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Fantasy Basketball Picks Today: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Targets, Values for January 9

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

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We have a five-game slate on Tuesday. Franz Wagner, Cade Cunningham and Ja Morant are out. Jaren Jackson Jr. (7,700) is questionable. Keep track of all the pertinent updates at DK Live.

As for back-to-backs, no teams played last night. DET, MIN, SAC and TOR play tomorrow.

DraftKings Sportsbook has one game with a total above 240 - SAC/DET (242.5). There are two double-digit favorites - SAC -11 over DET and NYK -12 over POR. There are no games with a spread at or below two. There are two home dogs - DET and ORL.

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Guard

Stud

Kyrie Irving, Dallas Mavericks vs. Memphis Grizzlies ($8,800) – In his return from a 12-game absence, Irving predictably took it slow, garnering a usage rate of 20.7% and putting up 33.8 DKFP. Since then, he’s gone for 53.3, 51.8 and 64 DKFP with usage rates of 32.9%, 26.9% and 32.6%. Doncic played in two of those contests. On the season, Irving is averaging 1.3 DKFP per minute and seems a tad too cheap for the expected playing time and usage.

Other Options - Luka Doncic ($11,500), Jalen Brunson ($9,100), Desmond Bane ($8,500), Immanuel Quickley ($7,000), Malik Monk ($6,500), Marcus Smart ($6,300), Jaden Ivey ($6,300)

Value

Killian Hayes, Detroit Pistons vs. Sacramento Kings ($4,500) – Cade Cunningham is out, so Hayes will likely enter the starting lineup for him. He has started 21 games this season and averaged 28.1 minutes, 10.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists, one steal, 0.5 blocks and 0.8 treys. The usage rate was only 17.2%, but minutes are minutes and half the battle. Yo, Joe! Hayes is averaging 0.85 DKFP per minute.

Other Options - Donte DiVincenzo ($5,400), Alec Burks ($5,400), Killian Hayes ($4,500)


Forward

Stud

Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers vs. Toronto Raptors ($10,100) – Davis has disappointed somewhat recently, going for only 40 DKFP in each of the last two games. Prior to that, he had gone for over 50 DKFP in 11-of-12 games with five over 60, three above 70 and a high of 81. He could access a ceiling game on Tuesday as the Raptors have boosted the FPPM to centers by a whopping 12.78%, the fourth-most generous. And that was with Jakob Poeltl, who is out for this contest.

Other Options - LeBron James ($9,800), Paolo Banchero ($9,000), Julius Randle ($8,900), Desmond Bane ($8,500), Bojan Bogdanovic ($6,700)

Value

Ziaire Williams, Memphis Grizzlies at Dallas Mavericks ($3,600) – Father, forgive me, for I continue to sin, believing that Ziaire Williams will be a thing. Narrator: He has not and will probably never be a thing. That said, he’s cheap and has played 27, 20 and 18 minutes over the last three contests, producing 22.5, 19.8 and 29.5 DKFP. With Morant out, he could see elevated playing time.

Other Options - Donte DiVincenzo ($5,400), Alec Burks ($5,400), Derrick Jones Jr. ($5,100), Vince Williams Jr. ($4,300)


Center

Studs

Isaiah Hartenstein, New York Knicks vs. Portland Trail Blazers ($6,400) – Since replacing Mitchell Robinson, Hartenstein has been fantastic. Over the last four games, he’s gone for 34.3, 47, 39.5 and 44.3 DKFP, while playing minutes in the high-30s. Portland has boosted the FPPM to centers by 16.12%, the second-most generous in the league. Hartenstein is averaging 0.94 DKFP per minute, so if he’s going to be playing 37-to-39 minutes again, the price ain’t bad.

Other Options - Anthony Davis ($10,100), Domantas Sabonis ($20,000). Julius Randle ($8,900), Jalen Duren ($7,000)

Values

Dwight Powell, Dallas Mavericks vs. Memphis Grizzlies ($4,600) – Dereck Lively has missed the last two games, so Powell has started and played 28 and 26 minutes. That translated to 24.5 and 24.8 DKFP. With Lively out again, Powell should start again and see the same workload. Powell averages 0.86 DKFP and he should score in the 20s again if he sees the same playing time.

Other Options - Bismack Biyombo ($4,200) and Xavier Tillman ($3,900) if Jaren Jackson Jr. is out

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I am a promoter at DraftKings and am also an avid fan and user (my username is sontzu) and may sometimes play on my personal account in the games that I offer advice on. Although I have expressed my personal view on the games and strategies above, they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of DraftKings and do not constitute a representation that any particular strategy will guarantee success. All customers should use their own skill and judgment in building lineups. I may also deploy different players and strategies than what I recommend above. I am not an employee of DraftKings and do not have access to any non-public information.