NBA Picks: Top Fantasy Basketball Targets, Values For January 15

For the second straight night, the NBA rolls out a solid six-game slate of options for fantasy basketball owners, but there are no repeats on the schedule as all 12 teams play their first game of the week. The stage is set for plenty of drama as the 76ers and Jimmy Butler ($7,600) host his former team, the Timberwolves, in the highlight of the early half of the slate. The later games also have some intrigue including the top two teams in the Western Conference facing off as the Warriors visit the Nuggets and the Bulls taking on the Lakers in a matchup that has some nice late value options to consider.

As you survey all the matchups and build your roster, take a look at these top studs and values at each position. It’s also key to make sure to check out the DK Live app or live.draftkings.com for any late-breaking news that impacts your lineup before tipoff.

Point Guard

Stud

Stephen Curry, GS at DEN, $9,900 — On the night’s where it’s “Russ vs. Steph” at the top of the PG pool, I usually lean towards Russell Westbrook ($11,600), who typically produces in more categories and is more assured of usage. On this slate, though, I’m breaking that pattern and pivoting to Curry since the Thunder have a good chance at blowing out the Hawks while the Warriors will be in a tough, competitive matchup with the Nuggets. Curry also is significantly more affordable and coming off a monster game in Dallas on Sunday, where he scored 48 points and amassed 74.5 DKFP. He has at least 46 DKFP in eight straight games with more than 53 DKFP in half of those performances. His assist numbers have been trending up, and his 3-point shooting is back to its typical elite level, so I’m rolling with Steph in my lineups. Other Options — Russell Westbrook ($11,600), Zach LaVine ($6,800)

Value

Dennis Schroder, OKC at ATL, $5,400 — Butler’s “revenge game” narrative is sure to get all the hype, but don’t sleep on Schroder returning to face the Hawks in Atlanta after the team offloaded him to the Thunder this offseason. Schroder had been in a shooting slump before a big game Saturday against the Spurs. In that contest he had 19 points, six assists, four steals and 37.25 DKFP. He can be erratic in his role as the leader of the second unit, but given some extra motivation and plenty of potential garbage time, Schroder has a high ceiling.

Other Options — De’Anthony Melton ($4,600), Monte Morris ($3,900)


Shooting Guard

Stud

Jimmy Butler, PHI vs. MIN, $7,600 — Here it is. Butler gets to take on his former squad, which he left after a contentious preseason. He won’t get to go up against his former coach Tom Thibodeau, who was fired, but his main issues always seemed to be with former teammates Andrew Wiggins ($6,500) and Karl-Anthony Towns ($10,200). Butler had a quiet game Sunday, when he let Ben Simmons ($9,400) carry the load, but you know the former Timberwolf will make himself the focus of the offense and pick up all the hustle stats as well. He had more than 40 DKFP in back-to-back games last week before a bit of a letdown with just 28.5 DKFP Sunday. He’ll be ready to bounce back in a big way against Minnesota. Make sure you’re well-hydrated since this will be a matchup saturated in salt, but it should be a productive trip to Narrative Street for Butler. Other Options — Devin Booker ($8,400), Brandon Ingram ($6,600)

Value

Malcolm Brogdon, MIL vs. MIA, $5,700 — Brogdon consistently has been out-producing his salary over the past few weeks for the Bucks and has 29-36 DKFP in five straight games while not being held under 25 DKFP in any of his past eight. The regular contributor hasn’t been especially flashy but has averaged 17.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 31.2 DKFP over those eight games. He’s a low-risk option that almost always provides at least 5x value.

Other Options — Kelly Oubre Jr. ($5,200), Kevin Huerter ($4,800)


Small Forward

Stud

Justise Winslow, MIA at MIL, $6,500 — With Goran Dragic (knee) sidelined, the Heat have made Winslow their starting PG, and the fourth-year player out of Duke has responded with one of the best stretches of his career. Over his past 10 contests, Winslow has averaged 33.9 DKFP on 16.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.6 steals in 30.4 minutes per contest. He has gone off for more than 40 DKFP in four of those 10 games, including his two most recent contests in Miami’s wins against the Celtics and Grizzlies. Other Options — Ben Simmons ($9,400), Paul George ($9,200)

Value

Kevin Huerter, ATL vs. OKC, $4,800 — I really wanted to include Huerter in my weekly waiver wire pickups for season-long fantasy, but because the Hawks play just twice this week, he narrowly missed the cut. He’s still a great option for your DFS team on this slate, though, given his recent run of success. The rookie has been given heavy minutes and produced at least 30 DKFP in three straight games before a letdown against the Bucks on Sunday, when he had just 21.5 DKFP. He has shown he can contribute across the board and is averaging more than 33 minutes a game over his past 20 contests, producing 11.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.0 steals per contest. He’s a nice sub-$5K play with good upside and positional flexibility to fit at guard or forward.

Other Options — Josh Jackson ($5,700), Chandler Hutchison ($3,600)


Power Forward

Stud

Kyle Kuzma, LAL vs. CHI, $7,300 — With LeBron James (groin) out, the Lakers have struggled, but Kuzma has been the focus of the offense and turned in some strong games. He had 29 points and 45.25 DKFP against the Cavs on Sunday and 41 points and 45 DKFP against Detroit on Wednesday. Unfortunately, he put up a clunker in between with just 11 points on 4-of-18 shooting Friday, but that was on the road in Utah. He’ll be back home in another soft matchup against the Bulls, so Kuzma should be able to stay in the groove. Other Options — Kevin Durant ($9,700), Domantas Sabonis ($7,900)

Value

Richaun Holmes, PHO at IND, $4,000 — Holmes has been a nice affordable big man all season coming off the bench for the Suns. He has scored in double digits in three straight games and five of his past six. In each of those five games, he has at least 23 DKFP, including three games with 30-plus DKFP. Holmes produces good non-scoring stats in his limited workload and shouldn’t be negatively impacted as much as the rest of the Suns by the return of Devin Booker ($8,400) and a tough matchup in Indiana.

Other Options — Dewayne Dedmon ($5,200), Dario Saric ($4,600)


Center

Stud

Nikola Jokic, DEN vs. GS, $10,300 — Jokic and the Nuggets hold a half-game lead over the Warriors in the Western Conference as they host Golden State in their second meeting of the season. Jokic played 32 minutes and had 46.25 DKFP on 23 points, 11 rebounds and sis assists the first time they met, but his recent form has been even better as he continues to provide across the board. Jokic dominated Portland for 40 points, 10 boards and eight assists on his way to 66.5 DKFP in his most recent contest Sunday and has more than 55 DKFP in six of his past eight. Jokic also has been significantly better in Denver, where he is averaging 52.8 DKFP in 21 games, as opposed to just 43.8 on the road. Other Options — Karl-Anthony Towns ($10,200), Steven Adams ($7,000)

Value

Bobby Portis, CHI at LAL, $4,500 — Portis is expected to be back in action after missing a game with an elbow issue Saturday. He is still in the midst of getting back to full strength after missing seven games with a sprained ankle, but he has been effective in his limited minutes. He produced 24.25 DKFP in 20 minutes in his first game back Jan. 6 and followed that with 22.5 DKFP in 19 minutes Wednesday and 26.5 DKFP in 17 minutes Friday. He still has to reclaim minutes from Lauri Markkanen ($6,100) but should be set up to return good value against the shaky frontcourt defense of the Lakers in the late game.

Other Options — Bam Adebayo ($5,200), Patrick Patterson ($3,500)


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