DraftKings & FanDuel NBA DFS Lineups & Picks for January 13, 2018

Written By Nate Weitzer on January 13, 2018
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NBA DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for January 13, 2018

For the 1/13 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.

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PLAYERS RULED OUT
D’Angelo Russell (knee)
Paul Millsap (wrist)
Reggie Jackson (ankle)
Rudy Gay (heel)

INJURY NEWS TO MONITOR
Kawhi Leonard (shoulder)
Steph Curry (ankle)
Tony Parker (ankle)
Kyle Lowry (tailbone)
Danny Green (groin)
Stanley Johnson (hip)
Gary Harris (personal)

NBA DFS Slate Breakdown for January 13, 2018

Brooklyn Nets (+9.5) at Washington Wizards (Over/Under – 215)

Partially because of his lingering injuries, John Wall ($9.8k, $10.5k) has been categorically awful when playing on zero days rest. He’s totaled 26 points on 28.6 percent FG shooting in two such situations. The Wizards could lean on Bradley Beal ($8.1k, $8.7k) on the second half of a B2B set tonight in a great matchup against the Nets. Brooklyn gives up the fifth-most PPG (108.9) while playing at the fifth-fastest pace in the league.

You should feel comfortable using Otto Porter ($6.3k, $7.1k) in Cash games after he logged 37 minutes on Wednesday. It indicates he’s over his hip injury. Then, Markieff Morris ($5.2k, $5.2k) is ramping up for the Wizards. He makes for an intriguing tournament play along with Marcin Gortat ($4.8k, $5.0k) against a Nets team that coughs up tons of production to big men. However, neither big is in great shape, so we could see a lot of Kelly Oubre Jr. ($4.4k, $4.1k) at SF with Porter playing some PF against the small-ball Nets.

This is a good spot for Spencer Dinwiddie ($6.4k, $6.5k) considering how Wall’s been limited in B2B situations and the Nets have depended on their fill-in PG for months now with D’Angelo Russell (knee) out. DeMarre Carroll (knee) played on Friday but could miss tonight’s game for rest, opening up more opportunities for Rondae Hollis-Jefferson ($6.7k, $7.2k) and Allen Crabbe ($4.8k, $5.4k) as potential tournament plays.

Joe Harris ($4.4k, $3.9k) would become a viable punt if Carroll rests tonight. Finally, Caris LeVert ($5.3k, $5.6k) is another risky tournament option to consider as he works his way back from a groin injury.

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Golden State Warriors (-4) at Toronto Raptors (Over/Under – 225)

Steph Curry (ankle) missed Friday’s game in Milwaukee and is questionable to suit up one night later. This makes Kevin Durant ($9.7k, $10.6k) a virtual must-play at a very reasonable price tag. The former MVP boasts a 35.3 percent usage rate and averages 1.49 FPs per minute when Curry is off the floor this year. Plus, he’s coming off a pair of big games with the sharpshooter inactive.

This profiles as a good spot for Draymond Green ($7.6k, $7.8k) considering how the Raptors have increased their pace of play lately and how the absence of Curry would force the Warriors to find other offensive facilitators.

Klay Thompson ($6.5k, $6.6k) is a good Cash play with Curry out. However, he lacks upside due to his lack of peripheral stats. Andre Iguodala ($4.3k, $4.2k) could serve as the best value in a Warriors uniform provided he isn’t rested in this B2B situation.

DeMar DeRozan ($8.8k, $9.1k) played the role of decoy as his teammates demolished Cleveland’s horrible defense on Thursday. Yet with Kyle Lowry (tailbone) potentially out again, DeRozan will have to carry the load against the high-scoring Warriors in this huge home game.

Delon Wright ($5.6k, $5.5k) is a solid Cash play since he should play around 35 minutes as the Raptors’ best defensive option against Thompson and/or Durant. Fred VanVleet ($4.2k, $4.7k) is coming off arguably the best game of his young career and is worth a look as a punt play should Lowry sit.

Jonas Valanciunas ($5.4k, $6.3k) had a great game against the Cavs and is worth a look in tournaments against a Warriors team that’s giving up the fourth-most FPPG (54.78) to opposing centers this season. That said, the return of Serge Ibaka ($6.2k, $6.4k) could hurt Valanciunas’ chances of a big game; “Air Congo” is a solid option in his own right.

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Detroit Pistons (+1) at Chicago Bulls (Over/Under – 207.5)

Andre Drummond ($9.4k, $9.9k) had a monstrous game at Brooklyn and appears over the rib injury that hampered him the past couple weeks. He’s clearly the top option at center tonight. Nevertheless, expectations should not be as high as they were against Brooklyn’s horrendous frontcourt defense.

Avery Bradley ($5.6k, $5.3k) is a decent tournament option tonight. He’s been ramping up in terms of playing time and will be on two days of rest against an inexperienced Bulls team. For their part, Chicago coughs up the fourth-most FPPG (43.75) to opposing SGs this season. Ish Smith ($5.5k, $6.5k) remains a mid-tier option with a low ceiling but solid floor as the Pistons’ starting PG with Reggie Jackson (ankle) out. But if you want a play with more risk and reward, consider punting with backup Dwight Buycks ($3.8k, $3.8k).

Kris Dunn ($7.5k, $7.6k) is carrying the Bulls’ offense in his second year and remains an upside GPP play against the smaller Ish Smith. Nikola Mirotic ($5.6k, $6.3k) is expected to return from a two-game absence due to illness, which hurts the prospects of Lauri Markkanen ($6.6k, $6.5k) and makes Bobby Portis ($4.8k, $4.8k) a bit of a longshot. You can definitely deploy Mirotic in tournaments as Chicago’s second-best offensive player.

Zach LaVine (knee) is expected to start tonight but will likely play limited minutes. Justin Holiday ($5.3k, $4.9k) seems to be a more viable option on the wing for Chicago.

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Denver Nuggets (+7.5) at San Antonio Spurs (Over/Under – 204.5)

The Spurs’ offense performed a spectacular faceplant with Kawhi Leonard (shoulder) and Tony Parker (ankle) inactive on Thursday night, managing just 81 points against the Lakers’ porous defense. We can’t expect Kawhi to return anytime soon, so LaMarcus Aldridge ($8.7k, $9.5k) will remain a high-upside play despite his weak showing against the Lakers.

Pau Gasol ($5.8k, $5.7k) was solid against his former team on Thursday and could see extra playing time in an effort to slow down Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets tonight. Kyle Anderson ($5.2k, $5.1k) is a low-upside placeholder with Kawhi potentially out. But Bryn Forbes ($4.0k, $3.9k) and Dejounte Murray ($4.9k, $4.8k) could be the best Spurs values to consider, especially if Parker remains out.

Nikola Jokic ($8.2k, $9.3k) is clearly the jewel of the Nuggets’ seventh-ranked offense. He’s worth a look at this price tag despite San Antonio’s stellar reputation against opposing big men.

Jamal Murray ($6.1k, $6.5k) is also a bit under-priced on DK. He’d be a very solid option if Gary Harris (personal) remains out tonight. If that’s the case, you can also consider Will Barton ($5.9k, $6.5k) as a boom-bust tournament play. Or use Trey Lyles ($6.0k, $5.8k) in the hopes that those extra shots trickle down to the PF.

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Nate Weitzer is a successful DFS player at DraftKings and FanDuel with numerous tournament wins in NBA and NFL contests. He's been writing about DFS for several years, specializing in NBA picks and advice while continuing to build his bankroll across the daily fantasy industry. When he's not playing DFS, Weitzer is often covering high school sports in the greater Boston area for outlets such as The Boston Globe, or playing basketball himself. Follow Nate on Twitter @Nweitzer7.

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