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Daily Fantasy Basketball Sleepers For Friday, January 24th
I tried projecting things a bit going into last night, but had one major gaffe with Boban Marjanovic registering (gulp) zero fantasy points.
Anfernee Simons (11) wasn’t a whole lot better, while I also handed in my NBA DFS value picks so early that a super chalky Dwight Howard wasn’t on my radar.
Fortunately, I still delivered some solid value plays, as Trevor Ariza (38 fantasy points) was a beast in his Blazers debut. Davis Bertans (26) and Cedi Osman (25) were also viable options.
It was a mixed bag, but hopefully we can hit it big to close out the week. Hit up the best NBA sportsbooks to take a look at the latest odds and join me as I break down my favorite sleepers for 1/24:
Best NBA DFS Point Guard Sleepers
- Monte Morris – Denver Nuggets ($5k)
- T.J. McConnell – Indiana Pacers ($4.9k)
- Jeff Teague – Atlanta Hawks ($4.8k)
You could keep going at the point guard position, as Shabazz Napier and other guys also stand out. T.J. McConnell’s price has come up, but with Malcom Brogdon out with a concussion, he’s my favorite play.
McConnell smashed (40 fantasy points) in his last outing and gets a mouth-watering matchup against the Warriors tonight. His solid 1.02 fantasy points per minute with Brogdon off the floor does the trick for me.
That said, I love Morris and Teague if they both start again tonight. Morris will almost certainly be in the first unit for Denver, as Jamal Murray is still out. Trae Young could miss another game, too, and that’d put Teague back in the chalk conversation.
You could honestly just slide all three of these guards into your daily fantasy basketball lineups and build from there, depending on news.
Top NBA DFS Shooting Guard Sleepers
- Tyler Herro – Miami Heat ($4.6k)
- Malik Beasley – Denver Nuggets ($4.3k)
- Brandon Goodwin – Atlanta Hawks ($4k)
The Miami Heat are another team struggling with injuries. It’s unclear yet as to who will actually sit out, but Jimmy Butler, Goran Dragic and Kendrick Nunn are all in question.
Tyler Herro will be viable if even one of those guys sits and if two or more are out, he’ll be obvious chalk. He erupted for seven three-pointers and 37 fantasy points in his last game and could be in for crazy usage tonight.
The sample size isn’t that big, but when Dragic, Butler and Justise Winslow are off the floor, Herro sports an elite 28.9% usage rate.
Denver is also hurting, so Malik Beasley could be a good value. Trae Young being out cements Jeff Teague as a top value play, but you’d also want to lend a cursory glance Brandon Goodwin’s way.
NBA DFS Small Forward Value Picks
- Duncan Robinson – Miami Heat ($4.4k)
- Derrick Jones Jr. – Miami Heat ($3.8k)
- P.J. Dozier – Denver Nuggets ($3.1k)
I’ll keep the Miami love rolling with both Robinson and Jones. I prefer Jones based on price, but both of these guys can get hot from outside and rebound well enough. They’d be in for usage spikes if the Heat are shorthanded against the Clippers tonight.
There’s also P.J. Dozier, who logged 21 minutes in his last contest. The Nuggets are for sure down Paul Millsap, Jamal Murray and Mason Plumlee, while Gary Harris and Michael Porter Jr. are also in doubt.
If Denver is going to be down this many bodies, Dozier will be worth a look at this super cheap price tag.
Best NBA DFS Power Forward Sleepers
- Eric Paschall – Golden State Warriors ($5.3k)
- Sekou Doumbouya – Detroit Pistons ($4.5k)
- Juan Hernangomez – Denver Nuggets ($3k)
I’d certainly pick a side between Dozier and Hernangomez, but both are in play if Denver is without the right bodies. Assuming MPJ sits, both guys are in play due to fringe rotation roles and their cheap prices.
Eric Paschall has worked his way back into a concrete role and is a decent price. Doumbouya’s minutes have slipped a bit, but there’s little reason for the Pistons to hold him back. He’s a little too cheap if he can get the run he was getting just a few games ago.
Top NBA DFS Center Sleepers
- Nerlens Noel – Oklahoma City Thunder ($5.1k)
- Christian Wood – Detroit Pistons ($4.7k)
- Dewayne Dedmon – Sacramento Kings ($4.6k)
Steven Adams sat out OKC’s last game and could be in danger of missing another game. That’d make Noel a priority play for me, seeing as he’d get the start and put up 27 fantasy points across 30 minutes last game.
Noel has always been a great producer in limited action and that’s been no different (1.13 fantasy points per minute) when Adams has been off the floor this year.
Christian Wood would be a chalky value play in the event Detroit big man Andre Drummond was out again. It sounds like Drummond will return tonight, but Wood remains viable off of the bench.
Dedmon was a brilliant value play a couple of nights ago, but his price has spiked by $1.5k. He isn’t a staggering value anymore, but he’s still on the table with both Richaun Holmes and Marvin Bagley III sidelined for the Kings.
There is already an absurd amount of viable value and with this being a 10-game slate, more will surely come. Keep an eye on the status of Trae Young, as well as the injury situations in Denver and Miami.
Those spots will have the biggest impact on how we build our NBA DFS lineups tonight. Even without clear news, though, we can tentatively prepare how we’ll build our rosters.
Good luck with your NBA DFS picks tonight, and as always, stop by our NBA betting guide for assistance with betting on the games.