4 Players To Help Build Your Best NBA DraftKings Lineup (1/16/20)

Welcome back, everyone. Tonight we have a small but exciting five-game slate.

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 Play


Brandon Ingram (SF/PF, $8,400)

Brandon Ingram stands out as a core play tonight at $8,400. His teammate Jrue Holiday is out with a left elbow injury, which opens up more opportunity for Ingram. This season, with Holiday off the floor, Ingram is averaging 1.32 DraftKings fantasy points per minute and a team-leading 30.2% ssage rate.

Prior to a relatively poor outing against a tough Boston Celtics defense last game, Ingram had three straight performances of 50+ DraftKings fantasy points. The game against the Celtics, however, seemed to be more of a poor shooting night than anything else. Ingram shot 4-15 from the field, including 1-7 from two-point range.

Tonight, the New Orleans Pelicans face a Utah Jazz team that is in the midst of a 10-game winning streak. It is not an ideal matchup for Ingram, but he will be the focal point of the offense. Fantasy owners will likely have plenty of value tonight, so he can fit alongside a high-end spend or a balanced build.

Note: Shortly after this was written, Ingram was downgraded to a game-time decision for tonight’s game. If he is ruled out, updates will be posted on Twitter.


Value Plays


Monte Morris (PG, $4,400)

Denver Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray was carried off the court last night after suffering an ankle injury. Murray is out for tonight’s game, giving Monte Morris the nod. Over the season with Murray out, Morris averages 0.91 DraftKings fantasy points per minute.

Luckily for Morris and the Nuggets, they might not need Murray in order to win tonight’s game. Denver is on the road against the Golden State Warriors, a bottom-10 team in defensive efficiency. Golden State has also been a top-10 team in pace in their last 10 games, creating a beneficial pace-up matchup for the Nuggets.

Last night, Morris played 24 minutes in a win over the Charlotte Hornets. Tonight, Morris could see minutes in the high-20s, which puts him squarely in play. If he gets too chalky, there could be merit in fading in GPPs, but he is a solid cash game play tonight.


Michael Porter Jr. (SF/PF, $3,600)

Another Denver Nuggets player that will benefit from the team’s injuries is Michael Porter Jr. Last night, Porter played 28 minutes and scored 37.5 DraftKings fantasy points. Despite his career-high fantasy point outing, Porter’s price on DraftKings dropped $100. With Jamal Murray out and Gary Harris questionable, Porter could continue to see an expanded role.

He should see in the mid-20s in terms of minutes tonight against a poor defense in Golden State. Porter has been inconsistent this season, but he doesn’t have to be extremely efficient in order to pay off his low salary. The second-year forward is a good point-per-dollar play with attainable upside on tonight’s slate.


GPP Play


Jordan Clarkson (PG/SG, $5,200)

The Utah Jazz are in a great spot tonight against the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans. They are projected to score 5.3 more points than their season average, and they have the second-highest implied total on the slate. They also have the second-highest pace bump.

As a result, the Jazz starters, especially Donovan Mitchell, will be popular. In order to differentiate in large-field GPPs, Jordan Clarkson is worth a look. He is averaging about 25 minutes per game and is taking advantage of his time on the court.

In his last four games, he has taken at least 13 shots with one game above 20. His floor is scary low, so this is not a play for cash games or smaller, single-entry tournaments. That said, Clarkson will almost certainly be lower than 10% owned on tonight’s slate, making him a great GPP dart throw in an up-tempo matchup.

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