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Opening Night: 10/17, FanDuel Daily Fantasy Picks

For those of you who don’t know quite yet how to play on the daily fantasy on FanDuel, it’s pretty simple.  You’re allotted a $60,000 salary cap to chose nine players (PG, PG, SG, SG, SF, SF, PF, PF, C) who you determine will give you the most bang for your buck.  There are many strategies that can be utilized but it all depends on the type of league you join.  Some prefer to be a bit more conservative approach and play the 50/50 leagues where all you have to do is place better than 50 percent of the other players.  If you want to get more aggressive, then you can hop in the big tournaments where your investment is a bit riskier but the rewards are far greater.

Daily fantasy is a numbers game.  Usage rates, minutes on the floor, play style and possessions per game are numbers to always consider when picking your squad of the day.  Other factors include opponents and player injuries.  All of these variables play into how you should pick in order to win some cash.  So without further ado, let’s take a look at today’s daily fantasy picks for FanDuel for Opening Night!


Hardwood Features’ Lineup:

PG:  Stephen Curry ($9,700), Derrick Rose ($5,500)

Curry is a specialist when it comes to putting the ball in the hoop and is going up against a Rockets team which has never really hung their hats on the defensive side of the ball.  Last year he averaged 11 3-point attempts and shot 37 percent versus the Rockets.  He averaged 30 points in the 4 times the two teams faced each other.  With a team that’s game 1 into the season searching for their defensive identity, he should have a good night taking on Chris Paul on his home floor.

Rose is on a mission to prove himself in a contract hear. The former MVP will be going up against the PG he replaced.  With no Isaiah Thomas until January, he’ll get plenty run tonight to maximize his value in daily fantasy sports (DFS).  He possesses that Chicago pride that wills him to be the best at his position on the floor. He competes and Kyrie isn’t the best defender.

PG Alternate: Kyrie Irving ($8,200)


SG:  Eric Gordan ($5,200), Klay Thompson ($6,800)

Gordon is the sixth man on a high octane offense where he can sneak in 5 or 6 triples before you realize he’s torching you.  He averaged 9 3-point attempts last year. All the focus is going to be on Houston’s primary ballhandlers which should open things up for him. He’s not afraid to let it fly.

With Klay Thompson, it’s a similar scenario. He can give you a bit more in the defensive stats but the main point is Harden is checking him. Harden plays no defense at all.  Thompson averaged 20 points last season against the Rockets. We expect Thompson to have a solid low to mid 20s night with a couple of steals.

SG Alternate: Dwayne Wade ($6,000)


SF:  Kevin Durant ($9,800), Gordon Hayward ($7,600)

Durant is the best player on the board tonight and he’s going up against the Rockets whose defense was ranked 18 and allowed an average of 109 points to the opposing offense under Mike D’Antoni last season.  Durant has a matchup that has him lock and loaded to have a monster game.   He gets buckets.  No one can check him.  No numbers needed.  But here’s some anyway.  In the two meetings he played against the Rockets, he scored 39 and 32 points, averaged 9 rebounds, 2.5 steals, and 2.5 blocks. #hooper

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SF Alternate: Lebron James ($10,400), Trevor Ariza ($5,600)


PF:  Kevin Love ($7,000), Jae Crowder ($4,500)

Kevin Love had his best year in a Cavs’ uniform last season.  Although now a role player, keep in mind that this guy used to give you 20 and 20 nightly back when he was the best player and All-Star with the T-Wolves.  Now that he has moved to the 5 spot and there is no Irving.  He could be considered the second scoring options in this revamped and star-studded offense.

Jae Crowder does the dirty work which means he’ll give you a little bit of everything.  Scoring, three-pointers, steals, blocks and a couple boards are not foreign stats when if you come across his name in the box score.  Although his workload isn’t quite as clear for the fans at beginning of the season, his value is hard to turn down especially if King James sits.

PF Alternate: Draymond Green ($8,300)


C:  JaVale McGee ($3,300)

This one is a wild card.  JaVale (now an NBA Champion) proves to be efficient the minutes he is allotted.  He averages 23 points and 12 rebounds per 36 minutes.  And in a season-opener with tons of shots going up, one wouldn’t suspect the shooting percentage of either team to be top-notch.  There will be more misses which means more opportunities for rebounds.

C Alternate:  Al Horford ($7,200), Clint Capela ($6,000)

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And there you have it!  Although we cannot guarantee success with our analysis and picks, you should at least be on your way to the top.  Here’s a link to get started with FanDuel if you haven’t done so already.  There are free and paid games available.  Try it out.  If you have any feedback, suggestions, questions or comments, please feel free to share or reach out to us.

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