Fantasy Basketball Picks: Top NBA Targets, Values For December 11

With 11 games Monday and Wednesday, the NBA takes a bit of a breather with a three-game fantasy basketball slate Tuesday, but there are still some good matchups on tap. We start off with a Texas two-step as the Blazers visit the Rockets and the Suns take on the Spurs in San Antonio. The only Eastern Conference team in action helps close out the night when the Raptors face the Clippers, who finish their back-to-back after rallying to knock off the Suns in overtime Monday.

As you build your team with players from those six teams, take a look at these top plays at each price point and position. As always, make sure to keep up with the latest injury and availability news on the DK Live app or live.draftkings.com.

Point Guard

Stud

Damian Lillard, POR at HOU, $9,700 — Lillard has the Blazers in the seventh spot in the Western Conference, 3.5 games ahead of the disappointing Rockets, who sit second-to-last in the West ahead of only the Suns. Lillard has carried his team lately with at least 25 points, five rebounds, six assists and more than 45 DKFP in each of his past four games. Lillard has been one of the most reliable options throughout this season and remains a low-risk option at this price point in Houston, against the Rockets’ struggling defense. Other Options — Chris Paul ($7,800), Kyle Lowry ($7,200)

Value

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, LAC vs. TOR, $4,900 — The Clippers have given their first-round pick plenty of chances this season, and the rookie has responded well for the most part. He had 16 points, five assists and 31.5 DKFP on Monday in Phoenix and played 34 minutes, partly due to Lou Williams (hamstring; $5,300) departing early. Williams could be limited or out as the Clippers finish their back-to-back which would open up extra minutes and opportunities for Gilgeous-Alexander. In his four most recent games in which he has played at least 25 minutes, he has produced more than 30 DKFP.

Other Options — Fred VanVleet ($4,400), Bryn Forbes ($3,800)


Shooting Guard

Stud

James Harden, HOU vs. POR, $10,700 — Harden leads the NBA with a 36.2 percent usage rate this season and actually has seen that trend higher over his past 10 games with a 38.3 percent usage rate. In those 10 games, he produced more than 50 DKFP eight times and averaged 58.6 DKFP on 32.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, 9.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Harden missed the Rockets’ first matchup this season against the Blazers and will look to help Houston avenge that home defeat on the day before Halloween.

Value

De’Anthony Melton, PHO at SA, $4,300 — Melton played the Summer League with the Rockets before they traded him to Phoenix. Melton has surged into a larger role recently after the release of Isaiah Canaan and injury to Devin Booker (hamstring). He started the past two games for the Suns, producing 23.25 DKFP against the Heat and 33.0 DKFP against the Clippers. He has at least 22 DKFP in each of his past four games and is almost a lock to at least return value if he keeps getting such heavy usage and minutes. He also has a high ceiling in this matchup with the Spurs.

Other Options — Danny Green ($4,600), Troy Daniels ($3,600)


Small Forward

Stud

DeMar DeRozan, SA vs. PHO, $9,200 — DeRozan has scored more than 25 points in each of his past three games and continues to add strong non-scoring numbers in his first season in San Antonio. He has at least 48 DKFP in four of his past five games, including an impressive 63 DKFP in a win over the Lakers last Friday. He has that kind of ceiling against the Suns and should continue to produce as the focal point of the San Antonio offense. The only risk factor is that the game could turn into a blowout, resulting in DeRozan getting “Popped” and playing limited minutes. Other Options — Danilo Gallinari ($6,500), Rudy Gay ($6,400)

Value

Al-Farouq Aminu, POR at HOU, $4,700 — Aminu has been a quiet contributor for the Blazers lately with at least 12 points and 32 DKFP in four of his past five games. He usually doesn’t explode for huge numbers in any one category but can be a threat for a low-level double-double and chip in solid defensive stats as well. His recent production has resulted in a more stable role in the offense and makes him a solid option to consider under $5K.

Other Options — Trevor Ariza ($5,000), Mikal Bridges ($4,000)


Power Forward

Stud

Kawhi Leonard, TOR at LAC, $9,400 — Kawhi has settled in nicely in Toronto and has been very productive through his first 22 games with the Raptors, averaging 26.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.9 steals and 46.4 DKFP per game. He has picked things up even more lately, averaging 50.7 DKFP on 29.8 points over his past five contests. Toronto has dropped its past two games to the Nets and Bucks, so Leonard will try to get them turned around as they take on the Clippers, who are rumored to be a possible future landing spot for Kawhi.

Other Options — Tobias Harris ($7,400), Montrezl Harrell ($6,600)

Editor’s Note: Leonard (hip) is listed as questionable for tonight’s game.

Value

Richaun Holmes, PHO at SA, $4,100 — Holmes has been one of the few bright spots for the Suns in what has been a dismal 4-23 start to the season. As a backup center, Holmes has put up good numbers in limited minutes. He had 19 points, seven rebounds and 37.75 DKFP before fouling out against the Clippers on Monday and has at least 19 DKFP in eight of his past 10 games. Regardless of game flow, Holmes always seems to find a way to contribute, so he’s a great option at just over $4K which can help you afford bigger salaries in other spots.


Center

Stud

Jusuf Nurkic, POR at HOU, $7,500 — Nurkic had struggled a bit with his shot coming into Portland’s most recent game Saturday but snapped out of his mini-funk with a big game against Minnesota, scoring 22 points to go with 11 rebounds, four assists, four blocks and three steals on his way to 54.25 DKFP. He has at least 32 DKFP in five of his past six contests since his non-scoring numbers have remained strong. He got the better of Clint Capela ($7,700) in their first matchup and finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 40 DKFP in just 24 minutes. Other Options — Clint Capela ($7,700), Deandre Ayton ($6,700)

Value

Jakob Poeltl, SA vs. PHO, $4,100 — Poeltl had a rough start to the season after coming over in the Kawhi-DeRozan trade. He has been seeing more time lately, though, with the Spurs’ second unit and producing up-and-down value. He has more than 31 DKFP in two of his past four games and at least 14 DKFP in eight of his past nine. Against the Suns, he should be able to return solid value and comes with nice upside as well.

Other Options — Jonas Valanciunas ($4,800), Boban Marjanovic ($3,800)


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