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Daily Fantasy Basketball Value Picks For Monday, January 6th

| January 6, 2020 7:31 am PDT
NBA Logo DFS Sleepers Monday January 6th 2020

Monday offers a very busy NBA slate, whether you’re looking to bet on games or just play DFS.

We get a fun nine-game slate to work with, so there will be plenty of options to peruse at the top basketball betting sites and we should also get some nice value for daily fantasy basketball.

Let’s not waste any time getting into some of tonight’s best NBA DFS value picks:

Best NBA DFS Point Guard Sleepers

  • Markelle Fultz – Orlando Magic ($5k)
  • J.J. Barea – Dallas Mavericks ($4.5k)
  • Ky Bowman – Golden State Warriors ($3.5k)

Tim Hardaway Jr. is listed as questionable for Monday and has missed the last couple of games. J.J. Barea has seen his role grow exponentially in that time and the veteran guard has dropped 23 and 28 fantasy points over his last two contests.

The minutes are what are encouraging for Luka Doncic’s mentor, as Barea logged 33 minutes in a close game with the Hornets in his last outing. An efficient DFS asset, Barea and his 1.19 fantasy points per minute with THJ off the floor can safely be targeted in all formats.

I also don’t mind Fultz, who remains too cheap given his role and upside. He could be in for a strong outing against the fast-paced Nets.

Draymond Green and D’Angelo Russell are both out for tonight, too, so Ky Bowman could be worth a deep dive if he gets another start.

Top NBA DFS Shooting Guard Sleepers

  • Marcus Smart – Boston Celtics ($5.2k)
  • Derrick White – San Antonio Spurs ($4.6k)
  • Josh Hart – New Orleans Pelicans ($4.4k)

Welcome to Marcus Smart Chalk Night. Kemba Walker has already been ruled out, which basically guarantees a start and an enhanced role for the veteran guard.

Smart is an erratic DFS performer, but he did pour in 46.5 fantasy points just two games ago. There are numerous Boston players that benefit from Walker’s absence, but Smart might be the best value associated with this situation.

Don’t ignore Derrick White or Josh Hart, though. Guys like Jrue Holiday and Dejounte Murray are banged up and iffy for tonight. White has a tough matchup and is slightly more expensive, which probably has me leaning toward Hart.

NBA DFS Small Forward Value Picks

  • Terrence Ross – Orlando Magic ($4.7k)
  • J.J. Redick – New Orleans Pelicans ($4.4k)
  • Justin Holiday – Indiana Pacers ($4k)

Luka Doncic owns the small forward position tonight, followed by Giannis Antetokounmpo. Both are in play, so it stands to reason you may not want to save at this position.

That said, Redick is in solid form at the moment with 24 and 28 fantasy points over his last two outings. His matchup with the Utah Jazz isn’t ideal, but he actually cooked them (40 fantasy points) earlier this year and the veteran guard sports a solid 21.4% usage rate with Jrue Holiday off of the floor.

Speaking of usage, Ross should keep chucking it off the bench, as Jonathan Isaac is going to be out for a while. The return of Aaron Gordon curbs his ceiling slightly, but a matchup with the Nets keeps him on my radar.

Malcolm Brogdon is out and T.J. McConnell could join him on the sidelines, which means you can look to the Indiana Pacers for savings tonight. One of the best values there could be Justin Holiday, who is coming off of a nice 30-point fantasy outing.

Best NBA DFS Power Forward Sleepers

  • Nemanja Bjelica – Sacramento Kings ($5.6k)
  • Paul Millsap – Denver Nuggets ($5.1k)
  • Eric Paschall – Golden State Warriors ($3.7k)

I’m loving the power forward position the higher up you go tonight, so this is another spot where saving cash may not make so much sense. Bjelica continues to be a decent salary saver whether Marvin Bagley is out or not, but his price is on the rise.

You can save a few bucks and drop down to Paul Millsap, who could earn some extra burn in a revenge game against his former Atlanta Hawks squad. It’s also just an awesome matchup against a terrible defense, so Thrillsap could wreck in limited time.

Given all of the Golden State’s dead bodies, feel free to look to Eric Paschall, who could potentially start. I like his minutes to spike regardless, so at this price we can swing for the fences in GPPs.

Daily Fantasy Basketball Center Sleepers

  • Enes Kanter – Boston Celtics ($5.8k)
  • Dwight Powell – Dallas Mavericks ($4.9k)
  • Anzejs Pasecniks – Washington Wizards ($3.6k)

Center is extremely top-heavy and this won’t be the spot where I look to save money. If you disagree, consider making Dwight Powell a core play in your NBA DFS lineups.

The absence of Kristaps Porzingis absolutely puts him in play, as Powell dropped 27 fantasy points in his last game and got 38 minutes of run. He has a tasty matchup against the Chicago Bulls, who have been awful at stopping big men all year.

Kanter’s price is getting a bit steep when you look at his minutes, but he has been wrecking over his last three games. He also faces an awful Wizards defense that he could carve up in limited run or even earn extra minutes against.

On the flip side, there’s always Pasecniks as a punt play. Washington is so banged up right now and Ian Mahinmi might sit this one out.


This slate is going to be bonkers. It’s really early in the day and a lot will change, yet we are already seeing some potentially very chalky value picks. Smart, Redick, Hart and Powell stand out as elite daily fantasy basketball sleepers that a lot of people will be on.

My play may be to build a small core of sleeper plays and differentiate up top. If people are going to be off of either Luka or The Greek Freak, consider playing up for the lower-owned option or just roster both.

Going the intermediate route is also an option, as there are a ton of nicely priced players from $7-$9k. Whatever you do, be sure to consider the latest NBA odds, matchups, ownership projections and get things started with these NBA DFS sleepers.

Thanks for reading and good luck tonight!

Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

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