Fantasy Basketball Cheat Sheet: Best, Worst NBA Matchups for January 28

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Here’s what stands out on Monday’s five-game slate:


Defense vs. Position

Point Guard Matchups

BEST
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Atlanta Hawks, 26th
Atlanta Hawks at Los Angeles Clippers, 25th
Denver Nuggets at Memphis Grizzlies, 23rd

This sets up as a great spot for Trae Young ($6,700), who just posted 48 DKFP in a tough matchup against Portland on Saturday. Young thrived in this matchup the first time around, putting up 25 points and 17 dimes for 53.25 DKFP. Patrick Beverley ($4,500) sets up as a solid value play on the other side. Beverley’s averaging an uncharacteristically high 34.5 DKFP over his last five games, and this game in particular should offer the most fantasy value on the slate.

WORST
Golden State Warriors at Indiana Pacers, 1st
Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics, 4th
Indiana Pacers vs. Golden State Warriors, 10th

With a lack of options to pay up for on this slate, Stephen Curry ($9,100) makes some sense to roster. He remains slightly underpriced after not putting up big numbers in Boston on Saturday night. D’Angelo Russell ($8,600) is also coming off a bust, but scoring 54 or more DKFP in four of his last six, there’s a ton of upside there in any matchup.


Shooting Guard Matchups

BEST
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Atlanta Hawks, 30th
Charlotte Hornets vs. New York Knicks, 27th
Golden State Warriors at Indiana Pacers, 22nd

SG is potentially the most loaded position on the slate in terms of pure value. You can target any of these matchups, but Lou Williams ($7,400) stands out as the most intriguing play. This game against his former team should be played at the ideal pace for Lou-Will to thrive. He’s been playing great lately with 10 assists in consecutive games, and his scoring always makes him dangerous. Lou posted over 41 DKFP in his first matchup against Atlanta this season.

WORST
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Denver Nuggets, 2nd
Indiana Pacers vs. Golden State Warriors, 4th
Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets, 7th

Aaron Holiday ($3,300) is an intriguing play with Victor Oladipo (knee) shut down for the season. Holiday played 16 minutes and scored 14.25 DKFP when he entered the rotation against Memphis on Saturday. He only shot 3-of-11 from the field, so if he plays well, there’s room to really improve his fantasy value.


Small Forward Matchups

BEST
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Atlanta Hawks, 28th
Atlanta Hawks at Los Angeles Clippers, 26th
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Denver Nuggets, 21st

Sticking with the game in Los Angeles, we’re going to see good value here at each position. Tobias Harris ($8,000) and DeAndre Bembry ($4,600) are my favorite SF plays from each side. Harris scored 42 DKFP in this matchup the first time around, and Bembry’s become a much larger part of Atlanta’s rotation recently.

WORST
Golden State Warriors at Indiana Pacers, 1st
Denver Nuggets at Memphis Grizzlies, 5th
Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets, 8th

Like Curry, Kevin Durant ($9,400) is a viable stud to roster. If you want a mid-priced target that isn’t playing in the Hawks versus Clippers game, consider Jayson Tatum ($5,600). Tatum’s been playing pretty average lately, but his salary dipping $1,000 in less than two weeks doesn’t make much sense.


Power Forward Matchups

BEST
Charlotte Hornets vs. New York Knicks, 30th
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Atlanta Hawks, 29th
Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets, 24th

A lot of the SF plays can also be slotted at PF, so you should have some options here already. Marcus Morris ($4,900) is another name to add to the mix.

WORST
Indiana Pacers vs Golden State Warriors, 2nd
Denver Nuggets at Memphis Grizzlies, 4th
Golden State Warriors at Indiana Pacers, 7th

Paul Millsap ($5,100) has been extremely inconsistent, but he has 40-plus DKFP upside. We can’t ignore that, so I’d consider him a high-risk GPP play. You should be able to get some low ownership with a lot of similar priced plays in the game in L.A.


Center Matchups

BEST
Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets, 29th
Atlanta Hawks at Los Angeles Clippers, 28th
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Atlanta Hawks, 22nd

Obviously, you can look at either side of the Hawks/Clippers matchup, but Al Horford ($6,400) could go overlooked on this slate. Horford’s averaging close to 47 DKFP in his last two outings, and played very well the last time Brooklyn came to Boston.

WORST
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Denver Nuggets, 2nd
Golden State Warriors at Indiana Pacers, 7th
Indiana Pacers vs. Golden State Warriors, 8th

DeMarcus Cousins ($6,500) has seen his production rise each game since his return, but so has his price tag. He’s fairly priced against Indy, but at some point he’s going to have a breakout game where he puts up superstar numbers.


Lineup Quick Hits

Superstar Worth Paying For

Kyrie Irving, BOS vs. BKN ($9,600) — Building a balanced lineup generally isn’t the formula in NBA, but you can definitely get away with it on this slate. But if I’m paying up for someone, I’ll take Kyrie over any of the Warriors. The production can come from anywhere with the Warriors, whereas Kyrie has really established himself in recent games for the Celtics — averaging over 60 DKFP in his last five.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Kyrie Iriving (hip) has been ruled out of tonight’s game.

Save The Big Bucks By Drafting …

Avery Bradley, LAC vs. ATL ($3,700) — Bradley’s one of the only Clippers players who hasn’t been reference yet, but he’s far too underpriced. AB’s played more than 35 minutes in five straight games, which is almost unheard of at this price tag. Some kind of production just has to come along with that many minutes, especially in a favorable matchup.

Next Man Up

Trey Burke, NYK at CHA ($4,200) — Emmanuel Mudiay (shoulder) is sidelined, which has thrusted Burke back into the rotation. In his last two games, Burke’s averaging almost 30 DKFP in over 28 minutes per game.

*DKFP = DraftKings Fantasy Points


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