NBA Picks: Top Fantasy Basketball Targets, Values For January 8

For the second straight night, the NBA has 16 teams in the player pool this Tuesday giving everyone plenty of fantasy basketball options to consider. The Nuggets, Knicks and Kings are finishing up back-to-backs on the road while the other 13 teams will be playing their first game of the week. The Timberwolves will be one of the most interesting stories to watch as they play their first game since Tom Thibodeau was fired and replaced by interim coach Ryan Saunders. Minnesota visits Oklahoma City in the first nationally televised game followed by the Warriors hosting the Knicks in the second game of the NBATV doubleheader.

There are plenty of good matchups to consider across the board on this slate, but make sure to take a look at these top studs and values at each position. You also will want to make sure to keep up with the latest news by checking the DK Live app or live.draftkings.com before tip-off.

Point Guard

Stud

Russell Westbrook, OKC vs. MIN, $11,200 — While he has been somewhat overshadowed by the incredible run of James Harden, Westbrook has been putting up MVP-like numbers as well with triple-doubles in three of his past four games and at least 60 DKFP in each of those contests. He is averaging a triple-double of 21.1 points, 11.0 rebounds and 10.1 assists in his 31 games this season and has been held under 50 DKFP just five times in his 24 games since returning Nov. 19 after missing six games with an ankle injury and personal time for the birth of his twin daughters. Westbrook had 22 points, 15 rebounds, 13 assists and 63.75 DKFP against the Wizards on Sunday, and he’ll try to put together a similar line against the uncertain backcourt of the tumultuous Timberwolves. Other Options — Stephen Curry ($10,000), De’Aaron Fox ($7,200)

Value

De’Anthony Melton, PHO vs. SAC, $4,100 — Even with the return of Devin Booker ($8,700; back, questionable), Melton has stuck in the starting lineup. Booker has been running the offense, but Melton still has managed more than 21 DKFP in four of his past five contests. He could be in for a larger workload if Booker’s back spasms keep him sidelined. When Booker missed six games in early December, Melton averaged 11.7 points, 4.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 27 DKFP in 27.4 minutes per game. He’ll have great upside against the Kings if Booker sits or is limited, but he’s worth a look even if Booker plays based on his recent form and very affordable price.

Other Options — Emmanuel Mudiay ($5,800), Aaron Holiday ($3,100)


Shooting Guard

Stud

Josh Richardson, MIA vs. DEN, $6,400 — The Heat tripped up and were blown out in Atlanta on Sunday, and Richardson played a limited 29 minutes and finished with just 20.25 DKFP. Before that letdown, though, Richardson was a consistent multi-category producer and had played more than 31 minutes in 10 straight games, averaging 18.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.2 steals and 34.7 DKFP in 36.1 minutes per contest. The Heat will try to put their embarrassing road loss behind them at home against the Nuggets, and Richardson should be in a good spot to bounce back and get back to his all-around contributions. Other Options — Klay Thompson ($6,800), Bogdan Bogdanovic ($5,900)

Value

Norman Powell, TOR vs. ATL, $3,800 — Powell has been playing his way back into the Toronto bench rotation and dropped a season-high 23 points as the Raptors cruised past the Pacers on Sunday. He shot 10-of-12 from the field and a perfect 3-for-3 from long range, but even if he cools off a bit he still should return value against the Hawks. Powell has at least 24 DKFP in three of his past four games and at least 20 DKFP in five of his past eight. With plenty of garbage time expected to be available, Powell offers nice upside against the Hawks.

Other Options — Gary Harris ($5,400), DeAndre’ Bembry ($4,600)


Small Forward

Stud

Paul George, OKC vs. MIN, $10,300 — George has a great matchup against Minnesota, which has been one of the most generous teams in the NBA to opposing forwards. When he faced the T-Wolves earlier this season, he produced 54 DKFP on 31 points, 12 boards and three assists. George will be looking to bounce back from a rough shooting performance Sunday against Washington but has more than 45 DKFP in eight of his past 10. He and Westbrook are a great duo to target as a bit of a stack as the Thunder look to get back in the win column after Sunday’s surprising defeat. Other Options — Tobias Harris ($7,600), T.J. Warren ($7,100)

Value

Otto Porter Jr., WAS at PHI, $5,600 — Porter had his best game since returning from a knee injury against George and the Thunder on Sunday, scoring 20 points to go with six rebounds, five assists and three blocks on his way to 42.5 DKFP. He got all that done in just 24 minutes as he continues to get back to full strength. With John Wall (knee) out, Washington will need him to get back up to speed as quickly as possible and share the offensive load with Bradley Beal ($8,900). Porter has been inconsistent this season but should be set up for extended usage if he can get fully healthy.

Other Options — JJ Redick ($5,500), Derrick Jones Jr. ($4,300)


Power Forward

Stud

Domantas Sabonis, IND at CLE, $7,400 — The Pacers are battling multiple injuries coming into the week including Myles Turner ($6,900; shoulder, questionable). Turner missed Sunday’s game, and Sabonis stepped up with 16 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and 39.25 DKFP in 31 minutes in Toronto. He has more than 30 DKFP in six straight highlighted by three double-doubles in his past four games. Sabonis and Victor Oladipo ($8,400) likely will do most of the heavy lifting in a favorable matchup with the Cavs, making Sabonis a great play if Turner is ruled out and still an option to consider even if Turner returns. Other Options — John Collins ($6,900), Thomas Bryant ($6,300)

Value

Marvin Williams, CHA at LAC, $5,300 — Williams has been stepping into a larger role in the Hornets’ offense as a secondary option behind Kemba Walker ($8,800). He has scored in double digits in each of his past five games, hitting multiple 3-pointers in each contest and averaging 25.5 DKFP on 12.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game. In one of the games with the highest over/unders on the board, Williams and the Hornets should be able to put up points as they continue their road trip with a visit the Clippers. Williams has scored exactly 16 points in each of the first two games on this trip with 31.5 DKFP against the Nuggets and 32.75 DKFP against the Suns.

Other Options — Jerami Grant ($4,800), Dario Saric ($3,900)


Center

Stud

Nikola Jokic, DEN at MIA, $9,800 — Jokic and the Nuggets started the week with a tough road loss in Houston but will look to bounce back as they finish their back-to-back against the Heat. Jokic posted 50.25 DKFP on 24 points and 13 points but only played 28 minutes so should be fresh for his matchup in South Beach. Jokic has at least 50 DKFP in five straight, averaging 26.2 points, 12.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 1.4 blocks and 58 DKFP over that stretch. With Joel Embiid ($11,000) possibly losing usage with the return of Jimmy Butler ($7,500), Jokic is the most reliable elite play on the slate. Other Options — Joel Embiid ($11,000), Pascal Siakam ($6,700)

Value

Guillermo Hernangómez, CHA at LAC, $4,400 — Hernangómez didn’t come through immediately after getting the starting job following the injury to Cody Zeller (hand), but he remains the Hornets’ best offensive contributor in the middle. Even with Bismack Biyombo ($4,500) in the starting lineup the past two games, Heranagómez has scored in double digits off the bench. He had 19 points, nine rebounds, four assists and 36.75 DKFP in 24 minutes against the Suns on Sunday and could return to the starting lineup against the Clippers. Whether he starts or comes off the bench, he has a high ceiling and makes a good play in this matchup. He has more than 21 DKFP in three of his four games since Zeller’s injury despite not seizing the starting role like many were expecting.

Other Options — Tristan Thompson ($5,900), Richaun Holmes ($3,500)


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