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Daily Fantasy Basketball 2015: NBA DFS Must-Starts for Each Position November 18

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVNovember 18, 2015

Nov 16, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) drives against Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) during the first half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

When piecing together any DraftKings lineup for NBA action, spending your biggest chunk of change on a can't-miss superstar is a must. But there's no need to spend five figures on that player for Wednesday.

That's because despite a consistently dominant start to the 2015-16 season, Paul George ($9,500) doesn't break the bank. The Indiana Pacers swingman has seven-straight games over 40 DK points and has broken 50 in three of those.

Against the winless Philadelphia 76ers, George should continue lighting it up versus a foe ranking in the bottom 10 to small forwards. Take a look at an ideal lineup for Wednesday that accounts for value picks and must-starts elsewhere to make up for George's salary.

Optimal NBA DraftKings Lineup for November 18
Pos.PlayerOpponentFPPGSalary
PGIsaiah Thomas (Celtics)vs. Dallas36.0$7,300
SGEric Gordon (Pelicans)at Oklahoma City29.8$6,400
SFPaul George (Pacers)at Philadelphia45.3$9,500
PFThaddeus Young (Nets)at Charlotte30.0$6,100
CKarl-Anthony Towns (Timberwolves)at Orlando35.1$7,300
GKevin Martin (Timberwolves)at Orlando20.5$4,400
FJordan Hill (Pacers)at Philadelphia22.6$4,600
DraftKings

PG: Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics ($7,300)

Nov 13, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) celebrates after making a three-point basket against the Atlanta Hawks during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports
Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas is killing opponents night in and night out, producing 39 or more DK points in five of his last 10 games. 

Not only is he nearly $5,000 cheaper than top-dollar option Russell Westbrook, but Thomas has a great chance to keep his recent hot streak going. His Celtics face the Dallas Mavericks, who have little in the form of elite backcourt defenders.

SG: Eric Gordon, New Orleans Pelicans ($6,400)

Nov 17, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon (10) is guarded by Denver Nuggets forward Will Barton (5) during the second half of a game at the Smoothie King Center. Denver defeated the Pelicans 115-98. Mandatory Credit: Deric
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

If there's one spot where the Oklahoma City Thunder can't defend, it's at the shooting guard spot—they give up the second-most points on average to the position in DK. And it just so happens that the New Orleans Pelicans' shooting guard is unconscious from the field of late.

Eric Gordon is tearing it up this month. Even amid a dud performance the last time out, he's averaging over 20 points and nearly 32 DK points in his seven November games and should continue that Wednesday.

PF: Thaddeus Young, Brooklyn Nets ($6,100)

Nov 14, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young (30) spins towards the hoop next to Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) in the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Nets 107-99 in overtime. Mandatory C
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Considering you have $6,250 to spend per roster spot, Thaddeus Young is a steal below that price tag to put up consistent numbers. The Brooklyn Nets' versatile big man is coming off a 50-DK-point outing Saturday against Golden State.

Young stuffed the stat sheet again Tuesday with 16 points and 11 boards, proving to be a double-double machine, and that should continue as Wednesday's opponent—the Charlotte Hornets—rank 29th against power forwards.

C: Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves ($7,300)

Nov 15, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) dunks the ball in the fourth quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Target Center. The Grizzlies won 114-106. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Speaking of double-double machines, let's talk about rookie phenom Karl-Anthony Towns. The Minnesota Timberwolves' big man is one of six players in the league averaging a double-double and should keep that rolling Wednesday.

Surpassing the 40-DK-point plateau four times in his last 10 games, Towns is a safe bet to keep his stat-sheet-stuffing ways going against the Orlando Magic.

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