We have a massive 10-game NBA DFS slate on our hands on both DraftKings and FanDuel and with a lot of games on tap, it’ll present us with a lot of top-value plays. Everyone knows to play Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nikola Jokic, and James Harden, but who are we spending down on to fit those players into our lineups? Let’s dive into today’s NBA DFS top value plays for Wednesday, October 26th.
FanDuel NBA DFS Value Plays
Kelly Olynyk, Utah Jazz ($5,300)
This is a great spot for Kelly Olynyk at his current price point. He faces off against Houston for the second consecutive time and I think the other day left a little to be desired. He only played 26 minutes, likely due to the back-to-back games Utah played in. Olynyk has already flashed 40 FDP upside this season and he has that here, especially if he tops 34 minutes like he’s done twice this year, against the 28th-ranked defense in the league.
Mitchell Robinson, New York Knicks ($5,200)
We’ve seen Mitchell Robinson stay out of foul trouble in each of the last two games and he’s been the clear-cut number-one center over Isaiah Hartenstein. He played a season-high 30 minutes last time out and showed his abilities off, putting up 14 points, six rebounds, and three blocks. He profiles so well on FanDuel given his defensive prowess. He’s blocked two or more shots in all three games this year and averaged 2.0 BPG for his career. He will be contesting a lot of shots at the rim tonight against Charlotte. All that said, because of the constant foul trouble he’s in, he’s nothing more than a tournament play.
Troy Brown Jr., Los Angeles Lakers ($3,600)
I’m actually OK with using him on both sites, but listing Troy Brown Jr. on FanDuel here is just $100 off the minimum salary. Brown appeared in his first game for the Lakers the last time they took the floor and Brown played 22 minutes, which could bump up towards 30 with Russell Westbrook unlikely to play. The Lakers have absolutely no shooters on the floor at almost all times and although Brown isn’t necessarily the answer, he has shot 34% from three for his career. Maybe he can provide some type of spark for them. There’s a possibility he starts here and if he does, he’s viable in all formats. If we find out he’s coming off the bench, he’s a tournament play only.
DraftKings NBA DFS Value Plays
Jarred Vanderbilt, Utah Jazz ($5,100)
Although this is his highest price point of the year, it still feels too cheap to roster Jarred Vanderbilt. This is one of the best match-ups on the board and although Utah let us down last time out against this Houston team, it was the second game of a back-to-back and the third game in four days. Vanderbilt just needs to stay out of foul trouble and he did just that last game and played a season-high 32 minutes, notching his first double-double of the year. He has three double-figure rebound games thus far along with 32+ DKP in three of the four games. Houston is 28th in DRtg, 11th in pace, and the over/under is a slate-high 234. Everything lines up for Vandy here.
Josh Richardson, San Antonio Spurs ($3,900)
With Devin Vassell listed as questionable for today’s game, it’s likely that Josh Richardson or Josh Primo slides into the starting lineup and my guess is it’s Richardson. The Spurs are using Josh Primo as their backup point-guard, so I expect him to be the backup PG and shooting-guard today as well. In Richardson’s case, there are a LOT of minutes and shots left on the table without Vassell on the floor. He’s been viable this year, notching a 19.8% USG and is averaging .88 FP/min as well. This game has a very juicy 232.5 over/under as well. He’s very cheap, expected to get a bunch of runs, and is likely viable in all formats, especially if he’s starting.
Joshua Primo, San Antonio Spurs ($4,000)
I wasn’t going to list both Spurs’ guards, but here we are. As mentioned in the write-up above, I suspect Josh Richardson to start, but Joshua Primo to be the backup at both point-guard and shooting-guard with Devin Vassell out. Primo has topped 21 minutes in all four games this year and has twice topped 25. The Spurs' first-round pick last year can do a little of everything and is only 4K on DK. This year, without Devin Vassell on the floor, Primo has seen a 2.6% usage bump to 20.1% while averaging .95 FP/min this year. Primo is intriguing, especially if he is the one that finds himself in the Spurs' starting lineup.
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