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NBA Rankings: DraftKings DFS Fantasy Basketball Rankings for December 29 | Stud, Midrange and Value Picks

Chirag Hira ranks the top plays in each salary range for Tuesday’s fantasy basketball slate on DraftKings, which starts at 7:00 p.m. ET.

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Welcome to Tuesday’s NBA rankings for the 10-game DraftKings slate. The idea of this page is to rank the top DraftKings options in each salary range, helping you make quick decisions when debating which players to roster.

Each baller listed here is someone I’m considering in my player pool. If a player is not listed but is available to play, that just means I’m not considering using them on this slate. They might be a viable option but didn’t make my cut.

I typically make two lineups for the main slate so that I can get exposure to all the players I’m considering to roster. This page will be updated throughout the day as news breaks, and you can confirm the latest update by checking the time stamp.

Feel free to leave a question, comment or provide feedback in the section under the tables or on Twitter @C_Hira24.

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Expensive Picks

Player Name Position Away Team Home Team Salary Average FP
Player Name Position Away Team Home Team Salary Average FP
Stephen Curry PG Golden State Warriors Detroit Pistons $9,600 45.33
Russell Westbrook PG Chicago Bulls Washington Wizards $9,700 58.25
Andre Drummond C New York Knicks Cleveland Cavaliers $8,700 53.17
Giannis Antetokounmpo PF/C Milwaukee Bucks Miami Heat $10,800 50.92
Domantas Sabonis PF/C Boston Celtics Indiana Pacers $8,600 51.58
Jayson Tatum SF/PF Boston Celtics Indiana Pacers $8,800 45
Nikola Jokic C Denver Nuggets Sacramento Kings $10,200 63.25
Joel Embiid C Toronto Raptors Philadelphia 76ers $9,800 50.25
Bradley Beal SG Chicago Bulls Washington Wizards $9,300 50
Devin Booker SG New Orleans Pelicans Phoenix Suns $9,100 35.42
Ben Simmons PG/SF Toronto Raptors Philadelphia 76ers $8,900 39.67
Paul George SG Minnesota Timberwolves Los Angeles Clippers $8,500 37.58

Midrange High

Player Name Position Away Team Home Team Salary Average
Player Name Position Away Team Home Team Salary Average
Khris Middleton SF Milwaukee Bucks Miami Heat $7,700 47.67
Zach LaVine SG Chicago Bulls Washington Wizards $8,400 34
Nikola Vucevic C Orlando Magic Oklahoma City Thunder $8,300 42.5
Julius Randle PF/C New York Knicks Cleveland Cavaliers $8,200 46.5
Brandon Ingram SF/PF New Orleans Pelicans Phoenix Suns $8,200 50
Jrue Holiday PG Milwaukee Bucks Miami Heat $6,700 30.5
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander PG Orlando Magic Oklahoma City Thunder $8,100 46.25
Zion Williamson PF/C New Orleans Pelicans Phoenix Suns $8,100 44.08
Bam Adebayo C Milwaukee Bucks Miami Heat $8,000 37.12
D'Angelo Russell PG/SG Minnesota Timberwolves Los Angeles Clippers $7,600 27.08
Deandre Ayton C New Orleans Pelicans Phoenix Suns $7,400 31.58
Chris Paul PG New Orleans Pelicans Phoenix Suns $7,100 35.92
RJ Barrett SG/SF New York Knicks Cleveland Cavaliers $7,100 33.33
De'Aaron Fox PG Denver Nuggets Sacramento Kings $7,600 33.33
Kyle Lowry PG Toronto Raptors Philadelphia 76ers $7,500 36.62
Jamal Murray PG Denver Nuggets Sacramento Kings $7,000 27.38
Thomas Bryant C Chicago Bulls Washington Wizards $6,800 27.08
Coby White PG/SG Chicago Bulls Washington Wizards $6,500 27.58

Midrange Low

Player Name Position Away Team Home Team Salary Average
Player Name Position Away Team Home Team Salary Average
Naz Reid PF/C Minnesota Timberwolves Los Angeles Clippers $5,100 21.67
Goran Dragic PG Milwaukee Bucks Miami Heat $5,800 39
Larry Nance Jr. PF/C New York Knicks Cleveland Cavaliers $6,300 32.17
Elfrid Payton PG New York Knicks Cleveland Cavaliers $5,500 20.83
Darius Bazley PF Orlando Magic Oklahoma City Thunder $5,800 36.5
Andrew Wiggins SG/SF Golden State Warriors Detroit Pistons $6,400 26.08
Victor Oladipo PG/SG Boston Celtics Indiana Pacers $6,400 36.62
Markelle Fultz PG Orlando Magic Oklahoma City Thunder $6,100 33.42
Terrence Ross SG/SF Orlando Magic Oklahoma City Thunder $5,300 30
Anthony Edwards SG/SF Minnesota Timberwolves Los Angeles Clippers $5,400 25.58
Marvin Bagley III PF/C Denver Nuggets Sacramento Kings $5,400 26.58
Malik Beasley SG/SF Minnesota Timberwolves Los Angeles Clippers $5,900 26.75
OG Anunoby SF/PF Toronto Raptors Philadelphia 76ers $5,200 27.5
Aaron Gordon PF Orlando Magic Oklahoma City Thunder $6,300 26.33
Mikal Bridges SF New Orleans Pelicans Phoenix Suns $6,200 30.58
Serge Ibaka C Minnesota Timberwolves Los Angeles Clippers $5,500 25.25

Value Picks

Player Name Position Away Team Home Team Salary Average
Player Name Position Away Team Home Team Salary Average
Mike Muscala C Orlando Magic Oklahoma City Thunder $3,200 23
Nerlens Noel C New York Knicks Cleveland Cavaliers $3,200 10.58
Tomas Satoransky PG Chicago Bulls Washington Wizards $3,500 18.12
Hassan Whiteside C Denver Nuggets Sacramento Kings $3,700 18.42
Aleksej Pokusevski PF Orlando Magic Oklahoma City Thunder $3,100 8.5
Theo Pinson SG New York Knicks Cleveland Cavaliers $3,000 0
Bobby Portis PF/C Milwaukee Bucks Miami Heat $5,000 24.92
Duncan Robinson SG Milwaukee Bucks Miami Heat $5,000 27.5
Jarrett Culver SG/SF Minnesota Timberwolves Los Angeles Clippers $4,500 22.17
Josh Hart SF New Orleans Pelicans Phoenix Suns $4,800 23.33
Luguentz Dort SG/SF Orlando Magic Oklahoma City Thunder $4,600 28.75
Donte DiVincenzo PG/SG Milwaukee Bucks Miami Heat $4,800 22.58
Doug McDermott SF/PF Boston Celtics Indiana Pacers $4,400 24.25
Josh Jackson SF Golden State Warriors Detroit Pistons $4,500 26
Cameron Johnson SF/PF New Orleans Pelicans Phoenix Suns $4,400 22.5
Avery Bradley SG/SF Milwaukee Bucks Miami Heat $4,200 24.5
Cole Anthony PG/SG Orlando Magic Oklahoma City Thunder $4,200 22.83
Deni Avdija SF/PF Chicago Bulls Washington Wizards $4,600 19
Robert Williams C Boston Celtics Indiana Pacers $3,900 20.25
Jarred Vanderbilt PF Minnesota Timberwolves Los Angeles Clippers $3,900 27.25
JaVale McGee C New York Knicks Cleveland Cavaliers $3,800 20.25
Kevon Looney C Golden State Warriors Detroit Pistons $3,800 10.08
Hamidou Diallo SG/SF Orlando Magic Oklahoma City Thunder $3,800 19.5
Damion Lee PG/SG Golden State Warriors Detroit Pistons $4,100 17.42
Isaac Bonga SF Chicago Bulls Washington Wizards $3,600 17.5
Payton Pritchard PG Boston Celtics Indiana Pacers $3,500 13.75
Ed Davis C Minnesota Timberwolves Los Angeles Clippers $3,400 7.62
Dante Exum PG New York Knicks Cleveland Cavaliers $3,300 18.62
Jordan Poole PG/SG Golden State Warriors Detroit Pistons $3,300 11.92
Jaden McDaniels PF Minnesota Timberwolves Los Angeles Clippers $3,200 14.25

Injury Updates

Team Opponent Player Status
Team Opponent Player Status
Boston Celtics Indiana Pacers Same as previous game. TBD
Indiana Pacers Boston Celtics E. Sumner (Q)
Chicago Bulls Washington Wizards L. Markkanen (GTD), T. Young (P)
Washington Wizards Chicago Bulls Russell Westbrook (A)
Detroit Pistons Golden State Warriors B. Griffin (A), D. Rose (A), S. Doumbouya (P), J. Okafor (D)
Golden State Warriors Detroit Pistons Same as previous game.
Cleveland Cavaliers New York Knicks M. Dellavedova (O), K. Love (O), I. Okoro (O)
New York Knicks Cleveland Cavaliers A. Burks (O), K. Knox II (P), I. Quickley (O)
Philadelphia 76ers Toronto Raptors J. Embiid (P), F. Korkmaz (O)
Toronto Raptors Philadelphia 76ers P. McCaw (O)
Miami Heat Milwaukee Bucks J. Butler (O), G. Vincent (P)
Milwaukee Bucks Miami Heat T. Craig (O)
Oklahoma City Thunder Orlando Magic A. Horford (O), G. Hill (O)
Orlando Magic Oklahoma City Thunder J. Ennis III (O)
Denver Nuggets Sacramento Kings Same as previous game. TBD
Sacramento Kings Denver Nuggets D. Jeffries (Q)
LA Clippers Minnesota Timberwolves K. Leonard (Q), M. Morris Sr. (O)
Minnesota Timberwolves LA Clippers Josh Okogie (O)
Phoenix Suns New Orleans Pelicans D. Saric (P)

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