Daily Fantasy NBA Cheat Sheet: Monday, November 13th (UPDATED) November 13, 2017  |  Justin Bales


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INJURY REPORT (UPDATED)

Vince Carter is OUT.

Derrick Rose is OUT. LeBron James will see the biggest uptick in value, as he will take over at point guard for the Cavs.

Mike Muscala is DOUBTFUL. Luke Babbitt will continue to start and play big minutes.

Ersan Ilyasova is OUT. Luke Babbitt will continue to start and play big minutes.

Tony Allen is OUT. Jameer Nelson, E’Twaun Moore, and Ian Clark will likely split his minutes.

JaMychal Green is DOUBTFUL.

Jarell Martin is QUESTIONABLE. If he is out, Chandler Parsons could see extra minutes.

Greg Monroe is OUT. The Suns rotation will stay the same.

Gorgui Dieng is DOUBTFUL. If he is out, Taj Gibson could pick up a few extra minutes.

Joe Johnson is OUT. Thabo Sefolosha should play a few extra minuets tonight.

Gary Harris is QUESTIONABLE. If he’s out, Will Barton will be locked into big minutes, while Jamal Murray and Emmanuel Mudiay could also see extra minutes.

Jonathan Isaac is OUT. Jonathan Simmons could pick up a few of Isaac’s minutes tonight.

Elfrid Payton is ACTIVE.

DJ Augustin is OUT.

Stephen Curry is OUT.  Shaun Livingston will likely take over the starting point guard role.

Nik Stauskas is OUT.

Jerryd Bayless is OUT.

Patrick Beverley is OUT. Austin Rivers will play a bigger role for the Clippers tonight.

Danilo Gallinari is OUT. Sindarius Thornwell will likely draw the start and play big minutes.

Rudy Gobert is OUT. Derrick Favors gains the most value from Gobert’s injury.

Eric Bledsoe is QUESTIONABLE. If he is out, Malcolm Brogdon could see a slightly larger role.

 

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POINT GUARD

Ben Simmons (PHI): Simmons obviously isn’t a point guard on FanDuel or Yahoo, but this is a massive advantage on DraftKings. He has been an elite rookie this season, averaging 17.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, 7.8 assists, and 1.8 steals per game. He has triple double potential with the potential to be a five category contributor. He also gets a solid matchup against the Clippers. Keep in mind, Simmons is also a great option on FanDuel and Yahoo, regardless of his position.

Dennis Schroder (ATL): Schroder has been a fairly consistent option, who also comes with great upside. He has 35+ DK points in eight of his last 10 games, including three games with 40+ DK points. He gets a fast paced matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans, as well. He has also been a slightly better fantasy option on the road this season. Schroder is a great option in all leagues tonight.

Frank Ntilikina (NYK): Ntilikina has not been playing big minutes because the Knicks do not feel he is ready to handle that. He has been putting the pressure on them, though, averaging 4.6 points, 2.2 rebounds, 6.4 assists, and 1.2 steals in only 22.5 minutes per game over the last 10 days. He gets an elite matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers, who rank 27th in the NBA against the point guard this season. Ntilikina found success against Cleveland in limited minutes earlier this season, and he will be locked into bigger minutes tonight, making him a great fantasy option.

 

o  Additional Notes: These three options range from expensive to cheap, making up some of the top players at this position. Tyler Ulis also makes a great salary relief option here, if you’re looking to go that route. Jeff Teague makes a great contrarian play, as he comes with elite upside, but this matchup may sway a few people off of him. With that being said, the Jazz defense lost it’s best defender in Gobert, making Teague a solid tournament play. Emmanuel Mudiay and Jamal Murray are also high upside options, but only if Gary Harris is ruled out tonight. Jordan Clarkson is the last tournament option that should be considered. 

 

SHOOTING GUARD

Khris Middleton (MIL): Middleton has been somewhat hit or miss this season, but his upside is undeniable. He is a scorer that comes with triple double potential, as well, which is rare for his price tag. He has taken at least 13 shot attempts in each of his last 10 games, including a game with 28 attempts (not including free throws). He can also add rebounds, assists, and steals on a nightly basis. He gets a solid matchup against the Grizzlies, and Middleton is a great tournament option.

Lou Williams (LAC): Williams has been locked into big minutes with Patrick Beverley out. In his last two games, Williams has played 36 and 39 minutes. He is a huge part of the offense, averaging 18 shot attempts per game in those contests. He can also add a few peripheral stats each night, but he is mainly a scorer. He gets an elite matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers, who rank 29th in the NBA against shooting guards. Williams is a great option tonight.

Sindarius Thornwell (LAC): Thornwell started the last game for the Clippers, posting a 7/2/2/0/2 line in 32 minutes of action. He isn’t a huge part of the rotation, but he is extremely cheap and he can contribute in multiple categories when given the minutes. He is expected to see around 30 minutes tonight, and he gets a great matchup against the Sixers. Thornwell makes a great salary relief option, as long as he is announced as the starter once again.

 

o Additional Notes:  The Clippers shooting guards are the top options for their price tags tonight, but make sure Thornwell is starting. Middleton is also a high upside option, but likely should not be used in cash games. Malcolm Brogdon and Bradley Beal are two more solid options for their price tags. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope makes a good salary relief option, as well.

 

SMALL FORWARD

Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL): What is there to say about Antetokounmpo? On the season, he’s averaging 31.7 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.8 blocks, and 1.4 steals per game. He has an elite usage rating, and he is the top offensive option on the Bucks team. He has been a better fantasy option at home this season, and the Grizzlies do not have anyone that will be able to guard him. Antetokounmpo can be used in all leagues.

TJ Warren (PHX): Warren is another high upside option that comes with quite a bit of risk. He has scored under 30 DK points in five of his last 10 games, but he has also scored over 60 fantasy points in one of those games. He gets an elite matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers, who he dominated in their one matchup this season. He’s far too risky for cash games, but he makes a high upside tournament option.

Thabo Sefolosha (UTA): Sefolosha is an interesting option. He does not always play big minutes, but when he does, he has looked great. In his last game, he scored over 30 fantasy points in 32 minutes. He should see extra minutes with Joe Johnson out, and he is projected to see around 30 minutes tonight. He comes with an extremely low price tag, and Sefolosha makes a solid option.

 

Additional Notes:  Each of these players make good options, but Antetokounmpo is the safest one. Another great option tonight is LeBron James because of his ability to play point guard for the Cavs. Robert Covington is also an option that can be considered in all leagues. Otto Porter Jr. and Tyreke Evans can also be considered, but they are better suited for tournaments.

 

POWER FORWARD

Anthony Davis (NOP): Davis continues to play well for the Pelicans. Over the last 10 days, he’s averaging 27.4 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.4 blocks, and 1.2 steals per game. He is also averaging 40.1 minutes per game over that span. He comes with a hefty price tag, but it is still a bit too low. He gets a matchup against the Hawks, who are a young team that will struggle to defend Davis. He can be used in all leagues.

Kyle Kuzma (LAL): Kuzma is locked into big minutes with the injury to Larry Nance. Kuzma does come with quite a bit of risk, but he has scored 40+ fantasy points in two of his last five games. He gets a fast paced matchup against the Phoenix Suns, who have struggled defensively this season. Kuzma is too risky for cash games, but he is a high upside tournament option tonight.

Derrick Favors (UTA): As noted above, Favors is the big winner of the Rudy Gobert injury, as if there is a winner in this situation. (Seriously, hopefully Gobert is healthy and returns better than ever). In his last game, Favors played 36 minutes, posting a 24/12/0/2/1 line. He’s a player that tends to dominate in big minutes, and he gets a good matchup against Minnesota tonight. Favors is an elite option.

 

Additional Notes:  I wouldn’t stray too far from Favors at this position tonight. He should easily hit value for his price. Aside from Kuzma, Julius Randle also makes a good option for the Lakers. The last player that should be considered is John Collins. I would not stray too far from these players tonight (as of now). 

 

CENTER

DeMarcus Cousins (NOP): Cousins has cooled off over the last 10 days, but it is still difficult to avoid him in fantasy. He is averaging nearly 40 minutes per game, averaging 26.4 points, 15.2 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 1.0 block per game over the last 10 days. He gets a solid matchup against a young Hawks team, and Cousins is a player that can be used if you feel you comfortably have the salary for him.

Nikola Jokic (DEN): Jokic is an interesting option. He isn’t have quite the season that many people were expecting, but he comes with triple double potential. He gets a faster paced matchup against the Portland Blazers tonight, and Jokic recently scored 70+ fantasy points against the Brooklyn Nets. He’s a true five-category contributor, who can be the focal point of the offense when he decides to take the game over. He does come with quite a bit of risk, though, meaning Jokic should only be used in tournaments.

Joel Embiid (PHI): The biggest problem with Embiid is his minute’s restriction. He makes the best option on DraftKings, where his price is a bit low. He has scored at least 38 DK points in nine of his last 10 gams, including 45 DK points in three of those games. He gets a matchup against the Clippers, who rank 25th in the NBA against centers. Embiid can also be used on FanDuel and Yahoo, but he comes with a bit more risk on those sites because of his price tag.

 

Additional Notes:  Center is not a position that you should be going cheap at tonight. These three players are the top options. Karl-Anthony Towns can also be considered. If you feel the need to go cheap at center, Tyson Chandler can be considered, but that is not the route I would take at this position.

 

FANDUEL LINEUPS 

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DRAFTKINGS LINEUPS 

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YAHOO LINEUPS 

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