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NBA DFS Picks: Top fantasy basketball value plays on DraftKings for Dec. 23

The Wizards are scratching the bottom of the barrel in terms of players, but that only opens up value on DraftKings.

Washington Wizards guard Ish Smith moves toward the net during the second quarter of the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Wizards injury report is getting lengthy. Sure, Isaiah Thomas is just suspended, but still, seven other players are dealing with some kind of issue and aren’t expected to play tonight. So Washington is down to Bradley Beal and, well, a whole bunch of nothing. If you’re a Wizards fan, this isn’t ideal for you. If you’re a degenerate DFS player, this is like Christmas came early. There’s so much value on Washington right now you can justify playing 3-4 of their guys tonight under $4K. Anyway, let’s go over some of the value on the Wizards and some other bargain plays for Monday night’s main 11-game slate.

Literally anyone on the Wizards

Troy Brown ($4,800), Ish Smith ($4,500), Ian Mahinmi ($4,400), Admiral Schofield ($3,500), that foreign dude whose name is difficult to spell/remember (it’s Anzejs Pasecniks and he’s also $3,500). Really take your pick. The backcourt should be dominated by Brown and Smith and both guards have performed well in fantasy when given extra minutes. Mahinmi is the only big man left, and while Scott Brooks likes going with smaller lineups, I think Mahinmi will have to play to deal with Julius Randle and Marcus Morris.

I don’t mind playing both Smith and Brown in the same lineup. I’d probably lean Ish Smith because he’s got more upside with assists, but really both are strong values. Schofield is interesting if he can get up to 25 minutes as well.

Paul Millsap, PF/C, DEN @ PHX ($4,200)

It still seems odd to me that Millsap is this cheap. He’s been hurt recently and hasn’t been killing it, but is still a starter on a very good team who should see around 20-24 minutes a night. Sure, Mike Malone is infuriating sometimes, but this also should be a relatively easy matchup for Denver. Millsap is coming off 21 points last night vs. the Lakers and has returned value in three straight games. I think his price will start to go up as the Nuggets play better offensively. Getting in on Millsap now seems ideal.

Cedi Osman, SF/PF, CLE vs. ATL ($4,000)

Star Wars came out last week so naturally we need to be playing The Last Cedi on tonight’s pre-Christmas slate. Osman is playing a ton of minutes recently — 25.8 per game in December. He’s not going to do much in peripheral stats, but Osman has been filling it up a bit lately, scoring in double figures in three straight games. The past two times Osman played 30+ minutes the Cavaliers won, so I think it’s about time for coach John Beilein to unleash The Cedi.

DJ Augustin, PG/SG, ORL vs. CHI ($4,600)

It wouldn’t be an NBA DFS article without a little narrative. Yes, this is a HUGE revenge spot for Augustin at home against his former team, the Bulls. What? You forgot Augustin played for Chicago? No way .... Narrative aside, Augustin has been playing big minutes off the bench for Orlando and has at least 17 points in four straight games. The Bulls are an OK defensive team, but can’t rebound and have been known to blow big leads. Not to say they’ll go up big on Orlando, but I do think it will help Augustin going up against the Bulls’ second unit mostly.