FanDuel & DraftKings NBA Daily Picks: Fantasy lineup & advice 1/3/18

Looking for some high-upside value picks for DFS in this busy 12-game slate? Here are some handy suggestions that could help make a difference.

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PG – Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns (FD – $7300, DK – $6700)

Murray delivered the goods in a big way last time out as he dropped 31 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and two blocks in a losing effort against the Philadelphia 76ers. Over his last ten games, Murray has reached at least five times his value eight times and seven times his value or higher four times. Reaching the latter level will be tougher to do given his rising price, but Murray will nevertheless be a strong fantasy option tonight. That’s because he faces a Phoenix Suns team already giving up the third-most fantasy points to point guards on the second night of a back-to-back, which could make their already bad defense even more vulnerable. 

Also consider: Ricky Rubio, Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans (FD/DK – $5300)

Rubio snapped out of his recent shooting slump in a big way as he dropped 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He also had ten rebounds, eight assists, a block and a steal to complete a spectacular night which saw him reach nine times his fantasy value. Rubio will be hard-pressed to have another performance quite as good, particularly in terms of his scoring. But he will have an awesome matchup against a Pelicans team giving up the most fantasy points to point guards, so he is well worth the risk.

SG – Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves @ Brooklyn Nets (FD -$5800, DK – $6100)

Wiggins had one of his best all-around games in a long while as he had 21 points, nine rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block against the shorthanded Lakers. It was the first time Wiggins topped 40 fantasy points in FanDuel since the tail-end of November when he was $1000 more expensive. In short, there is a lot of value to be had in Wiggins, who is still priced well below his true capabilities. He has the potential to go out and have himself another outstanding performance against the Brooklyn Nets and their shaky defense, which makes him an appealing target for DFS.

Also consider: Rodney Hood, Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans (FD – $5600, DK – $5500)

Hood missed the Jazz’s first meeting against the Pelicans this season, but he could have had a field day had he played. Rookie Donovan Mitchell went off for 41 points in that game while Alec Burks had himself 24 points off the bench as well. Hood is often feast or famine, but after a disappointing performance against the Cavs, he could be bound for a bounce-back performance tonight.


SF – Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (FD – $5600, DK – $5300)

Brown had a decent game upon his return from a knee injury which kept him out for a couple of games. He had a full stat line with 13 points, three boards, two assists, two blocks, a steal, and three three-pointers against the Nets. Next up is a big Eastern Conference showdown against the Cavs. The last time he faced Cleveland was in the season opener where he stole the show with 25 points, six rebounds, and two steals in a losing effort. It remains to be seen whether he is ready to contribute those types of numbers right away. After witnessing the Cavs defense cough up a big fantasy night to Evan Turner of all people last night, Brown should like his chances of putting together a really good night.

Also consider: Jae Crowder, Cleveland Cavaliers @ Boston Celtics (FD – $4300, DK – $3900)

Crowder is admittedly a risky play, but the upside is definitely high. After an awful start to the season, Crowder is finally coming around. He had 17 points and four three-pointers against the Portland Trail Blazers, the fourth time in his last six games where he’s reached six times his value. There is also the small matter of going back to Boston, which should have him all pumped up and ready to perform.

PF – Derrick Favors, Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans (FD – $6400, DK – $6000)

Favors just continues to produce for the Jazz. He had an impressive 19 points, six boards, and three steals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the fourth time he’s reached five times his value in his last five games. He will have a strong chance to add to that impressive run as he faces the Pelicans. Favors had a brilliant performance in his first meeting against New Orleans, putting up 18 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, and two steals.

Also consider: Marquese Chriss, Phoenix Suns @ Denver Nuggets (FD – $5000, DK – $4600)

Chriss continues to play some terrific basketball. He picked up his first double-double of the season last night with 17 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and three three-pointers. That is now five games of around six times his value in his last seven. There will be risk surrounding him since he will be on the second night of a back-to-back, but the Nuggets do not defend power forwards well and Chriss’s Price is too enticing to ignore.

C – Clint Capela, Houston Rockets @ Orlando Magic (FD – $7700, DK – $7400)

The Rockets will need other players to contribute with more scoring with James Harden sidelined, and despite his quiet seven-point, seven-rebound outing against the Lakers, Capela can certainly do so. Capela could be a big beneficiary of the many Chris Paul pick-and-rolls which should be a staple of the Rockets offense.

Also consider: Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors @ Chicago Bulls (FD – $5000, DK – $4900)

For some strange reason, Valanciunas just loves playing against the Bulls. He is averaging 22 points and 12.5 rebounds in two meetings against them this season. While he saw his playing time limited in the Raptors’ win over the Bucks, he should have a more prominent role in the Raptors offense tonight.

Do you have any thoughts on tonight’s fantasy landscape tonight? Share them in the comments below!