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Fantasy Basketball Picks: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Targets, Values for May 11

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

There are 11 games for Tuesday’s main DraftKings NBA slate, which starts at 7:00 p.m. ET. There are four teams (the Warriors, Pacers, Grizzlies, and Bucks) playing the second leg of a back-to-back. DraftKings Sportsbook has three games with a double-digit spread, the Clippers (-13) at the Raptors, the Magic (+13.5) at the Bucks, and the Thunder (+10.5) at Kings. There are four games with an O/U of at least 230: Nets-Bulls (232), 76ers-Pacers (234), Magic-Bucks (230.5), and Suns-Warriors (230).

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



Point Guard

Stud

Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors vs. Phoenix Suns, $10,000 – The matchup isn’t ideal as the Suns play at the 25th-fastest pace and are 8th in defensive efficiency, but Curry scoffs at such frivolous stats. He’s gone for at least 50 DKFP in each of the last five with two over 60 and the usage rate has been over 40 percent! The Suns surprisingly boost the FPPM to point guards by 7.99% above league average.

Other Options – Luka Doncic ($10,800), Kyrie Irving ($9,600)

Value

Killian Hayes, Detroit Pistons vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, $5,400 – The Pistons have seven players listed as out with two others questionable. Translation: Hayes is going to get as many minutes as Dwayne Casey decides to dish out. On Sunday, he played a whopping 39 minutes. Since re-entering the starting lineup on April 16, Hayes has averaged 0.87 DKFP per minute, so he should have no problem exceeding the salary expectation.

Other Options – Malachi Flynn ($5,300), Alex Caruso ($4,800)


Shooting Guard

Stud

Caris LeVert, Indiana Pacers vs. Philadelphia 76ers, $9,000Malcolm Brogdon ($8,800) has missed the last six games and is in danger of missing tonight’s contest. Since he’s been out, LeVert has slid down to point guard and assumed more of the ball-handling duties. As a result, the assist numbers have spiked up and he’s scored over 30 points in three of those games. He’s played 41, 41, and 37 minutes in the most recent three games and contributed 63.25, 69, and 44.75 DKFP. If Brogdon does start, then lower expectations for LeVert.

Other Options – Zach LaVine ($9,500)

Value

Svi Mykhailiuk, Oklahoma City Thunder at Sacramento Kings, $3,400 – Theo Maledon has already been ruled out while Ty Jerome ($4,900) and Lu Dort ($6,500) are game-time decisions. Over the last two games, Svi has played 24 and 25 minutes. There’s a good chance that he gets a similar workload today. He jacked up 15 and 16 shots in those games so he’s going to huck and chuck when he’s on the court, which increases the possibility of fantasy goodies. He put up 27.75 and 30.5 DKFP. At $3,400, that’s a beautiful return. The Kings play fast and are dead-last in defensive efficiency.

Other Options – Austin Rivers ($4,200), Seth Curry ($4,500)


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Small Forward

Stud

Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets at Chicago Bulls, $9,900 – He’s back! Over the last five games, Durant has played 36, 40, 40, 36, and 41 minutes. Yippee! Over that span, he’s contributed 64.25, 62, 58.75, 38,75, and 65.75 DKFP. Durant contributes in every category, is one of the most unstoppable offensive forces in the game, is healthy, and is garnering a ton of usage. When right, Durant has one of the highest floor/ceiling combos in the game.

Other Options – Luka Doncic ($10,800), Jimmy Butler ($9,200)

Value

Deandre’ Bembry, Toronto Raptors vs. Los Angeles Clippers, $3,700 – Bembry only averages 0.75 DKFP per minute and he normally plays around 20 minutes per contest. The Raptors have six players already ruled out with another being a game-time decision. Bembry does have 30-DKFP upside, so at sub-$4,000, this is the kind of play that we are looking for.

Other Options – Kenrich Williams ($3,500), Moe Harkless ($4,000), Danny Green ($4,400)


Power Forward

Stud

Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers vs. Philadelphia 76ers, $10,400 – The matchup is a tough one as the 76ers are 2nd in defensive efficiency, and going up against Joel Embiid ($10,100) is no cupcake. That said, they do boost the FPPM to centers by 3.59% above league average. Sabonis is a threat to triple-double on any given night so the floor is high. He has also played over 40 minutes in three of the last five games and produced over 70 DKFP in three of those contests. Both Philadelphia and Indiana are top five in offensive pace so there should be plenty of possessions to produce fantasy goodies.

Other Options – Kevin Durant ($9,900), Jayson Tatum ($9,700)

Value

Yuta Watanabe, Toronto Raptors vs. Los Angeles Clippers, $3,500 – Watanabe averages 0.8 DKFP per minute. With all of the players out, he should see plenty of playing time. He has started the last two games and played 30 and 25 minutes. While he only contributed 19.5 DKFP in each contest, that’s still excellent for his salary. In addition, he has a 33.5 DKFP game on his resume this season so there’s a hint of upside.

Other Options – Moe Harkless ($4,000), Blake Griffin ($4,900), Juan Toscano-Anderson ($5,100)


Center

Stud

Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets at Charlotte Hornets, $11,000 – Like Sabonis, Jokic is a threat to triple-double on any given night. Jokic is averaging a ridiculous 1.6 DKFP per minute while Sabonis is at 1.32. That’s how good Jokic is. Over the last nine games, Jokic has scored at least 50 DKFP in seven with three games over 60. His high on the season is 88.5 DKFP and he’s gone over 70 10 times. The Hornets boost the FPPM to centers by 3.46% above league average.

Other Option – Domantas Sabonis ($10,400), Nikola Vucevic ($10,300), Karl-Anthony Towns ($10,200)

Value

Dwight Powell, Dallas Mavericks at Memphis Grizzlies, $4,200 – Kristaps Porzingis (knee) is out while Maxi Kleber ($3,400; Achilles) is questionable for today. In their absences, Powell has been flourishing. Over the past five games, he’s played 27, 22, 27, 29, and 20 minutes, contributing 30.25, 34, 37.5, 18.5, and 38.25 DKFP. Memphis is 9th in pace and they boost the FPPM to centers by 4.65% above league average.

Other Options – Moses Brown ($4,900)

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