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Fantasy Basketball Picks Today: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Targets, Values for January 12

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

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Atlanta Hawks Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

We have an eight-game slate for Friday. Cade Cunningham, Tyrese Haliburton, Franz Wagner, Jakob Poeltl and Joel Embiid are all out. There are a plethora of big names that are questionable, so keep track of all the pertinent updates at DK Live.

As for back-to-backs, only POR played last night. ATL, CHI, GSW, HOU, MEM, NOP, ORL, SAS and UTA play on Saturday.

DraftKings Sportsbook has three games with a total of at least 240 - SAC/PHI (241), IND/ATL (252) and TOR/UTA (240.5). There is one double-digit favorite - MIN -15.5 over POR. There is one game with a spread at or below two - PHI -1 over SAC. There are two home dogs - DET, and MEM.

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Tyrese Maxey, Philadelphia 76ers vs. Sacramento Kings ($9,300) – Joel Embiid has missed six of the last eight games and is out again on Friday. During that span, Maxey has garnered a usage rate in the 31% range. On the season with Embiid off the court, Maxey has seen the biggest usage bump of 5.3% to 32.8%. The status quo should be maintained on Friday. On the season, Maxey is averaging 1.19 DKFP per minute. He has played over 40 in the last two contests and he should once again approach that number if the game is competitive. DK Sportsbook has the 76ers favored by one point, so that should be the case. The range of outcomes is wide for Maxey, as he can easily finish in the 30-DKFP range or put up 67 like he did on Wednesday. The most likely outcome is somewhere close to 50 as he is better at home and the Kings have been 22nd in defensive rating over the last five games.

Other Options - Trae Young ($9,900), Fred VanVleet ($7,900), Zach LaVine ($7,400), Coby White ($7,400), Devin Vassell ($7,300), Dejounte Murray ($7,200), Jaden Ivey ($6,900), Malik Monk ($6,200), Jalen Green ($6,000)


Andrew Nembhard, Indiana Pacers at Atlanta Hawks ($5,600) – Nembhard entered the starting lineup 10 games ago and was playing around 34 minutes a game. Then he got hurt and missed three games. Upon his return, he played 12 minutes and got the start last game with Tyrese Haliburton out, ending up with 26 minutes. The production hasn’t been great recently, and he’s only averaging 0.85 DKFP per minute, but he can contribute across the board and has popped off for 30 DKFP twice this season. TJ McConnell ($7,000) is the better per-minute player, as he averages 1.31 DKFP per minute, but he’s also more expensive and likely won’t play over 30 minutes. Bruce Brown ($5,600) put up 40.75 DKFP on Wednesday, so maybe some flock there, but he’s only averaging 0.82 DKFP per minute on the season.

Other Options - Bruce Brown ($5,600), Killian Hayes ($5,500), Luke Kennard ($4,800), Alex Caruso ($4,800), Nick Smith ($4,200)



Victor Wembanyama, San Antonio Spurs vs. Charlotte Hornets ($9,100) – The only issue is playing time, as Popovich hasn’t given him over 26 minutes in the last eight games due to the ankle injury. But Wembanyama scoffs at minutes, as he’s gone for over 50 DKFP in each of the last three despite the limited playing time. On the season, he’s averaging 1.54 DKFP per minute. Man, when Pop unleashes Wemby (please get him a point guard!), it will be akin to the first time the citizens of Tokyo saw Godzilla do his thing. Regardless, there’s a good chance that Wemby puts up his fourth consecutive 50-burger, as the Hornets have boosted the FPPM to centers by a league-best 23.7%!

Other Options - Zach LaVine ($7,400), Tobias Harris ($7,200), Jalen Johnson ($7,200), DeMar DeRozan ($7,100), Keegan Murray ($6,300), Jabari Smith ($6,200), Bogdan Bogdanovic ($6,200)


Cam Whitmore, Houston Rockets at Detroit Pistons ($4,300) – Since Whitmore cracked the rotation, he was mostly playing in the teens, but he showed his insane athleticism and ability to get buckets. The usage rate has been around 20% for the most part, but it’s spiked to as high as 43% in a blowout against Minnesota. On Wednesday, he received 33 minutes and put up 28.25 DKFP. He won’t dish out dimes or rack up blocks, but Whitmore will get buckets, and he could get plenty of those as Dillon Brooks and Tari Eason are still out while the Pistons have been one of the worst defensive teams in the league. Whitmore is averaging 1.15 DKFP per minute on the season and he should feast on Friday. That said, he could play 15 minutes or 30 minutes.

Other Options - Naz Reid ($5,700), Jeremy Sochan ($5,600), Bruce Brown ($5,600), Saddiq Bey ($5,500), Vince Williams Jr. ($5,300), Ziaire Williams ($4,600), Nicolas Batum ($4,100), Cedi Osman ($3,800)



Domantas Sabonis, Sacramento Kings at Philadelphia 76ers ($10,200) – Sabonis is expensive and he often doesn’t contribute much in the defensive categories. That said, he is a vital part of the Kings offense and will produce a bevy of points, rebounds and assists. He has double-doubled in 20 straight games and leads the league in that category. He has dished out double-digit assists 12 times this season. Over the last 10 games, Sabonis has gone for at least 49 DKFP in nine with four over 60 and two over 75. There is no Joel Embiid in this one and Paul Reed ($5,500) will have difficulty down low with the strength and aggressiveness of Sabonis.

Other Options - Alperen Sengun ($8,400), Miles Bridges ($8,200), Nikola Vucevic ($7,300), Myles Turner ($7,200), Ivica Zubac ($6,300), Clint Capela ($6,100)


Dominick Barlow, San Antonio Spurs vs. Charlotte Hornets ($3,900) – Zach Collins has missed the last five games, Wembanyama has been on a minutes restriction and Charles Bassey is out, so Barlow has soaked up the backup center minutes. He is averaging 0.9 DKFP per minute on the season and has played 13, 14, 15, 22 and 24 minutes. He has gone for at least 20 DKFP in three of those contests with 31 on Wednesday. The Hornets are the most generous at allowing opposing centers to rack up fantasy goodies, so Barlow could be a nice cheap piece.

Other Options - Xavier Tillman ($5,200), Kevin Love ($5,200), Trayce Jackson-Davis ($5,200), Obi Toppin ($4,700), Trey Lyles ($3,700)

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