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NBA DFS Plays for Friday, 11/5

The NBA is in full swing and we have a hefty nine-game DFS slate to navigate tonight! In this article I’ll offer up at least one player to pay up for, one rock-solid value, and one salary save at each position category. Take note that some players have different position eligibility between FanDuel and DraftKings. The salary structure is also a bit different between the two sites. When you see a player cheaper on FD than DK, it’s a situation worth investigating.

Only three games tonight have projected totals over 220 points, so make sure to look to those games when trying to find value tonight. As of this writing, there aren’t any major injury concerns to monitor. That being said, there’s always a chance of unexpected news breaking just ahead of lock, so make sure to pay attention as tip-offs approach.

Let’s dive in!

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Stephen Curry (GS)
FanDuel – $9,800
DraftKings – $11,400

Curry is always in play, especially in tournaments, but with the shock salary difference between the two sites, he’s an absolute steal on FanDuel. He carries the second-highest overall salary on the slate on DK, compared to the sixth-highest on FD. He’s gone for over 50 FD points in four-of-seven games this season and has yet to hit his true ceiling this season.

Jalen Suggs (ORL)
FanDuel – $5,100
DraftKings – $5,100

His shots aren’t falling at a strong rate yet, but the Orlando lottery pick is plenty involved. He’s seen a 27.2% usage rate on the season, and it’s climbed to 28.7% over the last four games. He finds himself in a pace-up spot against the Kings tonight. His usage gives him a solid floor, but if his shots start falling tonight, he could put up the biggest DFS performance of his young career.

Cade Cunningham (DET)
FanDuel – $4,200
DraftKings – $4,600

The first pick from this year’s NBA draft has only played in three games thus far, but head coach Dwane Casey has removed all of his playing restrictions. He put up 18 points and ten boards in 31 minutes played last night and should be in line for similar, if not better, production tonight against the Nets. You may not get a chance to roster him for under $5,000 again this season. He’s another example of a player with more value on FD tonight.

Davion Mitchell (SAC)
FanDuel – $4,000
DraftKings – $3,800

I brought up Mitchell’s production last Friday, and he’s been even better over the past week. Over his past two games, he’s averaged 15 points and five assists over 27.8 minutes of play. He should have no trouble paying off his bargain salary tonight.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)
FanDuel – $11,300
DraftKings – $11,800

It’s tough to swing as the most expensive player on the slate, especially on DK, but Giannis is worth paying up for again tonight. With Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez out again, he’ll continue to dominate usage even more than usual. He’s chalky in cash games and has the ceiling to get you to the top in tournaments.

Domantas Sabonis (IND)
FanDuel – $9,400
DraftKings – 9,300

The box score from his last game is brutal after he fouled out against the Knicks on Wednesday, and that could keep his roster percentage down tonight. The matchup with Portland is expected to be one of the highest-scoring games on the slate, and Sabonis has the potential to be the best DFS player on the court.

Jaren Jackson (MEM)
FanDuel – $6,300
DraftKings – $5,600

We still haven’t seen him hit his ceiling, but Jackson is coming off his best game of the season last time out. The 22-year-old comes with double-double upside and can boost his DFS points with a handful of blocks on any given night. The matchup with Washington is one to target tonight, and Jackson is my favorite tournament play in the game.

Thanasis Antetokounmpo (MIL)
FanDuel – $4,600
DraftKings – $3,400
I mentioned Giannis earlier, but I also like taking a shot on his big brother and teammate in tournaments. While the Bucks are riddled with injuries in the frontcourt, Thanasis has averaged 9.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.5 steals over his last two starts. Those stats don’t jump off the page, but they’re more than enough to pay off his discount salary, especially on DK.

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Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)
FanDuel: $10,200
DraftKings: $10,700

True centers are tough to come by on tonight’s slate, so slotting KAT into your center slot can give you leverage on those filling the spot with PF/C dual eligibility players if we get a big game from him. He’s in play on both sites with his reasonable salary tonight. I prefer him in tournaments, given his ability to rack up stats across every category.

Jonas Valanciunas
FanDuel – $8,600
DraftKings – $8,700

Valanciunas has been one of the most consistent DFS centers so far this season, but he’s coming off a rare disappointing outing. He’s likely to bounce back tonight against a Warriors team that could struggle to defend the seven-footer.

Alex Len (SAC)
FanDuel – $3,700
DraftKings – $3,500

I don’t blame you if you want to punt the center position tonight. Len makes the most sense if you want to throw a dart. The journeyman center has been in the Kings rotation and paid off his discount salary in back-to-back games. Richaun Holmes may still be dealing with a sore knee, and Len has been capable of eating up minutes and grabbing rebounds while on the court in his place.

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