Welcome to the NBA daily fantasy basketball plays of the Day for November 20.
Kemba Walker vs MIN – DK: $7,900 FD: $8,300
The past two games have been kind to Kemba Walker, as he posted a combined 104.5 DKFP. The return of Nic Batum seems to have opened up the court for Walker, and that comes at the right time as the Hornets get a great matchup with the Wolves. Minnesota is giving up the second most fantasy points to point guards, and while Walker struggled the last time they played, this one is at home where he plays better. I think the safety and upside of Walker at this price point makes a ton of sense.
Mario Chalmers @ POR – DK: $4,700 FD: $5,400
Even with a slightly inflated price tag across the industry, Mario Chalmers remains a viable value option. Mike Conley will remain out for the foreseeable future, and that means that we can get a starting point guard very cheaply. He is playing around 30 minutes a night, and while his shooting still hasn’t really found a rhythm, he is contributing peripheral stats to help keep his fantasy production usable.
Also Consider: Russell Westbrook (DK: $10,500 FD: $9,900), Darren Collison (DK: $6,100 FD: $5,700), Tim Frazier (DK: $3,400 FD: $3,100).
Victor Oladipo @ ORL – DK: $7,600 FD: $7,900
This game is going to be played with quite a bit of pace, and that can do nothing but help Victor Oladipo’s upside. I love this game for fantasy purposes, and what better way to gain exposure to it then to roster one of the best players involved. Oladipo has been on a tear, posting at least 40 DK points in three of his last four games. I could easily see this streak continuing against his old team, as they have been awful against shooting guards.
Avery Bradley vs CLE – DK: $6,000 FD: $6,000
If we have learned one thing this season, it is that the Cavaliers just aren’t interested in playing defense. The Pistons are going to look to take advantage of that, and Avery Bradley should be a big part of the attack. Bradley continues to get shot attempts by the truckload, and the Cavaliers giving up the most fantasy points to the position. There is a decent floor built in with Bradley’s peripheral stats, and at this price point, you don’t need him to go nuclear to hit value.
Also Consider: Bradley Beal (DK: $8,000 FD: $7,900), Lou Williams (DK: $7,000 FD: $6,000).
LeBron James @ DET – DK: $11,300 FD: $11,600
At this point, I do not know what more to say about LeBron James. He is carrying so much responsibility on offense, even more than previous seasons. We have seen him take 50 shot attempts over his last two games, and his usage rate unsurprisingly ranks in the top ten. This game with the Pistons should be competitive, keeping James on the court for his full allotment of minutes. If we need to add just a little more fuel to the fire, the Pistons have given up the seventh most fantasy points to opposing small forwards over the last five games. Fire up James if you can afford him.
Dillon Brooks @ POR – DK: $4,100 FD: $4,400
The Grizzlies are battling some injuries, and if Tyreke Evans becomes the next player on the inactive list then that will open up some doors. Dillon Brooks has been logging big minutes all season, and he already carries some value at this price point. The Evans news could only make him an even better option against the Blazers, and Chandler Parsons (DK: $3,700 FD: $4,200) could come into play as well. I don’t look at either of these guys as high upside options, but both should be able to reach value at their prices if the news breaks our way.
Also Consider: Giannis Antetokounmpo (DK: $11,500 FD: $12,000), Wilson Chandler (DK: $4,600 FD: $4,900).
Blake Griffin @ NYK – DK: $8,900 FD: $8,700
If you are looking for usage, you do not need to look much further than Blake Griffin. With the Clippers dealing with so many injuries right now, the ball is going through Griffin’s hands quite a bit. Before getting blown out by the Hornets on Saturday, Griffin got up at least 25 shots in his last three games, converting that into some very usable fantasy production. On paper, this isn’t the best matchup, but Griffin has had success against Kristaps Porzingis and the Knicks before and should do it again with all of this opportunity.
Aaron Gordon vs IND – DK: $7,200 FD: $7,500
Both Orlando and Indiana play at a top ten pace, and that gives this game the highest projected total of the night. Aaron Gordon has done well in games like this, and the fact that the Pacers are giving up the most fantasy points per game to opposing power forwards doesn’t hurt anything either. Gordon has been mediocre, but this game should be looked at as a standout spot that could yield some nice production.
Also Consider: LaMarcus Aldridge (DK: $8,200 FD: $8,600), Tobias Harris (DK: $6,200 FD: $6,700).
Nikola Jokic @ SAC – DK: $9,100 FD: $9,300
We would be discussing Nikola Jokic heading into the second half of a back-to-back if he didn’t get tossed from Sunday’s game after only 12 minutes. I don’t think we need to worry about that though. The last time these two teams got together, Jokic didn’t score a point in 30 minutes of action, but he did grab eight rebounds and dish out seven assists. We all know the upside he can bring to the table, and with the Kings yielding the most fantasy points to opposing centers we could easily see that upside tonight. If Paul Millsap is unable to play, I would consider Jokic one of the best plays on the slate given the added usage he would see.
Marc Gasol vs POR – DK: $8,100 FD: $8,200
With no Mike Conley, Marc Gasol has to be aggressive if the Grizzlies want a chance to win games. This is good news for fantasy owners though, as Gasol heads into a competitive matchup with the Trail Blazers. Gasol is averaging almost a full six DK points more at home than on the road, and Portland has been average against opposing centers. If Tyreke Evans is ruled out, there will be even more offensive slack that Gasol will have to soak up.
Also Consider: Andre Drummond (DK: $8,800 FD: $9,100), Pau Gasol (DK: $6,200 FD: $6,200).