Fantasy Basketball Picks: Top NBA Targets, Values For December 4

There are a handful of games on Tuesday’s fantasy basketball schedule as the NBA gears up for a pair of double-digit slates Wednesday and Friday of this week. None of the 10 teams taking the floor tonight played Monday, so there’s no need to worry about fatigue dramatically impacting rotations. There are some intriguing storylines to watch, including the Bulls in their first game after firing Fred Hoiberg, the Suns playing without Devin Booker and a matchup of the two in-state rivals from Florida.

There are some great matchups to target in this slate, so take a look at these top studs and values at each position. Also be sure to visit the DK Live app or live.draftkings.com for late-breaking injury or availability news that could change your lineup before tip-off.


Point Guard

Stud

Damian Lillard, POR at DAL, $9,800 — Portland ranks in the top 10 of most points per game this season, and its offense is centered around Lillard. He has at least 30 points in three of his past four games, including a pair of games that resulted in over 60 DKFP. He had 66.5 DKFP against Orlando last Wednesday and 61.0 DKFP in his most recent game Sunday in San Antonio. He didn’t shoot especially well in that game but still finished with 37 points and 10 assists. The Blazers continue their Texas trip with a game against the young guards of the Mavericks, and Lillard should be able to continue his elite-level production.

Other Options — De’Aaron Fox ($7,500), Darren Collison ($6,300)

Value

Elie Okobo, PHO vs. SAC, $4,400 — With Devin Booker (hamstring) sidelined again and Isaiah Canaan released last week, Okobo will get a ton of playing time at the point for the Suns in the near future. He has played 32, 29 and 30 minutes in the three games since Canaan’s release and produced 33.5, 19.5 and 9.25 DKFP, respectively. He shot just 1-for-9 against the Lakers on Sunday but should be able to bounce back in a better matchup against the Kings. He has shown he can contribute good steals and assists along with decent scoring when given an expanded role. The first pick of the second round is likely to move into the starting lineup and get lots of opportunities in the coming weeks.

Other Options — J.J. Barea ($5,100), Derrick White ($4,200)


Shooting Guard

Stud

Zach LaVine, CHI vs. DAL, $8,400 — LaVine had one clunker last week against the Pistons but has been the best of the Bulls’ offense for most of the season. He bounced back on Saturday against Houston with 29 points and 46.5 DKFP, but the Bulls still dropped their sixth straight and decided to move on from their coach. LaVine should get some help as Chicago gets healthier, but he’ll continue to be the focus of the offense. He has at least 42 DKFP in five of his past six games and should be able to take advantage of a matchup with a Pacers backcourt still missing Victor Oladipo (knee).

Other Options — Donovan Mitchell ($7,900), Buddy Hield ($6,000)

Value

Bogdan Bogdanovic, SAC at PHO, $5,800 — Bogdan has been the barely better Bogdanovic brother recently, although both make decent plays in their matchups Tuesday. Bogdan Bogdanovic is playing the “instant offense” role off the bench for the Kings and has at least 20 points and 30 DKFP in each of his past three contests. He and the Kings bested his brother and the Pacers on Saturday, and he played 31 minutes off the bench with 20 points, six assists, two steals and 35.5 DKFP. His excellent shooting and increased assists give him a high ceiling in a good matchup against the Suns. Coming off the bench hasn’t limited his minutes very much, and he looks ready to pick up where he left off in his promising rookie year after getting a late start to the season due to knee surgery.

Other Options — Tyler Johnson ($5,000), Jamal Crawford ($3,900)


Small Forward

Stud

Harrison Barnes, DAL vs. POR, $6,600 — Barnes put up back-to-back huge games against the two teams from Los Angeles and has been carrying the Mavericks’ offense lately. He had 29 points and 43.75 DKFP against the Lakers Friday and 30 points and 44.75 DKFP against the Clippers Sunday. He has scored at least 20 points with at least 34 DKFP in four of his past five games and should be able to stay hot in a game with the second highest over/under (219.5) of the night behind only the Kings-Suns matchup.

Other Options — DeMar DeRozan ($8,300), Aaron Gordon ($6,900)

Value

Josh Jackson, PHO vs. SAC, $5,300 — Jackson is another member of the Suns’ rotation who will need to pick things up with Booker sidelined. He already has been picking up minutes and usage with T.J. Warren (ankle; $5,900) sidelined. Jackson has double-digit points and more than 28 DKFP in each of his past three games, and he showed last year he offers a high ceiling when he’s getting a high volume of shots. He also showed he can be volatile and inefficient at times, but his ceiling makes him worth a look in what should be a high-scoring game in Phoenix.

Other Options — Trevor Ariza ($5,700), Mikal Bridges ($3,800)


Power Forward

Stud

Domantas Sabonis, IND vs. CHI, $7,200 — Sabonis was limited while playing through back soreness Saturday in Sacramento and only managed 22.75 DKFP. Before that, though, he was heating up and helping to carry the scoring load in the absence of Oladipo. Sabonis had 45 DKFP or more in three of his previous four games and had turned in four straight double-doubles before only posting six points and seven rebounds in 24 minutes against the Kings. After two days off, he hopefully is back to fully healthy and ready to take advantage of a great matchup against the Bulls.

Other Option — LaMarcus Aldridge ($7,600)

Value

Lauri Markkanen, CHI at IND, $5,400 — Markkanen came off the bench in his season debut Saturday but is expected to be in the starting lineup as the Bulls visit the Pacers. He played 26 minutes and had 20 DKFP despite shooting just 4-of-14. While he might need to knock some rust off, he looks ready for a full workload. He has a high ceiling and is still affordable since he hasn’t fully gotten up to speed yet. One of new coach Jim Boylen’s top responsibilities will be helping his young players like Markkanen flourish, so expect the second-year forward to be a focal point for the Bulls sooner rather than later.

Other Options — Jae Crowder ($5,000), Al-Farouq Aminu ($4,800)


Center

Stud

Willie Cauley-Stein, SAC at PHO, $6,400 — After a strong start to the season, Cauley-Stein hit a bit of a rough patch in the middle of November, but the fourth-year big-man has bounced back with a pair of double-doubles in his past two games against the Clippers and Pacers. He had 17 points, 10 boards and 33.0 DKFP Thursday and followed that with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 39.75 DKFP Saturday. With Marvin Bagley (back) ruled out, Cauley-Stein should see even more usage, but he has also flourished next to Bagley in the past few games. Cauley-Stein offers a solid investment, but his ceiling is even higher with Bagley sidelined.

Other Options — Rudy Gobert ($8,600), Jusuf Nurkic ($7,400)

Value

Richaun Holmes, PHO vs. SAC, $3,800 — On the other side of the Suns-Kings matchup, Holmes is a great value since he has been very productive off the bench in limited playing time. He has at least 20 DKFP in six of his past seven games and had 29.29 DKFP in his most recent game, which was Sunday against the Lakers. He had 15 points, four blocks, three steals in 23 minutes in that contest and has been piling up points, blocks and boards at a high rate in the Suns’ second unit.

Other Options — Myles Turner (6,100), Wendell Carter Jr. ($4,800)


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