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Top NBA DFS value plays on DraftKings for Jan. 15 slate

We go over some of the top bargain options under $5K for Wednesday night’s 10-game main slate on DraftKings.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Quinn Cook reacts on the bench during the second half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena.  Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

There are plenty of injuries that should open up DFS value plays on DraftKings for Wednesday night’s 10-game main slate. There are a ton of high-profile bigs hurt, including Joel Embiid, Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns. All three are likely to be sidelined tonight, so if that’s the case, value will be plentiful again. There are also a few other places we can capitalize on, so let’s take a look at some top bargain options under $5K for the slate.

Matisse Thybulle, SG/SF, PHI vs. BKN ($3,500)

With Embiid out, Thybulle is back in the lineup and playing big minutes thanks to his defense. He’s played at least 18 minutes in three straight, including 27 in a close loss to the Pacers on Monday. He managed to score six points and five boards for 17.75 fantasy points, which isn’t anything crazy, but also is fine for this price. I think Thybulle will get plenty of run against a worn down Nets squad, so his upside is a bit higher here.

Quinn Cook, PG, LAL vs. ORL ($3,000)

With Anthony Davis and Rajon Rondo out, the Lakers have needed to go deeper into their bench. AD is a game-time call, but we already know Rondo isn’t going to play. Cook played 20 minutes Monday vs. the Cavaliers, scoring seven points with four boards for 16 FPTS. Again, nothing crazy, but if the Lakers pull away from Orlando, Cook should see garbage minutes. Over two games without Rondo, he has 20 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Grant Williams, SF/PF, BOS vs. DET ($3,100)

The Celtics ruled out Jayson Tatum (knee) this morning, so they’ll be down a body in the frontcourt. I think even without Tatum the Celtics should have an easy time with Detroit at home. As to not stretch out the starters and role players, I think Brad Stevens will turn to Williams, who has put up solid numbers when given the playing time. On a per 36-minute basis, Williams is averaging 8.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists. Nothing over the top, but enough to get us to value at this price.

Monte Morris, PG, DEN vs. CHA ($3,600)

Both of the Nuggets’ starting guards are questionable for tonight: Jamal Murray and Gary Harris. If one or both are ruled out, I’d imagine Morris gets into the starting lineup and will play big minutes. Even with Murray and Harris healthy, Morris usually puts up decent figures, returning value in four straight games. Looking at per 36 numbers again, Morris’ really stand out: 15.2 points, 6.7 assists and 1.3 steals while shooting 41.3% from 3-point range. Again, monitor the news, but if the Nuggets are down backcourt bodies, Morris is a great chalk value.