Daily Fantasy Basketball Playbook – 1/9

Derrick Favors

Last night was a light night of daily fantasy basketball with only three games. I personally took the night off and focused on tonight’s full slate of games. The playbook has been redhot lately, so I hope you have been using it win some extra cash to start off the new year. As always, my plays are according to DraftKings. Good luck!

Point Guard

Michael Carter-Williams ($8,600) – Of all the top price point guards tonight, MCW is my guy. He’s got a great price, and I always like paying up for a guard that can grab some extra rebounds to go with his points and assists. I like being able to save some cash but no paying up for Curry or Westbrook tonight, and Carter-Williams can put up similar numbers.

Jarrett Jack ($6,400) – I know he will be owned everywhere tonight, but I understand not fading him against the Sixers. Jack has been playing very well lately, and that should continue with Deron Williams banged up again. He’s a great play if you want to save some cash.

C.J. Watson ($4,800) – Watson is my GPP play night to save some cash. I’m going to be honest though, there’s not many guys that I am high on below the mid-tier.


Shooting Guard

Victor Oladipo ($6,100)/Kobe Bryant ($8,600) – I put both of these guys here because they are in the same game. I like both of them because neither team knows how to defend or play much defense. Kobe makes for a nice play because he’s god for 25+ shots a game. But I like the price tag on Oladipo more. Whichever one you can fit in your lineup though, that’s who I would roll with.

Eric Gordon ($4,600) – I just died a little on the inside writing this. But my personal loathing of Gordon cannot trump m common sense that he is severely underpriced tonight. The Grizzlies will be looking to slow down Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans, so Gordon will get plenty of chance to put up shots. He’s a great value play tonight.


Small Forward

Andrew Wiggins ($6,600) – Wiggins has been one of the best at his position over the past week or so. He has five straight games of 32+ fantasy points, and it’s tough to think he slows that down tonight against the Bucks. The Timberwolves need scoring and he has been the guy stepping up and filling that void for them. His price tag is very friendly as well, so I’ll have him in most of my lineups.

Khris Middleton ($4,800) – There hasn’t been much out of the Bucks backcourt this season, except for Middleton. He’s a diverse guy who can play multiple positions, so that always bodes well for minutes on the court. I honestly thought he would cost more tonight to get in my lineups, but he’s underprices and it won’t take much for him to return value.

Rudy Gay ($8,400) – Outside of two stinkers over his last ten games, Gay has been hot lately. He has a great matchup against the Nuggets, and should get plenty of opportunity to put up shots tonight. Denver plays an up-tempo offense, which works well for Gay’s game as well. If I can fit him in my lineup, I’m putting him in there.


Power Forward

Derrick Favors ($7,900) – Utah has so much talent, and it seems they are finally realizing they have one of the best young big men in the league in Favors. He has had two 40+ fantasy point nights in a row, and the Thunder don’t have the big men to keep up with Favors athletically. He doesn’t cost much as some of the other big names at the position, which is also a plus. Enes Kanter looks doubtful for this game, so the Jazz will need Favors down low all night.

Kevin Love ($10,400) – As long as LeBron is banged up, I will continue to stick Love in my lineups. He’s been feeling more comfortable in the offense with every game, and he’s been gobbling up rebounds. It is unclear how much Timofey Mozgoz will play tonight, if at all, so Love still doesn’t have much depth behind him.

Robert Covington ($5,600) – Convington’s price has finally come down to Earth, which is great news in DFS. The Nets do not defend the four spot well, and he has the versatility to play the three to stretch the floor. If you’re looking for a GPP play or want to save some cash, then Covington is your guy here.



Gorgui Dieng ($6,900) – If I’m not going Wiggins in my lineups, I’m going with Dieng. He is right on the fringe of being overvalued, but I still like his price to score some easy buckets down low and grab rebounds all night. Milwauklee isn’t anything special under the basket and that is hwere I expect Dieng to do most of his damage.

Al Horford ($6,400) – I don’t know whether to be excited or scared Horford’s price is so low. I’m going with the former here. Yes the Pistons have been playing great lately with Josh Smith gone and they have two big guys to bang boards down low. But Horford needs a big game and tonight could be the one that finally gets him straight.


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