NBA DFS Show DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Preview October 27
James Grande and Jon Impemba preview the NBA DFS slate for NBA October 27th on DraftKings and bring you their top plays, values, and fades to build your lineups around which include elite matchups featuring Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
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I. Jackson - PF
Isaiah Jackson provided a boost off the bench with 13 points (6-of-8 FGs), 11 rebounds, one assist and two steals against the Pelicans on Friday.
This was an ugly game for Indiana from start to finish, but the lopsided score resulted in extra minutes for Jackson. He didn’t disappoint, and he ended up recording a double-double as a reserve for the first time since December. Jackson has been stuck behind Myles Turner throughout his career, which has prevented him from consistently making an impact in fantasy hoops. However, he is more than capable of contributing solid center stats when he gets the minutes. Unfortunately, when Turner is healthy, Jackson can’t be relied on in standard leagues. This was a solid game, but he can be left on the waiver wire.
Added Mar 02 4:37 am (EST)
R. Gobert - C
Rudy Gobert recorded a stat line of 16 points (6-of-9 FGs, 4-of-8 FTs), 16 rebounds, one assist, and three blocked shots in 42 minutes in Friday’s loss to the Kings.
Gobert has grabbed at least 15 rebounds in four of his last six games and has averaged nearly 14 per game over the past three weeks. Based on his Yahoo ADP (63), the Stifle Tower was expected to provide 6th-round value in fantasy basketball, and that is precisely what he’s done. Unless the Timberwolves were to lose Karl-Anthony Towns to an injury at some point, Gobert’s fantasy ceiling is pretty low. The good news for managers who have him rostered is that Rudy’s floor is stable.
Added Mar 02 4:36 am (EST)
N. Richards - C
Nick Richards finished Friday’s 121-114 loss to the Sixers with 19 points (8-of-9 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), four rebounds, one assist, and two blocks in 29 minutes.
Many managers have been waiting for Richards to take off, but it’s been a slow grind. Considering his current opportunity, he has put up some good numbers but has not entirely lived up to his potential. Mark Williams has been out for a while, and we may not see him again in action this season. So Nick has a chance to be more than just a rebounding specialist.
Added Mar 02 4:33 am (EST)
A. Price - PG
Gradey Dick provided a boost off the bench with 12 points (5-of-11 FGs), two rebounds, three assists, one steal and two triples against the Warriors on Friday.
While Gradey didn’t have a consistent role early in the season, he has become part of the team’s rotation over the past month. He has now hit at least one 3-pointer in 11 straight games, with a few double figure scoring performances sprinkled in. Scottie Barnes has been diagnosed with a fracture in his left hand, and they will likely turn to Dick for more minutes and scoring. The rookie hasn’t been much of a factor so far, but he will have an opportunity to make an impact. Keep him on your radar and see how he does against Charlotte on Sunday.
Added Mar 02 4:32 am (EST)
T. Mann - PG
Tre Mann produced nine points (3-of-10 FG, 2-of-2 FT), three rebounds, seven assists, and one 3-pointer in Friday’s 121-114 loss to the Sixers.
LaMelo Ball (ankle) is still out with no timetable for return, so Mann will likely get an opportunity to audition for a future role in this iteration of Charlotte’s rebuild. There may be nights when Mann does not produce at a serviceable level, but he’s worth a hold unless we see a negative trend develop with his minutes. If you’re battling for a playoff spot, don’t hesitate to cut the cord, but Mann may be a valued asset come mid-March.
Added Mar 02 4:29 am (EST)
R. Barrett - SG
RJ Barrett led Toronto with 23 points (9-of-16 FGs), three rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers in a 120-105 loss to Golden State on Friday.
Barrett has played well over his last three games, averaging 24.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.7 triples while shooting 60.4% from the floor. Unfortunately, his value in 9-cat leagues doesn’t reflect his strong play, since he has shot 43.8% from the line on 5.3 attempts per game and hasn’t recorded a defensive stat during that stretch. Barrett’s first few games with Toronto were excellent for 9-cat leagues, but he has gone back to being a player that makes much more of an impact in points leagues.
Added Mar 02 4:28 am (EST)
J. McDaniels - PF
Jaden McDaniels shot 9-of-11 from the field and 3-of-4 from the foul line in Friday’s 124-120 overtime loss to the Kings, scoring 26 points with seven rebounds, one assist, and five 3-pointers in 44 minutes.
With Anthony Edwards exiting Friday’s game at the half for personal reasons, McDaniels had more opportunities to score and made the most of them. After halftime, he shot 6-of-7 from the field, finishing with a career-high 26 points. And this wasn’t something that could necessarily be predicted, as McDaniels was also inactive for the three games Edwards missed earlier this season (Nov. 30, December 2, and December 8). Minnesota hosts the Clippers on Sunday in the first game of a back-to-back; if Edwards remains away from the team, McDaniels will have added value in fantasy leagues.
Added Mar 02 4:23 am (EST)
K. Olynyk - C
Kelly Olynyk started the second half on Friday and finished with 16 points (5-of-10 FGs), 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer against the Warriors.
Scottie Barnes exited early from Friday’s game due to a hand injury, and it has now been confirmed as a fracture. He will be considered out indefinitely. Olynyk started the second half in his place and had his best game since being traded from Utah. He is currently rostered in 30% of Yahoo leagues, but that should change quickly. He has had success in the past when given the chance to start, and he could end up making a massive impact down the stretch of the season. Toronto now sits 4.5 games out of the Play-In Tournament, so there won’t be a need to rush Barnes back.
Added Mar 02 4:22 am (EST)