4 Players To Help Build Your Best NBA DraftKings Lineup (1/13/20)

Welcome back, everyone. Tonight, we have a seven-game main slate on DraftKings. Pricing is soft across the board today, which will allow many different types of roster construction.

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 injury news and make sure to follow me on Twitter for updates throughout the day.

 

Top Plays

 

LeBron James (PG/SF, $9,500)

LeBron James missed Saturday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder due to an illness, but he is listed as probable tonight. Prior to tonight, his salary reached over $11,000 in four straight games. He inexplicably received a $1,500 price decrease for tonight’s game, making him an obvious target on DraftKings.

In his last 10 games, LeBron has scored 50+ DraftKings fantasy points in 8 of them, including 3 performances with at least 60 fantasy points. He leads the league this season with 10.7 assists per game, helping his insane 48.1% assist percentage.

Anthony Davis is questionable to play tonight and has not played since suffering a glute contusion on January 7. If Davis is out, James becomes an even better play. With Davis off the floor, LeBron sees a 3.62 DraftKings fantasy points increase per 36 minutes.

Although he is the third-highest priced player on the slate, it’s possible that LeBron is the most underpriced player overall. If Anthony Davis plays, LeBron is still the top option of the night. If Davis sits, Lebron will be borderline unfadeable. Eat the chalk on “The King” tonight and look to differentiate elsewhere.

 

Hassan Whiteside (C, $8,200)

Another mispriced player on tonight’s slate is Portland center Hassan Whiteside. After missing Friday’s game with an illness, Whiteside’s salary is the lowest it has been since December. On the season, he is averaging 42 DraftKings fantasy points per game, which is more than five times tonight’s salary of $8,200.

Portland’s matchup against the Charlotte Hornets is another reason to play Whiteside. This season, Charlotte is allowing the third-most DraftKings fantasy points to centers (55.9 per game). Part of the reason for this is the Hornets’ rebounding woes. They rank 26th in the league in rebound percentage, and Whiteside is averaging 16.8 rebounds per 36 minutes. The Blazers are also tied for the second-highest expected team total on the slate at 113.75 points.

Hassan Whiteside looks like a perfect partner to James to anchor your cash games and is certainly viable in GPPs. That pairing will likely be very popular, however, so make sure to look for leverage points in other areas if choosing that route. Whiteside has a rock-solid floor and immense upside, making him a top play on tonight’s slate.

 

Value Plays

 

Enes Kanter (C, $5,400)

After a 48.25 DraftKing-fantasy-point performance in his last outing, Enes Kanter’s price decreased $200. He became one of the better point-per-dollar options tonight when power forward Daniel Theis was ruled out with a knee injury. Power forward Robert Williams remains out with a hip injury as well.

This season, Theis and Kanter have rarely, if ever, shared the floor and were essentially subbed-in for each other in each rotation. As a result, Kanter is only averaging 18.3 minutes per game. With such a thin frontcourt, Kanter could see high-20s with regard to minutes against the Chicago Bulls.

Despite not receiving heavy minutes, Kanter is productive when he gets extended playing time. This season, he is averaging 1.3 DraftKings fantasy points per game with both Theis and Williams off the floor. In his last five games in which he played at least 21 minutes, Kanter scored 34+ DraftKings fantasy points each time.

Chicago allows the second-most DraftKings fantasy points to centers this year, and they rank third-worst in team rebound percentage. Kanter should be able to control the boards and has a high probability to double-double. He makes for a great piece in any type of lineup construction and is viable in all formats.

 

Carmelo Anthony (SF/PF, $5,400)

Carmelo Anthony is another underpriced Portland Trail Blazer on this slate at only $5,400. This is Melo’s lowest price since December 30, and he was priced as high as $6,700 just five games ago.

Although Anthony is somewhat dependent on scoring, fantasy owners can be confident in him to keep chucking the ball toward the hoop regardless of the status of the game. Since joining the Trail Blazers in November, Anthony has at least 10 field goal attempts in all but two games.

Similar to Hassan Whiteside, Anthony’s matchup makes his salary stand out even more. The Hornets rank 27th in the league in defensive efficiency, which benefits a scorer like Melo. The Trail Blazers are currently projected to score 2.1 points more than their season average tonight.

In competitive games this season, Anthony is averaging minutes in the low-30s with upside into the 36-minute range. As long as the game stays close and Anthony shoots at or near his season average, he should easily exceed value at his discounted price tag.