NBA Picks: Top Fantasy Basketball Targets, Values For January 22

After a jam-packed 11-game marathon Monday, the NBA has a slower slate for fantasy basketball owners this Tuesday night with just four games on tap. That doesn’t mean there aren’t some nice fantasy options, though, and plenty of different players to take a look at for your roster. It’s a slate slanted towards the Western Conference with only the Raptors representing the East as they host the Kings in the first game of the night. After that, the Thunder welcome in the Blazers, and the Mavericks host the Clippers before the Suns and Timberwolves clash in the desert for the final matchup of the night.

Make sure to know that the Mavs, Thunder, Blazers and Kings are finishing back-to-back games, so there could be some fatigue issues that impact their rotations. The Clippers and Raptors will finish their back-to-back sets Wednesday, leaving the Timberwolves and Suns as the only teams that have both yesterday and tomorrow off. That game also has one of the highest over/unders in the early lines, so make sure to get some exposure to the late game if you can.

As you construct your roster, take a look at my top studs and values at each position. Also, it’s always a good idea to check back for any late-breaking injury or lineup news on the DK Live app or live.draftkings.com to make sure nothing has shifted leading up to tip-off.

Point Guard

Stud

Russell Westbrook, OKC vs. POR, $11,000 — The Thunder cruised past the Knicks in the earliest game of the day Monday, and Westbrook only ended up playing 29 minutes. He still fell just one assist short of a triple-double, producing 43.5 DKFP on 17 points, 10 boards and nine assists. He had a rough shooting game in Philly on Saturday but produced more than 63 DKFP in three of his previous four games. He always has an extremely high ceiling due to his triple-double potential and is averaging 21.6 points, 10.6 rebounds, 10.6 assists and 56.6 DKFP per game this season. He had 53.25 DKFP on 31 points, nine rebounds and seven assists the first time he faced the Trail Blazers this season and should be able to produce another monster line if the game stays competitive.

Other Options — Kyle Lowry ($7,600), De’Aaron Fox ($7,300)

Value

Patrick Beverley, LAC at DAL, $4,800 — Beverley has seen a huge increase in his role with Lou Williams ($6,600; hamstring) and Danilo Gallinari (back) sidelined. While Gallinari already has been ruled out, Williams is questionable and traveling with the team, but most signs point to him missing the first game of the trip in Dallas. In a spot start Sunday in place of Gallinari, Beverley put up Westbrook-like diversity and finished with 18 points, 12 boards, five assists and four steals on his way to 53.5 DKFP in 42 minutes. While he isn’t likely to reach that ceiling in back-to-back games, he should get heavy usage and all the run he can handle if Williams joins Gallinari on the sidelines once again.

Other Options — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ($4,600), Jamal Crawford ($3,500)


Shooting Guard

Stud

Derrick Rose, MIN at PHO, $6,300 — I admit it. I’ve been waiting for and expecting the D-Rose drop-off most of the season. I thought we’d finally get it after the Timberwolves moved on from Tom Thibodeau, who was a staunch Rose supporter, but the fall-off hasn’t happened yet. I don’t think a matchup with the Suns will be where it starts, either, which makes Rose a good play in Phoenix. He’s averaging 19.3 points, 4.8 assists and 31.8 DKFP in 29.4 minutes per game in his resurgent season, and he has been playing even better lately. He has more than 34 DKFP in five of his past six contests, including 40 DKFP on 31 points, four rebounds and three assists last Sunday against the Suns. In the rematch in Phoenix, Rose has a good shot to again out-perform his salary.

Other Options — Devin Booker ($8,300), Buddy Hield ($6,900)

Value

Bogdan Bogdanovic, SAC at TOR, $5,200 — The Kings were crushed Monday in Brooklyn, but Bogdanovic still had an impressive line with 22 points, 11 assists, six rebounds and 50.5 DKFP. It was his first double-double of the season, but he has become a key part of the Kings’ second unit and scored more than 15 points in four of his past five games. If he continues to create and add more non-scoring numbers, Bogdanovic could be ready to make the leap to the next level of fantasy production. His contributions are also obviously blowout-proof, so he should get enough chances to be a solid play even if the Kings can’t keep up with the Raptors.

Other Options — Wesley Matthews ($4,400), Avery Bradley ($4,000)


Small Forward

Stud

Tobias Harris, LAC at DAL, $8,000 — Harris also picked up extra usage with Williams and Gallinari out and ended up with a massive 60.75 DKFP Sunday against the Spurs. He had 27 points, nine assists, nine rebounds and three steals in his 43 minutes and showed he can single-handedly lift the Clippers to a win. His points and rebounds are almost always at an elite level, but he’s even better when he’s mixing in assists and steals. He has produced more than 40 DKFP in both games Williams has been out and in four of his past eight overall.

Other Options — Luka Doncic ($8,400), Andrew Wiggins ($5,800)

Value

Kelly Oubre Jr., PHO vs. MIN, $5,600 — Oubre took a bit to adjust to his role with his new team but now seems extremely comfortable coming off the bench for the Suns. He has scored more than 15 points in five straight games and has at least 29.75 DKFP in each of those contests. Even the return of Devin Booker ($8,300) didn’t slow Oubre down. He had 18 points, eight rebounds, two steals and 33 DKFP against the Timberwolves on Sunday and will be a nice mid-range play if he has another similar stat line Tuesday.

Other Options — Evan Turner ($4,300), Norman Powell ($3,800)


Power Forward

Stud

Pascal Siakam, TOR vs. SAC, $6,300 — Siakam has stepped up in a huge way for the Raptors and been a consistent contributor whether Kawhi Leonard ($9,300; rest, questionable) plays or not. The third-year forward has moved into the starting lineup and been a solid option for points and rebounds. He has at least 30 DKFP in seven of his past nine games and went off for 59.75 DKFP last week against Washington. He has that kind of upside in a good matchup against the Kings and will get even more work if the Raptors decide to give Kawhi another night to recover.

Other Options — Paul George ($9,700), Montrezl Harrell ($6,800)

Value

Jake Layman, POR at OKC, $3,600 — Layman has been a nice value play lately with double-digit scoring in five straight games for the Blazers. He had 12 points, three boards, a block, a steal and 20.75 DKFP in 25 minutes Monday night in Utah, finding success even in a tough matchup. He has been red hot, shooting 32-of-49 from the field over his past five games and should continue to get enough work to be a nice way to save salary. Maurice Harkless ($4,000) has returned but has not yet made a significant dent in Layman’s involvement.

Other Options — Jerami Grant ($5,300), Al-Farouq Aminu ($5,100)


Center

Stud

Karl-Anthony Towns, MIN at PHO, $10,600 — Towns smashed the Suns for 30 points, 12 boards and 61 DKFP Sunday despite shooting just 8-of-22 (36.4 percent) from the field. He is shooting 49.1 percent from the field this season, so his ceiling is even higher if he can regress to his normal shooting percentage. He has produced more than 55 DKFP in three of his past five games and seven of his past 10. Even if the Suns get Richaun Holmes ($4,100) back, Towns should have a considerable advantage on the blocks.

Other Options — DeAndre Jordan ($6,400)

Value

Richaun Holmes, PHO vs. MIN, $4,100 — Holmes has been an excellent per-minute producer this season behind DeAndre Ayton ($6,700; ankle, doubtful) and a regular source of value. With Ayton out Sunday, it would have been a perfect spot for Holmes to step up if he wasn’t out with an injury of his own. If Holmes can be back from his sprained foot, he likely will have a big role since Ayton was downgraded to doubtful. He didn’t produce much on the Suns’ trip but had more than 23 DKFP in each of his four games before that, including a 37.0-DKFP performance against the Mavericks earlier this month when he played 28 minutes. If Holmes and Ayton are both out, Dragan Bender ($4,000) will be in line for another heavy workload after producing 30.5 DKFP against Minnesota on Sunday. I’d take Holmes over Bender if both are healthy, but Bender is a solid pivot if Holmes is ruled out.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Deandre Ayton and Richaun Holmes have been ruled out for tonight’s game vs. the Timberwolves.

Other Options — Marvin Bagley III ($5,000), Dragan Bender ($4,000)


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