This NBA season, we’ll be providing you with free NBA DraftKings lineups! Here’s one for tonight’s NBA action on October 22nd:
PG: Zach Lavine, Chicago Bulls, $7,100
Outlook: Zach LaVine could very well be on his way to not only the Most Improved Player Award, but also his first NBA All-Star appearance. Yes, the Eastern Conference is weak, and LaVine is the first scoring option on the Bulls, so those are the main reasons why, but he looks unbelievable through the Bulls first two games. He’s scored over 30 in both games, and also cracked 40 DraftKings points as well in both games. I can’t see a reason why he wouldn’t be able to average 24-25 PPG this season. Right now, his price of $7,100 is cheap for how he’s been producing, and Dallas shouldn’t present too tough of a matchup for him. This is great value for LaVine.
SG: Josh Hart, Los Angeles Lakers, $5,100
Outlook: After having a great NBA Summer League, Josh Hart has quietly started the season extremely well. In the first game of the season, he scored 20 points off the bench, and then scored 11 in the next game. He’s been active on the defensive end, averaging two and a half steals through two games. Furthermore, he’s getting near 30 minutes per game. Hart is going to continue to produce as long as he’s on the floor, and with Ingram out for the next few games, I could see more scoring opportunities coming Hart’s way.
SG/SF: Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves, $8,000
Outlook: Jimmy Butler has certainly felt like he had something to prove so far this season. He’s averaging 52 fantasy points through two games, and averaging 28 points and seven rebounds. He’s also had four steals in both games. Butler is a definite top-15 player in the NBA, in a contract year, he isn’t going to slow down anytime soon. The Pacers present a tough matchup for him, but Butler was able to put up 46 fantasy points against the Spurs, so I don’t think he’ll have an issue vs. Indiana. Furthermore, I think the game will be close, meaning Butler will see the ball in his hands a lot come the fourth quarter.
PF: Jae Crowder, Utah Jazz, $4,700
Outlook: Crowder had a down season in 2017-18, as he was traded from the Celtics to the Cavs right before the season, and then to the Jazz at the trade deadline. Now that he’s settled in in Utah, I expect him to have a bounce back season, returning to 2016-17 form. Crowders averaging 31 minutes off the bench per game thus far, and averaging 15 points and six rebounds. Anyone who gets those minutes at the price of $4,700 is a steal in DraftKings. Crowder will give you a solid 25-30 fantasy points per night, which is why he’s great value here.
C: Serge Ibaka, Toronto Raptors, $5,300
Outlook: Serge Ibaka is off to a great start this season, and he’s averaging over 15 points and seven rebounds through his first three games. He’s had over 30 fantasy points in two of these games, great value for someone who’s $5,300. I also love Ibaka’s matchup tonight vs. the Hornets, a team that probably has one of the worst front courts in the NBA. Ibaka should have a nice performance tonight vs. Charlotte.
G: Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets, $7,900
Outlook: It’s a contract year for Kemba Walker, and he’s playing out of his mind so far. This is definitely one of the worst rosters that Kemba has played on since the very beginning of his career, so he has a lot on his shoulders. In response, he’s averaging 35 points and five assists, through three games. Obviously, this isn’t sustainable long-term, but until he slows down, I’m riding the wave at $7,900, a price that’s well below the caliber of his performances this season so far.
F: Zach Collins, Portland Trail Blazers, $3,700
Outlook: Collins is a player in his second season, who’s going to get around 20 minutes per game off the bench. At $3,700, I think he’ll provide a nice 20-25 fantasy points on around 10 points and five rebounds. Out of anyone in his price range, I like him the best due to his upside. The Wizards are a disaster in terms of bigs with Dwight Howard out, and I see Collins taking advantage of this.
UTIL: LaMarcus Aldridge, PF/C, San Antonio Spurs, $7,800
Outlook: LaMarcus Aldridge is one of the most consistent players in the NBA, and is still a top-two player on his team, even at the age of 33. I could easily see him averaging a double-double this season. I love his matchup tonight against a Lakers team that has allowed over 120 points in both of their games this season. He should have a great game.