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Fantasy Basketball Picks Today: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Targets, Values for December 27

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.

NBA: Utah Jazz at Toronto Raptors Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday night delivers a six-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

Scottie Barnes, Toronto Raptors at Washington Wizards, $8,700

Barnes has been brilliant and should continue his impressive run in this dream matchup. The 22-year-old went off for 63.5 DKFP vs. the Jazz on Saturday and is amassing 52.6 DKFP per game in his last five starts. Barnes is handling career highs in usage (24.6%) and assist rate (25.5%) and this Wizards’ club he is facing ranks dead last in defensive efficiency and second in pace. Furthermore, Washington is playing their second game in two nights. Barnes posted 45.8 DKFP in his first matchup of the season with the Wizards and Wednesday’s meeting with the squad carries a total of 239 points on the DraftKings Sportsbook.

This is a massive total for this slow paced Raptors’ team and for the five occasions Barnes has played in total of at least 230 points this season, he has flourished with 50.5 DKFP per game.

Other Options: Luka Doncic ($11,800, if active), Donovan Mitchell ($9,900, if active), Damian Lillard ($9,600, if Giannis Antetokounmpo is out), Jalen Brunson ($8,600)

Value

Kelly Oubre Jr., Philadelphia 76ers at Orlando Magic, $5,700

This is a tough matchup with the Magic ranking third in defensive efficiency, but Oubre Jr.’s expected role with Joel Embiid (ankle) and Nicholas Batum (hamstring) sidelined out trumps the matchup concerns at this price. With both these players out Monday, Oubre Jr. faced another difficult matchup in the Heat – who rank 13th in defensive and 28th in pace – but was excellent, recording a season-high 44.75 DKFP across 40 minutes, both of which set season highs for the wing.

At 24.2%, Oubre Jr. ranks third for the 76ers in usage with Embiid off the floor this season and he supplies 1.0 DKFP per minute in this situation. Oubre Jr. should see a minimum of 30 minutes Wednesday and eclipse 30 DKFP.

Other Options: Craig Porter Jr. ($6,500, if both Mitchell and Caris LeVert are out), Tim Hardaway Jr. ($6,400, if Doncic is out), Dennis Schroder ($6,200), Jaden Hardy ($4,500, if Doncic is out)

Forward

Stud

Mikal Bridges, Brooklyn Nets vs. Milwaukee Bucks, $7,400

This is a very reasonable salary for Bridges vs. this Bucks’ team that ranks fourth in pace and 20th in defensive efficiency this season. The 27-year-old is seeing a 26.2% usage rate this season and already has a 47.3 DKFP outing vs. Milwaukee under his belt this season.

Wednesday’s tilt carries the highest total of this six-game slate at 240.5 points on the DraftKings Sportsbook and in totals of 235 points or more this season, Bridges has contributed 44 DKFP per game (five games). This is an awesome spot to attack the forward and given Bridges has had some quiet showings recently, the ex-Sun should come with lower ownership.

Other Options: Giannis Antetokounmpo ($11,000, if active), Julius Randle ($8,500)

Value

Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks vs. Brooklyn Nets, $6,400

It appears that Middleton’s minutes are no longer being monitored, with the veteran logging over 30 in back-to-back starts. As expected, the heavier volume has translated into better numbers for Middleton, with him amassing 35.9 DKFP per game in these past two, which is well above his average for the season. Competing in this slate-high total vs. a Nets’ defense that ranks 22nd in efficiency, Middleton is one of the best values on the slate, that would become a very difficult fade if Antetokounmpo (questionable, injury management) sits.

With the superstar off the court this season, Middleton’s usage has increased a team-high 10.6 percentage points and he has supplied 1.3 DKFP per minute.

Other Options: Caris LeVert ($6,300, if active and Mitchell is out), Derrick Jones Jr. ($5,000), Pat Connaughton ($3,800, boost if Antetokounmpo is out)

Center

Stud

Alperen Sengun, Houston Rockets vs. Phoenix Suns, $8,400

Sengun is having a great season, averaging 42.8 DKFP per game, thanks to career-highs in minutes per game (31.9) and usage rate (27%). This Suns’ team he is going against has dropped three in a row and they rank 19th in defensive efficiency for the season. Plus, this matchup presents the smallest spread of the slate, with Phoenix only favored by one-point on the DraftKings Sportsbook.

Sengun has exceeded 40 DKFP at a 60% clip in spreads under five points this season and is a terrific spend at this reasonable price point, which is a $400 drop from his last start.

Other Options: Pascal Siakam ($8,000), Jarrett Allen ($7,300, better if Mitchell is out)

Value

Isaiah Hartenstein, New York Knicks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, $5,700

With Mitchell Robinson (ankle) sidelined for the last eight, Hartenstein has produced 29.2 DKFP in 31.4 minutes per game as the Knicks’ primary center. The big man has led the Knicks in rebound percentage during this span and this is a perfect spot for Hartenstein to remain active on the glass, with the Thunder giving up the second most rebounds in the league.

Hartenstein has a great chance to reach the double-double bonus in this spot and is a strong value at this sub $6K salary.

Other Options: Bobby Portis ($5,500, if Antetokounmpo is out), Dereck Lively II ($5,500), Mo Bamba ($4,000)


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