Draft Kings NBA October 18 Value Plays
By Rocco Minsk My focus on NBA Draft Kings DFS is on finding the value plays to mix with the stars to form a potent winning lineup. It is easier to find the plays in the $7000 plus range – what is more difficult is finding the plays on the lower rungs of the ladder to subsidize those stars. With that in mind, I intend to make it a regular feature of this site to highlight DFS value plays when there is a larger slate (it is more difficult to uncover gems when there are only four games in an evening). With that in mind, here are several value plays for the October 18 Draft Kings slate
Darren Collison ($5300) Collison’s first game for his new team replacing Jeff Teague with not much competition for playing time at the point. He draws a great matchup against a weak Brooklyn team. In addition, the fast pace should help Collison net a couple of steals to pad his totals.
Ish Smith ($4100) It is unclear who will get the bulk of the time at point guard in Detroit, but even at 25 minutes per game, Smith’s blend of rebounding and assists will help him return value at this point. Don’t be afraid to start a player off the bench.
Evan Turner ($5500) C.J. McCollum is suspended for the season opener and his minutes will largely be going to Turner in what figures to be an up-tempo game against a defensively challenged Phoenix team.
Tyler Johnson ($4800) Same story as Smith – what Johnson can do in 25 minutes off of the bench merits his sub-5000 price. His price has actually gone lower from the close of last season when he was a consistent 25 DK point scorer
Jaylen Brown ($3900) Here is the chalk of the night. Everyone will be playing Brown after he went for 25 PTS 6 REB and 3 STL logging big minutes in the wake of the Hayward injury. Everyone will start him, but you can’t afford not to.
Rondae Hollis Jefferson ($5000) RHJ needs to go from his 20 MPG last year to 28 MPG to become a solid DK point scorer and he started in the preseason, making his usual contributions in rebounds and steals. RHJ can go up to 40 DK points with playing time.
Skal Labissiere ($4800) Keep a watch on Zach Randolph’s status. If he misses tonight’s game due to oral surgery, Labissiere will get the bump in minutes and we saw last year what he can do in extended playing time.
Jayson Tatum ($4100) Not a player that I love in season long, but in DFS, he will make a contribution at a cheap price. He just needs 25 points to be a huge coup at this price.
Jason Smith ($4100) As mentioned here earlier this week, Smith has outplayed Kelly Oubre in the preseason and there are minutes to be had in the wake of Markieff Morris’ injury. Smith ability to hit the outside shot adds a new element to his game.
Tyson Chandler ($4200) Keep an eye on Alex Len throughout the day as he is questionable with a foot injury. If he is out, then Chandler will log 30 minutes which will give him a minimum of a dozen rebounds.