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DFS NBA Playbook: October 20
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Aaron Gordon Headshot

Gordon (ankle) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Cavaliers and is expected to test his injured ankle out before the game to determine if he can play -- similar to Friday, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

The team is on the second half of a back-to-back, so the forward didn't get much time to recover. In his absence Friday, Nikola Vucevic stole the show, dropping 41 points and 12 rebounds. Rookie Jonathan Isaac saw 23 minutes of run as well.
10:53 am (EST)
Elfrid Payton Headshot

Payton (hamstring) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Cavaliers, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.

Payton left Friday's game against the Nets with a hamstring injury and did not return. There's no indication the injury is serious, but the point guard isn't feeling well enough to play on the second half of a back-to-back. In his stead, either Shelvin Mack or D.J. Augustin will draw the start and could make for viable DFS options.
10:16 am (EST)
Devin Booker Headshot

Booke recorded 28 points (9-19 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 3-5 FT), 11 rebounds, eight assists and two steals across 29 minutes in Friday's 132-130 loss to the Lakers.

Booker was vastly improved from the season opener where they were manhandled by Portland. Two more assists would have given Booker his first career triple-double, but he also coughed up the ball six times on Friday, muting what was otherwise a standout performance. His evening was not without controversy - he somehow avoided ejection after a violent physical exchange with Larry Nance the escalated quickly. Tempers were high in this matchup with both teams coming off blowout losses, and a lot of sloppy defensive play made things even tenser. Booker and the Suns visit the Clippers on Saturday.
2:39 am (EST)
Brook Lopez Headshot

Lopez registered 19 points (6-11 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 5-7 FT), 11 rebounds, two assists and a steal across 32 minutes in Friday's 132-130 win over the Suns.

After five frustrating seasons with the Nets where he battled injuries and fought for playing time, Lopez looks like he has found the perfect place to revive his once-floundering career. Some might actually a move to the Lakers might be a downgrade, but with Lonzo Ball on the squad, the prospect of Lopez as the recipient of numerous dishes inside by the young point guard should raise the big man's stock. He'll face a tough test on Sunday as he faces the twin towers of DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis.
2:14 am (EST)
Brandon Ingram Headshot

Ingram tallied 25 points (9-14 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 4-6 FT), two rebounds an assist, a steal and a blocked shot across 36 minutes in Friday's 132-130 win over the Suns.

After an up-and-down rookie season where he eventually started after the Lakers fell out of playoff contention, the 20-year-old comes into this season with more pressure than the average youngster. Now, with Lonzo Ball directing the action, the Lakers have a starting lineup with five first-round picks, and Ingram looks poised to break out if the young team can get some chemistry going. His shot was in sync on Friday, as his 64.2 percent from the floor was complemented by draining three of four three-pointers. He'll look to build on this great performance against the Pelican on Sunday.
2:01 am (EST)
Lonzo Ball Headshot

Ball recorded 29 points (12-27 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 11 rebounds, nine assists and one steal across 37 minutes in Friday's 132-130 win over the Suns.

With one more assist, Ball would've shattered the record for the youngest player to score a triple-double, an achievement currently held by LeBron James. If tonight's game was any indication, he may have more opportunities to get there. Granted, Ball was pitted against a team that had just suffered a 48-point loss to the Blazers earlier in the week, so to only beat the Suns by two points might not be a great litmus test of things to come. But a win is a win and Ball looked every bit the dynamic playmaker who was drafted second in the 2017 draft and wowed audiences in the Vegas Summer League. After a disappointing first game and an outstanding second game, we'll learn more about Ball's journey when they host the Pelicans on Sunday.
1:47 am (EST)
Yogi Ferrell Headshot

Ferrell collected 14 points (3-8 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 7-8 FT), four rebounds, two assists and one steal across 30 minutes during Friday's 93-88 loss to the Kings.

With Dennis Smith (knee), Seth Curry (leg) and Devin Harris (personal) all out Friday, Ferrell had to be relied upon in the backcourt more than usual. While his three-ball wasn't falling, he was aggressive in getting to the basket and drawing fouls. With averages of 10.0 points, 3.7 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.5 three-pointers made per game last season, Ferrell makes for somewhat of a fringe fantasy option, though could improve this season with another year of experience under his belt.
1:12 am (EST)
Dorian Finney-Smith Headshot

Finney-Smith supplied 14 points (5-6 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two rebounds and one assist across 21 minutes during Friday's 93-88 loss to the Kings.

With the team down Dennis Smith (knee), Seth Curry (leg) and Devin Harris (personal), Finney-Smith was relied upon for more than usual off the pine. He averaged just 4.3 points across 20.3 minutes per game last season, so his 14-point outburst was certainly unexpected. That said, he can likely continue being avoided in the vast majority of fantasy formats.
1:09 am (EST)
J.J. Barea Headshot

Barea drew the start at point guard and accumulated nine points (4-14 FG, 1-5 3Pt), 10 assists, one rebound, one block and one steal across 27 minutes during Friday's 93-88 loss to the Kings.

With Dennis Smith (knee), Seth Curry (leg), and Devin Harris (personal) out, Barea was relied upon heavily to run the offense. He's known for being able to rack up assists in a hurry, as he averaged 5.5 across 22.0 minutes per game last season. If the team's core of guards remains depleted, Barea could make for a solid DFS play.
1:06 am (EST)
Nerlens Noel Headshot

Noel drew the start at center Friday and posted seven points (3-3 FG, 1-2 FT), six rebounds, three steals and two blocks across 27 minutes during the 93-88 loss to the Kings.

Noel is not a high-volume offensive talent, so his only three shot attempts Friday shouldn't come as much of a surprise. He's rebounded and played defense well (his strengths) to begin the season, however, totaling 17 rebounds, five blocks and four steals across 47 total minutes in the team's first two games.
1:03 am (EST)
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