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Fantasy Basketball Cheat Sheet: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Lineup Strategy for December 29

Julian Edlow gives his top lineup advice at each position for Tuesday’s fantasy basketball slate on DraftKings, which starts at 7:00 p.m. ET.

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Here are some plays that jump out on DraftKings for Tuesday’s 10-game NBA slate.

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Point Guard

Worth Paying Up For: Russell Westbrook, Washington Wizards vs. Chicago Bulls ($9,700)

Two games into his career with the Wiz, Russ has a pair of triple-doubles, averaging 58.25 DKFP per game. He rested in Washington’s last game, and should be fresh to face an absolutely atrocious Chicago defense. This sets up as a very high floor/ceiling spot for Westbrook.

Best Bang For Your Buck: Goran Dragic, Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks ($5,800)

Jimmy Butler (ankle) is doubtful, so we’ll be preparing for this slate as if he’s out. Assuming that’s the case, Dragic steps into a much larger role as the primary playmaker in Miami’s offense. After his season ended with a frustrating injury in the NBA Finals, Goran has been spectacular in the early going. In just 26.5 minutes per game off the bench, Dragic is averaging 39 DKFP. He would likely start in place of Jimmy and could see 35 minutes.

Lineup Strategy

This could wind up a three-PG slate, with a lot of strong plays at different price points. I’d expect a popular value to be Tomas Satoransky ($3,500), who took a massive dip in salary. Satoransky was awful in his last game, but did score 29 DKFP while priced at $4,900 in the season opener. If he’s closer to that player than the game he busted in, the $1,400 discount is too much. The matchup against Washington also sets up favorably.


Shooting Guard

Worth Paying Up For: D’Angelo Russell, Minnesota Timberwolves at Los Angeles Clippers ($7,600)

Not many strong spots at the SG position, which is fine given the depth at PG. However, we do have to slot in at least one SG. Russell is worth consideration in GPPs, coming off a shockingly bad showing against his former team. The Lakers mopped the Wolves on Sunday night, and D-Lo managed just 9.0 DKFP in 21 minutes. With Karl-Anthony Towns (wrist) out, he should play a larger role in the offense. This sets up as a nice bounce-back spot.

Best Bang For Your Buck: Tyler Herro, Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks ($5,700)

Butler’s potential absence has the largest impact on the slate, creating a lot of value on the wing for Miami. Herro’s off to a pretty average start to the season, but if his minutes go up from 32 per game with Jimmy out, and his scoring opportunities also rise, he should be a pretty safe play at a lacking position.

Lineup Strategy

It’s a thin field at SG. Pending news, I’ll probably only play one, and will be looking to pay for Herro or a cheaper play to fill the position.


Small Forward

Worth Paying Up For: Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics at Indiana Pacers ($8,800)

Tatum’s off to a solid start to the season, making up for some of the production left on the table by Kemba Walker (knee). He scored 48.75 DKFP in the first game in Indy on Sunday, but we continue to get a reasonable salary on him. At another weak position, it’s worth paying up for Tatum.

Best Bang For Your Buck: Andre Iguodala, Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks ($3,700)

Last Heat value, I promise. More news will probably open up plays so that we don’t stack the Heat in cash, but Iggy is the cheapest of the bunch. With Butler not playing the second half on Christmas, Iggy played 26 minutes and scored 21.25 DKFP against the Pelicans. He was a major contributor in the playoff series against Milwaukee just a couple months ago.

Lineup Strategy

SF is very thin, but we can look to mid-priced plays as well. Tatum may not be affordable, and you might already have too many Heat plays in your lineup. Andrew Wiggins ($6,400) and Kelly Oubre ($5,700) have taken a lot of slander this season, and they haven’t been good. However, both should get going at some point, and the Pistons are the perfect breakout matchup. Both are coming off their strongest games of the season in Chicago.


Power Forward

Worth Paying Up For: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks at Miami Heat ($10,800)

Milwaukee will have revenge on its mind in Miami. Giannis hasn’t played many minutes the last two games, but this should be a competitive game, and we saw him go 36 minutes in a close one in Boston in the season opener. The Bucks are also looking to bounce-back from an embarrassing blowout loss to the Knicks, so expect a different team in this game.

Best Bang For Your Buck: Naz Reid, Minnesota Timberwolves at Los Angeles Clippers ($5,100)

KAT’s injury obviously opens up a ton of minutes in the frontcourt, and Reid likely benefits most. He scored 27.25 DKFP in 28 minutes against the Lakers, and should have a decent role regardless of game script in this one. With the Clippers favored by double-digits, that provides some comfort.

Lineup Strategy

I don’t love the value at PF, but Juancho Hernangomez ($3,600) is a cheaper play on the Wolves if you can’t afford Reid, or want to be a little different. If Giannis is a bit too rich for your lineup, Domantas Sabonis ($8,600) and Blake Griffin ($6,900) are cheaper alternatives.


Center

Worth Paying Up For: Andre Drummond, Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks ($8,700)

Drummond has been putting up big numbers for the Cavs during their hot start, and gets an extremely favorable matchup against the Knicks. Averaging over 60 DKFP in his last two contests, there’s no reason to start fading Drummond now. He’s still underpriced.

Best Bang For Your Buck: Mitchell Robinson, New York Knicks at Cleveland Cavaliers ($5,600)

Drummond might be stuffing the stat sheet, but he’s certainly not providing much resistance on the defensive end. Robinson has seen his minutes rise each game for the Knicks, and should have some extra scoring chances around the rim.

Lineup Strategy

Drummond and Reid are the strongest center plays on the slate, with Reid giving us PF/C eligibility. I probably won’t go for value if I roster a second pure center. Paying up for an elite play makes more sense, especially with stronger values at other positions. Nikola Jokic ($10,200), Nikola Vucevic ($8,300) and Bam Adebayo ($8,000) all make sense. Al Horford resting does add some intrigue to the OKC frontcourt.


Injury Report

OUT

Karl-Anthony Towns (wrist)
Al Horford (rest)
Draymond Green (foot)
Kevin Love (calf)
Marcus Morris (knee)
Isaac Okoro (foot)
Obi Toppin (calf)

QUESTIONABLE

Kawhi Leonard (mouth)
Lauri Markkanen (calf)
George Hill (neck)

DOUBTFUL

Jimmy Butler (ankle)
Alec Burks (ankle)
Josh Okogie (hamstring)
Jahlil Okafor (ankle)

PROBABLE

Dario Saric (quad)
Kevin Knox (knee)
Sekou Doumbouya (foot)

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