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Fantasy Basketball Picks Today: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Targets, Values for December 8

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

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We have a massive 13-game slate tonight. There will be no games on Saturday and Sunday, which makes me very, very sad. It is what it is, though, so let’s be thankful for what we have. Obviously, the player pool is going to be massive with a plethora of options, so there will be many paths to victory. There will also be plenty of news that hits, which will shift depth charts, roles and usage rates, so it’s not a question of if value appears, but where?

As for injuries we need to keep track of, Trae Young ($10,300) and Evan Mobley ($7,700) are questionable. Kevin Durant, Jalen Duren, Bam Adebayo and Lauri Markkanen have already been ruled out. Keep track of all the pertinent updates at DK Live.

We don’t have to worry about back-to-backs tonight.

DraftKings Sportsbook has four games with a total of at least 235 - ATL/PHI (241), WAS/BKN (239), GSW/OKC (236.5) and SAC/PHO (235). There is one double-digit favorite - ORL -11 over DET. There are two games within 2 points - CLE -2 over MIA and SAC -2 over PHO. There are six home dogs - CHA, MEM, MIA, SAS, PHO and POR.

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Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns vs. Sacramento Kings ($10,100) – It’s hard not going with Luka Doncic ($11,800), especially since he’s gone for 76.5, 93.25 and 71.25 DKFP in the last three games. He’s very expensive, though, and I think Booker can come close to his production tonight at $1,700 cheaper.

We know that Booker can get buckets, as he’s gone for 70 in a game before. But it’s how well-rounded his game has become that provides a nice floor/ceiling combo. In the most recent game, he stuffed the stat sheet with 21 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal and 1 block. He has two games with double-digit rebounds and three games with double digits assists this season.

The main reasons I’m making Booker my guy tonight, though, are because Kevin Durant is out and the matchup. With Durant off the court this season, Booker has garnered a 37.25% usage rate. In the two games that Durant missed this season, Booker had usage rates of 43% and 34.8% while putting up 61.25 and 55.75 DKFP. As for the matchup, the Kings are 9th in pace, 22nd in defensive efficiency and have boosted the FPPM to point guards by 5,42%.

Other Options - Luka Doncic ($11,800), Terry Rozier ($8,400), James Harden ($7,900), Coby White ($7,100), Anfernee Simons ($6,800), Eric Gordon ($6,300)


Dante Exum, Dallas Mavericks at Portland Trail Blazers ($4,500) – Exum has played sparingly this season, but with Grant Williams missing his first game of the season, it was Exum who got the start and he played 26 minutes while delivering 27.5 DKFP. He had a usage rate of 14.4% and that number will not be high playing alongside Doncic and Irving. He is able to contribute in rebounds, assists and steals, though. On the season, he’s averaging a more than respectable 1.02 DKFP per minute.

Other Options - Brandon Miller ($5,900), Tyus Jones ($5,700), Alex Caruso ($5,100), Dennis Smith Jr. ($4,700), Gary Trent Jr. ($4,100)



DeMar DeRozan, Chicago Bulls at San Antonio Spurs ($8,400) – With no LaVine, the Bulls offense is led by DeRozan. He sees a 2.55% usage rate increase with no LaVine to 29.23%. DeRozan has scored over 40 DKFP in three of the last three games and has a high of 52 on the season. A ceiling game is well within the range of outcomes, as he plays a Spurs team that is 3rd in pace and 26th in defensive efficiency.

Other Options - Victor Wembanyama ($8,800), Mikal Bridges ($8,700), DeMar DeRozan ($8,400), Paolo Banchero ($8,300), Franz Wagner ($7,900), Cameron Johnson ($6,500)


Nicolas Batum, Philadelphia 76ers vs. Atlanta Hawks ($4,300) – I usually hate playing low-usage players, and Batum is often in the single digits. Can he finish around 12 DKFP? Oh, for sure, and it’s something he often did when arriving in Philadelphia. Over the last four games, though, he’s gone for 24.5, 4.25, 31.75 and 32.25 DKFP. That 4.25-game was due to suffering an injury. Batum can contribute a little something something in every category. This game has the highest total on the slate and Atlanta is 2nd in pace, so there should be plenty of chances to rack up fantasy goodies. The price is palatable for a player who could play over 30 minutes and put up 30 DKFP.

Other Options - Saddiq Bey ($5,700), Naz Reid ($5,300), Derrick Jones Jr. ($5,100), Cedi Osman ($4,700), Georges Niang ($4,000)



Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets vs. Houston Rockets ($12,000) – Jokic is the best player in the game. He truly makes a mockery of the fantasy landscape. He averages the most FP/Min, stuffs the stat sheet and is a threat to triple-double and post the highest raw score on a nightly basis. He’s gone for at least 70 DKFP eight times this season, with four of those over 80. He faced the Rockets three times already. In those contests, he’s gone for 74, 81.25 and 84.75 DKFP. Jokic is expensive, so it comes down to available value and roster construction.

Other Options - Joel Embiid ($11,700), Victor Wembanyama ($8,800), Rudy Gobert ($7,400), Jusuf Nurkic ($7,200), Nic Claxton ($6,600), Jarrett Allen ($6,500), Clint Capela ($6,000)


Dereck Lively II, Dallas Mavericks at Portland Trail Blazers ($5,400) – The minutes and DKFP production have been all over the map this season. He’s played more than 30 minutes three times and received fewer than 25 minutes nine times. He’s finished with fewer than 20 DKFP nine times but has exceeded 30 DKFP five times, with a high of 56.5! Lively is a low-usage player but he’s an important offensive piece for the Mavericks because of the lob threat he provides for Luka in the pick-and-roll. He makes an impossible-to-guard Luka IMPOSSIBLE to guard. He also cleans the glass and protects the rim on the defensive end of the floor. In that 56.5-DKFP game, Lively blocked 7 shots. He does things that no other player on the roster can do. The range of outcomes is wide, so if you don’t like volatility, go elsewhere.

Other Options - Orlando Robinson ($5,400), Nick Richards ($,900) if Mark Williams is out, Andre Drummond ($4,200), Daniel Theis ($4,100), Duop Reath ($4,000)

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