4 Players To Help Build Your Best NBA DraftKings Lineup (1/9/20)

Welcome back, everyone. After a nine-game main slate yesterday, we only have four games on tap tonight.

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

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Top Play


Russell Westbrook (PG, $8,400)

After sitting out last night’s game due to rest, Russell Westbrook will be back in action tonight. At only $8,400 on Draftkings, he stands out as one of the best plays on the entire slate.

Despite an underwhelming performance in his last game, Westbrook has scored over 40 Draftkings fantasy points in 13 of his last 14 contests. He is obviously not the same fantasy player as he was the last few seasons, but he is still producing at an elite level considering James Harden’s usage rate and shot volume.

Tonight, Westbrook’s Houston Rockets are in Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder. This will be his first game in OKC after playing there for 11 years. Obviously, the main narrative here is the “revenge game” factor for Westbrook, but he is a great play regardless. In reality, Westbrook should be priced in the $9,000 to $9,500 range based on his season averages.

On December 11, Westbrook scored 50.5 Draftkings fantasy points against the Thunder, and I expect a similar result tonight. He is viable in all formats and can fit in almost any type of roster construction.


Value Plays


Derrick Rose (PG/SG, $6,500)

Derrick Rose has shown flashes of his past-self in his last two games, scoring 39.25 and 43.25 Draftkings fantasy points. He has taken on a larger role in the offense recently, playing a season-high 30.5 minutes in his last game. With Blake Griffin expected to miss the rest of the season, Rose will need to continue producing on the offensive end for the Detroit Pistons to succeed.

The Pistons will host the second leg of a home-and-home series against the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight. Against Cleveland on Monday, Rose tied his season-high with 21 field goal attempts and finished with 39.25 Draftkings fantasy points.

The Cavs are the second-worst defense in the league, giving up 1.11 points per possession. Rose is one of several underpriced guards on this slate, and he has a solid floor with a high ceiling, making him an ideal mid-range target tonight.


Josh Richardson (SG/SF, $5,600)

Another underpriced shooting guard on tonight’s slate is Josh Richardson, who will benefit from Joel Embiid’s absence. After a 34-Draftkings-fantasy-point performance with Embiid playing on Monday, Richardson’s price didn’t change.

Joel Embiid is averaging 23.4 points and 12.3 rebounds with a 31.6% usage rate this season, so there is plenty of opportunity to go around for the rest of the Philadelphia starters. Without Embiid on the court this year, Richardson is averaging 0.87 fantasy points per minute. He has played at least 35 minutes in five of his last six games, and that trend should continue tonight.

Although the Sixers-Celtics game is the lowest total on the board, Richardson’s price was not adjusted after Embiid’s status was announced. He is also valuable due to his multi-positional eligibility since he can fit in any roster spot except for power forward or center.


GPP Play

Damian Lillard (PG, $8,900)

Damian Lillard appears to be a natural pivot off of an extremely chalky Russell Westbrook tonight. While some fantasy owners might try to fit both Lillard and Westbrook into their lineups, most will opt to take the cheaper Westbrook. With so many underpriced guards tonight, paying up to be contrarian with Lillard could be a viable strategy.

Lillard has an extremely high ceiling, making him a great GPP target anytime he is under $9,000. His matchup is also positive, as the Portland Trail Blazers have the biggest expected pace increase on the slate. It is sometimes hard to find quality low-owned players on small slates, but Lillard has the opportunity to be just that tonight.

Note: Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside was listed as ‘uncertain’ to play this afternoon due to an illness. If Whiteside sits, Lillard would become an even better play.