Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks 10-25-17

by Devon Frey
Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks 10-25-17

The first full, mid-week slate is ready! Headlined by the showdown of words when John Wall heads to the West Coast to take on Lonzo Ball's Lakers. We also see the Raptors head out West to take on the defending champion Warriors.

Let's take a look at the lineup for the mid-week big slate.

  • Denver @ Charlotte - 7:00pm
  • Minnesota @ Detroit - 7:00pm
  • Houston @ Philadelphia - 7:00pm
  • Cleveland @ Brooklyn - 7:30pm
  • San Antonio @ Miami - 8:00pm
  • Indiana @ OKC - 8:00pm
  • Memphis @ Dallas - 8:30pm
  • Utah @ Phoenix - 10:00pm
  • Toronto @ Golden State - 10:30pm
  • Washington @ LA Lakers - 10:30pm

Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks 10-25-17

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Point Guards

D'Angelo Russell, Brooklyn Nets

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D-Russ has started off the season hot. The new place with new opportunity in a smaller light, Russell has started to shine bright. 21/7/4 average seems like a solid effort coming from the 21 year old, third-year starter out of Ohio State.

With Lin injured for the season, Russell has the green light to show his full potential. Although LeBron leads the Cavs, the Cavs are currently vulnerable against Point Guards, averaging 7th most points against in DFS. Look for D-Russ to take advantage at home and expose the backcourt of the Cavs.

Ricky Rubio, Utah Jazz

Off to a hot start as well, Rubio has stepped up amid the loss of Hayward. Rubio, along with Gobert, Favors, and Ingles are all averaging around 15 PPG which shows that there is no fighting over who's scoring.

With the Jazz heading to Phoenix, who are without Bledsoe, look for the Jazz to take advantage of Mike James and his lack of experience. Rubio and his years of veteranship should prove costly against the Suns, who allow the 2nd most points against PG this season.

Honorable Mentions: Dejounte Murray vs. Miami; John Wall vs. Los Angeles Lakers; Kemba Walker vs. Denver

Shooting Guards

Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns

Like D'Angelo Russell, the weight of Phoenix sits on the shoulders of Devin Booker. Despite the rocky first game of the season, Booker has somewhat come into his own, averaging 18/6/4.

Given the fact that Brooklyn's defense is an absolute atrocity, third worst against shooting guards, combined with allowing the fifth most DFS points in the NBA, expect Booker to have a big game. This matchup has the potential for Booker to hit upwards of 40 points as I am hopeful for his first breakout game of the season.

Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards

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One half the dominant duo in the nation's capital, Beal is no man to sleep on! Bradley Beal who seems to be the second option to John Wall on paper still sees his fair share of shots with just over 17 FGA.

Going up against the Lakers, who have the worst DFS average versus SG to start the season, Beal is poised for a breakout game. With a tension build up from the Wall/Ball match up taking over social media, look for Beal to steal the spotlight and have a dominant performance.

Honorable Mentions: JR Smith vs. Brooklyn; Eric Gordon vs. Philadelphia; Dion Waiters vs. San Antonio

Small Forwards

Tobias Harris, Detroit Pistons

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Although Harris starts at the four, he's a dual SF/PF threat, which bodes well for DFS players. The only 20+PPG on the Pistons, Harris is a 50% shooter and almost 40% 3P%.

Going up against the T-Wolves, Andrew Wiggins is known for his offensive abilities while lacking defensively. Harris will take it to the new big three as a dominant scorer for the Pistons in this match-up.

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

It goes without saying that LBJ is an almost certain play against the Nets. Averaging 25/8/6, James should look to post close to a triple-double stat line against Brooklyn, who will be playing their second game of a back to back. Fifth worst against SF, Brooklyn will be in for a long night when playing LeBron and the Cavs.

Honorable Mentions: Paul George vs. Indiana; Joe Ingles vs. Phoenix; Robert Covington vs. Houston

Power Forwards

Harrison Barnes, Dallas Mavericks

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A combo SF/PF, Barnes has drawn the start at the four all season. Leading the Mavericks in shot attempts and PPG, Barnes is primed for a big game when hosting Memphis.

Memphis, who are 3rd best in OPPG, have their biggest test against power forwards. Fifth worst against the PF, Gasol and the Griz head into Dallas looking to shut down Barnes. After a slow start to the season, Barnes will find his shot tonight en route to a 22/7/3 point performance.

LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio

Playing like a man possessed after his big extension, Aldridge and the Spurs head to South Beach to take on Waiters Island and the Miami Heat. After a strong start due to the absence of Kahwi Leonard, Aldridge has been the first, second, and third option for scoring on the Spurs offense.

Averaging seven FGA and 10 PPG more than the next on his team, Aldridge looks to continue that streak against the Heat who give up the most DFS points versus PF.

Honorable Mentions: Tobias Harris vs. Minnesota; Trevor Booker vs. Cleveland; Serge Ibaka vs. Golden State


Jakob Poeltl, Toronto Raptors

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Heading to the defending champion Warriors team, Poeltl is getting the nod to start at Center with Valanciunas out due to an ankle injury. Over the first four games, in just 20 minutes, Poeltl is averaging 8p/7r.

When facing the Warriors, DFS players should look to playing the center of their opponent as they are currently 2nd worst in DFS play versus Centers, just behind the Bulls. Getting a few more minutes with start tonight, look for Poeltl to make the most of it with a double-double performance.

Brook Lopez, Los Angeles Lakers

When Wall and the Lakers head to town, all the spotlight is on Lonzo Ball.

Brook Lopez will be a great play as he is a scoring first center averaging 15p/8r this season. After a strong showing by Jokic on Monday, with 29p/9r, this only further ensures my decision for Lopez to be a strong play. Lopez will look to have a sneaky 18p/10r night against Marcin Gortat in the paint.

Honorable Mentions: Clint Capela vs. Philadelphia; Myles Turner vs. OKC; Rudy Gobert vs. Phoenix

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