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Top NBA DFS core plays at each position on DraftKings, Jan. 30

Position by position, we break down the top plays at each position for Draftking’s six-game NBA slate on Thursday.

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With six games being played tonight, we have a decent amount of players to choose from. Here are some of my favorite players to build around at each position.

Point Guard

Kemba Walker, BOS vs. GSW, $7,900 Jayson Tatum has missed the Celtics last few games because of a groin injury and is once again listed on the injury report as questionable. If he’s out, Walker is going to have to carry a heavy load. In the last three games without Tatum, Walker has seen his usage spike to 31.8% and he’s averaging 50.08 DKFP. To make matters better, the Warriors allow the fifth most DKFP to point guards.

Shooting Guard

Bradley Beal, WAS vs. CHA, $9,400Beal’s minutes restriction is a thing of the past. After missing the start of January because of a calf injury, the Wizards were extremely careful with his minutes when he returned. Beal played under 30 minutes for a few games and is back to playing his normal workload. He’s averaging 38 minutes across his last two games and has scored over 50 DKFP in four consecutive games. Beal was priced at $9,900 prior to getting hurt, so his price tag is likely to go up from here.

Small Forward

Troy Brown Jr., WAS vs. CHA, $5,600 — Brown is another Wizards’ player seeing an uptick in minutes. Jordan McRae is out for the third consecutive night and Washington has turned to Brown to fill his minutes. In the last two games without McRae, Brown is averaging 33 minutes and 30 DKFP. He should be able to put up another decent game against the Hornets since they are 22nd in defensive efficiency and this game has one of the higher totals on the slate.

Power Forward

Kevin Love, CLE vs. TOR, $7,200 — If the Cavaliers can keep this game close, Love should play reasonably well. Even though Cleveland has been awful for most of the season, Love has been solid. He’s averaging 17.4 points and 9.9 rebounds in 31 minutes per game. Generally, this is how his production works. In close games, Love plays extended minutes and has a big fantasy night. In blowouts, he doesn’t usually play the fourth quarter and duds. There is some risk playing the Raptors, but since the Cavs are at home, I think there is a decent chance this game stays competitive.


Joel Embiid, PHI at ATL, $9,300 — After missing nine games with a finger injury, Embiid returned on Wednesday against the Warriors and played limited minutes. Tonight against the Hawks, he should be closer to his normal minutes and he has one of his cheapest salaries of the season. Embiid shouldn’t need to play a ton to have a big game against the Hawks since they are 28th in defensive efficiency. Earlier in the season, he scored 66.75 DKFP in 32 minutes against Atlanta.

I am a promoter at DraftKings and am also an avid fan and user (my username is gehrenberg) and may sometimes play on my personal account in the games that I offer advice on. Although I have expressed my personal view on the games and strategies above, they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of DraftKings and I may also deploy different players and strategies than what I recommend above. I am not an employee of DraftKings and do not have access to any non-public information.