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Fantasy Basketball Picks: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Targets, Values for April 22

Stan Son gives his top studs and value plays at each position for Thursday’s fantasy basketball slate on DraftKings, which starts at 7:00 p.m. ET.

There are six games for Thursday’s main DraftKings NBA slate, which starts at 7:00 p.m. ET. There are six teams (CHI, DAL, DET, PHI, PHX, and SA) playing the second leg of a back-to-back. DraftKings Sportsbook has zero games with a double-digit spread. There are zero games with an O/U of at least 230.

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

Point Guard


Terry Rozier, Charlotte Hornets at Chicago Bulls, $8,400 – It’s tough fading Luka Doncic ($11,000), especially since he’s coming off three-straight 60-DKFP performances, but I think Rozier could come close to matching his output and he’s $2,600 cheaper. Could Doncic go bonkers? On any given night, he has the potential but the Lakers are first in defensive efficiency, neutralize the FPPM to point guards by 7.63% below league average, and held Doncic to 44 DKFP in their only other meeting.

Over the last four games, Rozier has played 43, 40, 39, and 39 minutes, contributing 53.25, 52, 69, and 43.25 DKFP. He’s attempted at least 20 shots in three of those games. LaMelo Ball, Gordon Hayward, and Malik Monk are all still out so Rozier is going to continue being the alpha.

Other Options – Luka Doncic ($11,000), Chris Paul ($7,600)


Killian Hayes, Detroit Pistons at San Antonio Spurs, $4,200 – The rookie isn’t going to play in back-to-backs but, guess what? The Pistons sat him yesterday. Yipee!

Since the Pistons are not in contention for a playoff spot, they are going to develop their young players so Hayes should get as much run as possible. Two games ago, he played 34 minutes so a similar range should be expected for this one. On the season, Hayes is averaging 0.75 DKFP per minute. Over the last three games, that number has spiked up to 1.02.

Other Options – Coby White ($5,500), Cole Anthony ($6,400)

Shooting Guard


Jrue Holiday, Milwaukee Bucks vs. Philadelphia 76ers, $8,200 – I’m not crazy about the shooting guard pool today, so let’s go on a Holiday. He’s averaging 1.14 DKFP per minute and has put up at least 40 DKFP in each of the last three games. The last time these teams met on March 17th, Holiday went for 40 DKFP.

Other Options – Terry Rozier ($8,400), Derrick White ($6,300)


Jalen Brunson, Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Lakers, $4,600 – Brunson doesn’t start but he gets 25-28 minutes per game. He plays alongside Doncic at times and garners a healthy usage rate of 20. Brunson doesn’t provide defensive stats, but he delivers assists and shoots so efficiently from the field that the floor is relatively high. On the season, he averages 1 DKFP per minute. He’s gone for at least 30 DKFP in three of the past four games.

Other Options – Naji Marshall ($5,400)

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Small Forward


Brandon Ingram, New Orleans Pelicans at Orlando Magic, $8,700 – Well, I guess I’m completely fading Doncic tonight. I’m scared.

On the season, Ingram is averaging 1.16 DKFP per minute. The range is wide with Ingram as he can easily go for 25 or 55 DKFP. With that said, I like the matchup for Ingram tonight. The Magic are 26th in defensive efficiency and boost the FPPM by 7.1% above league average. If Doncic only goes for 50 DKFP and Ingram can get 40-50, the $2,300 discount would be very beneficial.

Other Options – Miles Bridges ($7,700)


Mikal Bridges, Phoenix Suns at Boston Celtics, $4,800 – Bridges isn’t a high usage player, garnering a rate in the 13-14 range over the past month. So shot attempts and points won't’ be voluminous. He makes his hay by grabbing rebounds and accumulating defensive stats. Over the last two games, though, he’s played 37 and 40 minutes and attempted 11 shots in each game. He won’t shoot 54% and 72% every night, but if he continues to see massive minutes, then he should pay off his salary with room for upside if things break right.

Other Options – Naji Marshall ($5,400)

Power Forward


Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks vs. Philadelphia 76ers, $10,800 – Giannis suffered a leg cramp during the last game, but he’s had two games to recover and should be good to go tonight. He averages a ridiculous 1.63 DKFP per minute and went for 57.25 against the 76ers on March 17th. The ceiling for Giannis is 70-plus DKFP, which can be matched by only Doncic on this slate.

Other Options – Zion Williamson ($9,900), Miles Bridges ($7,700)


Thaddeus Young, Chicago Bulls vs. Charlotte Hornets, $5,200 – The price is tough considering the number of minutes that Young plays. He’s played 18, 16, and 15 minutes over the last three games. With that said, he’s been hyper-efficient, producing 34.1, 24.9, and 15 DKFP. This hasn’t been a recent phenomenon, either, as Young has been doing this all year. We used to roster Young strictly for the defensive stats, but what’s really unlocked his game this year has been the assists as he’s been a point forward. He’s averaging 4.2 assists per game. For perspective, he averaged 1.6 and 1.9 assists in the prior two seasons. The usage rate has been an absurd 34, 38, and 30 over the last three games.

Other Options – PJ Washington ($5,900)



Nikola Vucevic, Chicago Bulls vs. Charlotte Hornets, $10,000 – Since Zach LaVine went down, Vuvevic has garnered a usage rate of 31, 36, 29, and 30. Prior to that, that rate was in the mid-20s and only eclipsed 30 once in 11 games. Now, he’s coming off an 18.25-DKFP performance against the Cavaliers in which he played only 25 minutes. Prior to that, he went for at 40 DKFP in five straight with two over 50. Since joining the Bulls, he’s posted a high of 63 DKFP. Now he gets a matchup against a Hornets team that will likely have Vernon Carey and PJ Washington defending him.

Other Option – Joel Embiid ($10,500), Zion Williamson ($9,900)


Mason Plumlee, Detroit Pistons at San Antonio Spurs, $4,900 – Plumlee played 32 minutes last game and put up 44 DFKP. Prior to that, he played 17 and 21 minutes and didn’t surpass 30 minutes since March 26th. So, there’s a ton of uncertainty because the Pistons don’t have the incentive to play Plumlee and could develop their young players like Isaiah Stewart ($5,800). With that said, he did start the last game and played a ton of minutes. The matchup is a good one as the Spurs boost the FPPM to centers by 5.45% above league average.

Other Options – Thaddeus Young ($5,200), Chuma Okeke ($5,700)

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