After a busy start to the week, the NBA has a three-game fantasy basketball slate on tap for this Halloween night. The Clippers gave Kawhi Leonard ($9,500) Wednesday off so that he will be fresh and especially fired up as they host the Spurs in the final game of the night. Before that marquee matchup, though, are two watchable games as the Heat visit the Hawks and the Nuggets take on New Orleans.
As you check out the six teams in action and find the right pieces for your lineup, check out my top studs and values at each position listed below. Before tipoff, make sure to double-check the DK Live app or live.draftkings.com for any late-breaking news that should impact your lineup.
StudJustise Winslow, MIA at ATL, $6,700 — The Heat just lost to the Hawks on Thursday and Winslow had a forgettable game, shooting just 1-for-7 from the field and finishing with 16 DKFP. He was rolling before that bump in the road, though, with an average of 44 DKFP in his first three games on 19 points, 9.3 rebounds, 6.7 assists, a steal and a block. He offers excellent upside as he tries to bounce back and help Miami avenge its loss at home Tuesday. He only played 30 minutes in that game but should be back to a larger workload in this contest even though he still is figuring the best way to gel with Jimmy Butler ($8,200). Other Options — Lonzo Ball ($6,900), Dejounte Murray ($5,900)
ValueBryn Forbes, SA at LAC, $4,100 — Forbes is a streaky shooter who typically at least returns good value while also providing a nice ceiling if he really gets it going. He has at least 11 shots and 14 points in each of the Spurs’ first three games this season, posting an average of 26.3 DKFP per contest. He will look to keep things going as San Antonio hits the road for the first time this season and represents a nice low-budget guard play with solid production.
Other Options — Deandre’ Bembry ($4,700), Nickeil Alexander-Walker ($4,400)
StudDeMar DeRozan, SA at LAC, $7,100 — DeRozan started the season with a quiet game against the Knicks but has turned things on in two more competitive contests against the Wizards and Trail Blazers. He had 26 points and 41 DKFP against Washington on Saturday and followed that with 27 points and 37.25 DKFP against Portland. He is a little more settled in his role than the other options in this price range making him the safest play but not limiting his upside. Other Options — Jrue Holiday ($8,200), Lou Williams ($6,800)
ValueKendrick Nunn, MIA at ATL, $5,600 — Nunn has been extremely impressive since signing with Miami as an undrafted free agent out of Oakland. He has started all four games for the Heat and is averaging 33.5 DKFP per contest on 21 points, 3.3 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals. Even with Butler back in the rotation, Nunn had a solid game and got 18 shots against the Hawks on Tuesday. In the rematch, he should continue to get enough volume to keep up his scoring while adding in a few counting stats as well. He doesn’t have the name recognition of his fellow rookie Tyler Herro ($5,700), but he has been the better fantasy player so far.
Other Options — Josh Hart ($5,000), Derrick White ($4,400)
StudKawhi Leonard, LAC vs. SA, $9,500 — After starting his load management with a game off on Wednesday, Leonard will be back for a revenge narrative against the Spurs. He’s faced San Antonio twice since he left, posting 32.25 DKFP in San Antonio and 41.0 DKFP when he took them on in Toronto. Despite those so-so numbers, he’s off to a strong start to his season with the Clippers, averaging 52.1 DKFP in the four games he has played for Los Angeles. He is averaging 27 points, 7.5 assists, 6.5 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.3 blocks and carrying a huge part of the offense while Paul George (shoulders) remains sidelined. He should be rested and ready for another big game. Other Options — Jimmy Butler ($8,200)
ValueWill Barton, DEN at NO, $5,000 — Barton has had three strong games for the Nuggets along with one clunker to start the season. He has started all four of Denver’s games, averaging 29.4 DKFP. He had more than 30 DKFP in three games with just a bad outlier in Phoenix. He bounced back strong, though, and is coming off his best performance of the season Tuesday, when he had 19 points, 11 boards and 37.75 DKFP against the Mavericks. Barton has a good ceiling against the Pelicans and comes at a fairly affordable rate for a starter with double-double potential.
Other Options — Rudy Gay ($4,500), Kenrich Williams ($3,800)
StudBrandon Ingram, NO vs. DEN, $7,900 — With Zion Williamson (knee) out for a while and Jrue Holiday ($8,800; knee) sidelined for the past two games, Ingram has been the focus of the offense and has risen to the challenge with monster performances. He had a season-high 63.25 DKFP in Houston last Saturday on 35 points, 15 rebounds and five assists. He followed that with another huge game with 27 points, 10 boards, six assists and 57 DKFP against the Warriors on Monday. With Holiday expected back, his usage could tick down a little, but he still offers elite upside at a price under $8K, making him a great option against the Nuggets. Other Options — LaMarcus Aldridge ($7,200), Montrezl Harrell ($6,400)
ValueJaMychal Green, LAC vs. SA, $3,300 — Green definitely got a boost in usage Wednesday with Leonard out and came through with 23 points and 37 DKFP against the Jazz. Even though he likely won’t get quite as much work with Kawhi back, he’s so affordable he still makes sense due to his growing role in Doc Rivers’ rotation. Green has at least nine points in four of five games and is shooting 54.5% from the field and 58.8% from long-range. If you need an ultra-cheap play to make your salary cap work, Green offers great upside for the cost.
Other Options — Paul Millsap ($5,300), Jabari Parker ($4,300)
StudJohn Collins, ATL vs. MIA, $8,300 — Collins will have to carry more of the Atlanta offense than usual with Trae Young (ankle) out and showed the Heat have no answer for him wth a big game Tuesday. Collins finished that game with his first 50-DKFP performance of the season on 30 points, seven boards, four assists, a block and a steal. Collins will look to continue the success he had in that game in the rematch tonight at home at the State Farm Arena. Bam Adabayo ($7,600) has been a little more consistent than Collins and makes sense for cash games, but with Young out, Collins has a much higher ceiling. Other Options — Nikola Jokic ($10,900), Bam Adebayo ($7,600)
ValueIvica Zubac, LAC vs. SA, $3,900 — Zubac and Montrezl Harrell ($6,400) have been absorbing all the minutes in the middle for the Clippers, and even though he’s getting the smaller part of the timeshare, Zubac has managed to be effective enough to be a value consideration. He has at least 23 DKFP in three of his past four games with at least seven points and five rebounds in each of those contests and multiple blocks in three of the four games. He has been a solid rim-protector and rebounds and has the ceiling of a double-double like the one that netted him 35 DKFP last Thursday against Golden State.
Other Options — Alex Len ($5,000), Jaxon Hayes ($3,500)
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