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Fantasy Basketball Picks: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Targets, Values for May 16

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

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There are 10 games for Sunday’s main DraftKings NBA slate, which starts at 7:00 p.m. ET. There are six teams (the Nets, Bulls, Lakers, Heat, Bucks and Timberwolves) playing the second leg of a back-to-back. DraftKings Sportsbook has two games with a double-digit spread, the Cavaliers (+14) at the Nets and the Nuggets (+10.5) at the Trail Blazers. There are three games with an O/U of at least 230: Mavericks-Timberwolves (230.5), Nuggets-Trail Blazers (230.5) and Rockets-Hawks (231.5).

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

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Point Guard


Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets, $9,400 – The Lakers and Trail Blazers are tied for the last guaranteed playoff spot right now, and they both tip-off at 9:00 pm ET. If the Lakers win, the Trail Blazers need to win as well so there’s plenty for them to play for. The matchup isn’t the greatest, as the Nuggets are 26th in pace and 11th in defensive efficiency, but Lillard garners a 30% usage rate and will be heavily involved. Over the past nine games, Lillard has gone for over 50 DKFP in seven of those contests.

Other Options – Trae Young ($8,800), Nickeil Alexander-Walker ($6,800)


D.J. Augustin, Houston Rockets at Atlanta Hawks, $3,900 – The Rockets have eight players listed as out with Augustin the only healthy point guard on the depth chart. He averages 0.93 DKFP per minute and should get close to 30 minutes in this one. Since returning from a 12-game absence, Augustin has played 29, 18, 26, 24 and 30 minutes. He scored over 25 DKFP in three of those contests.

Other Options – Jalen Brunson ($4,200), Armoni Brooks ($4,900)

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Shooting Guard


Anthony Edwards, Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Dallas Mavericks, $7,700 – The top of the shooting guard pool is littered with players who may not get a full workload. Edwards will have no concerns from that perspective, so I’m dropping down in price and locking in the minutes and usage. He’s played 34, 40 and 34 minutes over the past three games, garnered a usage rate of 26%, 25% and 28%, and attempted 18, 16 and 16 shots. That’s translated to 30.5, 50.75 and 42.5 DKFP.

Other Options – CJ McCollum ($7,600), Jordan Clarkson ($7,500)


Svi Mykhailiuk, Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Clippers, $3,500 – Over the past four games, Svi has played 25, 24, 23 and 26 minutes. The usage rate has been 26%, 27%, 28% and 33% over that span. That’s all translated to 30.5, 27.75, 27.75 and 26.25 DKFP. Lu Dort (knee) is out again, so Svi should be locked into the minutes and usage once again.

Other Options – Naji Marshall ($5,100), Isaac Okoro ($5,300)

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Small Forward


Saddiq Bey, Detroit Pistons vs. Miami Heat, $6,600 – Over the past three games, Bey has played 40, 36 and 41 minutes. The usage rate has been 22%, 24% and 23% while he’s chucked up 15, 16 and 17 shots. He doesn’t contribute much in the periphery categories, but there’s no denying the playing time and opportunities for fantasy goodies. To help matters, while the Heat are 29th in pace and seventh in defensive efficiency, they do boost the FPPM to power forwards by 9.43% above league average.

Other Options – Terence Davis ($6,600), Jae’Sean Tate ($6,200)


Bruce Brown, Brooklyn Nets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, $4,100 – Brown has started the last four games and flourished. He’s played 23, 28, 32 and 29 minutes, contributing 13.25, 36, 32.75 and 42 DKFP. The most encouraging thing is that he had his best game with all of the Big Three on the court.

Other Options – Anthony Lamb ($3,600)

Power Forward


Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers at New Orleans Pelicans, $10,200 – The Lakers have every incentive to win this game. While I have doubts about the availability and workload for LeBron James ($9,800), Davis should be a full go although it should be noted that both players are listed as questionable. Over the past four games, Davis has played 36, 43, 41 and 39 minutes, producing 53.5, 34, 77 and 61.5 DKFP.

Other Options – Kelly Olynyk ($8,500)


Ignas Brazdeikis, Orlando Magic at Philadelphia 76ers, $3,800 – Since Brazdeikis entered the rotation seven games ago, he’s averaged 28.5 minutes, 10 shots and garnered a usage rate of 18%. In his most recent game, he played 32 minutes, scored 21 points on 12 shot attempts, and chipped in six rebounds and two blocks. That translated to 35 DKFP. No reason to think the minutes dissipate for this one.

Other Options – Thaddeus Young ($5,600)



Kelly Olynyk, Houston Rockets at Atlanta Hawks, $8,500 – Over the past 11 games, Olynyk has averaged 32.7 minutes, 13.2 shot attempts, 21.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2.2 steals. He’s scored at least 40 DKFP in 10 of those games with four over 50 and a high of 63.25. The usage rate has been around 30%. Olynyk has a good chance of matching or exceeding most of the higher-priced centers on the slate.

Other Option – Nikola Jokic ($10,800)


Damian Jones, Sacramento Kings vs. Utah Jazz, $3,500 – Marvin Bagley (groin) and Richaun Holmes (knee) are out while Hassan Whiteside ($5,500) is questionable. Jones has been the more productive Kings big man recently anyways. Over the past four games, he’s played 21, 22, 24 and 35 minutes, producing 29.5, 19.75, 27.25 and 36.75 DKFP. The matchup isn’t the greatest since the Jazz are third in defensive efficiency and Rudy Gobert is his counterpart, but the expected minutes at the cost are undeniable.

Other Option – Jaxson Hayes ($4,700), Thaddeus Young ($5,600)

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