Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!

Lost password? [X]

Receive free daily analysis:

NFL    NBA    MLB

Already have an account? Log in here.

[X]

Forgot Password


[X]

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks (1/5/19): NBA DFS Lineups


An ideal seven-game slate is the perfect chance to rebound after a tough loss last night or to keep the momentum going into the weekend. Regardless of how you are feeling about yesterday, the light is shining today. It didn't take long to find the players I want anchoring my lineups tonight and while the value is there, it shouldn't be needed. Per usual, I will stick to lower-priced, hopefully lower-owned players, but do not feel forced into going super risky tonight. Tonight is going to pay out to those who really push the "easy matchup" narrative. It won't be a horrible strategy given the teams playing tonight, so instead of spending up for one or two players, make sure you get five or six top-tier options with one value pick to balance it out. I will gladly throw some value picks your way to help make it easier.

You really shouldn't need to stack any specific teams tonight but if that is just your go-to strategy then look no further than the Kings and Warriors. Pace will be at a very-high level and you can stick to taking the heavy-hitters as best you can. Kevin Durant has the most upside tonight seeing how the Kings have no one to even get in his way. Aside from everything that I have been talking about, I feel it necessary to say that Evan Turner is due for a productive game and I think facing the Rockets will be his chance to capitalize.

For the rest of the article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for DraftKings on 1/5/19. These DFS lineup picks can vary from higher-priced players and elite options to lower-priced players and value picks on DraftKings. You can also check out today's FanDuel lineup picks. As always, don't set your lineups to early and check player statuses before the opening tip. Find me in the NBA Chat Room or @HalfCourtJester on Twitter with any questions.

Editor's Note: Get any full-season NBA and DFS Premium Pass for 50% off. Our exclusive DFS tools, Lineup Optimizer and daily Premium DFS Research. Sign Up Now!

 

DraftKings DFS Guards

Ricky Rubio - PG/SG UTA @ DET ($5,800)

Not so much of a value pick, but an anchor nonetheless. So, there are some teams where Ricky Rubio might struggle against. The Miami Heat or Boston Celtic's free-flowing defense. The Grizzlies slow pace and Mike Conley's persistence. Patrick Beverley and the Clippers. Those are just exampled of a few teams that you could fade Rubio against and I would understand. When Ricky Rubio lines up against teams like the Thunder, who have a great defensive ranking versus guards but no real "stopper" outside of Paul George, you have to see nothing but upside. I am just trying to prove the point, that Ricky Rubio is specifically someone you can't just chalk up to bad matchups. There really aren't any outside of one on one situations, which Rubio very rarely finds himself trying to produce. I haven't even talked about the Pistons defense and I shouldn't need to because it won't matter tonight. The Pistons are better suited against the other Jazz players, leaving me to believe that not only will Rubio see increased usage, but he should be taking a fair share of threes tonight as well.

Garrett Temple - SG/SF MEM @ SA ($3,700)

Garrett Temple's minutes are so locked into the Grizzlies rotation that if you don't consider Temple each night then what are you even doing DFS-wise. He doesn't have a strong track record and his ability to produce leaves much more to be desired on an nightly basis, regardless the minutes are there and you know that given the Grizzlies situation, there will be nights where Temple is their best player. He plays great on and off-ball defense giving him upside in those categories, but he really needs to be hitting for him to prove to be a worthwhile pick. The Spurs are usually not one of the teams you directly target, but seeing how the Spurs are lacking backcourt defense aside from Derrick White, you should definitely target them. I do like Marc Gasol's upside as well and he should be the focal point of the offense, which should work into Temples favor in terms of spacing.

 

DraftKings DFS Forwards

Reggie Bullock - SG/SF DET vs. UTA ($3,900)

This is a similar pick to Garret Temple in that he needs to be hitting his shot to really provide value. With both players prices so low, there isn't all that much downside to these picks because of their roles in the offense, but Reggie Bullock lacks the defensive playmaking to give him upside elsewhere. I would stay away from picking players who struggle to score from the perimeter and although Bullock is streaky in that aspect, he is known for his outside scoring and thats where he feels the most comfortable. Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond, despite facing Rudy Gobert, should be able to get to their spots in the paint. Drummond will have a much tougher time scoring tonight, but if any Piston can draw multiple defenders, it's going to leave Drummond open with a severe mis-match. If you play Bullock, you want the rest of the Pistons scoring early, allowing Bullock to see a wide variety of shot attempts from passes coming from a double-team. The Jazz would rather lose because Bullock wouldn't miss rather than Griffin.

Al-Farouq Aminu - SF/PF HOU @ POR ($5,000)

Even with Moe Harkless and C.J. McCollum playing decently well, tonight should be all about Al...Farouq Aminu. Last night he produced in a loss against the Thunder, but it wasn't enough to secure a win. Aminu is a win-first, stats-second type of player and while it does hurt his overall upside, he carries momentum extremely well and he should have plenty of rebounding upside AGAIN. To be honest, Aminu isn't a strong scorer and these past three games are a testament to how high his floor can be. With a role as minimal as Aminu's, it's hard to expect big games from him every night, but at the same time, there's almost no reason he can't put up double-digit scoring efforts on a nightly basis. He gets the opportunities and the Trail Blazers love his attention to defense. His price somewhat scares me because it hurts if he does in fact flop tonight, but aside from me playing devil's advocate with myself, Aminu is going to be one of the lower-owned pays tonight, hoping that everyone doesn't see him adding another notch to his recent string of productive games.

 

DraftKings DFS Centers

Serge Ibaka - PF/C TOR @ MIL ($5,800)

Here's my thought process on picking a center tonight. DeAndre Jordan was my initial thought, but playing against Joel Embiid and that his production could be limited by his matchup alone made me think he wouldn't be worth it. Jordan could have a good game, but I want more than just a 10-10 outing with a few blocks. My next thought was Willie Cauley-Stein against the Warriors. Seeing how the Warriors struggled against Clint Capela, maybe it would be the same for Cauley-Stein. Yeah, the Kings aren't the Rockets and they don't have a James Harden so while Cauley-Stein will produce, it's still not at the level we are wanting for tonight. Thus leading me to Serge Ibaka. His price doesn't kill you and as one of the cheaper options at center, his upside is massive. the Milwaukee Bucks have minimal frontcourt defense and outside of Brook Lopez and D.J. Wilson they literally have no shot blockers. Ibaka should dominate this game in the way only Ibaka knows how. Just draining the Bucks in mid-range spacing, then killing them from the outside. Defensively, Ibaka's upside increased because he will be seeing plenty of attempts at the rim. This game will revolve right around Ibaka and his areas of expertise, mid-range and defense. This is my second anchor for tonight.

More Fantasy Basketball Analysis




More Recent Articles

 

ADP Cost Analysis – Robbie Ray vs Trevor Bauer

With fantasy baseball draft season in full swing, those of us who partake in this joyous game are now looking through as much draft data as possible in a bid to find players we love who have lower average draft positions (ADP) than we believe they should. All this to eke out as much draft... Read More


2020 Keeper Value Rankings - Second Base

Keeper Value Rankings are intended for Keeper Leagues in which a fantasy owner must forfeit a designated draft pick in order to keep a player into the upcoming season. These rankings are based on Keeper "Values". In the marketing world, Value can be defined as "the extent to which a good or service (player) is... Read More


2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers – C.J. Cron

As another fantasy baseball season approaches, we once again have the chance to discuss C.J. Cron as a fantasy sleeper. Cron will be playing for his third team in three seasons. It is tough to wrap one's head around the idea that a player of Cron's talent continues to be undervalued by professional and fantasy... Read More


2020 Starting Pitcher Rankings - H2H Points Leagues

Points leagues may seem like a slight variation from traditional 5x5 category scoring leagues but you must approach draft day with a very different strategy if you wish to truly compete. All preseason long, RotoBaller has you covered with the latest rankings for all fantasy baseball league types. Here we present our points league rankings... Read More


Second-Half Improvements: Buy Into These Starting Pitchers

The second half of the season is always put under a microscope for starting pitchers. Fantasy players have a love for the second half of the season, as the belief is that pitchers who take a step forward could carry over that success the next season and perhaps even build upon it. But, as we... Read More


How to Attack RP in SV+HLD Leagues

No position has seen as much evolution in recent seasons as the relief pitcher. Gone are the days where starters were expected to go seven innings as most teams have embraced the idea of "super-bullpening" and try to fit as many pitchers that can throw 95+ MPH into their bullpen as they can. Many fantasy... Read More


Using Sabermetrics for Fantasy Baseball: Pitch Info

One of the most fundamental questions in fantasy sports is if a player's current performance is sustainable. More than any other sport, baseball has a slew of statistical measures that can be dissected in numerous ways to analyze player performance. Pitch Info is a publicly-available pitch tracking system that provides a lot of different data to... Read More


2020 Fantasy Baseball Staff Rankings

Below you will find RotoBaller's 2020 fantasy baseball rankings, tiers and auction dollar values for the 2020 MLB season. Our Ranking Wizard displays our staff's rankings for various league formats, all in one easy place. Here's what you'll find: Mixed, Head-to-Head, Points, AL/NL Only, Two-Catcher Top 2020 prospects, Dynasty leagues, Keeper values Export the rankings easily... Read More


Mock Draft Review: Best Late-Round Targets

Last week, some members of the RotoBaller staff completed a 12-team mock draft for standard 5x5 format. After the draft, we each broke down our strategy and some of our favorite picks, which can be found here. However, I want to take a closer look at one portion of the draft in particular. Since we know that... Read More


Faster and Furious: Pitchers with Rising Velocity/Performance

Welcome fantasy baseball players! I’m sure that you, like me, are anxiously counting down the days until your drafts and Opening Day. While the fantasy season may not start for several weeks, there are plenty of things we can do to start preparing for a successful season. One of those things is to take a good... Read More


James Karinchak Is A Relief Pitcher To Know in 2020

One of the lesser-known players that intrigues me for the 2020 MLB season is Indians relief pitcher James Karinchak. The former Bryant Bulldog was drafted by Cleveland in the ninth round in the 2017 draft and went on to have one of the most outrageous statistical seasons in minor league baseball history. As someone who... Read More


2020 Relief Pitcher Rankings - H2H Points Leagues

Often regarded as an inferior fantasy baseball format, points leagues offer a different style of boasting over your friends or coworkers similar to that of fantasy football. These setups are typically head-to-head formats for a one-week stretch where the player with the most points gets a win. Easy right? While it's true that roster construction... Read More


2019 Barrel Breakouts: Who's For Real and Who's Next?

As pitchers and catchers get even closer to reporting and most fantasy leagues prepare for their drafts, everybody is looking for a leg up on the competition - a way to get in on a guy before everybody else does. In this article, we're going to look for a way to identify hitters who improved... Read More


Using Sabermetrics for Fantasy Baseball: Pitcher BABIP

While FIP is a useful tool to predict a pitcher's future ERA performance, fantasy owners should remember that ERA, not FIP, is what really matters in most formats. This means that we are interested in the "luck" that separates the two statistics. While some of this luck is unpredictable, we can and should predict some... Read More


Second Year Player Preview: Fantasy Baseball 2020 ADP Analysis

Host Anthony Aniano of RotoBaller Radio discuss the 2020 fantasy baseball season and keeps you updated with all the latest news and analysis Be sure to tune into RotoBaller Radio on SiriusXM (channel Sirius 210, XM 87) - every weekday morning between 6-7 AM ET, every weekday afternoon from 1-2 PM ET, Saturday nights from 9-11 PM ET... Read More