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Fantasy Basketball Picks: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Targets, Values for January 26

Stan Son gives his top studs and value plays at each position for Tuesday’s fantasy basketball slate on DraftKings, which starts at 7:30 p.m. ET.

There are three games for Tuesday’s NBA main slate with the Clippers at Hawks tipping off at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Wizards and Rockets start at 8:00 p.m. ET while the late-night hammer is the Knicks at Jazz. DraftKings Sportsbook has one game with an O/U of 232 (WAS @ HOU), the biggest favorite being 11.5 points (UTA), and the tightest spread of 3.5 points being WAS @ HOU.

Let’s break down some of the top studs and values at each position to help you build your DraftKings lineups.

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Point Guard

Stud

Russell Westbrook, Washington Wizards @ Houston Rockets, $9,600 – Westbrook has been bad the past two games, as he’s shot 3-of-11 and 4-of-16, producing 26.5 and 28.5 DKFPs. He had missed two weeks between those two games dealing with a quad issue and was on a minutes limit Sunday. If there are playing time restrictions for this game, then you can’t play him at this price, but there has been no mention of one so I’m assuming all systems are go until told otherwise.

Prior to the last two stinkers, Westbrook had gone over 50 DKFP in six straight. On the season, he’s averaging 1.31 DKFP per minute.

Other Option – Trae Young ($9,100, if he plays)

Value

John Wall, Houston Rockets vs. Washington Wizards, $6,900 – Since getting out of the gates hot with 45.5 and 50.5-DKFP games to start the season, Wall has languished in the 20-DKFP range in four of six games. Last game out, though, he was returning from a sore knee so only played 21 minutes. The minutes are expected to be ramped up for this one and - Revenge narrative alert! Wall faces off against his former team for the first time since being traded for Russell Westbrook.

On the season, Wall is averaging 1.05 DKFP per minute and the matchup couldn’t get any juicier. The Wizards play at the fastest pace and are 28th in defensive efficiency. Against point guards, in particular, they boost the fantasy points per minute by 6.04% above league average.

Wall has eclipsed 40 DKFP four times this season and this is the first time he’s been priced under $7,000.

Other Option – Rajon Rondo ($4,200, if Trae Young is out)


Shooting Guard

Stud

Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards @ Houston Rockets, $9,900 – Beal is averaging 1.46 DKFP per minute and 48.9 DKFP per game. His floor on the season is exactly 40, while the ceiling was a 79.75 DKFP performance against the 76ers. The important thing to take away from that game was that Russell Westbrook played 39 minutes, so he can explode even with another usage monster on the court.

The floor/ceiling combination is unmatched at the shooting guard position for this slate.

Other Option – Victor Oladipo ($7,900)

Value

Jerome Robinson, Washington Wizards @ Houston Rockets, $4,000 – Looks like I’m stacking that WAS/HOU game, huh? Well, it will be high-paced, has the tightest spread, and sports the highest O/U on the slate. For tournaments, that game will likely be highly owned so pivoting away in some spots could be the way to go. As for Robinson, he has started the last two games due to all the injuries the Wizards have. He played 35 minutes in his last start and attempted 15 shots, ending the game with 31.75 DKFP. He’s only averaging 0.71 DKFP per minute on the season but should see a ton of minutes in this one to make up for that.

Other Options – Joe Ingles ($4,300), Terance Mann ($4,400)


Small Forward

Stud

De’Andre Hunter, Atlanta Hawks vs. Los Angeles Clippers, $6,200 – Hunter is coming off a career-high 33-point game against the Bucks, which translated into 46 DKFP. Trae Young and Clint Capela did not play in that one but it shows the ceiling and offensive repertoire he possesses. Young and Capela are both questionable for this game, so Hunter may be asked to carry the load once again but, even if Young plays, Hunter has been a viable option for most of the season. While he’s scored fewer than 20 DKFP two times, he’s gone for at least 24 DKFP in 11 games, with seven of those above 30 DKFP.

Other Option – Luke Kennard ($6,000)

Value

Marcus Morris Sr., Los Angeles Clippers vs. Atlanta Hawks, $4,700 – Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are out for this contest, so Morris will likely slide into the starting lineup. On the season, Morris is averaging 0.81 DKFP per minute and 16.22 DKFP per game. He has not started a game yet this year but has played at least 25 minutes in a game three times and produced a high of 36.75 DKFP in a game. In 13 minutes with both Leonard and George off the court, Morris has garnered a usage rate of 27.8. De’Andre Hunter is a good defender and is a reason why the Hawks are suppressing fantasy points per minute to small forwards by 5.36% below league average, but when Morris is out on the floor he shoots so the volume and opportunity will be there.

Other Option – Jerome Robinson ($4,000)


Power Forward

Stud

John Collins, Atlanta Hawks vs. Los Angeles Clippers, $7,600 – Collins scored at least 50 DKFP eight times last season. This year, the highest output has been 48 DKFP. More troubling, though, is the fact that he’s gone under 30 DKFP eight times with a low of 17.25. With no Leonard or George available for the Clippers, their defense should suffer as a result, which should make things easier for Collins. The floor is lower than most studs, but he can pop off for a 50-burger on any night as well.

Other Option –Julius Randle ($9,700 - not crazy about the price but lack of stud options).

Value

PJ Tucker, Houston Rockets vs. Washington Wizards, $4,100 – I feel gross writing Tucker up but it’s a three-game slate and the options aren’t raising their hands, screaming, “Me! Me! Me!”

On the season, Tucker averages only 0.56 DKFP per minute but plays 31.3 minutes per game, so half the battle has been won. Just by being on the court, he has opportunities to trip into a rebound and get thrown a steal. He has four games under 10 DKFP but has gone over 30 two times.

Other Option – Isaac Bonga ($4,100)


Center

Stud

DeMarcus Cousins, Houston Rockets vs. Washington Wizards, $6,000 – Cousins is averaging 1.39 DKFP per minute. He has started the last two games because Christian Wood has been dealing with an ankle injury and has contributed 36.25 and 58.25 in 32 and 30 minutes respectively. Wood is considered doubtful for this contest so Cousins should see his third consecutive start. If he stays out of foul trouble and plays over 30 minutes, Cousins will smash again.

Other Option – Rudy Gobert ($7,200)

Value

Alex Len, Washington Wizards at Houston Rockets, $3,300 – With Thomas Bryant done for the year and Moritz Wagner in COVID-19 protocols, the Wizards signed Len for depth. In his first appearance for the team, though, he played 20 minutes and contributed 20.25 DKFP. While in Toronto, Len had a high of 21 minutes and 17 DKFP. Guarding Cousins could lead to foul trouble, but he should receive playing time in the low-20s with the upside scenario being that Robin Lopez gets into foul trouble and Len picking up more minutes as a result.

Other Options – Nerlens Noel ($3,600)

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