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

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

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We have a six-game slate tonight. Jimmy Butler, Jayson Tatum and Damian Lillard are the big names who are out. Cameron Payne is also out. While he’s not a big name, he’d be the one to usually fill in for Lillard, so it will be interesting to see how the Bucks handle that. Possibly more usage and offensive responsibility for Giannis Antetokounmpo ($11,700). Keep track of all the pertinent updates at DK Live.

As for back-to-backs, LAC and PHO played last night. None of the teams play tomorrow.

DraftKings Sportsbook has three games with a total above 240 - BOS/IND (244.5), OKC/WAS (246.5) and UTA/MIL (242.5). There is one double-digit favorite - OKC -12 over WAS. There are no games with a spread at or below 2. There are three home dogs - IND, WAS and CHA.

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Guard

Stud

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City Thunder at Washington Wizards ($10,400) – Let’s get the negative out of the way. The Thunder are favored by 12 points on the road, so the chances of a less-than-full workload for Shai are elevated. That said, if it is indeed a blowout, Shai will have likely been a big reason why, as he’s garnering a 32.8% usage rate on the season. In addition, what if the Wizards play spirited ball at home? That increases the possibility of a ceiling game. Shai has exceeded point expectations 90% of the time this season and has exceeded 50 DKFP in all but eight games this season. He’s gone over 60 nine times with a high of 73.25. The Wizards are second in pace and dead-last in defensive efficiency, so the environment should be a fantasy-friendly one. The Wizards have boosted the FPPM to point guards by 11.01%, the third-highest in the league.

Other Options - Tyrese Haliburton ($10,200), Jaylen Brown ($8,200), Khris Middleton ($7,000), Jordan Clarkson ($6,100)

Value

MarJon Beauchamp, Milwaukee Bucks vs. Utah Jazz ($3,700) – With both Lillard and Payne out, I have no idea how Adrian Griffin will set the rotation. Connaughton, Beauchamp and Jackson Jr. average around 0.65 DKFP per minute and could start with Giannis being the defacto point-forward. We shall see how it plays out. I lean towards Beauchamp getting the start because he is the best defender out of the three, and the Bucks have had issues at that end of the floor. In his lone start of the season, Beauchamp played 33 minutes and contributed 11 points, six rebounds, one assist, two steals, and one three.

Other Options - Tyus Jones ($5,900), Collin Sexton ($5,800), Cody Martin ($5,400), Ayo Dosunmu ($5,000)


Forward

Stud

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks vs. Utah Jazz ($11,700) – Giannis has the highest floor/ceiling combo on the slate and will more than likely put up the highest raw points. He has exceeded point expectations 80% of the time and has gone for at least 60 DKFP in each of the seven games, with three over 70 and a high of 80. With Lillard and Payne off the court this season, Giannis has seen a 6.88% usage bump to a whopping 40.69%. That’s a small sample size of only 55 minutes but, sheesh. Utah is sixth in pace and 23rd in defensive efficiency.

Other Options - Jaylen Brown ($8,200), Lauri Markkanen ($8,100), Miles Bridges ($8,000), Khris Middleton ($7,000), Jalen Williams ($7,000), Deni Avdija ($6,400)

Value

Simone Fontecchio, Utah Jazz at Milwaukee Bucks ($5,000) – Fontecchio has started the last five games and averaged 30.6 minutes, 13.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.4 blocks and two threes. That translated to 30.25, 41.5, 36.25, 18.5 and 19.25 DKFP. The last two games have been against two of the best defensive teams in the league (BOS and PHI). Milwaukee is 18th in defensive efficiency but has been excellent in defending against three-pointers, so the sledding may still be tough. That said, Fontecchio hasn’t been completely reliant on scoring to be viable as he’s chipped in across the board. The expected playing time, price and potential upside are too much for me to ignore. Just be aware that Will Hardy has been fluid with lineups and rotations all season.

Other Options - Cody Martin ($5,400), Aaron Nesmith ($5,300), John Collins ($5,200), Lugentz Dort ($5,200), Pat Connaughton ($3,800), MarJon Beauchamp ($3,700), Andre Jackson Jr. ($3,100)


Center

Studs

Chet Holmgren, Oklahoma City Thunder at Washington Wizards ($7,700) – Holmgren can literally do it all, at both ends of the floor. There have been some inconsistencies from a production standpoint this season, but when everything is clicking, it’s a thing of beauty. On the season, Holmgren has exceeded 40 DKFP 14 times with three over 50 and a high of 64.5. With the Wizards being second in pace and dead last in defensive efficiency, Holmgren should thrive in this up-and-down environment. In addition, Washington has boosted the FPPM to centers by 11.39%, the fourth-most generous. Another 50-burger could be in the offering.

Other Options - Giannis Antetokounmpo ($11,700), Bam Adebayo ($8,800), Myles Turner ($6,600), Ivica Zubac ($6,300)

Values

Kevin Love, Miami Heat vs. Houston Rockets ($5,400) – The Heat have been dealing with a ton of injuries, and Love has mended things as best as he can. Over the last 10 games, he’s gone for at least 20 DKFP in all but one with six over 30, despite playing over 25 minutes in only two of those contests. On the season, Love is averaging a more-than-respectable 1.27 DKFP per minute.

Other Options - Nick Richards ($5,700), John Collins ($5,200)

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