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Fantasy Basketball Picks Today: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Targets, Values for November 22

Alex Hunter gives his top studs and value plays at each position for Wednesday’s fantasy basketball slate on DraftKings, which starts at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Boston Celtics v Charlotte Hornets Photo by David Jensen/Getty Images

For Wednesday night, the NBA delivers a huge 14-game slate. DraftKings continues to offer huge tournaments for DFS players and below are some of my favorite targets at each position.

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Guard

Stud

LaMelo Ball, Charlotte Hornets vs. Washington Wizards, $10,300

With Terry Rozier (groin) remaining sidelined, Ball is one of the best spends available Wednesday. With Rozier inactive for the last eight, Ball is generating 57 DKFP per game with a team-high 32% usage rate. After tearing up an elite Celtics’ defense that ranks third in efficiency for 65.25 DKFP on Monday, the guard gets the best matchup he could ask for Wednesday, facing the Wizards, who rank second in pace and 28th in defensive efficiency. This tilt’s total is up to 242 points on the DraftKings Sportsbook and is expected to be competitive throughout, with the Hornets only four-point favorites.

In this near perfect situation, Ball is a threat for a triple-double and brings one of the best ceilings on the slate.

Other Options: Tyrese Haliburton ($10,000), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ($9,700), De’Aaron ($9,400), Chris Paul ($7,200)

Value

Alex Caruso, Chicago Bulls at Oklahoma City Thunder, $4,800

Caruso has been extremely effective as of late, amassing 29.2 DKFP per game over his last five. During this run, the guard has knocked down 63% of his three pointers and is averaging 3.0 defensive stats a night. Caruso’s impressive play forced Bulls’ HC Billy Donovan to insert him into the starting five three games ago and tonight, Caruso is in an up-tempo spot vs. the Thunder, who rank third in pace, compared to Chicago, who ranks 26th.

Caruso should beat his salary with ease in this fast paced matchup and the veteran shouldn’t be a common name in GPPs for this massive slate.

Other Options: Jordan Poole ($6,300), Derrick White ($6,200), Craig Porter Jr. ($4,600, if both Donovan Mitchell and Caris LeVert are out), Corey Kispert ($4,100), Nickeil Alexander-Walker ($3,700)

Forward

Stud

Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans vs. Sacramento Kings, $8,300

Williamson just posted 44.75 DKFP in a winning effort vs. the Kings on Monday and we have to go right back to the forward for tonight’s rematch with Sacramento. Williamson’s salary on DraftKings was oddly decreased $200 after Monday and CJ McCollum (lung) remains out for New Orleans. Williamson has recorded at least 42 DKFP in three of the six starts he has made sans McCollum this season. Overall, with the guard off the court, Williamson is collecting 1.3 DKFP per minute.

With a 236.5-point total and 1.5-spread on the DraftKings Sportsbook, this matchup between the Pelicans and Kings is one of the best contests to target Wednesday and Williamson should score a minimum of 40 DKFP in this setting.

Other Options: Jayson Tatum ($10,300), LeBron James ($9,600), Paul George ($8,800), Keldon Johnson ($7,200, if Devin Vassell is out)

Value

Santi Aldama, Memphis Grizzlies at Houston Rockets, $6,100

Aldama’s matchup isn’t great – the Rockets rank seventh in defensive efficiency – but he is vastly underpriced for his current role for the depleted Grizzlies. With a slew of key players out for Memphis on Sunday, Aldama got his first start of the season vs. the Celtics on Sunday and didn’t disappoint, exposing Boston’s strong defense for a career-high 60 DKFP across a team-high 39 minutes. The versatile forward is now contributing 46.3 DKFP per game in his last three, with a 26.6% usage rate. Overall, Aldama is averaging 1.2 DKFP per minute this season.

With the Grizzlies remaining in the same situation personnel wise Wednesday, Aldama should continue to handle an immense role and is a no-brainer despite the unappealing matchup vs. Houston.

Other Options: Max Strus ($6,500, if Donovan Mitchell is out), Gordon Hayward ($6,400), Brandon Miller ($5,300), Norman Powell ($5,000), Aaron NeSmith ($4,200)

Center

Stud

Domantas Sabonis, Sacramento Kings @ New Orleans Pelicans, $10,100

Sabonis struggled Monday vs. the Pelicans, scoring only 33 DKFP, but this was mostly due to the Kings getting blowout by 36 points on the second night of a back-to-back. The oddsmakers are expecting Wednesday’s rematch to be far more competitive – Sacramento is a 1.5-point favorite on the DraftKings Sportsbook – and Sabonis should absolutely bounce back.

Before Monday, the big man was on an outstanding run, supplying 59.1 DKFP per game in his previous six starts. Sabonis has topped 50 DKFP in six of the 10 Kings’ games that presented a spread under five points this season and should do so again Wednesday.

Other Options: Anthony Davis ($9,800), Bam Adebayo ($8,800), Alperen Sengun ($8,200), Kristaps Porzingis ($7,900)

Value

Mark Williams, Charlotte Hornets vs. Washington Wizards, $6,500

Just like how Ball is benefiting from Rozier missing from the Hornets’ back-court, Williams is benefiting with Nick Richards (concussion) missing from Charlotte’s front-court. Ever since the backup center got injured early last Friday vs. the Bucks, Williams has naturally played more minutes, averaging 32 minutes a night in his last three starts, which has translated into 37.3 DKFP per game for the big man. Richards will remain unavailable Wednesday and with 30+ minutes in this expected shootout with the Wizards, Williams should flourish.

On top of ranking second in pace and 28th in defensive efficiency, Washington is allowing the most rebounds and third most points in the paint this season. This is a dream matchup for centers and a second straight 50 DKFP effort is certainly in the realm of possibilities for Williams.

Other Options: Jakob Poeltl ($6,000), Dario Saric ($5,100), Daniel Gafford ($4,200), Naz Reid ($3,900)


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I am a promoter at DraftKings and am also an avid fan and user (my username is Hunta512) 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 do not constitute a representation that any particular strategy will guarantee success. All customers should use their own skills and judgment in building lineups. 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.