NBA DFS 10/25/2021
Without further ado, here are three players to target and two to avoid in Monday, 10/25, NBA DFS action.
FanDuel Picks Tonight NBA - 10/25
Karl-Anthony Towns Fantasy
Target Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Minnesota Timberwolves ($10,900): Karl-Anthony Towns is the fourth-most expensive player on tonight's slate and for good reason. He's posting an absurd 30.8 usage rate to kick off the year while averaging 45.4 FanDuel points per game on 27.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists. This game is full of great fantasy options with both the Timberwolves and New Orleans Pelicans ranking top-10 in pace.
CJ McCollum Fantasy
Target CJ McCollum, SG, Portland Trail Blazers ($8,200): Portland has been operating a little differently this year, at least through the first two games. CJ McCollum (not Damian Lillard) leads the team with a 33.1 usage rate and his stats show it. McCollum is averaging 31.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 32.5 minutes plate. The long-time Trail Blazer is shooting a career-high 21.5 field goal attempts and 11.0 three-point attempts and cashing in at 55.8% and 54.5%, respectively.
Brandon Ingram Fantasy
Target Brandon Ingram, SF, New Orleans Pelicans ($8,200): Brandon Ingram continues to be the beneficiary of a Pelicans lineup without Zion Williamson. The small forward is lighting things up in his absence, leading the team with a 31.0 usage rate and averaging 27.0 points, 6.0 assists and 7.0 rebounds. All three of those marks are career-best figures and his rebounding/passing has been the most pleasant surprise. Ingram averages nearly 42 FanDuel DFS points in 42 career games played without Zion in New Orleans.
Jimmy Butler Fantasy
Avoid Jimmy Butler, SF/SG, Miami Heat ($8,900): Jimmy Butler still sits with a top-5 DFS price amongst NBA wings and his performance will not be worth it. Miami plays at an average pace, ranking 16th with their 101.23 mark. This team also doesn't burn out it's stars and Butler retains just a 26.0 usage rate. That's his highest mark since joining the Heat, but a far cry from the usage leaders in today's NBA. We also have to consider the Orlando Magic matchup. There's not exactly a clear-cut reason why, but Butler averages only 35.05 FanDuel DFS points against the Magic throughout his career. He's simply not worth the hefty price tonight.
Jaylen Brown Fantasy
Avoid Jaylen Brown, SF/SG, Boston Celtics ($8,500): We're not even sure if Jaylen Brown will play tonight, but he should be avoided if he does suit up. Brown averages an astonishingly low 26.2 FanDuel DFS points against the Charlotte Hornets in 15 career games. That output is very serviceable for a mid-to-low priced wing, but not at his $8,500 asking price. Even if Brown does play, he's clearly nursing an injury and it's hard to imagine seeing him at 100% tonight.
FanDuel NBA Lineup Tonight From The Duel Staff for 10/25
Based on tonight's targets and avoids, here's the NBA FanDuel lineup The Duel staff has put together for 10/25:
PG: D'Angelo Russell ($7,400)
PG: George Hill ($4,300)
SG: CJ McCollum ($8,200)
SG: Eric Bledsoe ($5,900)
SF: Brandon Ingram ($8,200)
SF: Cam Reddish ($5,000)
PF: Scottie Barnes ($5,100)
PF: Aaron Gordon ($4,600)
C: Karl-Anthony Towns ($10,900)
Remaining Salary: $400
SIGN UP AND GET AN INSTANT DEPOSIT BONUS UP TO 500! We'll match 20% of your first deposit on FanDuel Fantasy Sports. Max bonus $500
Adam Taylor McKillop is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Adam Taylor also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username atmckillop. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.