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Fantasy Basketball Picks Today: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Targets, Values for December 26

Stan Son gives his top studs and value plays at each position for Tuesday’s fantasy basketball slate on DraftKings.

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I love how it was all island games yesterday and wish it could be like that every night, but I get it. We now return to normalcy and have nine games on tonight’s slate. Side rant: I’m staying with the in-laws on the East Coast for the holidays and it boggles my mind how I have to stay up until midnight to finish watching the last game of the night. That’s crazy! Anyways, there are a ton of potential slate-changing injuries, as Kawhi Leonard ($8,900), Karl-Anthony Towns ($8,800), Victor Wembanyama ($9,000), Trae Young ($10,000), Keyonte George ($6,400) and Jalen Johnson ($6,600) are all questionable. Keep track of all the pertinent updates at DK Live.

As for back-to-backs, BKN, HOU, OKC, ORL and WAS play on Wednesday.

DraftKings Sportsbook has one game with a total of at least 240 - UTA/SAS (241.5). There is one double-digit favorite - LAC -12 over CHA. There is one game within 2 points - CHI -1.5 over ATL. There are four home dogs - DET, WAS, SAS and POR.

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Jaden Ivey, Detroit Pistons vs. Brooklyn Nets ($6,200) – While there are many high-priced guards I do like, I don’t think any of them put up a “have-to-have-it” score, which is why I’m going with Ivey here, as the price is relatively cheap and he could come close to matching some of the higher-priced options. Now, there’s always a chance that Monty Williams puts the banana in the tailpipe, so be aware. That said, after receiving inconsistent playing time earlier in the season, he has played 35 minutes in each of the last two contests and garnered a usage rate in the 25% range. He’s gone for over 40 DKFP in that span, with one of those against these Nets. Yes, it’s a small sample size, but it’s possible that the role has become secure. What I like about Ivey’s game is that he contributes across the board, so the floor should be relatively high. He also has a chance of producing a ceiling game if things break right.

Other Options - Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ($10,500), De’Aaron Fox ($9,500), Terry Rozier ($8,500), Cade Cunningham ($8,300), Anfernee Simons ($8,100), Coby White ($7,800), Kris Dunn ($6,100) if he starts


Alex Caruso, Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks ($5,400) – I’m not enamored with the value at guard, and with all of the questionable tags, I’m sure some value will pop up throughout the day. As it stands, Caruso is a floor play, if he stays healthy, which is always a dicey proposition. He is averaging 0.91 DKFP per minute and contributes a little something-something across the board, more than likely finishing in the 20 DKFP range. He does have a 38.5 and 40.75 DKFP performance on the season resume, so a ceiling outcome is within the range of outcomes, albeit a low probability event.

Other Options - Malaki Branham ($5,200)



Bogdan Bogdanovic, Atlanta Hawks at Chicago Bulls ($6,500) – Well, I guess I’m leaning towards a balanced roster construction tonight. We shall see how all the injury news plays out but I’m really digging a lot of players in the $6K range. Bogdanovic is the microwave off the bench for the Hawks. He has exceeded point expectations 60% of the time this season and has gone for at least 30 DKFP in six of the last seven games with three of those over 40 and a high of 56.75. He’s been playing close to 34 minutes in each contest and garnering a usage rate in the low-20 percent range. There’s a chance that he matches or even exceeds the production of the higher-priced options.

Other Options - Lauri Markkanen ($8,600), Paolo Banchero ($8,300), DeMar DeRozan ($8,200), Jabari Smith Jr. ($7,100)


Jaden McDaniels, Minnesota Timberwolves at Oklahoma City Thunder ($5,800) – I’m not crazy about the price and the projection systems hate McDaniels today. Rage against the machines! I get it, though, as McDaniels is normally a low-usage, defensive-oriented player, but there’s no denying the last three games. He’s played 38, 36 and 41 minutes while attempting 16, eight and 12 shots. He also racked up six steals and one block. He won’t dish out many dimes and will grab a few rebounds. This will probably blow up in my face but minutes are gold and half the battle. Yo, Joe!

Other Options - Saddiq Bey ($6,000), Onyeka Okongwu ($5,900), Kyle Anderson ($5,500) if Towns is out, Dorian Finney-Smith ($4,900)



Ivica Zubac, Los Angeles Clippers vs. Charlotte Hornets ($6,400) – The range of outcomes is extremely wide for Zubac. He could play 20 minutes or 40 minutes while producing DKFP in the teens or go for a 50-burger. On the season, he has scored fewer than 20 DKFP six times while going for at least 40 DKFP four times. Why do I like him so much then tonight? Because he faces the Charlotte Hornets, who have boosted the FPPM to centers by 12.91% on the season. Much of that boost is in the points and rebound categories so I’m liking Zubac to post his 10th double-double of the season.

Other Options - Domantas Sabonis ($9,700), Rudy Gobert ($7,900), Chet Holmgren ($7,700), Jonas Valanciunas ($7,300), Clint Capela ($6,900)


Daniel Theis, Los Angeles Clippers vs. Charlotte Hornets ($4,100) – Zubac will likely play around 28 minutes, which leaves around 20 minutes for Theis. I mentioned above how this matchup is a solid one for centers. As for Theis, he is averaging 0.92 DKFP per minute and has exceeded 20 DKFP five times this season with a high of 32.75.

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