NBA DFS Show: DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Preview October 26
James Grande and Jon Impemba preview the NBA DFS slate for NBA October 26th on DraftKings and bring you their top plays, values, and fades to build your lineups around which include elite matchups featuring Joel Embiid.
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T. Mann - SG
Terance Mann posted a solid line on Wednesday with 16 points (7-of-9 FGs), six rebounds, three assists and one steal against the Lakers.
Mann hasn’t been a consistent source of offense this season, but he has scored in double figures in three straight games, which is his longest streak this year. He has been productive since the All-Star break with averages of 15.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.8 triples. However, he still ranks just inside the top-250 over the course of the season. This is an excellent stretch of games, and he could continue to provide solid value as long as Paul George is sidelined. However, he shouldn’t be seen as a long-term add.
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K. Leonard - SF
Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers with 26 points (11-of-19 FGs), seven rebounds, six assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in a 116-112 loss to the Lakers on Wednesday.
Leonard has scored at lest 20 points in their four games since the All-Star break, but the team has gone 1-3 in those games. He has provided his usual dose of value across the board, and he has shot the ball efficiently. However, he hasn’t truly taken over any of these games, like his matchup did in the fourth quarter of this one. They have a day off before they host the Wizards on Friday. If Paul George remains sidelined, Kawhi and James Harden will be the two primary sources of offense. However, don’t expect Kawhi to step up the aggressiveness. He’ll continue to deliver the same numbers consistently, regardless of who else is out there with him.
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J. Harden - SG
James Harden lit up the Lakers with 23 points (8-of-16 FGs), three rebounds, nine assists, one steal and two triples on Wednesday.
The Clippers have now dropped three of their four games since the All-Star break, and they did it in dramatic fashion in this one, as they blew a 21-point lead. However, Harden was still able to have a productive night for fantasy managers. He fell one assists shy of having a double-double, which would have been his first in over three weeks. He also shot efficiently after two consecutive poor shooting performances. Harden has been more aggressively offensively with Paul George sidelined, and if he remains out against Washington on Friday, Harden should be in for another productive night.
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A. Davis - PF
Anthony Davis posted a full line on Wednesday with 20 points (8-of-15 FGs), 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks against the Clippers.
AD missed practice on Tuesday due to an illness, but that didn’t stop him from stuffing the stat sheet on Wednesday. He provided value across the board and extended his 20-point streak to nine games. Davis was also able to record his sixth straight double-double. He continues to be one of the most dominant players in fantasy basketball, and this was his 56th game played this season, which ties how many he played last season. He has been much healthier than he has been the last few years, but with the Lakers playing the second night of a back-to-back on Thursday, there is a chance that he sits out.
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C. Reddish - SF
Cam Reddish returned to the lineup on Wednesday and contributed five points (2-of-4 FGs), three rebounds, one steal and one triple in 20 minutes.
Reddish missed the Lakers’ previous 14 games, but he was able to return to the lineup on Wednesday. He was a consistent starter earlier in the season, and he was able to play a significant bench role in his first game back. He will likely continue to play as a reserve, which means he won’t be worth streaming. His defensive playmaking off the bench may be important for the Lakers, but he won’t make much of an impact in fantasy as long as he is coming off the bench. Keep an eye on his minutes, but he should be left on the waiver wire.
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L. James - SF
LeBron James led the Lakers with 34 points (13-of-21 FGs), six rebounds, eight assists, two blocks and seven 3-pointers in a 116-112 win over the Clippers on Wednesday.
LeBron got hot in the fourth quarter to help close the gap quickly after the Lakers trailed by 19 points to start the final period. He had 15 points and two 3-pointers through the first three quarters, but he ended up topping both of those marks by adding 19 points and five triples in the fourth. LeBron ended up outscoring the Clippers in the fourth quarter, as they were only able to score 16 in the final frame. It was just another chapter in LeBron’s legendary story, and it certainly provided fantasy managers with an elite boost. They host the Wizards on Thursday, which is the second leg of a back-to-back. Don’t be surprised if James gets the night off.
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N. Alexander-Walker - SG
Nickeil Alexander-Walker played 24 minutes in Wednesday’s win over Memphis, scoring 12 points (5-of-10 FGs, 1-of-1 FTs) with one rebound, five assists, four blocks, and one 3-pointer.
Alexander-Walker was one of the Timberwolves who benefitted from the absence of Kyle Anderson, and his minutes have increased recently due to multiple injuries. The difference on Wednesday was that he impacted the action on both ends of the floor, which wasn’t the case in wins over Brooklyn and San Antonio. The four blocked shots were a season-high, and he hit double figures in points for the fourth time in seven games. Alexander-Walker is challenging to rely on in fantasy due to the inconsistent production, but he’s worth streaming on nights when Mike Conley or Anthony Edwards is sidelined.
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T. McConnell - PG
T.J. McConnell finished Wednesday’s win over the Pelicans with eight points (4-of-8 FGs), four rebounds, and nine assists in 19 minutes.
The Pacers scored 40 points in the first quarter of Wednesday’s win, and McConnell had much to do with it. He matched his career-high for assists in a quarter with six, and 13 of Indiana’s 16 field goals were assisted. McConnell finished with nine helpers and no turnovers. However, while he is ranked just outside the top 150 in 8-cat formats, T.J. is primarily a streamer on nights when the Pacers are without Tyrese Haliburton or Andrew Nembhard.
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