points. The fifth year guard is averaging 1.06 FanDuel points and a 22.0% usage rate when Tyrese Maxey, James Harden, and Joel Embiid are off the floor.

Franz Wagner ($6,900): With three key players inactive in Orlando's rotation, Wagner's fantasy output increases by 0.12 to 1.06 FanDuel points mostly due to a 9.3% jump in his assist rate.

Marcus Smart ($6,300): Boston's defensive leader records 0.84 FanDuel points, 0.09 rebounds, and 0.23 assists per minute in 98.5 minutes this season with Jayson Tatum off the floor.

Immanuel Quickley ($5,000): If Derrick Rose, Jalen Brunson, and Cam Reddish are unable to suit up on Sunday night, Quickley could play an increased offensive role at the guard positions against a Memphis Grizzlies' team allowing 49.0 FanDuel points per game to point guards. In 57.8 minutes with these potential injuries, the 23-year old is averaging 0.88 FanDuel points, 0.12 rebounds, and 0.16 assists.


Giannis Antetokounmpo ($12,000): At his highest salary point this season, "The Greek Alphabet" has a middling matchup versus a Dallas Mavericks' team ranked 13th in points allowed in the paint and 15th in fantasy points allowed per game to power forwards. Since his return on November 14th, Antetokounmpo is averaging 1.52 FanDuel points, 0.31 rebounds, 0.18 assists, and 0.67 shot attempts per minute.

Bam Adebayo ($9,400): After a monster 56.9 fantasy point performance in his last outing, Adebayo's FanDuel salary has moved up 6.8% to his highest point. In the past week, Miami's big man ranks first on his team in fantasy production (1.31 FanDuel points per minute), rebounds (0.32), and usage (28.0%).

Paolo Banchero ($8,600): Orlando's first round pick should play a lead offensive role against a Philadelphia 76ers' team giving up 43.0 FanDuel points to power forwards. In a 43.2 minute sample size, Banchero accounts for 1.13 FanDuel points and a 28.85 usage rate with today's expected rotation.

Jaylen Brown ($8,500): With Jayson Tatum ruled out, Brown is an optimal play in all formats with a dominant 37.3% usage rate versus a Washington Wizards ranked 21st in FanDuel points allowed to small forwards. In 161.4 minutes, Brown's production is boosted by 0.20 to a 1.32 mark.

Tobias Harris ($8,400): Philadelphia's forward is first among his team in usage (29.4%) while his shot attempts increase by 0.08 per minute with Philadelphia's current inactives.

Evan Mobley ($7,400): Cleveland's second year forward could see a 0.22 boost in his fantasy output to 1.08 FanDuel points per minute if Jarrett Allen were to sit in a great matchup versus a Pistons' team ranked 29th in defensive rating.

Al Horford ($5,500): In 79.2 minutes with Boston's inactives, the veteran's fantasy average sees a sneaky 0.20 increase to 1.02 FanDuel points.

Grant Williams ($4,900): Ranking eighth among forwards in value with a 5.06 rating and a 24.8 FanDuel point projection, Williams is another Celtic to consider against a Wizards' team giving up 40.5 fantasy points to the four spot.

Deni Avdija ($4,400): Even at his highest salary point this season, Avidija is another lower salary option to consider with a 5.67 rating and a 24.9 fantasy expectation.


Montrezl Harrell ($4,900): In his last three starts, the veteran center is averaging 0.94 FanDuel points, 0.34 rebounds, and a 22.3% usage rate.

Onyeka Okongwu ($4,600): If Clint Capela were to miss his second straight game, Okongwu rates as a top value option among centers with a 7.01 rating and a 32.2 FanDuel point expectation against a Miami team ranked second in fantasy points allowed to his position.