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Another 10-game slate is on the horizon and we are already in the midst of the NBA season, with a few game-time decisions, and some early injury news. Marcus Smart, Myles Turner, and Aaron Gordon are the notable names. Turner and Smart are on the doubtful side, while Gordon is probable. NO-GS, BKN-ORL, PHX-LAL, and IND-POR jump out as the big total game to target on this slate.

Elfrid Payton, PG, Orlando Magic

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311123050.723.634.6934.44

DK Salary: $7,300 / FD Salary: $7,500

The Magic-Nets game is filled with two bed defenses and two teams that were in the top half in pace. There is a lot of fantasy goodness in this matchup, and Elfrid Payton is one of the few Orlando players I will be looking to use tonight. Payton is coming off of a 13-3-9 game against Miami, where he also notched a block and three steals. Brooklyn were 25th in defensive efficiency last season against point guards, and the addition of D'Angelo Russell isn't exactly a defensive improvement. Payton took advantage of the lack of defense last season, averaging 17-7-9 against them, in three games. It was nice to see Payton hit the 30+ minute mark in the opening game, given minutes can never be too sure in this Orlando rotation. Payton is the 10th most expensive PG on FanDuel tonight, and the 11th most expensive on DraftKings. It is not out of the question to say Payton has triple-double upside, given his averages against Brooklyn last season, and Payton did have five last season.

Lonzo Ball, PG, Los Angeles Lakers

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31

1072646.512.228.6028.02

DK Salary: $6,800 / FD Salary: $6,800

As I currently write this piece up before Lonzo Ball's first NBA game, I am sort of hoping he struggles in the matchup against Patrick Beverley, given his pesky defense. I doubt Ball's ownership is low tonight, given his price tags came out before the matchup against L.A. tonight, and the fact he is playing a Phoenix team that just were blown out of their own building. Phoenix were just shredded by Damian Lillard and company, and ranked second to last in defensive efficiency last season against point guards. Phoenix and Los Angeles ranked top ten in pace last season, and that will be the case again this year. This is a prime spot for fantasy points, and a good late night hammer game you want some exposure to.

I pick up after watching Ball in his debut, and I have to say that the Lakers offense was not thrilling by any means. While it was a tough matchup against Beverley, Ball struggled to get the offense going. Things picked up a little bit in the second half, and I don't think Ball is going to be a guy who struggles all season long. He has a chance to rebound tonight, and there are still some risks on a back-to-back, but the ownership will be low on a ten game slate if you want to take a chance. If Ball is an uncomfortable play, Eric Bledsoe is another tremendous tournament option in a good spot.

Thaddeus Young, PF, Indiana Pacers

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30

1092844.222.3%34.6633.59

DK Salary: $5,800 / FanDuel Salary: $6,300

Thaddeus Young didn't get enough of a price bump from his last game where he posted a 17-11-3 line with 4 blocks+steals. Indiana gets a decent matchup against Portland, who ranked dead last in defensive efficiency last season against power forwards. Portland also turned the ball over quite a bit last season, ranking 30th. Young is going to thrive for upside in the new FanDuel scoring system, given he averaged 2.0 blocks + steals last season, and can easily surpass 3+ steals on any given night. Young had a 16.5 usage rate last season, and had a 21.2% usage rate in the last game. While I am in doubt that it holds at that rate moving forward, Indiana's offense should keep the train rolling against this Portland defense.

Caris LeVert, PG/SG/SF, Brooklyn Nets

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27

1132036.722.622.4922.12

DK Salary: $4,400 / FD Salary: $5,700

First I would like to wish Jeremy Lin a speedy recovery, who is now out with a season-ending injury. Things get really tricky when looking at the Nets roster. Isaiah Whitehead, Spencer Dinwiddle, Caris LeVert, and Sean Kilpatrick are all notable names who can get an upgrade in minutes. D'Angelo Russell will take over the point guard role, and a lot of the ball handling duties moving forward. Taking a chance on these guys is a risky play in cash games, but I don't mind rolling the dice on LeVert in GPPs. LeVert averaged just 21 minutes in his rookie year, averaging 8-3-2. LeVert is a little expensive for my taste over on FanDuel, yet when we look at everybody's price bump, it seems $5,500 is the new $4,500. LeVert had a 22.2% usage rate in that first game, and if he can see 25+ minutes a game, he will be a serviceable fantasy player.

Dwight Howard, C, Charlotte Hornets

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31

104345.217.637.2035.65

DK Salary: $6,700 / FD Salary: $7,400

Dwight Howard isn't going to get a lot of love most nights, which always makes him a great GPP play. Howard gets a matchup against an Atlanta team that will struggle against opposing bigs. Why? Because Howard is not on Atlanta anymore. Howard is coming off of a strong 10 & 15 game in the first matchup of the season, and also had one steal and two blocks. Love the spot here for him, and also the price tag as he creeps below some of the main centers on tonight's slate. There isn't a lot of depth with Cody Zeller backing him up, so we should get Howard as a consistent 30+ minute guy a night.



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