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NBA DFS value plays $5K or under for Monday, January 8

We go over some top bargain options $5K or under on DraftKings for Monday’s main slate.

Miami Heat v Phoenix Suns
Josh Richardson of the Miami Heat plays defense against the Phoenix Suns on January 5, 2023 at Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
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We’ve got six games on Monday’s NBA slate, which gives us a somewhat limited choice when it comes to DFS value plays in lineups. Unlike NFL DFS, where one pick can make or break your lineup or it’s tough to find quality low-tier value, NBA DFS differs.

In NBA DFS, you can find quality value plays $5K or under that can give you a quick 10 points off the bench, grab some rebounds, or stuff the stat sheet. We are going to provide you with three players that you need to put in your lineup.

Josh Richardson, Heat, $4,600

This is a somewhat unfavorable matchup for Richardson, as the Rockets rank 10th in fantasy points allowed to opposing guards. However, the Heat combo guard is finally healthy and is coming off a game where he put up 35 DKFP. Jimmy Butler and Caleb Martin are still out, which means someone has to pick up that scoring slack. Richardson has shown he can fill in when needed and should have a strong all-around effort tonight.

T.J. McConnell, Pacers, $4,800

If you believe in patterns, McConnell is due for a big night. He’s gone for 35+ DKFP in two of the last four games, but followed those games up with 17.5 and 17.3 DKFP respectively. That 17.3 DKFP performance came against the Celtics Saturday, which means tonight should be a boom game. McConnell has hit 25+ DKFP in the last six games he’s gotten 20+ minutes, so hopefully he can cross both marks tonight.

Malik Beasley, Bucks, $4,600

After a few strong games to close out 2023, Beasley has been underwhelming to start 2024. The Bucks shooting guard hasn’t hit 20 DKFP in any of his four matchups this calendar year but that should change Monday. The Jazz are one of the worst defensive teams in the league, and they rank last in fantasy points allowed to opposing shooting guards. Beasley is worth adding to lineups just for the matchup.