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NBA Rankings: DraftKings DFS Fantasy Basketball Rankings for January 8 | Stud, Midrange & Value Picks

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

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Welcome to Friday’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.

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.

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Key News to Monitor

Team Opponent Name (Status) Injury Notes
Team Opponent Name (Status) Injury Notes
Detroit Pistons Phoenix Suns K. Hayes (O), J. Jackson (P), D. Rose (P) With Hayes unable to play, D. Wright could also see a bump in minutes. W. Ellington expected to start if Jackson is out.
Phoenix Suns Detroit Pistons J. Smith (O) With Smith unable to play, F. Kaminsky should see more time on the court.
New Orleans Pelicans Charlotte Hornets J. Redick (P), N. Melli (A) If Redick is out, expect NAW to see plenty of action.
New York Knicks Oklahoma City Thunder R. Bullock (A), A. Burks (O), K. Knox II (P), N. Noel (A) A. Rivers will continue to benefit with Burks out, but Rivers minutes will slightly decrease with Bullock now available. J. Randle is likely to see less minutes, with Noel now active.
Oklahoma City Thunder New York Knicks A. Pokusevski (A) With Pokusevski now available, J. Jackson will likely see less time on the court.
Boston Celtics Washington Wizards J. Teague (A), C. Edwards (A), R. Williams III (O), T. Thompson (O), G. Williams (O) D. Theis to see more of the court & with Teague now available, he is expected to play a big role, with Thompson being out. T. Fall to see an increase in minutes with so many players' out as well.
Washington Wizards Boston Celtics R. Westbrook (A)
Brooklyn Nets Memphis Grizzlies K. Irving (O), T. Johnson (O), K. Durant (O) With Kyrie unable to play, expect C. LeVert to continue starting in his place. J. Green to start with KD out.
Memphis Grizzlies Brooklyn Nets J. Morant (O) Same as previous game.
Houston Rockets Orlando Magic D. House Jr. (O), C. Wood (A), B. Thomas (O) With Wood now available, D. Cousins will see less minutes on the court.
Orlando Magic Houston Rockets M. Carter-Williams (O), E. Fournier (GTD), A. Gordon (O), M. Fultz (O) T. Ross likely to continue seeing an increase in minutes with MCW still out. With Gordon out, G. Clark will start. With Fultz out, C. Anthony will start. If Fournier is out, J. Ennis to be in the starting lineup.
Milwaukee Bucks Utah Jazz P. Connaughton (O) With Connaughton still out, D. DiVincenzo will continue to see more time on the court.
Utah Jazz Milwaukee Bucks J. Ingles (O) With Ingles now out, M. Oni & G. Niang to see increase in minutes.
Chicago Bulls Los Angeles Lakers L. Markkanen (O), R. Arcidiacono (O) O. Porter to continue seeing significant minutes on the court, with Markkanen still out.
Los Angeles Lakers Chicago Bulls K. Caldwell-Pope (Q), L. James (Q), A. Davis (Q) If KCP is unable to play, K. Kuzma to continue seeing more minutes.
Golden State Warriors Los Angeles Clippers S. Curry (P), J. Poole (P), A. Wiggins (Q) Oubre, D. Green & If Wiggins is able to play, he is expected to see an increase in minutes if Curry is out.
Los Angeles Clippers Golden State Warriors TBD
Sacramento Kings Toronto Raptors D. Fox (Q) T. Haliburton likely to slide into the starting lineup, if Fox is unable to play.
Toronto Raptors Sacramento Kings K. Lowry (O) M. Flynn to see more of the court & F. VanVleet is expected to continue having a big role, with Lowry out.

Studs

Player Name Position Away Team Home Team Salary Average FP
Player Name Position Away Team Home Team Salary Average FP
Nikola Vucevic C Orlando Magic Houston Rockets $9,000 44.19
Julius Randle PF/C Oklahoma City Thunder New York Knicks $9,800 50.69
James Harden PG/SG Orlando Magic Houston Rockets $11,000 55.85
Anthony Davis PF/C Chicago Bulls Los Angeles Lakers $10,100 44.46
Jayson Tatum SF/PF Washington Wizards Boston Celtics $9,200 46.44
LeBron James PG/SF Chicago Bulls Los Angeles Lakers $10,300 49.47
Giannis Antetokounmpo PF/C Utah Jazz Milwaukee Bucks $10,900 52.47
Bradley Beal SG Washington Wizards Boston Celtics $9,700 51.81
Paul George SG Los Angeles Clippers Golden State Warriors $9,100 44.38
Brandon Ingram SF/PF Charlotte Hornets New Orleans Pelicans $8,500 45

Midrange High

Player Name Position Away Team Home Team Salary Average
Player Name Position Away Team Home Team Salary Average
Fred VanVleet PG/SG Toronto Raptors Sacramento Kings $8,100 41.46
Caris LeVert PG/SF Brooklyn Nets Memphis Grizzlies $7,400 31.66
Zion Williamson PF/C Charlotte Hornets New Orleans Pelicans $7,900 36.59
Jrue Holiday PG Utah Jazz Milwaukee Bucks $6,600 32.97
Pascal Siakam PF Toronto Raptors Sacramento Kings $7,700 37.58
Gordon Hayward SF/PF Charlotte Hornets New Orleans Pelicans $8,400 39.38
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander PG Oklahoma City Thunder New York Knicks $7,800 37.36
Chris Paul PG Phoenix Suns Detroit Pistons $7,100 33.66
Jarrett Allen C Brooklyn Nets Memphis Grizzlies $6,800 31.16
Coby White PG/SG Chicago Bulls Los Angeles Lakers $7,300 34.28
Coby White PG/SG Chicago Bulls Los Angeles Lakers $7,300 34.28

Midrange Low

Player Name Position Away Team Home Team Salary Average
Player Name Position Away Team Home Team Salary Average
Cole Anthony PG/SG Orlando Magic Houston Rockets $5,000 20.72
Tyrese Haliburton PG/SG Toronto Raptors Sacramento Kings $5,400 26.62
Darius Bazley SF/PF Oklahoma City Thunder New York Knicks $6,200 30.75
Kyle Anderson SF/PF Brooklyn Nets Memphis Grizzlies $6,500 32.61
Saddiq Bey SF/PF Phoenix Suns Detroit Pistons $5,000 20.61
Harrison Barnes SF/PF Toronto Raptors Sacramento Kings $6,000 32.28
Brandon Clarke PF/C Brooklyn Nets Memphis Grizzlies $5,600 21.5
Joe Harris SG/SF Brooklyn Nets Memphis Grizzlies $5,500 23.16

Values

Player Name Position Away Team Home Team Salary Average
Player Name Position Away Team Home Team Salary Average
Daniel Theis PF/C Washington Wizards Boston Celtics $4,300 16.75
De'Anthony Melton PG/SG Brooklyn Nets Memphis Grizzlies $3,400 15
Davis Bertans PF Washington Wizards Boston Celtics $4,900 20.16
Norman Powell SG/SF Toronto Raptors Sacramento Kings $3,900 15.14
Chris Chiozza PG Brooklyn Nets Memphis Grizzlies $3,000 8.33
Taurean Prince SF/PF Brooklyn Nets Memphis Grizzlies $3,700 12.16
George Hill PG/SG Oklahoma City Thunder New York Knicks $4,800 24.04
Patrick Beverley PG Los Angeles Clippers Golden State Warriors $4,100 19.5
Brook Lopez C Utah Jazz Milwaukee Bucks $4,600 20.22
David Nwaba SG Orlando Magic Houston Rockets $3,700 17.85
Brook Lopez C Utah Jazz Milwaukee Bucks $4,600 20.22
Cory Joseph PG Toronto Raptors Sacramento Kings $3,900 17.5

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