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NBA Rankings: DraftKings DFS Fantasy Basketball Rankings for April 16 | Stud, Midrange & Value Picks + Injury Notes

Jeff Pratt ranks the top plays in each salary range for Friday’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. 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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Player Notes: If a player is on the second night of a back-to-back, stats may not be fully updated.

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Key News to Monitor

Team Opponent Name (Status) Injury Notes
Team Opponent Name (Status) Injury Notes
Oklahoma City Thunder Detroit Pistons S. Gilgeous-Alexander (O), A. Pokusevski (O), J. Hall (O), M. Muscala (O) T. Maledon to continue seeing an expanded role with SGA sidelined.
Detroit Pistons Oklahoma City Thunder H. Diallo (A), J. Grant (O), M. Plumlee (O), W. Ellington (O), R. McGruder (O), D. Smith Jr. (O), C. Joseph (O) First night of B2B. S. Lee & I. Washington to see expanded roles with multiple Pistons players out.
New Orleans Pelicans Washington Wizards L. Ball (A), N. Alexander-Walker (O), J. Hart (O) Ball will suit up for the first time since April 7.
Washington Wizards New Orleans Pelicans D. Bertans (O) First night of B2B. R. Hachimura to see a bump in playing time with Bertans out.
Los Angeles Clippers Philadelphia 76ers K. Leonard (O), P. George (A), S. Ibaka (O), P. Beverley (O0 P. George to see an expanded role with Leonard out.
Philadelphia 76ers Los Angeles Clippers T. Harris (O), D. Howard (O), S. Curry (O), G. Hill (O) B. Simmons & J. Embiid to see expanded roles with Harris unable to play.
Orlando Magic Toronto Raptors M. Bamba (Q), M. Carter-Williams (O), O. Porter Jr. (O) W. Carter Jr. to see an expanded role if Bamba is unable to suit up.
Toronto Raptors Orlando Magic K. Lowry (O), O. Anunoby (O), P. Siakam (O), G. Trent Jr. (O), D. Bembry (A), J. Harris (D) F. VanVleet & C. Boucher to see signficantly expanded roles with multiple Raptors out.
Charlotte Hornets Brooklyn Nets P. Washington (O), B. Wanamaker (A), G. Hayward (O), M. Monk (O), D. Graham (O), N. Darling (O), L. Ball (O) T. Rozier to see a significant bump in production with Graham sidelined.
Brooklyn Nets Charlotte Hornets J. Harden (O), T. Johnson (O), C. Chiozza (O) K. Irving & K. Durant to see expanded roles with Harden out.
Memphis Grizzlies Chicago Bulls B. Clarke (Q), J. Jackson Jr. (O), J. Winslow (O), D. Melton (O) First night of B2B. K. Anderson to see an expanded role if Clarke is unable to play.
Chicago Bulls Memphis Grizzlies Z. LaVine (O), T. Satoransky (O) First night of B2B. N. Vucevic to serve as Chicago's No. 1 option with LaVine out.
Denver Nuggets Houston Rockets J. Murray (O) M. Porter Jr. to see an expanded role with Murray out.
Houston Rockets Denver Nuggets E. Gordon (O), D. House Jr. (O), S. Brown (O), D. Augustin (O), D. Nwaba (O) K. Porter Jr. to see an expanded role with Gordon & House out.
Miami Heat Minnesota Timberwolves V. Oladipo (O), G. Vincent (P), I. Iguodala (O) K. Nunn to continue seeing a bump in production with Oladipo out.
Minnesota Timberwolves Miami Heat K. Towns (A), J. Nowell (O) KAT will suit up after a two-game absence.
Portland Trail Blazers San Antonio Spurs D. Lillard (O) C. McCollum to see an expanded role with Lillard out.
San Antonio Spurs Portland Trail Blazers G. Dieng (A), T. Lyles (O) First night of B2B. Dieng will suit up.
New York Knicks Dallas Mavericks N. Noel (Q), A. Burks (O), M. Robinson (O) Noel (if available) to continue starting with Robinson out.
Dallas Mavericks New York Knicks TBD

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Betting Odds

Teams Point Spread Moneyline Total Points
Teams Point Spread Moneyline Total Points
IND Pacers +10 +375 Over 234.5
UTA Jazz -10 -510 Under 234.5
NO Pelicans -2 -130 Over 241
WAS Wizards +2 +110 Under 241
LA Clippers +2.5 +115 Over 224
PHI 76ers -2.5 -135 Under 224
OKC Thunder +3 +120 Over 215.5
DET Pistons -3 -140 Under 215.5
ORL Magic +2.5 +115 Over 218
TOR Raptors -2.5 -135 Under 218
CHA Hornets +13 +550 Over 223.5
BKN Nets -13 -800 Under 223.5
MEM Grizzlies -4.5 -180 Over 225
CHI Bulls +4.5 +155 Under 225
MIA Heat -7.5 -310 Over 219.5
MIN Timberwolves +7.5 +245 Under 219.5
POR Trail Blazers -2.5 -135 Over 231.5
SA Spurs +2.5 +115 Under 231.5
NY Knicks +5.5 +180 Over 210.5
DAL Mavericks -5.5 -220 Under 210.5

Studs

Player Name Position Opp Salary Player Notes
Player Name Position Opp Salary Player Notes
Joel Embiid C LAC $10,500 Embiid racked up 64.3 DKFP in his last contest with a 47.8% usage rate.
Russell Westbrook PG NO $11,000 Westbrook has scored 68+ DKFP in back-to-back contests.
Kyrie Irving PG/SG CHA $9,900 Irving is coming off a strong 59.3 DKFP performance. He will see continue to see a bump in production with James Harden out.
Nikola Vucevic C MEM $9,700 Vucevic to serve as the Bulls' No. 1 option with Zach LaVine out.
Kevin Durant PF CHA $9,400 Durant will also see an expanded role with Harden out. Charlotte ranks last in the league in DKFP allowed to PFs.
Karl-Anthony Towns C MIA $10,700 KAT has racked up 58+ DKFP in three-straight games.
Paul George SG PHI $9,100 George will serve as the Clippers' No. 1 option with Kawhi Leonard out.

Midrange High

Player Name Position Opp Salary Player Notes
Player Name Position Opp Salary Player Notes
Fred VanVleet PG/SG ORL $7,900 VanVleet will serve as Toronto's No. 1 option with Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam out.
Christian Wood PF/C DEN $8,300 Wood is coming off back-to-back 53+ DKFP performances.
Bam Adebayo C MIN $8,400 Adebayo saw a 42.5% usage rate in his last contest. Minnesota ranks 24th in DKFP allowed to Cs.
Jonas Valanciunas C CHI $7,900 Valanciunas has scored 49+ DKFP in three of his last four games.
Michael Porter Jr. SF/PF HOU $7,400 MPJ will continue to see a bump in production with Jamal Murray out for the season.
Anthony Edwards SG/SF MIA $7,500 Edwards has racked up 39+ DKFP in three of his last five games. Miami ranks 26th in DKFP allowed to wings.

Midrange Low

Player Name Position Opp Salary Player Notes
Player Name Position Opp Salary Player Notes
Ivica Zubac C PHI $5,700 Zubac is coming off a strong 43.8 DKFP performance in which he saw a 20.2% usage rate.
Miles Bridges SF/PF BKN $6,400 Bridges will continue to see a bump in minutes and production with Gordon Hayward out.
Wendell Carter Jr. C TOR $6,200 WCJ will continue to see an expanded role if Mo Bamba is unable to suit up. He racked up 47 DKFP in his last game.
Malachi Flynn PG ORL $6,200 Flynn will see a bump in minutes with Kyle Lowry out. Orlando ranks 27th in DKFP allowed to PGs.
Moses Brown C DET $6,100 Brown has scored 37+ DKFP in back-to-back contests.
Aaron Gordon SF/PF HOU $5,700 Gordon will see a bump in production and usage rate with Jamal Murray out for the season.

Values

Player Name Position Opp Salary Player Notes
Player Name Position Opp Salary Player Notes
Steven Adams C WAS $4,900 Adams racked up 28.5 DKFP in his last contest. Washington ranks 28th in DKFP allowed to Cs.
Saddiq Bey SF OKC $4,800 Bey has scored 26+ DKFP in four of his last five games.
Nicolas Batum SF/PF PHI $4,900 Batum will see an expanded role if Kawhi Leonard remains out.
Kendrick Nunn PG MIN $4,600 Nunn will continue to see an expanded role with Victor Oladipo out. He has scored 26+ DKFP in two of his last three contests.
Blake Griffin PF/C CHA $4,700 Griffin will see a bump in minutes and production with LaMarcus Aldridge retiring. Charlotte ranks last in the league in DKFP allowed to big men.
Patty Mills PG/SG POR $3,500 Mills is coming off a strong 29.8 DKFP performance in which he saw a 24.6% usage rate.

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