NBA DFS Basketball: Players To Avoid On Saturday– Oct. 21, 2017

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, PG/SF, Milwaukee Bucks

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It’s not that the Greek Freak will produce anything less than a 45-point DFS night, but I just don’t like the fact that they’re on the tail end of a back-to-back. Of course, I could be wrong and the possibility that Giannis will go ballistic against Portland after a loss to LeBron James and the Cavs but I favor James Harden (without CP3) at home against Dallas or Blake Griffin against Phoenix.

2. Elfrid Payton (PG, Orland Magic) and Dennis Smith Jr. (PG, Dallas Mavericks)

Injuries. That’s all there is to it. Payton is questionable against Cleveland this Saturday and given how the Brooklyn game turned out, it’s not an encouraging sign at all. On the other hand, DSJ won’t even travel with the team to Houston so he should be a scratch in all rosters. If you want a low-cost PG, you can turn to Darren Collison ($5,900) or a dozen other studs at the $6,900 to $7,900 price range.

Also: Hassan Whiteside, C, Miami Heat; Myles Turner, C, Indiana Pacers; Aaron Gordon, SF/PF, Orlando Magic

3. Eric Bledsoe, PG/SG, Phoenix Suns

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Bledsoe’s Suns are on the second night of a back-to-back and the prospect of having a bulldog like Patrick Beverley on your heels certainly is not very appealing right now. Bledsoe, according to reports, has a lingering ankle issue which should carry a major red flag.

4. LeBron James, SF/PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

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LeBron James has already played 78 minutes in the first two games this season so that makes him one of the players to avoid this Saturday. Photo: NBC Sports

LBJ could play 15 minutes and get a triple-double for all we know, he is just THAT good. However, since he now averaged 39 minutes in the first two games and on the second night of a back-to-back, it shouldn’t be a shock to see James taking longer breathers versus a mediocre Magic team. His ankle is also a bit of a concern so you may think of putting that $10,300 price tag under a different name. KEVIN DURANT isn’t such a bad idea.

5. Dirk Nowitzki, PF, Dallas Mavericks

Nowitzki ain’t going to play more than 25 minutes and produce at this stage of his career so if you want to win in DFS basketball, you’d be better off looking someplace else.

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