Welcome to the NBA DFS 10-23-21 FanDuel Picks article!
We've got eight games in the all-day slate tonight that is oozing with an opportunity to make some money!
I'm going to be completely honest; I'm usually a DraftKings guy, but I'm very interested in FanDuel's format. They start two of each position (except center), forcing DFS players to find value - my specialty!
So, Let's have some fun and try to win some money!
NBA DFS 10-23-21 FanDuel Picks
Eight-Game All-Day Slate
Atlanta Hawks @ Cleveland Cavaliers
Miami Heat @ Indiana Pacers
Dallas Mavericks @ Toronto Raptors
Detroit Pistons @ Chicago Bulls
New Orleans Pelicans @ Minnesota Timberwolves
Milwaukee Bucks @ San Antonio Spurs
Phoenix Suns @ Portland Trail Blazers
Memphis @ Los Angeles Clippers
Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks $9,400
Year 4 looking BRIGHT for Trae ?
19 PTS (12 in 3rd)
14 ASTS (9 in 3rd)
— Overtime (@overtime) October 22, 2021
I'm going all-in on Trae Young.
He has a fantastic matchup against Cleveland. The Cavaliers had one of the worst defenses in the league last season (113.5 defensive rating), and based on their first game, it hasn't provided during the offseason.
I know it's only one game, but the Hawks' offense looked really good against the Mavericks. They're spreading the ball around, getting movement, and not forcing Young to shoulder all the scoring responsibility. If that continues, Trae Young will be practical even on low-scoring nights because he will be an assist machine.
I would say Young could be like Luka Doncic, getting triple-doubles every night, but Young actually has big men on his team who could rebound, so DFS players will have to just be happy with high scoring and high assists numbers from him.
Ricky Rubio, Cleveland Cavaliers $5,600
Darius Garland missed Friday night's game against the Hornets with an ankle injury, so he'll probably miss the second game of a back-to-back, which means Ricky Rubio will fill in his spot in the starting rotation.
He scored 32.8 fantasy points in relief against the Memphis Grizzlies and had 10 assists, which is something you can always count on with Rubio; even if he isn't starting, he'll dish out the ball off the bench as well.
Tyler Herro, Miami Heat $5,500
THIS SEQUENCE. TYLER HERRO AT THE BUZZER.
The Heat were up 40-17 against the defending champs at the end of the first quarter ? pic.twitter.com/YKAEQYGG2q
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 22, 2021
Herro made a statement with his performance against the Bucks that he is looking to take a step forward in his progression as a scorer (that many of us were hoping he would take last season).
He'll have another game statement game against the Pacers, who haven't played tough defense so far this season, especially against guards (Spencer Dinwiddie scored 21 points in one half against them).
Herro has been pretty good against the Pacers for his career; he averages 15 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.6 assists against Indiana. So join me in starting Herro and watching him destroy my beloved Pacers with three-pointers.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker, New Orleans Pelicans $6,000
As you can probably tell, I'm looking at value picks in my shooting guard spots, and DFS players should Alexander-Walker while he is still at a bargain.
He had a 23 point game against the Sixers that will most likely be one of the better defenses in the NBA. Tonight, he is facing the Timberwolves, who had the third-worst defensive rating last season. It's not like the Rockets truly tested the Timberwolves' defense in their season debut. So DFS players can have confidence that the Pelicans' offense will spay or neuter the Timberwolves.
Mikal Bridges, Phoenix Suns $5,700
Speaking of value players who have matchups against terrible defenses, Mikal Bridges has a great matchup against the Trail Blazers.
Portland has the second-worst defensive rating in the NBA and is already struggling at stopping small forwards this season (22.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 4.1).
Bridges averages 12.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.6 assists for his career against the Trail Blazers.
Chris Duarte, Indiana Pacers $5,500
Chris Duarte has been filling in for LeVert, and the rookie has been fantastic! He had the best rookie debut in Pacers history with 27 points, five rebounds, one steal, and one assist.
Rick Carlisle hasn't been going deep on the bench early in his season, which is good news for Duarte because there is no chance that his minutes will be decreased (at least until LeVert returns).
Jerami Grant, Detroit Pistons $7,400
Grant should be the only Piston in any DFS lineup (or at least until Cade Cunningham proves he is worthy). Grant is their primary scorer, rebounder, and defender, and if one of his guards can hit some shots from the outside, he would be the primary distributor as well. DFS players can count on Grant to rack up numbers in every column.
He has already played the Bulls once this season and will probably walk away with the same stat line or an even better one.
Bam Adebayo, Miami Heat $8,100
I talk about how Herro was looking to improve his game; well, Bam Adebayo is out to prove that his late-season and playoff slump is behind him. In his first game against the Bucks, he scored 20 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and dished out one assist.
Please don't think I'm crazy, but the Heats' addition of Kyle Lowry seems to be vital to getting Adebayo back to being an All-Star. Since Lowry can play off the ball, allowing Bam to kick out the ball if the post is clogged. Too many times last season, he had no faith in his guards and would try to force his way through double teams and usually came up empty.
Adebayo averages 13.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, and three assists for his career against the Pacers. Indiana is already the fourth-worst defense at stopping power forwards this season (46.7 fantasy points).
Jakob Poeltl, San Antonio Spurs $6,700
Poeltl opened this season with a double-double and should do it against an injured Bucks team. Someone has to rebound the ball to keep Giannis Antetokounmpo from getting second-chance points, and that job will solely be Poeltl's job.
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