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NBA Rankings: DraftKings DFS Fantasy Basketball Rankings for January 6 | Stud, Midrange & Value Picks

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

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Welcome to Wednesday’s NBA rankings for the 11-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.

This page will be updated after the 1:30 p.m. ET and 5:30 p.m. ET injury reports, and you can confirm the latest update by checking the time stamp.

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Key News to Monitor

Team Opponent Name (Status) Injury Notes
Team Opponent Name (Status) Injury Notes
Cleveland Cavaliers Orlando Magic D. Exum (O), D. Garland (O) With Exum & Garland out, D. Dotson should find himself in the starting five & C. Osman should get significant minutes on the court. I. Okoro is expected to play a big role as well.
Orlando Magic Cleveland Cavaliers M. Carter-Williams (O), E. Fournier (O), With MCW out & With Fournier out, G. Clark will start in his place. T. Ross also likely to have a big role; however J. Ennis' return could impact Ross' role.
Houston Rockets Indiana Pacers C. Wood (O), D. House Jr. (O) With House Jr. out, D. Nwaba expected to start again in his place. E. Gordon is also an option. D. Cousins will start with Wood out. P. Tucker & B. Caboclo will also get more time.
Philadelphia 76ers Washington Wizards M. Scott (O) M. Thybulle to see more minutes with Scott still out.
Boston Celtics Miami Heat M. Smart (A), J. Teague (O) With Smart in & Teague out, P. Pritchard sees a slight reduction in role. T. Waters will likely move back out of the rotation & S. Ojeleye will likely see his role reduce.
Atlanta Hawks Charlotte Hornets B. Bogdanovic (A) With Bogdanovic now able to play, he will be competing for minutes amongst D. Hunter, C. Reddish & K. Huerter.
New York Knicks Utah Jazz A. Burks (O), K. Knox II (P), N. Noel (O), D. Smith Jr. (A), R. Bullock (A) A. Rivers will likely benefit with Burks out & now that Smith Jr. is active, he could benefit as well. R. Bullock is now active, which could slightly decrease Rivers minutes. With many guys' statuses uncertain, R. Barrett & J. Randle will be seeing significant minutes.
Utah Jazz New York Knicks D. Favors (P) As a backup to R. Gobert, if Favors is able to play, he will see about 15 minutes on the court.
Detroit Pistons Milwaukee Bucks K. Hayes (O), J. Jackson (Q) With Hayes unable to play, D. Rose expected to be the biggest beneficiary. D. Wright could also see a bump in minutes. W. Ellington expected to start if Jackson is out.
Milwaukee Bucks Detroit Pistons P. Connaughton (O) With Connaughton unable to play, D. DiVincenzo will see more time on the court.
Oklahoma City Thunder New Orleans Pelicans A. Pokusevski (O) With Pokusevski still out, J. Jackson expected to benefit until Pokusevski's return.
Phoenix Suns Toronto Raptors J. Smith (Q) If Smith is unable to play, it should allow F. Kaminsky to have more time on the court.
Chicago Bulls Sacramento Kings R. Arcidiacono (O), L. Markkanen (O) C. White will continue to get all the minutes he can at PG, with Arcidiacono out. With Markkanen still out, O. Porter, T. Young, & P. Williams should both get more time.
Sacramento Kings Chicago Bulls T. Haliburton (Q) Haliburton's return would cause D. Fox, B. Hield, & H. Barnes to see fewer minutes on the court.
LA Clippers Golden State Warriors Paul George (Q), M. Morris (Q) L. Williams & Leonard to get more minutes if George is out.

Studs

Player Name Position Away Team Home Team Salary Average FP
Player Name Position Away Team Home Team Salary Average FP
Trae Young PG Charlotte Hornets Atlanta Hawks $9,600 48.04
James Harden PG/SG Houston Rockets Indiana Pacers $11,000 58.81
Giannis Antetokounmpo PF/C Detroit Pistons Milwaukee Bucks $10,900 54.11
Russell Westbrook PG Washington Wizards Philadelphia 76ers $10,200 56.7
Joel Embiid C Washington Wizards Philadelphia 76ers $9,900 48.92
Stephen Curry PG Los Angeles Clippers Golden State Warriors $9,800 51.46
Julius Randle PF/C Utah Jazz New York Knicks $9,500 49.43
Domantas Sabonis PF/C Houston Rockets Indiana Pacers $9,200 48.39
Kawhi Leonard SF Los Angeles Clippers Golden State Warriors $9,100 45.5
Jayson Tatum SF/PF Boston Celtics Miami Heat $9,000 46.91
Ben Simmons PG/SF Washington Wizards Philadelphia 76ers $8,800 40.96
Nikola Vucevic C Cleveland Cavaliers Orlando Magic $8,700 45.46
Ben Simmons PG/SF Washington Wizards Philadelphia 76ers $8,800 40.96
Bam Adebayo C Boston Celtics Miami Heat $8,500 39

Midrange High

Player Name Position Away Team Home Team Salary Average
Player Name Position Away Team Home Team Salary Average
Brandon Ingram SF/PF Oklahoma City Thunder New Orleans Pelicans $8,400 45.11
Zach LaVine SG Chicago Bulls Sacramento Kings $8,300 39.61
De'Aaron Fox PG Chicago Bulls Sacramento Kings $8,200 38.71
Jaylen Brown SG/SF Boston Celtics Miami Heat $8,100 41.53
Malcolm Brogdon PG Houston Rockets Indiana Pacers $8,000 42.89
Fred VanVleet PG/SG Toronto Raptors Phoenix Suns $7,900 42.54
Devin Booker SG Toronto Raptors Phoenix Suns $7,900 33.82
Donovan Mitchell PG/SG Utah Jazz New York Knicks $7,800 35.12
Tobias Harris SF/PF Washington Wizards Philadelphia 76ers $7,700 39.36
Pascal Siakam PF Toronto Raptors Phoenix Suns $7,500 34.75
Gordon Hayward SF/PF Charlotte Hornets Atlanta Hawks $7,400 36.25
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander PG Oklahoma City Thunder New Orleans Pelicans $7,300 35.12
Deandre Ayton C Toronto Raptors Phoenix Suns $7,300 32.96
John Collins PF/C Charlotte Hornets Atlanta Hawks $7,200 32.25
Collin Sexton PG/SG Cleveland Cavaliers Orlando Magic $7,200 36.21
Victor Oladipo SG/SF Houston Rockets Indiana Pacers $7,000 38.46
RJ Barrett SG/SF Utah Jazz New York Knicks $7,000 34.96
Mike Conley PG Utah Jazz New York Knicks $6,800 36.33
Coby White PG/SG Chicago Bulls Sacramento Kings $6,800 30.54
Mike Conley PG Utah Jazz New York Knicks $6,800 36.33
Coby White PG/SG Chicago Bulls Sacramento Kings $6,800 30.54

Midrange Low

Player Name Position Away Team Home Team Salary Average
Player Name Position Away Team Home Team Salary Average
LaMelo Ball PG Charlotte Hornets Atlanta Hawks $6,000 28.96
Aaron Gordon PF Cleveland Cavaliers Orlando Magic $6,400 27.82
Terry Rozier PG/SG Charlotte Hornets Atlanta Hawks $6,300 33.57
Clint Capela C Charlotte Hornets Atlanta Hawks $6,700 31.9
Myles Turner C Houston Rockets Indiana Pacers $6,300 31.39
Goran Dragic PG Boston Celtics Miami Heat $6,200 26.17
Derrick Rose PG Detroit Pistons Milwaukee Bucks $5,800 30.62
Markelle Fultz PG Cleveland Cavaliers Orlando Magic $6,200 29.75
Harrison Barnes SF/PF Chicago Bulls Sacramento Kings $6,100 32.68
Terrence Ross SG/SF Cleveland Cavaliers Orlando Magic $5,900 29.17
Richaun Holmes C Chicago Bulls Sacramento Kings $5,900 27.25
Darius Bazley SF/PF Oklahoma City Thunder New Orleans Pelicans $5,800 28.71
Serge Ibaka C Los Angeles Clippers Golden State Warriors $5,700 26.21
OG Anunoby SF/PF Toronto Raptors Phoenix Suns $5,700 26.83
Cedi Osman SF/PF Cleveland Cavaliers Orlando Magic $5,500 22.86
De'Andre Hunter SF/PF Charlotte Hornets Atlanta Hawks $5,400 30.11
Marvin Bagley III PF/C Chicago Bulls Sacramento Kings $5,200 23.04
Donte DiVincenzo PG/SG Detroit Pistons Milwaukee Bucks $5,100 24.68
PJ Washington PF/C Charlotte Hornets Atlanta Hawks $5,000 25.11

Values

Player Name Position Away Team Home Team Salary Average
Player Name Position Away Team Home Team Salary Average
Kelly Olynyk PF/C Boston Celtics Miami Heat $4,400 25.05
DeMarcus Cousins C Houston Rockets Indiana Pacers $4,300 12.5
Isaac Okoro SF/PF Cleveland Cavaliers Orlando Magic $4,000 13.25
Cam Reddish SG/SF Charlotte Hornets Atlanta Hawks $4,900 21.14
James Wiseman C Los Angeles Clippers Golden State Warriors $4,900 23.82
Nicolas Batum SF/PF Los Angeles Clippers Golden State Warriors $4,900 22.79
Shake Milton PG/SG Washington Wizards Philadelphia 76ers $4,900 21.86
Payton Pritchard PG Boston Celtics Miami Heat $4,600 18.81
Kevin Huerter SG/SF Charlotte Hornets Atlanta Hawks $4,500 23.36
Justin Holiday SF Houston Rockets Indiana Pacers $4,500 19.54
Damyean Dotson SG Cleveland Cavaliers Orlando Magic $4,200 10.12
Delon Wright PG/SG Detroit Pistons Milwaukee Bucks $4,100 18.25
Patrick Beverley PG Los Angeles Clippers Golden State Warriors $4,000 15.68
P.J. Tucker PF/C Houston Rockets Indiana Pacers $4,000 16.2
Isaac Okoro SF/PF Cleveland Cavaliers Orlando Magic $4,000 13.25
Khem Birch C Cleveland Cavaliers Orlando Magic $3,700 17.54
Hamidou Diallo SG/SF Oklahoma City Thunder New Orleans Pelicans $3,600 18.83
Austin Rivers PG/SG Utah Jazz New York Knicks $3,600 17.58
David Nwaba SG Houston Rockets Indiana Pacers $3,500 16.44
Mike Muscala C Oklahoma City Thunder New Orleans Pelicans $3,500 17.04
Dwayne Bacon SF Cleveland Cavaliers Orlando Magic $3,500 14.43
Wayne Ellington SG Detroit Pistons Milwaukee Bucks $3,300 18.62

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