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NBA Rankings: DraftKings DFS Fantasy Basketball Rankings for January 28 | Stud, Midrange & Value Picks + Injury Notes

Chirag Hira ranks the top plays in each salary range for Thursday’s fantasy basketball slate on DraftKings, which starts at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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Welcome to Thursday’s NBA rankings for the 4-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. Players are sorted from top to bottom in order of preference.

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.

This page will be updated after the 1:30 p.m. ET and 5:30 p.m. ET injury reports, and you can confirm additional updates by checking the time stamp. When a player has a status change, they will now be bolded in the injuries and notes section.

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Offensive and defensive efficiency rankings have been added in addition to pace. Pace ranked at 30 would indicate a really slow offensive team. Pace ranked at 1 would indicate an extremely uptempo offensive unit.

Defensive efficiency at 1 would indicate a difficult matchup. Offensive efficiency at 1 would indicate an elite offensive team.

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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Key News to Monitor

Team Opponent Name (Status) Injury Notes
Team Opponent Name (Status) Injury Notes
Cleveland Cavaliers Charlotte Hornets J. Allen (P), C. Sexton (O), D. Garland (A), L. Nance Jr. (P), D. Windler (O), D. Dotson (O) First night of B2B. Garland will see an expanded role with Sexton out.
Charlotte Hornets Cleveland Cavaliers T. Rozier (A), P. Washington (O), G. Hayward (O), L. Ball (O) Second night of B2B. Rozier (if available) to see an expanded role with Ball out.
Brooklyn Nets Philadelphia 76ers K. Irving (A), K. Durant (O), J. Harden (O), B. Griffin (O), L. Aldridge (O) Second night of B2B. Irving will serve as Brooklyn's No. 1 option with KD and Harden out.
Philadelphia 76ers Brooklyn Nets D. Howard (O), G. Hill (O) M. Scott to see a bump in minutes with Howard sidelined.
San Antonio Spurs Toronto Raptors G. Dieng (O), T. Lyles (O) J. Poeltl to see a bump in minutes with Dieng out.
Toronto Raptors San Antonio Spurs K. Lowry (O), F. VanVleet (O), G. Trent Jr. (O), D. Bembry (O), P. Watson (A) Second night of B2B. P. Siakam to serve as Toronto's No. 1 option with Lowry and FVV out.
Orlando Magic Chicago Bulls M. Bamba (O), C. Okeke (A), O. Porter Jr. (O) W. Carter Jr. to see a bump in minutes with Bamba out.
Chicago Bulls Orlando Magic G. Temple (P) Temple has not played since Mar. 29.
Los Angeles Clippers Detroit Pistons P. George (O), K. Leonard (O), S. Ibaka (O), P. Beverley (O) Second night of B2B. M. Morris Sr. & R Jackson to see significantly expanded roles with Kawhi and George out.
Detroit Pistons Los Angeles Clippers D. Smith Jr. (O), R. McGruder (O) S. Lee to see an expanded role with DSJ sidelined.
New York Knicks New Orleans Pelicans M. Robinson (O), J. Henson (O) N. Noel to continue starting with Robinson out.
New Orleans Pelicans New York Knicks L. Ball (O), J. Johnson (A), J. Hart (O), N. Alexander-Walker (O) E. Bledsoe to see an expanded role with Ball out.
Golden State Warriors Oklahoma City Thunder K. Oubre Jr. (O), E. Paschall (O), J. Wiseman (O) First night of B2B. A. Wiggins to see an expanded role with Oubre Jr. out.
Oklahoma City Thunder Golden State Warriors L. Dort (O), A. Pokusevski (O), S. Gilgeous-Alexander (O), M. Muscala (O), J. Hall (Q) Second night of B2B. S. Gilgeous-Alexander did not play Tuesday.
Indiana Pacers Houston Rockets M. Turner (Q), D. McDermott (Q) Second night of B2B. M. Turner did not play Tuesday.
Houston Rockets Indiana Pacers E. Gordon (O), D. House Jr. (O), S. Brown (O), D. Nwaba (O) K. Porter Jr. to continue seeing an expanded role with Gordon & House out.
Dallas Mavericks Memphis Grizzlies T. Terry (O) Terry's absence will not affect Dallas' rotation.
Memphis Grizzlies Dallas Mavericks J. Winslow (O), D. Melton (O), J. Jackson Jr. (O) D. Brooks & G. Allen to see expanded roles with Winslow & Melton out.
Miami Heat Denver Nuggets J. Butler (Q), G. Dragic (O), G. Vincent (P) Second night of B2B. T. Herro to see an expanded role if Butler is unable to suit up.
Denver Nuggets Miami Heat J. Murray (O), S. Harrison (O) M. Porter Jr. & M. Morris to see an expanded role with Murray out for the season.
Washington Wizards Sacramento Kings N/A
Sacramento Kings Washington Wizards B. Hield (Q), R. Holmes (D), M. Bagley III (O) First night of B2B. H. Whiteside to see an expanded role if Holmes is unable to play.

Betting Odds

Teams Point Spread Moneyline Total Points
Teams Point Spread Moneyline Total Points
CLE Cavaliers +4.5 +150 Over 213
CHA Hornets -4.5 -182 Under 213
BKN Nets +6.5 +215 Over 230
PHI 76ers -6.5 -265 Under 230
SA Spurs -4 -167 Over 222.5
TOR Raptors +4 +140 Under 222.5
ORL Magic +10 +390 Over 217.5
CHI Bulls -10 -530 Under 217.5
LA Clippers -9 -420 Over 221.5
DET Pistons +9 +320 Under 221.5
NY Knicks +2.5 +114 Over 220.5
NO Pelicans -2.5 -136 Under 220.5
IND Pacers -4.5 -190 Over 232
HOU Rockets +4.5 +160 Under 232
GS Warriors -11 -670 Over 224.5
OKC Thunder +11 +475 Under 224.5
DAL Mavericks -2 -129 Over 224.5
MEM Grizzlies +2 +107 Under 224.5
MIA Heat +4 +143 Over 213
DEN Nuggets -4 -175 Under 213
WAS Wizards -1.5 -121 Over 236.5
SAC Kings +1.5 +102 Under 236.5


Studs

Player Name Position Opp Salary Player Notes
Player Name Position Opp Salary Player Notes
Stephen Curry PG OKC $10,500 Curry is coming off a huge 70.5 DKFP performance.
Russell Westbrook PG SAC $11,000 Westbrook has racked up 60+ DKFP in four of his last five contests.
De'Aaron Fox PG WAS $9,600 Fox scored 62 DKFP in his last game with a 43.2% usage rate.
Nikola Jokic C MIA $10,600 Jokic has scored 58+ DKFP in two of his last three games.
Joel Embiid C BKN $10,000 Embiid has racked up 50+ DKFP in back-to-back contests. Brooklyn ranks 26th in DKFP allowed to Cs.
Zion Williamson PF/C NY $9,900 Williamson has scored 57+ DKFP in two of his last three games.

Midrange High

Player Name Position Opp Salary Player Notes
Player Name Position Opp Salary Player Notes
Christian Wood PF/C IND $7,900 Wood racked up 53.8 DKFP in his last game. Indiana ranks 28th in DKFP allowed to big men.
Jonas Valanciunas C DAL $7,600 Valanciunas has scored 49+ DKFP in three-straight contests.
Caris LeVert SG HOU $7,400 Houston ranks last in the league in DKFP allowed to SGs.
Jrue Holiday PG/SG MIN $8,400 A matchup with Minnesota (who ranks 29th in DKFP allowed to guards) is the perfect opportunity for Holiday to snap out of his cold streak.
Michael Porter Jr. SF/PF MIA $7,200 MPJ will see a bump in production with Jamal Murray out for the season.
DeMar DeRozan SF TOR $7,900 DeRozan has scored 47+ DKFP in two of his last three contests.

Midrange Low

Player Name Position Opp Salary Player Notes
Player Name Position Opp Salary Player Notes
Kevin Love PF/C CHA $6,400 Charlotte ranks last in the league in DKFP allowed to big men.
Miles Bridges SF/PF CLE $6,200 Bridges will continue to see a bump in minutes and production with Gordon Hayward out.
Wendell Carter Jr. C CHI $6,000 Carter Jr. will see a bump in production if Mo Bamba is unable to suit up. Chicago ranks 29th in DKFP allowed to Cs.
Marcus Morris Sr. SF/PF DET $5,500 Morris will continue to see an expanded role if Kawhi Leonard remains out.

Values

Player Name Position Opp Salary Player Notes
Player Name Position Opp Salary Player Notes
Cory Joseph PG/SG LAC $4,700 Joseph has racked up 40+ DKFP in two of his last three contests.
Steven Adams C NY $4,900 Adams is coming off a solid 28 DKFP performance. New York ranks 23rd in DKFP allowed to Cs.
Bruce Brown PG/SG PHI $4,800 Brown will continue to see an expanded role if Kyrie Irving or James Harden remains out.
Nicolas Batum SF/PF DET $4,700 Batum will continue to see a bump in production if Kawhi Leonard remains sidelined.
Kendrick Nunn PG DEN $4,600 Nunn will see a bump in minutes and production with Victor Oladipo still out.
Isaac Okoro SF CHA $4,100 Okoro racked up 30.3 DKFP in his last contest.

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