4 Players To Help Build Your Best NBA DraftKings Lineup (1/30/20)

Welcome back, everyone. We had a day off yesterday for load management, but we are back in full force 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, $8,900)

After a relatively poor performance on Tuesday, Ben Simmons’s salary decreased from $10,000 to $8,900, his lowest price since January 15. Joel Embiid is back after dealing with a finger injury, but Al Horford and Josh Richardson will miss tonight’s game.

This season with Horford and Richardson off the court, Simmons is averaging 1.2 DraftKings fantasy points per minute. Tonight’s matchup against the Atlanta Hawks is ideal for Simmons. He is one of the best in the league in transition and excels in fast-paced games. The Hawks play at the fifth-fastest pace in the league, and this game has the highest total on the slate.

The Philadelphia 76ers have an implied team total tonight that is 9.5 points higher than their season average. The Hawks also have the second-worst turnover percentage in the league, which is ideal for an elite defender like Simmons. He makes for a great play in an ideal game environment on tonight’s slate.


Thomas Bryant (PF/C, $5,200)

Thomas Bryant has played in eight games since returning from a 20-game absence due to a foot injury. In his first seven games, Bryant saw anywhere from 12 to 25 minutes. On Tuesday, Bryant was unleashed, playing 32 minutes against the Milwaukee Bucks. His 18 points and 10 rebounds marked his first double-double since November.

Although Bryant’s salary rose $1,100 since his 44 DraftKings fantasy point performance against Milwaukee, he is still viable at $5,200. On the season, Bryant is averaging 1.08 DraftKings fantasy points per minute. Since his return from injury, his rates are lower, but he is still averaging just shy of one fantasy point per minute.

Although it appears that his minutes restriction was lifted, Bryant does not necessarily have to play 30+ minutes to pay off his price tag. He will likely play 25 to 30 minutes in a prime matchup against the Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets have the second-worst defensive rebound percentage in the league and the fifth-worst defensive rating. Bryant is a great salary saver with upside on tonight’s slate.


Value Play


Bogdan Bogdanovic (SG/SF, $4,800)

Bogdan Bogdanovic is a solid value play at $4,800 tonight against the Los Angeles Clippers. Last night, Bogdanovic had 23 points, which is good enough for seven times his salary with 35.75 DraftKings fantasy points.

Currently, there are not many dirt-cheap values on the board. Also, the shooting guard position looks relatively weak today, so Bogdanovic makes for a viable play there for a low price. He is also able to fit into a forward position, making him a more versatile and easier to roster option.

Due to his matchup, Bogdanovic’s price decreased $200. Although his minutes can vary, his floor is reliable. He has played 25+ minutes in five straight games, including two games with 34 minutes. If further value opens up later today, Bogdanovic will not be a priority, but due to his positional eligibility and sub-$5,000 price tag, he can be considered in all formats.


GPP Play


Devonte’ Graham (PG, $7,700)

On Tuesday, the Charlotte Hornets’ PR team tweeted out a lineup that did not include Devonte’ Graham with less than 10 minutes until lineups locked. Five minutes later, the team corrected that tweet, showing that Graham was in fact playing, despite battling an illness. Many fantasy owners were burned after scrambling to adjust their lineups based on the incorrect news.

As a result, many will be hesitant to go back to Graham tonight, especially after he only scored 18.5 DraftKings fanttasy points last game. Also, despite his poor performance, his salary increased by $300. These factors, along with disappointing outings in his last three games, will lower his ownership tonight. Graham has not topped 36.25 DraftKings fantasy points in his last four games, so game log watchers may shy away.

However, three of those games were against Denver, Orlando, and Milwaukee. Each of these teams are inside the top 11 in the league in defensive rating. Tonight is a potential bounce-back spot against the league’s worst defense, the Washington Wizards. Graham has shown a ceiling in the 50s twice this month, and he is a great target for large-field GPPs.