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NBA DFS Cheat Sheet & Expert Lineups for January 16th (Premium Content)

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Game of the Day

Phoenix Suns vs New York Knicks

The Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks rank ninth and 17th in the NBA in pace, respectively. This game also features the highest Vegas total on the slate at 226 points.

Kelly Oubre Jr. and Frank Kaminsky have already been ruled out tonight. Mikal Bridges, Cameron Johnson, and Deandre Ayton have been outlined in the Cheat Sheet. Devin Booker and Ricky Rubio are two guards that will be locked into big minutes tonight. Rubio is a player that is better suited for tournaments, while Booker can be considered in all leagues tonight. Tyler Johnson and Elie Okobo will find minutes, but neither should be considered tonight.

Aron Baynes is expected to see around 20 minutes tonight. He isn't safe enough for cash games, but comes with enough upside to exceed value in tournaments. Dario Saric is another player that has seen plenty of ups and downs. He should only be used as a deep GPP dart tonight.

RJ Barrett has caught fire recently, causing his price tag to increase. Still, he comes with tremendous upside for tournaments, specifically on a smaller slate. Elfrid Payton could see minutes in the high-20s tonight, and he's another solid GPP option. Reggie Bullock is a scorer, who could find success in this particular matchup. He can be used in tournaments. Frank Ntilikina is questionable tonight, but he shouldn't be considered.

Julius Randle has found plenty of success recently, and he can be considered in all leagues on this slate. Marcus Morris is questionable tonight. If he's active, he's an option that can be used in tournaments, as he comes with tremendous upside. Bobby Portis and Taj Gibson are expected to split minutes tonight, assuming Morris is active. If that's the case, neither makes a great option. If Morris is out, they can be considered. Mitchell Robinson always comes with GPP upside, but he doesn't make a great option on this slate.


Fade of the Day

Jayson Tatum

Tatum is dealing with an injury, and he's questionable tonight. He has found a bit of success recently, scoring 38+ DK points in each of his last 3 games, including a 63.5 DK point performance against the New Orleans Pelicans. With that being said, he scored fewer than 29 DK points in 3 of his 4 games prior to that.

Tatum gets a matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks, who love to push the pace, but feature one of the best defenses in the NBA. He needed 38.4 minutes to score 36.5 DK point in their only matchup. Tatum is a bit too risky for his price tag tonight.


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Please note that these are sample lineups we provide as a tool for you to use. They are designed to give you building-block options as you go about choosing your own lineups, but in no way can we guarantee success. Be sure to examine the latest injury updates, Las Vegas projected game totals and late scratches before finalizing your lineups to ensure the players you are choosing are active on game day.