Fantasy Basketball Picks: Top NBA Targets, Values For October 23

With nine games on Monday and a massive 11-game fantasy basketball slate on tap Wednesday, the NBA has a light and focused three-game slate in store for this Tuesday. Things get started with the 76ers in Detroit to face the Pistons before the Clippers visit the Pelicans and the Kings take on the Nuggets in a pair of Western Conference matchups. All six teams had Monday off and only the Kings and Sixers have to finish a back-to-back on Wednesday. As a result, we should get fairly typical rotations, but there are some key injury situations to monitor so make sure to check out the latest before tipoff on the DK Live app or at live.draftkings.com.

Here are the top options I’m looking at for Tuesday’s three-game slate:


Point Guard

Stud

De’Aaron Fox, SAC at DEN, $7,100 — Counting on the Kings can be a slippery slope since their rotation is constantly changing. However, Fox is locked in as the starter and getting extended run and usage. He has played 38-plus minutes, scored 20 points and totaled over 40 DKFP in two of his three games this season, attempting at least a dozen shots in each game. Fox is averaging 40.3 DKFP on 20.3 points and 7.7 assists per game as a result.

Other Options — Ben Simmons ($9,600; questionable), Jamal Murray ($6,000)

Value

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, LAC at NO, $3,900 — Gilgeous-Alexander was the Clippers’ first-round pick in the 2018 draft, and he has been impressive in his first three NBA contests. He has played at least 23 minutes in each of those games with over 20 DKFP in two of those games. SGA stayed on the court down the stretch in the Clippers’ win over the Rockets on Sunday and posted 25.25 DKFP on 12 points, five rebounds, four assists and a steal. His opportunity and production should result in great value under $4K.

Other Options — Reggie Jackson ($5,800), Ish Smith ($4,100)


Shooting Guard

Stud

Gary Harris, DEN vs. SAC, $6,500 — Without Will Barton (groin), Harris will need to pick up more of the scoring for the Nuggets, and he stepped up to that task on Sunday in Denver’s win over the Warriors. Harris scored a team-high 28 points with three rebounds and 40.25 DKFP. He has played 34-plus minutes in each of the Nuggets three games this season and is averaging 34 DKFP on 22.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks per game.

Other Option — Jrue Holiday ($7,400)

Value

Torrey Craig, DEN vs. SAC, $3,800 — Craig got the start in place of Barton and played 27 minutes against the Warriors. He finished with five points, nine boards, two assists and 23.75 DKFP. While he doesn’t have an extremely high ceiling, Craig plays good enough defense to keep getting plenty of run and producing good non-scoring stats. He should be another nice value under $4K to help you save up for big salaries at other spots.

Other Options — Buddy Hield ($5,600), Iman Shumpert ($4,200)


Small Forward

Stud

Nikola Mirotic, NO vs. LAC, $7,200 — Mirotic has started the season on fire and has thrived in New Orleans since being traded last season. He opened this season with 30 points and 10 rebounds for 51 DKFP against the Rockets, and followed that up with 52.75 DKFP on Friday against the Kings despite falling just one rebound short of another double-double. Mirotic should be able to stay hot against the Clippers, and the Pelicans uptempo pace fits his game perfectly.

Other Options — Danilo Gallinari ($6,300), Dario Saric ($6,100)

Value

Nemanja Bjelica, SAC at DEN, $4,600 — Bjelica has started all three games for the Kings, and has turned in two great games sandwiched around an ugly four-point game in which he played just 11 minutes against Mirotic and the Pelicans. Bjelica bounced back with 31 minutes on Sunday, though, and posted 32.75 DKFP by scoring 12 points to go with three steals, four assists and five rebounds. He had over 30 DKFP in the season opener as well, so it looks like he should be in for good playing time when games are competitive. Sacramento’s rotation makes him a little risky, but there is definitely nice potential if he gets 25-plus minutes.

Other Options — Stanley Johnson ($4,400), Juancho Hernangómez ($3,700)


Power Forward

Stud

Anthony Davis, NO vs. LAC, $11,400 — The emergence of Mirotic hasn’t taken any of Davis’s fantasy value away, as the Pelicans All-Star continues to post monster numbers. He had 77.0 DKFP against the Rockets on 32 points, 16 boards and eight assists in the season opener, and 25 points, 10 rebounds and 54.5 DKFP against the Kings over the weekend. AD only played 27 minutes against Sacramento since the game was a blowout, so he should be rested and ready to crush the Clippers as the top big-money play on the board.

Other Options — Blake Griffin ($9,000), Paul Millsap ($6,200)

Value

Robert Covington, PHI at DET, $5,500 — Covington’s production is key for the 76ers since he’s one of the few members of their rotation with the ability to stretch the floor and provide spacing. He struggled in the opener against Boston, but has bounced back with 36.25 and 25.0 DKFP in his past two games. He should continue to get plenty of time on the floor and average double-digit points while picking up decent defensive stats along with some rebounds. The Pistons are thin on the wing, so Covington is in a good matchup to reach value.

Other Options — Montrezl Harrell ($4,300), Harry Giles ($3,600)


Center

Stud

Joel Embiid, PHI at DET, $10,400 — Embiid is 3-for-3 posting double-doubles in his first three games of the season and has scored 30 points in each of his past two games to finish with 60 and 52 DKFP. He will go head-to-head with Pistons big-man Andre Drummond ($9,400) if Drummond can overcome an illness which kept him out of Tuesday’s practice. If Drummond is limited or out, Embiid could end up with Zaza Pachulia ($3,800) or Jon Leuer ($3,600) trying to slow him down, which should result in another monster night. Simmons (back, questionable) is also dealing with an injury which could lead to more of the scoring load falling on Embiid.

Other Options — Nikola Jokic ($9,700), Julius Randle ($6,700)

Value

Zaza Pachulia, DET vs. PHI, $3,800 — Pachulia has posted over 20 DKFP in each of his first two games with the Pistons, and is worth a look as a bargain whether Drummond is active or not. Pachulia typically does good work on the glass and contributes some on the defensive end while scoring a handful of points. If he’s pressed into a larger role, his ceiling will be much higher, but he can be a value play even coming off the bench.

Other Option — Willie Cauley-Stein ($5,900)


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