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Daily Fantasy Basketball Sleepers For Wednesday, January 15th
Last night’s NBA DFS value picks were a bit odd. On one hand, Elie Okobo was pure trash. On the other, he was 63% owned in the tournament I rostered him in.
That tells us a huge chunk of GPPs were on him, but fading him would have been the correct call if you look at the results.
Fortunately we did hit on some of our other daily fantasy basketball sleepers. Darius Garland notched a double-double, Patrick Beverley had a full stat line and Glenn Robinson was solid for his price.
It wasn’t the best night, but if you used those plays you could have been okay. It’s onward and upward we go, as Wednesday offers a huge 10-game slate at DraftKings.
Hit up your favorite basketball betting websites for the latest game lines and join me as I go over my favorite values for tonight’s action:
Best NBA DFS Point Guard Sleepers
- Dejounte Murray – San Antonio Spurs ($5.4k)
- Kendrick Nunn – Miami Heat ($5.1k)
- Monte Morris – Denver Nuggets ($3.6k)
The Spurs keep jerking Murray’s minutes around, but he does a lot in the time he’s out on the floor. You can try him at this discounted price and hope he can push for 30 minutes.
On the other side of Murray’s game is Nunn, who should benefit from Justise Winslow still being sidelined due to a back issue. He doesn’t do a whole lot other than score, but at home against a relatively soft Spurs defense, it may not matter.
The top value play on this entire may end up being Monte Morris, assuming Jamal Murray isn’t able to take the floor. Will Barton ($7k) probably benefits the most, but Morris would likely push for 25+ minutes if Murray is out.
Top NBA DFS Shooting Guard Sleepers
- Jarrett Culver – Minnesota Timberwolves ($4.8k)
- Terrence Ross – Orlando Magic ($4.4k)
- Kent Bazemore – Portland Trail Blazers ($4k)
Kent Bazemore is the bane of my DFS existence, but he remains too cheap for his role. He doesn’t do much, but he is by nature a fairly versatile player and is getting about 30 minutes every single night.
In an up-tempo showdown with the Rockets (236 total at BetOnline), he could easily pay off.
Terrence Ross continues to have a nice usage rate off the bench and the Magic are down a key scorer in Jonathan Isaac. I also don’t mind Jarrett Culver, who has a reliable role and 30+ minutes on the floor each night.
NBA DFS Small Forward Value Picks
- Davis Bertans – Washington Wizards ($5.5k)
- Sekou Doumbouya – Detroit Pistons ($5k)
- Michael Porter Jr. – Denver Nuggets ($3.7k)
I’m very interested in the sharpshooting Bertans if he can increase his floor time tonight. He returned from a quad injury recently, however, so this could be playing with fire.
Sekou has a terrible matchup against the Boston Celtics, but he’s getting tons of run and is proving to be a pretty solid DFS producer. I think he’s still viable at this price point.
Due to the growing list of dead bodies in Denver, though, MPJ is probably my main focus at small forward. He bombed as uber chalk not too long ago, but the Nuggets could be down both Gary Harris and Jamal Murray, while big man Paul Millsap has already been ruled out.
Best NBA DFS Power Forward Sleepers
- Kyle Kuzma – Los Angeles Lakers ($5.8k)
- Harrison Barnes – Sacramento Kings ($4.9k)
- P.J. Tucker – Houston Rockets ($4.2k)
Kuz was terrible his last time out, but he’s otherwise smashed with Anthony Davis sidelined. The Brow is a game time call for tonight, which complicates the interest in Kuz, but he’s an obvious value if Davis is out.
Harrison Barnes is a solid floor guy and is now too cheap to ignore. There are a lot of bodies in Sacramento, so his ceiling games are impossible to predict. He’s just a decent last option to slide into your NBA DFS lineups.
There’s also P.J. Tucker, who didn’t work out last night, but as always, gets loads of minutes.
Top NBA DFS Center Sleepers
- Enes Kanter – Boston Celtics ($5.7k)
- Jerami Grant – Denver Nuggets ($5k)
- Daniel Gafford – Chicago Bulls ($4.9k)
There are some injuries to monitor at center, with Daniel Theis standing out the most. Enes Kanter has been terrific off of the bench for Boston, so an expanded role would make him an arguable steal at his current price.
The absence of Paul Millsap also opens the door up for Jerami Grant to be a hit. I like the value I’d be getting via MPJ a bit more, but you can certainly make the case that Grant is the safer play.
Wendell Carter is out again, which could put Daniel Gafford back into play for the Bulls. His price has risen and he’s a bit banged up himself, but we’re somehow starving for value on this 10-game slate.
There is shockingly little value on this huge slate, but per usual, we can expect that to change throughout the course of the day. Your big task will be deciding which stud to pay up for, as there are several of them.
I might opt for a more balanced approach on this slate, but your lineup building strategy could hinge on what news ends up breaking. Just keep these NBA DFS sleepers in mind as you begin your process.
If you’d like to take a crack at the betting side of things, check out our NBA game picks page.