NBA DFS Breakdown November 23rd

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with their families and friends. I’m still stuffed, so I figured I would exercise the fingers and dive into some DFS. With NBA in particular the longer you wait and the closer to lock your game theory is, the more accurate and powerful the analysis will be. With late-swap back in the picture, some of the best lineup decisions you will ever make can happen with mere minutes before lock.. If you have any questions, be sure to join me in the RotoPros Slack Chat. Not a RotoProsmember yet? Get over to the siteand sign up for a FREE two-week trial.

Top-Tier Targets

Russell Westbrook ($10,900 DK, $ FD): He’s back. Mr. Triple-Double himself is completely healthy again must feel even better about himself after being fresh off a blowout against his old best friend Durant and the Warriors in Golden State. Kemba Walker is scoring as well as anyone in the NBA and should hopefully provide some fuel to the fire of a legendary PG shootout tonight in an up-tempo matchup with the Thunder. 

Anthony Davis ($11,600 DK, $ FD): AD dropped 43 and 17 last week against the Knicks at home, and now he will look to do very much of the same tonight in Madison Square Garden. Last season at the Garden the Brow went for 48 and 18, expect something similar tonight. Safe for Cash and GPP. 

Joel Embiid ($10,600 DK, $ FD): Just my daily Embiid writeup, nothing to see here! Cleveland isn’t very good defensively, however blowout is definitely a risk so consider Joel more of a GPP play. 

Other options to consider:

Kevin Durant, James Harden, Nikola Jokic

Mid-Tier Value Picks:

Gordon Hayward ($5600 DK, $ FD): The matchup is easy as pie however blowout risk is high with these teams. His minutes restriction has been fully lifted though and Stevens can use these less intense opportunities to really allow Gordon to shake off all the rust possible. Especially in the easier matchups, Hayward has been having no problems reaching value at his mid-range price, I expect nothing different tonight. 

Enes Kanter ($6000 DK, $ FD): Kanter struggled in this exact matchup earlier last week, but if I were Coach Fizdale the game-plan would likely involve trying to prevent the Pelicans from scoring anywhere near 130 points again which will involve his 7-footer’s all playing much better against AD. This strategy starts with Enes who will double-double and pay off his salary. 

John Collins ($4900 DK, $ FD): I love John Collins. This dude is very talented and will likely be at least a $6K salaried player when he has rounded into mid-season form. He struggled with foul trouble at times last season, but when healthy Collins is the best big-man on the Hawks roster and should eventually reach elite numbers in blocks. 

Other options to consider:

Jonas Valanciunas, Gary Harris 

Cheap Punt Plays:

Trey Burke ($4400 DK, $ FD): Fizdale has been extremely difficult to predict in terms of minutes distribution so far as he has consistently shaken up the starting five, as well as riding the hot hand down the stretch of games. With that being said, Burke was back in the starting five in the last game and should stick there considering the Knicks won, and he accrued a stat-line of 29-6-11 in Boston. 

Wilson Chandler ($3400 DK, $ FD): He’s very cheap and I would label him a GPP play this evening. Wilson Chandler is more than capable inside and outside and will greatly benefit from being the fourth or fifth person whom the defense is paying attention to when he is on the court with the rest of the Sixer starting five. Something along the lines of the 13-6-2 line that he most recently put up is what I would envision for Wilson tonight against the lowly Suns. 

James Johnson ($4000 DK, $ FD): I’m a big fan of JJ and when he hits his normal form soon enough he will go back to being a mid $5K player at least. Chicago is horrendous defensively, and Johnson should see his minutes rise to at least 25 this evening. GPP play due to the lack of upside however James is a peripheral stat machine and always has the potential to rack up steals, blocks, and boards in limited minutes.

Other options to consider:

Mario Hezonja, Tyson Chandler

Injury News I’m Waiting On:

1.     Dwight Howard

2.     Al Horford

3.     Alex Len

4.     Domantas Sabonis

5.     Victor Oladipo

6.     Hassan Whiteside 

7.     Josh Hart 

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