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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Advice - NBA DFS Lineup Picks for 1/18/16


There are ten games on Martin Luther King Day, six of which are being played before 7:00 PM Eastern time. So get your lineups in early while there is plenty of action to choose from. This should help a bit.

Today's lineup features plenty of players hoping to benefit from their favorable matchup, a couple of unexpected producers, and your holiness, he who they call 'The King.'

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DraftKings DFS Point Guards

Jeff Teague (vs ORL, $5,800)

Teague has had a shaky start to the beginning of 2016 but gets a great matchup against the Orlando Magic. Over the last 15 games, Orlando has been one of the worst teams at guarding the one-spot, and have given up the fifth most fantasy points to point guards in the NBA this season. Teague ended 2015 strong and will look to reclaim some of that production against the Magic. He is a very inexpensive stat-filler, and is a great value play for GPP tournaments.

Donald Sloan (at TOR, $4,500)

I picked Sloan last week and I'm sticking by him this week. As long as Jarrett Jack remains sidelined, Sloan is a solid pick for his cheap price. He won't appear in the headlines but he's been doing just enough with his boost in minutes to please daily fantasy owners. And just enough is perfectly okay for a $4,000 player. The Nets visit Toronto on Monday. The Raptors have also struggled at playing defense against point guards this season, especially of late, allowing the sixth most fantasy points to the one-guard over the last 15 games. Sloan is a value tournament play that'll free up plenty of cap space.

 

DraftKings DFS Shooting Guards

C.J. McCollum (at WAS, $7,300)

It's hard not to like a guy that's averaging ten more points a night than his career average, approaching the halfway mark of the season. McCollum is averaging a little over 20 and plays well over 30 minutes a night. He's almost guaranteed to score in double-digits, and then some, while sprinkling plenty of stats into the assists and rebounds categories. He draws Washington on one of Monday's matinee games. The Wizards have struggled against shooting guards this season so McCollum should be considered in all tournaments and head-to-head's.

J.R. Smith (vs GS, $5,000)

Smith is a cheap option at the two-spot, and is facing the Warriors who have given up their fair share of fantasy points to shooting guards this season. Over the last 15 games, Golden State has given up the eighth most in the league. Smith had a string of productive games in the middle of November but struggled to find consistency in December. Now in January, Smith continues to post solid numbers consisting of double-digit scoring which is all we can ever really ask for from two-guards. He's also displayed plenty of thievery in the new year, picking up multiple steals in multiple games.

 

DraftKings DFS Small Forwards

Tobias Harris (at ATL, $5,900 )

Harris has also struggled to find success in January, but had a very effective December for daily fantasy. Recent performance is sometimes irrelevant when the matchup is a favorable one. And for Harris on Monday, it is. The Atlanta Hawks have surrendered the third most fantasy points to small forwards, while two good Eastern Conference teams will clash in what should be a competitive contest. Harris is affordable and should be considered in tournaments and head-to-head's.

LeBron James (vs GS, $9,800)

You already know The King has one thing on his mind come Monday: revenge. After losing in the NBA Championship last season to the Warriors, LeBron's fourth straight appearance to the ship, the Cavaliers dropped a close game in Golden State on Christmas. The scene now shifts to Cleveland for their second meeting of the season. On Christmas, LeBron dropped 25 points and nine rebounds, but didn't receive the gift he wanted. This is easily the best game on the card, as two of the best teams in their respective conferences face off. LeBron is playing some of his best basketball of the season, so expect The King to come out swinging.

 

DraftKings DFS Power Forwards

Derrick Williams (vs PHI, $5,000)

It's been a streaky season for Derrick Williams. The forward out of Arizona dropped 24 points the first game of the season, looking like he'd be an integral part of the Knicks offense off the bench, but then had a near non-existent November followed by a December where he caught moderate fire towards the end of the month with four straight double-digit scoring performances. The new year has been better to Williams as he's been making a lot more noise for New York of late. Whether Carmelo Anthony is healthy or not, Williams should be considered, especially against Philadelphia. The 76ers have given up the second most fantasy points in the NBA to power forward this season.

Marcus Morris (vs CHI, $5,400 )

Morris is another reasonably affordable option at the four-spot. He gets a great matchup with the Chicago Bulls, a team that has relinquished the third most fantasy points to power forwards this year. This is good news for Morris as he's been struggling mightily of late. It's been tough to figure out either Morris brother this year, with their separation evidently affecting their performance. But Marcus has been more solid of the two and has had impressive stretches of play this season. Look for Morris to get back on track Monday against the Bulls.

 

DraftKings DFS Centers

Jonas Valanciunas (vs BKN, $6,100 )

The Brooklyn Nets have handed over the most fantasy points to centers this season. The likes of Andre Drummond, Nikola Vucevic, and Robin Lopez (which of the three don't belong?) have recently found much success, equivalent to their price, against the Nets. The last time the Raptors played Brooklyn two weeks ago, Valanciunas dropped 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, adding two blocks and a steal, while sinking six of six from the charity stripe. Expect the young Lithuanian center to find similar success on Monday.

 

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