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Fantasy Basketball Picks: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Targets, Values for August 22

Matt LaMarca gives his top studs and value plays at each position for Saturday’s fantasy basketball slate on DraftKings, which starts at 1:00 p.m. ET.

NBA: Playoffs-Orlando Magic at Milwaukee Bucks Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA playoffs keep rolling right along and we have another four-game slate on Saturday. The action gets underway with the Magic vs. the Bucks at 1:00 p.m. ET and concludes with the Blazers vs. the Lakers at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Let’s take a look at some of the top studs and values at each position on DraftKings.

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Point Guard


Goran Dragic, MIA @ IND, $6,000 – Dragic is at an interesting price point today. He’s not really a true “stud” at $6,000 but he’s not exactly a “value” either. Regardless, he’s one of the strongest options at the position.

The Heat has made the decision to bench Kendrick Nunn in each of their first two playoff games and Dragic has been the primary beneficiary. He’s logged at least 32 minutes in back-to-back games and he’s scored at least 31.75 DKFP in both contests.

Other Options – Chris Paul ($7,800), Malcolm Brogdon ($6,900)


Markelle Fultz, ORL vs. MIL, $4,500 – The Magic have been dividing the PG minutes pretty evenly between Fultz and D.J. Augustin ($4,200) and both guys are solid options today. That said, Fultz has been the better producer on a per-minute basis this season. He’s capable of filling the stat sheet in every category across the board and he’s scored at least 24.0 DKFP in the first two games of this series.

Other Options – Eric Bledsoe ($5,500), D.J. Augustin ($4,200), Austin Rivers ($3,900)

Shooting Guard


James Harden, HOU @ OKC, $11,600 – Russell Westbrook will miss another contest for the Rockets, which puts Harden squarely on the DFS radar. He hasn’t thrived in that situation in his first two games of this series, averaging “just” 54.0 DKFP per game but the Rockets really haven’t needed him to dominate in those contests. He could be asked to carry a larger workload if today’s game vs. the Thunder is more competitive.

Overall, Harden has increased his usage rate by 7.6% with Westbrook off the court this season, averaging 1.73 DKFP per minute.

Other Options – Jimmy Butler ($7,600)


Eric Gordon, HOU @ OKC, $5,100 – If you’re looking to go cheaper with the Rockets, Gordon is definitely a viable pivot off of Harden. He’s also seen a large usage boost with Westbrook off the court, resulting in an average of 0.91 DKFP per minute. He’s scored 30.75 DKFP in each of his first two playoff games vs. the Thunder and he posted a whopping 20 shot attempts in his last game.

Other Options – Tyler Herro ($5,400), Evan Fournier ($5,200)

Small Forward


LeBron James, LAL @ POR, $10,600 – James has arguably the highest ceiling on today’s slate. He’s in an elite spot vs. the Blazers, who have been a disaster defensively this season. Portland ranked just 27th in defensive efficiency during the regular season and the Blazers have also been one of the worst defensive teams in Orlando.

LeBron struggled in his last game, scoring just 29.0 DKFP, but he played just 26.4 minutes in a blowout win. He exploded for 73.25 DKFP in his previous contest.

Other Options – Danilo Gallinari ($6,300)


Andre Iguodala, MIA @ IND, $3,700 – Iggy is another player who has benefited from the Heat’s rotation changes during the playoffs. He’s coming off 28 minutes in his last game and it’s hard to find that kind of playing time potential at just $3,700.

Other Options – Terrence Ross ($5,000), Duncan Robinson ($4,900)

Power Forward


Giannis Antetokounmpo, MIL @ ORL, $11,000 – The Bucks’ offense has struggled a bit in Orlando but it hasn’t really affected Giannis from a fantasy perspective. He’s scored at least 59.0 DKFP in each of his first two playoff games and he has the potential for even more fantasy scoring moving forward. He’s shot below 50% from the field in each of those contests but he shot over 55% during the regular season.

Other Options – Anthony Davis ($10,200), Jusuf Nurkic ($8,900)


Danuel House Jr., HOU @ OKC, $4,700 – House has averaged the second-most minutes per game with Westbrook out of the lineup this season, which makes him a strong option at his current price tag. He played 38.1 minutes in his last game and finished with 36.25 DKFP.

Other Options – James Ennis III ($4,300), Jae Crowder ($4,000)



Bam Adebayo, MIA @ IND, $7,300 – Adebayo is one of the best pure values on the slate at just $7,300. He’s averaged 40.6 DKFP this season, which is good for almost 6x value on his current price tag. He’s capable of contributing in categories across the board, as evidenced by his three triple-doubles during the regular season. He’s coming off a poor performance in his last contest but he exploded for 46.0 DKFP in the Heat’s first playoff game.

Other Options — Nikola Vucevic ($9,100)


Hassan Whiteside, POR vs. LAL, $4,600 – The Blazers lost Zach Collins to an ankle injury and Whiteside is in a position to be one of the biggest beneficiaries. He’s played at least 22 minutes in each of his first two games vs. the Lakers, and while that may not sound like a lot, Whiteside is one of the best producers in basketball on a per-minute basis.

Other Options – Brook Lopez ($5,300), Jeff Green ($4,900)

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