NBA Picks: Top Fantasy Basketball Targets, Values For January 21

The NBA has 11 games throughout this Monday to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but for fantasy basketball, we’ll tip off the week with a look at the four games on the main slate, which tips at 6 p.m. ET. The Celtics and Heat start off the slate followed by the Rockets visiting the Sixers and the Jazz hosting the Blazers. The final game of the night features the world-champion Warriors heading to Los Angeles to take on the Lakers. None of the eight teams are playing for the second day in a row, so we should see fairly typical rotations and get good games.

As you dig into the four matchups, be sure to take a look at my top studs and values at each position. Don’t forget to stay tuned to the DK Live app or for any late-breaking news that should impact your lineup.

Point Guard


Kyrie Irving, BOS vs. MIA, $9,000 — The Celtics continue to struggle to find a consistent groove, but Irving’s recent play is hardly to blame, as the All-Star continues to carry Boston’s offense. He has at least 45 DKFP in four straight games and posted a pair of double-double performances with 63.75 DKFP and 67.25 DKFP in his two home games last week against the Raptors and Grizzlies, respectively. Irving had 22 points and 39.25 DKFP against Miami when he faced the Heat earlier this season and comes in with enough momentum to be a good pick to out-perform those numbers in the rematch in Boston. Other Options — Stephen Curry ($9,400), Damian Lillard ($8,300)


Dwyane Wade, MIA at BOS, $4,900 — Wade has been a key contributor off the bench for the Heat this season and has scored at least 10 points in 14 of his past 15 games. He also has increased his assist numbers with Goran Dragic (knee) out and has produced at least 23 DKFP in 10 of his past 11. Wade had 19 points and 23 DKFP when the Heat beat the Celtics earlier this month and is coming off a 37.5-DKFP performance Saturday, when he had 14 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.

Other Options — Josh Hart ($5,200), T.J. McConnell ($3,900)

Shooting Guard


James Harden, HOU at PHI, $13,200 — Harden has been out of this world while carrying the Rockets’ offense lately. He has at least 30 points in 19 straight games and at least 40 in 10 of his past 13. He’s not just scoring either, with at least six assists in nine of his past 10 and at least eight rebounds in eight of his past 10. The result has been a historic run of DKFP with more than 75 in five straight games. Even at his elevated salary, he has become almost must-own based on the return on the investment. The 76ers host Harden this Monday, and I don’t think he’ll slow down in this matchup since Philadelphia is in the top 10 in most points allowed per game and tends to get into high-scoring contests. Harden will continue to carry all the usage until Chris Paul (groin) is ready to return. Other Options — Donovan Mitchell ($8,200), Klay Thompson ($6,400)


Eric Gordon, HOU at PHI, $5,900 — Harden did get a little bit of help with Gordon’s return, and Gordon was clearly the second option in the offense Saturday. He played 32 minutes in his start against the Lakers and totaled 43.75 DKFP on 30 points, five rebounds and four assists. He seems to be past his knee issue that sidelined him for two weeks and ready to step into a large workload next to Harden. He has a high ceiling, although his reliance on scoring makes him a little more volatile of an investment.

Other Options — Evan Turner ($4,300), Dion Waiters ($4,200)

Small Forward


Brandon Ingram, LAL vs. GS, $6,900 — Ingram is likely in for a busy night with LeBron James ($10,500; groin) and Rajon Rondo ($5,100; hand) doubtful and Lonzo Ball (ankle) out. Ingram likely will help fill in at PG and get a very high usage as the Lakers try to keep up with the Warriors. He had more than 30 DKFP in each of his past four games and showed he can contribute in multiple categories. Even on his awful 1-for-9 shooting night, he managed 30.75 DKFP by chipping in 11 assists. If everything comes together, Ingram has an elite ceiling, but he should be able to return value even if things don’t go his way, making him a low-risk option due to his high expected usage. Other Options — Ben Simmons ($8,600), Justise Winslow ($6,300)


Andre Iguodala, GS at LAL, $3,900 — Iguodala has been a consistently solid value play off the Warriors’ bench and has produced more than 17 DKFP in 11 of his past 12 games with at least 20 DKFP in nine of those contests. During that run, he averaged 22.8 DKFP on 7.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.9 blocks. His only down game during that run came when he was ejected against the Trail Blazers. Other than that outing, Iggy has been a great way to help balance out your salary cap and also offers good roster flexibility at SG/SF.

Other Options — Josh Richardson ($5,600), Royce O’Neale ($4,600)

Power Forward


Kyle Kuzma, LAL vs. GS, $7,600 — Like Ingram, Kuzma should get as much work as he can handle if the Lakers keep their game against the Warriors competitive. Kuzma has scored 32 points in each of his past two games, adding eight rebounds in each contest and finishing with 55.5 DKFP against the Thunder and 51.0 DKFP against the Rockets. He has at least 44 DKFP in four of his past six games and had 40.0 and 53.0 DKFP against Golden State in two meetings last season. He had 28.5 DKFP in a more limited role earlier this season when the two teams met, but he’ll have to carry the load if Rondo, Ball and LeBron are out as expected. Other Options — Kevin Durant ($9,500)


Kenneth Faried, HOU at PHI, $3,000 — Faried is expected to make his Rockets debut Monday night after joining Houston over the weekend following being waived by the Nets. Faried has appeared in only 12 games this season for Brooklyn and averaged just 5.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 9.5 minutes per game. He did show he might still be able to produce more, though with a pair of double-doubles against the Bucks and Celtics that resulted in 35 and 36.5 DKFP, respectively. The Rockets are so thin up front that Faried is expected to get significant minutes right away and should have little problem returning value at just $3K.

Other Options — Al-Farouq Aminu ($5,500), Jae Crowder ($4,700)



Rudy Gobert, UTA vs. POR, $8,500 — Gobert has been dominant lately with at least 52 DKFP in four straight contests. He has at least 15 points and 15 rebounds in each of those games and has chipped in a few blocks and steals as well. He had a massive 63.5 DKFP against the Clippers last Wednesday, when he had 23 points, 22 rebounds and four blocked shots. Gobert will duel Jusuf Nurkic ($7,900) in Salt Lake City, and I think the Stifle Tower is set up for another solid stat line. Other Options — Draymond Green ($6,500), Al Horford ($5,800)


DeMarcus Cousins, GS at LAL, $5,700 — Cousins had a successful season debut Friday against the Clippers and quickly contributed 31.0 DKFP in just 15 minutes. He shot 5-of-11 from the field and scored 14 points to go with six rebounds and three assists before fouling out. His minutes restriction is expected to increase to around 20 minutes in a favorable matchup against the Lakers, so look for Boogie to remain a solid mid-range option in the middle.

Other Options — Derrick Favors ($5,100), Ivica Zubac ($4,500)

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