A dozen teams are scheduled to be in action this Thursday, giving us a six-game fantasy basketball slate to finish up the month of January. There are a few huge matchups including the top two teams in the Eastern Conference as the Bucks and Raptors clash in Toronto. In the early games, the Mavericks and Pacers finish their back-to-backs with road games in Detroit and Orlando, respectively, and the later games feature a pair of nice matchups as the Warriors host the 76ers and the two Los Angeles teams go head-to-head at Staples Center.
As you dig through the six matchups for the best options for your lineup, take a look at these top studs and values at each position. Always make sure to check out the DK Live app or live.draftkings.com for any late-breaking news that should impact your lineup, and let’s all finish the first month of 2019 with a big fantasy basketball night!
StudLou Williams, LAC vs. LAL, $7,200 — With Danilo Gallinari (back) out, Williams has become more involved with the starting unit for the Clippers and produced some monster stat lines. He had a triple-double and 66.5 DKFP against the Bulls on Friday and has at least nine assists in three straight games, resulting in at least 38 DKFP in each of those contests. Even though his shot hasn’t been dropping against the Kings or Hawks, he still was productive enough to return good value. In what should be an up-tempo contest in Los Angeles, look to Sweet Lou to keep pouring it on.
Other Options — Ben Simmons ($8,600), Darren Collison ($6,100)
EDITOR’S NOTE: Dennis Smith Jr. will not play tonight since he has reportedly been traded to the Knicks, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Dennis Smith Jr., DAL at DET, $5,500 — Earlier this month, DSJ was on the outs with the Mavericks and his name was being floated in trade rumors. Since returning to the team, though, he has been vitally involved and very productive in his past four games. He has at least 13 points and 28-plus DKFP in each of his four games since returning and had his best game of the season Wednesday against the Knicks. He finished with 13 points, 15 assists and 10 boards for an even 50 DKFP. He probably won’t get another triple-double, but his high usage and multi-category production gives him great upside in a good matchup against the Pistons.
Other Options — Derrick White ($5,600), Edmond Sumner ($3,800)
StudJimmy Butler, PHI at GS, $7,400 — Butler returned from a three-game absence with 29 minutes Tuesday against the Lakers. He finished 7-for-9 from the field for 20 points to go with five steals, six assists, five rebounds and 47.25 DKFP. Butler has more than 35 DKFP in four straight and six of his past seven. As long as his wrist is no longer an issue, he should be ready for a full workload against the Warriors in what will be a big game for the rising 76ers. Butler usually shows up and contributes across the board in big matchups like this one. Other Options — D’Angelo Russell ($8,400), Khris Middleton ($6,200)
ValueShabazz Napier, BKN at SA, $5,300 — Napier has stepped into a larger role for the Nets after the injury to Spencer Dinwiddie (thumb) and has produced nice numbers with 25, 32, and 41.75 DKFP in his three contests since the injury to Dinwiddie. Napier has made nine 3-pointers over his past two games, shooting 50 percent from long range. He has chipped in solid non-scoring numbers as well and become a great mid-range play off the Brooklyn bench.
Other Options — Reggie Jackson ($4,700), Patty Mills ($4,100)
StudAaron Gordon, ORL vs. IND, $6,800 — There are a lot of big-name options at the elite level of the forward options, but don’t overlook Gordon’s great recent production available from under $7K. Gordon has more than 36 DKFP in seven of his past nine games, including more than 40 DKFP in three straight. He had double-doubles against the Wizards and Rockets and still posted 40.25 against the Thunder on Tuesday despite just 16 points and nine rebounds by picking up seven assists. He is averaging a career-high 3.4 assists per game to go along with his usually consistent points and rebounds. He had 20 points, 14 boards and 49.5 DKFP the first time he faced the Pacers this season. Other Options — Kawhi Leonard ($9,400), Brandon Ingram ($7,300)
ValueDavis Bertans, SA vs. BKN, $4,300 — Bertans played 36 minutes in his start Tuesday against the Suns and posted an impressive 38.25 DKFP with four steals, five 3-pointers and 18 points. He missed two games with a personal issue before returning with 29.25 DKFP against the Wizards on Sunday and has at least 21 DKFP in seven of his past eight overall. His long-range shot can help him rack up points in a hurry when he’s dialed in, so he has a high ceiling if he keeps getting lots of minutes as the Spurs host the Nets.
Other Options — Thaddeus Young ($5,400), Jonathan Isaac ($4,400)
StudGiannis Antetokounmpo, MIL at TOR, $10,600 — The Greek Freak and the Bucks roll into Toronto, looking to knock off the Raptors for the third time in four tries this season. Antetokounmpo has played in two of those contests and produced 54.75 and 73.5 DKFP, carrying the load in the two matchups. He had 43 points, 18 rebounds and four assists in their most recent meeting and has kept right on rolling in his 10 games since. In those 10 contests, he has averaged 56.4 DKFP on 26.7 points, 12.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.8 steals and has produced more than 56 DKFP in each of his past four contests. He continues to stuff every column on the stat sheet and offer a limitless ceiling as he continues his MVP caliber production. Other Options — Kevin Durant ($9,100), Draymond Green ($6,200)
ValueRondae Hollis-Jefferson, BKN at SA, $4,200 — Hollis-Jefferson is working his way back to full strength after groin and shoulder injuries have limited him over the past few months. He has played more than 20 minutes in each of Brooklyn’s past three contests, though, and produced 24.75, 33.25 and 25 DKFP. He has taken at least 10 shots in each of those contests and averaged 6.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists as well. Hollis-Jefferson should continue to get as many minutes as he can handle since so many of the Nets’ other wings are still out with injuries of their own.
Other Options — Serge Ibaka ($6,100), Dorian Finney-Smith ($3,800)
StudAndre Drummond, DET vs. DAL, $8,100 — Drummond missed a pair of contests with a concussion but has returned with two strong games. He had 23 points, 15 rebounds and three steals for 48.75 DKFP against the Mavericks on Friday and will look to put up similar numbers in the rematch Thursday. Aside from the game that he left injured after just seven minutes, Drummond has at least 45 DKFP in four of his past five games. He has 37 double-doubles in 46 games this season, so getting him at just more than $8K in a favorable matchup is an investment worth considering. Other Options — LaMarcus Aldridge ($8,300), DeMarcus Cousins ($6,700)
ValueIvica Zubac, LAL at LAC, $5,100 — Zubac struggled with Joel Embiid ($10,100) Tuesday and only played 17 minutes while JaVale McGee ($4,500) found a matchup to exploit for 42.5 DKFP. With a less-imposing matchup on the defensive end, though, Zubac should get back into his productive flow against the Clippers. Zubac only managed 13 DKFP in that contest but posted 52.5 DKFP against the Suns in his previous matchup. He scored double-digit points in five straight before Tuesday’s letdown, averaging 33.5 DKFP. There’s a chance McGee earned back some playing time, but Zubac has more long-term upside and continues to mesh well with Rajon Rondo’s version of the Lakers’ offense.
Other Options — Brook Lopez ($5,100), Ed Davis ($4,100)
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