Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks 10-21-17

by Devon Frey
2018-19 Fantasy Basketball Forward Busts

As we wrap up the start to the first week, we've seen some interesting highlights from the start of the season.

  • Gordon Hayward's injury in the opening minutes of Opening Night. He is officially done for the season after undergoing surgery.
  • Russell Westbrook's Triple-Double momentum carried over to this season. Although the points were much less than we were used to seeing. His usage was down almost 15%, so it will be interesting to see if these are as frequent.
  • Greek Freak comes alive with 37/13 performance in his season opener. MVP?

I'm loking forward to seeing a year filled with highlights, new records, and crazy finishes! But first let's win you some money in DFS this weekend.

Matchups for Saturday, October 21st

  • Philadelphia at Toronto - 7:30PM
  • Orlando at Cleveland - 8:00PM
  • Indiana at Miami - 8:00PM
  • Detroit at New York - 8:00PM
  • San Antonio at Chicago - 8:00PM
  • Dallas at Houston - 8:00PM
  • Golden State at Memphis - 8:00PM
  • Portland at Milwaukee - 8:30PM
  • Sacramento at Denver - 9:00PM
  • Oklahoma City at Utah - 9:00PM
  • Phoenix at LA Clippers - 10:30PM

Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks 10-21-17

Point Guards

Chris Paul, Houston Rockets

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After having a lackluster season opener versus Golden State and the fact that CP3 sat out game two of the season, look for him to bounce back versus Dallas.

With having rookie Dennis Smith Jr. starting at Point Guard, expect CP3 to take control of the game and welcome the rookie to the NBA by putting up a 20/10/5 performance

Reggie Jackson, Detroit Pistons

Detroit heading to MSG bodes well for Reggie Jackson. With a diverse line from game one, Reggie will be apart of a team who likes to get everyone involved in each game.

Opposite Jackson is the rookie Frank Ntilikina who splits the PG duties with Ramon Sessions. Neither of these two posed a threat against Russ during their season opener. Look for Jackson to expose this unique pairing en route to a 17/7/4 performance.

Honorable Mentions: Damian Lillard vs. Milwaukee; Kyle Lowry vs. Philadelphia; Patrick Beverley vs. Phoenix

Shooting Guards

Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers

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A pick in the opening season post, Oladipo sure did not disappoint. A 22/5/4 performance with four steals, I consider that a successful night.

Heading into play a Miami Heat team, who lost their opener to Orlando, look for Oladipo to match his successes. Evan Fournier, an honorable mention previously, had success against Miami. If Fournier can have good success against the Heat, it's certain that Oladipo will match if not exceed those numbers.

Buddy Hield, Sacramento Kings

After getting the green light to shoot, Hield drew a line of 19/5/4 in game one against Houston.

Coming into year two, look for Hield to be the number one option in Sacramento as he looks to further develop his shot and improve on his defense. After not shutting down the quad shooting guard rotation in Utah, Denver looks to bounce back against Hield. I expect Hield to eclipse 20 points and put up at 24/7/3 game for game two.

I expect Hield to eclipse 20 points and put up at 24/7/3 game for game two.

Honorable Mentions: Devin Booker vs. LAC; James Harden vs. Dallas; DeMar DeRozan vs. Philly

Small Forwards

Lebron James, Cleveland

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After a dominant opening night, LBJ starts his MVP campaign off right! After a near triple-double, look for him to put up similar numbers against a weaker Orlando team. At 32, LeBron shows no signs of slowing down. Look for him to have a performance like 34/13/9 as he plays like a man possessed as he poises himself for yet another dominant year.

Rodney Hood, Utah Jazz

Entering a contract year, Rodney Hood looks to prove himself this year. With the loss of Gordon Hayward, Hood and Ingles look to step up next to Gobert as the dominant force driving this Jazz team back to the playoffs. After a slow start in game one, Hood looks to rebound with a solid performance again OKC. Look for him to have an 18 points with a couple of 3's to compliment his line.

Honorable Mentions: Paul George vs. Utah; Josh Richardson vs. Indiana; Harrison Barnes vs. Houston

Power Forwards

Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers

After losing Chris Paul to Houston, Los Angeles looks to their former No. 1 overall pick to take care of the team going forward.

Blake had a dominant opening game to make a statement! This was after the off-season where he could've ended up playing in Phoenix.

Griffin will show he's worth every penny by putting up a 35/12/7 line against the youthful suns.

Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks

After a hot start in game one, the unicorn is going to be the spark on a New York team that has been doubted since the Melo trade.

With a rebuild in progress, look for them to rely on their blue chipper.

Porzingis has shown promise since he stepped foot in the league and proved he can take over as the dominant figure of a team in his first appearance since Carmelo left.  Look for him to take it to Detroit en route to a 25/12 performance in the Garden.

Honorable Mentions: Aaron Gordon vs Cleveland; Thaddeus Young vs Miami; Dario Saric vs Toronto


Clint Capela, Houston Rockets

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Entering his fourth season, Capela has shown strong upside each season by getting better. He started off the season with a double-double in his second outing. Capela can be a strong asset on any DFS just for his rebound performances game to game. He also shows that he's getting his shots in as he's averaging 11FGA this season. Look for him to dominate Dallas en route to a 20/12 performance Saturday Night.

Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies

Going up against a tough Warriors team, look for Marc Gasol to bounce back from a less than normal point performance. Although he had 11 boards, he sat at just 14 points for their opening contest. Because of the defensive prowess the Warriors bring, look for the Grizz to slow the game down by playing paint offense and getting Gasol more involved. Look for a 22/13 with a couple of blocks from the younger Gasol.

Honorable Mentions: Joel Embiid vs Toronto; Hassan Whiteside vs Indiana; Nikola Jokic vs Sacramento

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