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NBA DFS Picks: Top fantasy basketball value plays on DraftKings on Jan. 6

We go over some bargain options to save you some salary for Monday’s main nine-game slate.

Fantasy basketball value on DraftKings can often open up during the day due to unexpected injuries and lineup changes, so make sure to check back in throughout the day for the latest news. Here are five early value plays to consider at each position for Monday’s 9-game fantasy basketball slate on DraftKings:

Point Guard

Ky Bowman, Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings ($3,500) — Both Draymond Green (ankle) and D’Angelo Russell (shoulder) are out on Monday, so the Warriors are down all of their top facilitators. Since Stephen Curry (hand) went out due to injury, Russell and Green have combined to create about 20 potential assists per game on over 100 combined passes per game, passing volume that will be available elsewhere on Monday. Bowman is a candidate to start again at PG, a role he is averaging a healthy 33 minutes per start in, a big boost from 20 minutes per game off the bench. At $3,500, Bowman is a quality punt play if given a starter’s workload.

Shooting Guard

Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics at Washington Wizards ($5,200) — By usage rate, Kemba Walker (illness) is Boston’s most heavily used player, and with Walker set to miss Monday’s game, more volume will be available for other players on the Celtics’ roster, including Smart. Smart’s usage rate rises from a subpar 15% in minutes with Walker on the court to a respectable 20% in minutes with Walker off the court this season. Smart’s assist rate is also higher when Walker is off the court. The boost in volume in this matchup is especially appealing, as the Wizards have been atrocious defensively. Washington ranks as the worst defensive team by points allowed per possession and points allowed per game, and their assist prevention has also been very poor, allowing the third most assists.

Small Forward

Joe Ingles, Utah Jazz at New Orleans Pelicans ($5,700) — Ingles has seen a role upgrade since Mike Conley (hamstring) went out of the lineup, particularly with facilitating. Ingles has created 11 potential assists per game over his last eight games with Conley out of the lineup, a boost from 7.5 potential assists created per game previously. Ingles has a strong matchup against a Pelicans team that has been poor defensively, allowing the third most points to opponents and rank in the bottom third in assists allowed to opponents. Despite the good matchup, Ingles’ price is down $400 from his last game.

Power Forward

Thaddeus Young, Chicago Bulls at Dallas Mavericks ($3,700) — Lauri Markkannen (ankle) is unlikely to play on Monday, which could result in a role upgrade for Young. Young has yet to make a start this season as Markkanen has started all 36 of the Bulls’ games, which has limited him to about 22 minutes per game in a bench role. Last season with the Pacers, Young averaged about 32 minutes in starts, which would represent a strong minutes boost.


Daniel Theis, Boston Celtics at Washington Wizards ($4,000) — Like teammate Marcus Smart, Theis draws an appealing matchup on Monday for a few reasons. Theis’ usage rate has ticked up in minutes with Kemba Walker off the court, and with Walker out due to an illness, Theis is a candidate for a little more usage. In addition to being the worst defensive team in the league, the Wizards are also the league’s worst rebounding team by the percentage of missed shots they rebound, putting Theis in good position to both score and clean the glass.

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