4 Players To Help Build Your Best NBA DraftKings Lineup (1/15/20)

Welcome back, everyone. After almost all of the chalk value busted on last night’s slate, a more balanced approach looks appealing today.

Below are four of my favorite targets to help build your best NBA DraftKings lineup for tonight’s main slate.

As always, keep an eye out for news throughout the day, and feel free to contact me on Twitter with any questions.

 

Top Plays

 

Ben Simmons (PG/SF, $8,700)

Ben Simmons has stepped up for the Philadelphia 76ers since Joel Embiid’s injury on January 6. Simmons scored 40+ DraftKings fantasy points in four of his last five games, including three double-doubles and one triple-double.

The old saying in NBA DFS is “minutes equals money,” and Simmons’s minutes are reliable night in and night out. In his last 10 games, Simmons is averaging 37.9 minutes per game. This sample size also includes two blowouts in which he only played 32 minutes per game.

Tonight, with Embiid still sidelined, Simmons will match up against the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets rank inside the top 10 in pace, causing a pace-up matchup for the 20th-ranked Sixers. Simmons is one of the best in the league in transition, so this style of play is exactly when he should be targeted. Although his price was raised $500 since his last game, it did not come up high enough. With both guard and forward eligibility, Simmons is a great option for both cash games and GPPs tonight.

 

Kemba Walker (PG, $7,200) and Jaylen Brown (SG/SF, $6,500)

Earlier this morning, Jayson Tatum was ruled out of tonight’s game due to knee soreness. That news left most of the Boston Celtics’ players underpriced, but especially Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown. With Brown off the court this season, Walker and Brown average 1.37 and 1.1 DraftKings fantasy points per minute, respectively. Both players also receive usage rate increases above 3%.

It is often hard to figure out which Boston player will have a successful fantasy night. They are almost always priced similarly, and it is rare for more than one of them to have a big night together, but those factors cause them to be priced inefficiently with Tatum out of the rotation.

Tonight, the Celtics face off against the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons are a bottom-10 defense on the season and are dealing with a rash of injuries. Furthermore, their best player Andre Drummond was benched in their last game due to a lack of hustle. They have not allowed less than 100 points since November 25, and Boston has an implied team total of 113.25 points tonight.

Walker and Brown are priced as if Jayson Tatum is playing tonight. With him out, they both have a high floor with plenty of upside at their respective salaries.

 

GPP Play

 

Andre Drummond (C, $9,400)

As mentioned previously, the Pistons are a mess right now, and Andre Drummond is at the center of it all. He is rumored to be on the trading block with Atlanta reportedly interested in him. Two games ago, Drummond was ejected after two technical fouls. He was then benched in his next game, playing less than 23 minutes in each contest. Fantasy owners were burned both times, which will likely leave Drummond lower-owned on tonight’s slate.

Drummond is only two games removed from back-to-back 60+ fantasy point performances. He has shown his upside multiple times this year, despite two poor showings recently. In GPPs, it is always a good strategy to buy when the stock is low, and that is certainly the case here for Drummond. He is not an ideal play for cash games or single entry formats, but his upside warrants a look in large-field tournaments tonight.