NBA DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for January 9, 2018
For the 1/9 NBA DFS slate, we’ll take a look at the best picks for the guards, forwards, and centers we’re considering rostering in our Cash and GPP lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel. The info below can also be used when crafting your strategy on the Draft Fantasy App and on Draftboard.
Please note the advice below is relevant for daily fantasy purposes. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than in real life due to matchup, price, and lots of other factors. This is important to consider when constructing a roster.
Injuries play a huge role in NBA DFS on a nightly basis, and value plays at the various daily fantasy sites can arise at a moment’s notice. Always, always check the starting lineups and injury news right before tipoff.
1/9/18 NBA DFS TOURNAMENT PICKS
Excellent 8’s: $8 buy-in, $400k guaranteed (DraftKings)
Triple Threat: $33 buy-in, $140k guaranteed (DraftKings)
Sharpshooter: $3 buy-in, $125k guaranteed (DraftKings)
Layup: $7 buy-in, $60k guaranteed (FanDuel)
Clutch Shot: $4.44 buy-in, $400k guaranteed (FanDuel)
Slam: $33 buy-in, $125k guaranteed (FanDuel)
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PLAYERS RULED OUT
Nikola Vucevic (hand)
Damian Lillard (calf)
Dion Waiters (ankle)
Kyle Lowry (back)
Frank Mason III (heel)
André Roberson (knee)
INJURY NEWS TO MONITOR
Jonathon Simmons (back)
George Hill (personal)
NBA DFS Slate Breakdown for January 9, 2018
Miami Heat (+6.5) at Toronto Raptors (Over/Under – 208)
Hassan Whiteside ($7.1k, $7.6k) clearly isn’t healthy, but he’s still producing in limited minutes for the Heat. The same goes for James Johnson ($5.7k, $5.7k). The forward put up a pair of productive games with 17 points, 15 rebounds, and nine assists in 60 minutes over two appearances last weekend. He’s a good mid-tier option to target against his former team.
Goran Dragic ($6.7k, $6.5k) has been the engine behind Miami’s offense with those bigs hobbled and Dion Waiters (ankle) out indefinitely. He’s averaging 21 PPG and 8.25 APG over his last four appearances and could have a fitness advantage over a Raptors team that’s playing on the second half of a B2B set tonight.
You can also consider Wayne Ellington ($4.7k, $4.4k) as Waiters’ direct replacement. However, he lacks upside without many peripheral stats and has a low floor if his shots don’t fall.
DeMar DeRozan ($8.3k, $9.3k) saw a significant drop in production while averaging 23.9 PPG over 14 appearances on zero days rest last year. However, he averaged 32.3 PPG on 47.5 percent FG shooting over four meetings with Miami and dropped a career-high 52 points in his sole B2B set this season, so he’s certainly worth a look in any format. Kyle Lowry (back spasms) is out tonight and that makes DDR a virtual must play as he boasts a 42.8 percent usage rate and averages 1.55 FPs per minute when Lowry’s off the floor.
With Kyle Lowry questionable, Delon Wright ($4.4k, $4.8k) becomes the second-best Raptors guard to consider. His ability to pile up peripheral stats and defensive numbers bodes well in a meeting with the low-scoring Heat. Fred VanVleet ($3.5k, $3.6k) is also worth a punt with Lowry is ruled out.
As for Toronto big men, Serge Ibaka ($5.6k, $5.9k) has established a consistent floor and is far more reliable than Jonas Valanciunas right now.
Portland Blazers (+8.5) at Oklahoma City Thunder (Over/Under – 204.5)
Russell Westbrook ($11.5k, $11.8k) produced yet another triple-double on Sunday. He continues to lead the NBA in APG (10.1) and two-point field goals (660). He’s also missing the most FGA, but that guaranteed volume makes him worth the money in DFS against a Blazers team without Damian Lillard (calf). Westbrook averaged more PPG (41.3) over four meetings against the Blazers than any other team. He should carry the Thunder at home once again.
Paul George ($7.8k, $8.3k) has been efficient while playing off Westy, as he’s 32-of-56 (57.1 percent) from the floor to average 24.9 PPG over his last four appearances. Portland is solid overall defensively but does cough up the seventh-most FPPG (42.55) to opposing SFs this season.
With Lillard out tonight, C.J. McCollum ($7.5k, $7.5k) will once again look to carry the Blazers offense. Plus, Evan Turner ($4.3k, $4.0k) should see increased responsibilities as a ball-handler and point forward.
McCollum is the primary target with a 33.1 percent usage rate when Lillard is off the floor this season. Then, Shabazz Napier ($5.4k, $4.8k) would become another intriguing value should Lillard sit, but his defensive weaknesses would make him a candidate to get benched in stretches in a brutal matchup against Westbrook. If you want to be contrarian, you could use Pat Connaughton ($3.2k, $3.5k) as a punt play. He might see extra playing time with his length and athleticism.
Orlando Magic (+6.5) at Dallas Mavericks (Over/Under – 213.5)
The Mavericks aren’t usually a great offense to target in DFS contests. But any team facing Orlando’s porous defense can provide some good options. The Magic rank 27th in defensive rating and have given up 115 PPG over three contests this month.
Orlando allows the most FPPG (50.88) to opposing PGs this season, so Dennis Smith Jr. ($6.2k, $6.1k) is a good mid-tier option for tournaments with averages of 16 PPG and 7.2 APG over his last five appearances. He’s rocking a notable 28.8 percent usage rate as a rookie.
Orlando also ranks 28th in opponent 3PT shooting percentage (.388%), so Dirk Nowitzki ($5.0k, $5.1k) has a bit of upside. Wesley Matthews ($5.4k, $5.2k) could be an even better play as a sniper on the perimeter.
Aaron Gordon ($8.6k, $8.3k) has carried Orlando’s offense with Nikola Vucevic (hand) out. He poured in 30 points against the Cavs to keep the team afloat on Saturday. Dallas is notably soft on the interior with Dirk logging consistent minutes. The Mavs give up the eighth-most RPG (12.65) to opposing PFs this season.
Orlando’s blinding pace and poor defense has led to improved results for Elfrid Payton ($7.2k, $7.9k). The point man is averaging 15.6 PPG, 7.6 APG, and 5.0 RPG over his last five appearances. Give him a look in tournament formats and consider pairing him with AG as Orlando’s potent 1-2 punch.
Keep an eye on the status of Jonathon Simmons (back). If he sits, Mario Hezonja ($5.1k, $4.8k) could serve as a solid value after producing 14 points and 10 rebounds over 39 minutes on Saturday. Evan Fournier ($5.9k, $6.0k) would also see a boost in usage with Simmons out, but he doesn’t offer much upside due to a lack of peripheral stats.
Sacramento Kings (+6.5) at Los Angeles Lakers (Over/Under – 211.5)
The Kings are no longer playing with much pace but could be coaxed into a track meet against a Lakers team that leads the NBA in pace of play.
With Lonzo Ball ($7.3k, $7.8k) back in action, the Lakers will likely to continue to push the tempo. He’s a great option after flirting with a triple-double in an easy win over the Hawks on Sunday.
Brandon Ingram ($6.8k, $7.0k) led the Lakers in scoring once again in that contest. Meanwhile, Kyle Kuzma ($6.2, $5.7k) is still working his way back from a quad injury, but “Kuz Control” is worth a look. He’s bound to snap out of his funk soon and showed signs with 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting two nights ago.
Julius Randle ($6.1k, $7.1k) remains a superior play to Brook Lopez (ankle), who can only manage around 20 MPG right now. The Laker lefty’s relentless motor should allow him to board up against a Kings team that gives up the most RPG (16.68) to opposing centers this year.
Vince Carter ($3.6k, $4.3k) came alive to lead the Kings past the Nuggets on Saturday, but the elder statesman on this roster will likely cede to the young guns with Sacramento on the second half of a B2B set and facing a spry, young Lakers team.
That gives De’Aaron Fox ($5.5k, $5.6k) a good chance to exceed value, especially with George Hill (personal) away from the team and Frank Mason III (heel) injured. Buddy Hield ($4.7k, $4.7k) is only an option for tournament formats. And Willie Cauley-Stein ($6.6k, $7.5k) is playing well enough to warrant consideration in a potential track meet.