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NBA DFS Picks: Top targets to consider on DraftKings for Dec. 23

We go over some lineup starters at each position for Monday’s main 11-game slate on DraftKings.

We’ve got a big 11-game slate on DraftKings for Monday night with the NBA taking a break on Tuesday for Christmas Eve. So if you don’t want to have withdrawal all day tomorrow, you’re going to have to get in a ton of lineups tonight. There are a lot of players to sift through and some key injuries to highlight before starting lineup construction. We’ve got Joel Embiid back on the injury report with an illness and Carmelo Anthony is also questionable for the Trail Blazers heading into tonight. Let’s take a look at some top fantasy basketball targets on DraftKings for the 11 games.

Point Guard

Damian Lillard, POR vs. NOP, $8,300 — Dame is criminally underpriced for this matchup. Like forget the fact that the Pelicans are awful defensively and the Blazers are at home and Anthony could be out. Lillard has at least 26 points in seven of the past eight games. He also has 26 assists in the past three games. If Melo is out again tonight, I’d say Dame is the premier cash-game option at point guard.

Other Options: D’Angelo Russell, GSW vs. MIN, $7,500; Collin Sexton, CLE vs. ATL, $5,400

Shooting Guard

Bradley Beal, WAS at NYK, $9,300 — The Washington Wizards are running out of players. Isaiah Thomas is suspended, Davis Bertans is hurt now, and the Wizards have six other players out due to injury. Beal may have to play 42-44 minutes if this game is close. That, plus the matchup and his price make Beal one of the better GPP plays on this slate. Beal has at least 35 points in three of four games and will essentially have to play PG, SG and SF tonight against the Knicks.

Other Options: DeMar DeRozan, SAS at MEM, $6,800; CJ McCollum, POR vs. NOP, $6,500

Small Forward

Andrew Wiggins, MIN at GSW, $8,400 — I think Karl-Anthony Towns (knee) will remain out of the lineup again tonight vs. the Golden State Warriors. If that’s the case, Wiggins is another great GPP option. If you couldn’t tell by now, I’m digging the mid-range plays for this slate. I think there are plenty of appealing plays in the $8K range. Wiggins should see around 40 minutes if the game is close and he’ll have a usage rate around 30%.

Other Options: Tobias Harris, PHI at DET, $7,200; Aaron Gordon, ORL vs. CHI, $6,100

Power Forward

Julius Randle, NYK vs. WAS, $6,700 — Again, I mentioned how depleted the Wizards’ roster is right now. If Bertans is out, the Wizards essentially have Ian Mahinmi and a guy named Anzejs Pasecniks as the only bigs. I think this is a spot Randle should dominate at home and there likely won’t be many lineups looking to roster Randle tonight. He’s a good tournament play and won’t need to do more than say 20-10 to return value at this price.

Other Options: Kevin Love, CLE vs. ATL, $7,400; Brandon Clarke, MEM vs. SAS, $5,400

Center

Hassan Whiteside, POR vs. NOP, $7,900 — I was dumb enough to think Whiteside would cool off early last week and that hasn’t been the case. He’s got a double-double in every game in December and is averaging 3.6 blocks per game this month. Not really sure why the Blazers’ prices are so low for a matchup against the Pels, but I’m not going to complain. I think Portland’s trio of Dame, CJ and Whiteside are fine stacking in cash games and GPPs.

Other Options: Andre Drummond, DET vs. PHI, $10,100; Nikola Vucevic, ORL vs. CHI, $8,200