Fantasy Basketball Picks: Top NBA Targets, Values For October 24

Wednesday’s fantasy basketball slate has 11 games, with the Sixers and Kings playing on the second night of a back-to-back. Notable players listed as questionable on Wednesday’s injury report include Ben Simmons (back), Hassan Whiteside (hip) and Andrew Wiggins (quad). Klay Thompson (ankle) and Alex Len (elbow) are probable. For up to the minute news, analysis and lineups, along with instant push notifications for fantasy-relevant news, download the DK Live app.

Let’s take a look at some plays fantasy owners can consider using on DraftKings on Wednesday.

Point Guard

Stud

Kemba Walker ($8,400) — Walker’s usage has skyrocketed in a small sample under new head coach James Borrego, sitting at a 33 percent usage rate with 24.5 field goal attempts per game, both sizable boosts from last year. Walker’s usage rate through his first four games is second only to Giannis Antetokounmpo ($11,300) among starters, and his FGA per game also ranks second. Walker has also bombed away with threes, taking about 11 per game, second only to Steph Curry. The Hornets have a favorable matchup against a soft Bulls defense that is allowing the most wide open shots per game based on the league’s tracking system, which measures the closest defender to a shooter. The Bulls have also allowed a poor 118 points per 100 possessions, fourth worst.

Other Options — Steph Curry ($9,800), John Wall ($8,600), Trae Young ($7,200)

Value

Michael Carter-Williams ($3,800)– With Chris Paul suspended and James Ennis (hamstring) out, Carter-Williams is expected to start for the Rockets. Carter-Williams has had terrible efficiency numbers in recent years, shooting just 33% from the field and 24% from three, so fantasy owners shouldn’t expect too much, but his cheap price is worth considering as salary relief with the increased volume he’ll be in line to receive in the starting lineup.

Other Options — Lonzo Ball ($6,300), Goran Dragic ($6,200), Cameron Payne ($4,000)


Shooting Guard

Stud

Devin Booker ($8,300) — Booker’s opponent, the Lakers, have played at a ridiculously fast pace in an effort to create more vertical floor spacing in transition, playing about 109 possessions per 48 minutes. The fast pace of the game should create extra possessions for Booker to generate fantasy points. The Lakers’ defense hasn’t been good so far, allowing 117 points per 100 possessions, sixth worst, and allowing the third most wide open shots per game based on the league’s player tracking system.

Other Options — James Harden ($11,400), Jimmy Butler ($8,100), Victor Oladipo ($7,800)

Value

Joe Harris ($4,600) — Harris has a revenge game in Cleveland against the Cavs, but that isn’t the appealing part of the matchup. The Cavs have been terrible defensively again this season, allowing a horrific 121 points per 100 possessions, second worst in the league. They have also allowed the third most wide open threes based on the league’s player tracking system, giving Harris — a career 40% three-point shooter — a chance to get hot from deep. Harris’ 5.7 three-point attempts per game leads all Nets players. He has started each of the Nets’ first three games and averaged 30 minutes per game.

Other Options — Josh Hart ($5,800), Trey Burke ($5,700), J.J. Redick ($5,500)


Small Forward

Stud

LeBron James ($11,100) — The Lakers’ lack of floor spacing has hurt James’ shooting efficiency, especially near the basket, as teams have packed the paint and made it more difficult for James to get to the rim without traffic. That said, James’ 32% usage rate was his highest as a Laker with Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram suspended last game, improvements from 27% in his first two games, and the Suns are allowing opponents to shoot 68% within five feet of the basket, second worst in the league. James takes the majority of his shots in that zone.

Other Options — Kevin Durant ($9,700), Kawhi Leonard ($8,700), Luka Doncic ($7,100)

Value

Joe Ingles ($6,700) — It’s a small sample, but Ingles has created 14 potential assists per game so far, six more than the eight he averaged last season, displaying much more facilitating potential. He has also taken five more field goal attempts per game this season than he did last season, giving him both more shot and potential assist volume. Ingles faces a Rockets team that has allowed opponents to generate the third most assists per game and has allowed 114 points per 100 possessions, seventh worst.

Cedi Osman ($5,800): Osman, who has taken over as the Cavs’ starting small forward in place of LeBron James, has averaged a healthy 36 minutes and 35 DKFP per game through three games. Osman has created about eight potential assists per game, the most on the Cavs and 11th most among all forwards. The Cavs play the Nets, who have been poor defensively so far, allowing 114 points per 100 possessions.

Other Options — Caris LeVert ($6,800), Nic Batum ($5,500)


Power Forward

Stud

Kevin Love ($8,800)– Love has been inefficient with his shooting through three games but is still averaging 46 DKFP on the back of monster rebounding and more volume. Love is taking six more shots per game than he did with the Cavs last season and his usage rate of 29% is identical to his final season in Minnesota. The Cavs face a Nets team that has been poor defensively so far, allowing 114 points per 100 possessions, eighth worst.

Other Options — Giannis Antetokounmpo ($11,300), LaMarcus Aldridge ($8,500)

Value

Kyle Kuzma ($6,900) — Kuzma entered the starting lineup for the Lakers in their last game with Brandon Ingram suspended and dominated, scoring 52.5 DKFP after shooting 15-of-25 from the field and grabbing eight rebounds. He played a heavy 40 minutes through regulation and added five more in overtime. Kuzma also took 10 threes, making four of them. As long as Kuzma is getting heavy minutes, he will retain fantasy value as part of a Lakers team that is creating a lot of possessions due to their pace. Ingram isn’t eligible to play for another three games.

Other Options — Draymond Green ($6,900), Carmelo Anthony ($4,700), Ryan Anderson ($3,600)


Center

Stud

Marc Gasol ($7,200) — The Grizzlies play the Kings, who have rebounded just 45% of missed shots, the third worst rebound rate in the league so far. The Kings have also been poor defensively, allowing 117 points per 100 possessions and allowing opponents to shoot 63 percent from within eight feet of the basket, both fifth worst in the league. Sacramento’s 66 points in the paint allowed to opponents per game is second worst in the league.

Other Options — Joel Embiid ($10,100), Karl-Anthony Towns ($8,200), DeAndre Jordan ($8,000), Deandre Ayton ($7,300)

Value

JaVale McGee ($5,300) — McGee has fit in very well with the Lakers, as his ability to run the floor has allowed him to produce in an up-tempo offense designed to get players in transition. McGee has scored at least 30 DKFP in all three of his games so far and his 27.9 player efficiency rating is the best of his career in a small sample. McGee faces the Suns, who are allowing opponents to shoot a poor 68% within five feet of the basket, second worst in the league.

Other Options — Willie Cauley-Stein ($5,600), Larry Nance Jr. ($4,600), Cody Zeller ($4,200)


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