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NBA FanDuel Fantasy Basketball Picks & Lineup Tonight for 10/28/2021

Adam Taylor McKillop
NBA FanDuel fantasy basketball picks & lineup tonight for 10/28/2021.
NBA FanDuel fantasy basketball picks & lineup tonight for 10/28/2021. / Sarah Stier/GettyImages

The 2021-22 NBA season is here. If you're looking for some advice for your NBA FanDuel lineup tonight, The Duel is here to help.

NBA DFS 10/28/2021

Without further ado, here are three players to target and two to avoid in Thursday, 10/28, NBA DFS action.

FanDuel Picks Tonight NBA - 10/28

Ja Morant Fantasy

Target Ja Morant, PG, Memphis Grizzlies ($10,000): It's hard to ignore what Ja Morant is doing to start the year. He usage rate is sitting at 32.4% thus far and the exciting playmaker leads the league in scoring at 30.5 points per game. This game also posts the highest over/under (228) of the day on FanDuel Sportsbook, proving both sides will be firing on all cylinders offensively. Morant will continue to be worth his price until proven otherwise.

Kevin Porter Jr. Fantasy

Target Kevin Porter Jr., SF, Houston Rockets ($5,900): Kevin Porter Jr. is still one of the best value plays to kick off the fantasy basketball season. It's quite clear the Houston Rockets offense runs through Porter, and he leads the team with a 26.7% usage rate. Porter has turned in a pair of 30-plus FanDuel point performances, including 46.6 points against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The third-year wing is averaging a career-high 7.0 three-point attempts per game and 40% three-point shooting percentage in one of the league's fastest offenses (No. 3 in pace).

Julius Randle Fantasy

Target Julius Randle, PF/C, New York Knicks ($9,900): Julius Randle continues to post dominant DFS performances in 2021. His 30.2% usage rate ranks nearly 10 points higher than any other player on the Knicks and his 53.5 fantasy points per game can carry a lineup. Chicago has been a surprise to start the year, but three of those wins came against teams with bottom-five net ratings (Pelicans and Pistons). He's simply worth the price and can be made up with value plays throughout the rest of the roster.

Andrew Wiggins Fantasy

Avoid Andrew Wiggins, SG/SF, Golden State Warriors ($6,400): The Warriors-Grizzlies game is expected to be a shootout with its 228 over/under, but it's hard to imagine Andrew Wiggins taking full advantage of that. He's priced as the fourth-highest SF on tonight's slate but ranks just 30th in scoring amongst all NBA forwards. Wiggins puts up more than 5 three-point shots per game while shooting close to a career-low mark of 33.3%. Not to mention, he ranks behind both Steph Curry and Jordan Poole in usage.

Jaren Jackson Jr. Fantasy

Avoid Jaren Jackson Jr., PF/C, Memphis Grizzlies ($6,700): We head back to the Grizzlies-Warriors contest for another player to avoid. Jaren Jackson is one Grizzlies player to take a back seat as the team molds their offense solely around Morant. He was never much of a threat offensively, but is averaging a career-low 13.3 points and 3.8 field goals made on a 21.7% usage rate in 2021. Jackson does most of his fantasy damage with rebounding and blocks, but he gets a tough matchup in those areas on Thursday. The Warriors actually rank second in the league in defensive rebound rate (78.0%). There are other more budget-friendly options at forward and center tonight.

FanDuel NBA Lineup Tonight From The Duel Staff for 10/28

Based on tonight's targets and avoids, here's the NBA FanDuel lineup The Duel staff has put together for 10/28:

PG: Ja Morant ($10,000)
PG: Mike Conley ($6,300)
SG: Spencer Dinwiddie ($6,800)
SG: Jalen Brunson ($4,900)
SF:  Kevin Porter Jr. ($5,900)
SF: Tim Hardaway ($5,000)
PF: Julius Randle ($9,900)
PF: Kelly Olynyk ($5,400)
C: Andre Drummond ($5,700)

Remaining Salary: $100

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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.