The NBA rolls into the final full work week before Thanksgiving with a nine-game slate to help get your fantasy basketball week off to a great start. While Stephen Curry (groin) and Russell Westbrook (ankle) aren’t expected to play, there are still some great matchups including Anthony Davis ($11,600) and the Pelicans visiting the red-hot Raptors and the surprising Grizzlies trying to stay undefeated at home as they host the Jazz.
As you lock in your lineup, check out my top studs and values at each position, and make sure to check out the DK Live app or live.draftkings.com for any late-breaking news that should impact your lineup.
StudBen Simmons, PHI at MIA, $9,000 — Simmons and the Sixers will have to play one more game before the arrival of Jimmy Butler, who reportedly was acquired in a trade Saturday but is expected to make his debut Wednesday after the deal is finalized. Simmons likely will lose some usage when Butler arrives, but he’ll carry a heavy workload in a great matchup against Miami. Simmons has at least 43 DKFP in each of his past four games with a double-double in each contest. He fell just short of a triple-double Friday, when he had 61.5 DKFP against the Hornets on 22 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds. Simmons has an extremely high ceiling, and the Sixers’ limited rotation should give him heavy enough usage to make him very low-risk in this matchup. Other Options — Kyle Lowry ($8,400), De’Aaron Fox ($7,100)
ValueDerrick White, SA at SAC, $4,300 — While some of the elite PGs are out with injury, there are several excellent value plays at the position. White is one of the best since he is set up to step into a big role for the Spurs after returning from a heel injury. He played 30 minutes Saturday against the Rockets in just his second game back and finished with 34.5 DKFP on 14 points, eight assists, four boards and two steals. He should contribute across the board in multiple categories and be a nice play as the Spurs visit the surprising Kings.
Other Options — Quinn Cook ($5,000), Ryan Arcidiacono ($3,700)
StudZach LaVine, CHI vs. DAL, $8,300 — With Kris Dunn (knee) out, LaVine has taken on even more of the offensive workload for the Bulls and has played at least 35 minutes in six straight games. He has more than 35 DKFP in seven of his past eight contests and is coming off 45.5 DKFP against the Cavs on Saturday, when he had 24 points, eight boards and five assists. He has even higher upside as he showed with 60 DKFP against the Knicks last week, and his high volume of shots should make him a low-risk play as the Bulls host the young backcourt of the Mavericks. Other Option — DeMar DeRozan ($9,300), Derrick Rose ($7,500)
ValueSpencer Dinwiddie, BKN at MIN, $4,800 — Dinwiddie has continued to be a reliable offensive option for the Nets and has scored double-digit points in 12 of his 13 games this season. He is averaging 13.9 points to go with 4.2 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 25.5 DKFP in 27 minutes per game. He has more than 25 DKFP in each of his past four games, and the up-tempo Nets have allowed him to find a nice niche coming off the bench, making him a solid play under $5K.
Other Options — JJ Redick ($5,300), T.J. McConnell ($3,800)
StudKevin Durant, GS at LAC, $11,000 — With Draymond Green (toe; $8,000) and Stephen Curry (groin) out, Durant had the spotlight to himself Saturday and finished with 28 points, 11 assists, five rebounds and 57.75 DKFP. He’s had more than 53 DKFP five times in his past nine games and is certainly capable of carrying the load as the Warriors visit the Clippers. Durant is averaging 52 DKFP per game in his five road games and actually carries more usage when the Warriors are away from Oracle Arena. He’s set up to put on a show at STAPLES Center against the Clippers even if Green is able to return to help carry the load. Other Options — Luca Doncic ($7,600), Caris LeVert ($6,400)
ValueJae Crowder, UTA at MEM, $5,200 — After a tough time in Cleveland last season, Crowder has fit in nicely since being traded to the Jazz. He has started his first full season in Utah with a great run, and he has averaged 29.9 DKFP on 17.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists over his past five games. Crowder had 20 points, six boards, four assists and 39 DKFP in his most recent game Friday against Boston, and it was a reminder of how high his ceiling can be if he continues to contribute across the board in multiple categories.
Other Options — T.J. Warren ($5,500), OG Anunoby ($3,500)
StudPaul George, OKC vs. PHO, $9,700 — Like Durant without Curry, George has picked up some of the slack while Westbrook (ankle) has been sidelined. In three of his past four games, PG13 has finished with more than 49 DKFP, including a pair of back-to-back double-doubles with 20 points against the Rockets and Mavericks in his two most recent contests. George should be the focus of the offense with Westbrook sidelined again, and he has a great matchup to dominate as the Thunder host the Suns. Other Options — Anthony Davis ($11,600), Julius Randle ($6,600)
ValueMontrezl Harrell, LAC vs. GS, $5,600 — Harrell has established himself as an important piece of the Clippers’ rotation and continues to find ways to score down low even though he has virtually no range. A massive 86 percent of his FG attempts have come from inside of four feet, but he still has managed to score double-digit points in four straight and nine of his past 10. Last week, he had 37 DKFP against the Blazers on Thursday and 39.25 DKFP against the Bucks on Saturday even though he fell just short of a double-double in each contest. His hustle and work on the glass make him a fun player to watch and cheer for even if he doesn’t have the slickest of jump shots.
Other Options — Jaren Jackson Jr. ($5,300), Jeff Green ($4,000)
StudJoel Embiid, PHI at MIA, $10,100 — Embiid struggled from the field Saturday, missing all six 3-point attempts and shooting just 4-of-15 overall. He still had a decent 44 DKFP on 14 points, 16 boards, five assists, a block and a steal, but his ceiling is definitely higher if he can hit some shots against Miami. He showed off his upside with 42 points, 18 rebounds and 79 DKFP the night before against the Hornets, and he’ll look to turn in a similar performance in what is expected to be his last game before Butler’s arrival in Philly. Embiid has carried the offense this season, averaging 27.7 points, 13.1 rebounds and 54.9 DKFP per game, and he should have a very heavy workload again in his matchup with the Heat. Other Options — Karl-Anthony Towns ($8,900), DeAndre Jordan ($7,000)
ValueMohamed Bamba, ORL at WAS, $4,100 — Bamba has scored 15 points in each of his past two contests, finishing with 26.0 DKFP and 29.5 DKFP. On Friday, he had 15 points, two rebounds, two blocks and three assists against the Wizards, who he faces again to start this week. Bamba is still raw, but he is getting a big enough workload to be a nice, cheap option who provides solid blocks and boards.
Other Options — Boban Marjanovic ($4,600), Derrick Favors ($4,300)
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