NBA DFS: Studs, scrubs, and duds for December 28

LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles the ball (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Tomas Satoransky (vs ATL – $6,000 on DK; $5,700 on FD): Satoransky has been plying consistent basketball and now he gets the Hawks. I absolutely love him on Saturday. He’s definitely not going to hurt you due to his consistency and the matchup. And the ceiling is high with the matchup as well. Take him with confidence.

RJ Barrett (at WAS – $5,900 on DK; $5,400 on FD): Barrett can be inconstant because that’s how it goes with rookies. Especially rookies on the Knicks. But he had a strong outing against the Wizards a couple of games ago and now he gets the Wizards once again. It’s a good matchup and I’m going to trust he’ll be more boom than bust in this one.

Lou Williams (vs UTA – $5,700 on DK; $4,900 on FD): Williams never lacks for opportunities but he has been inconsistent as of late. The good news that the Jazz is weak against the position and Lou’s salary has dropped to a nice spot due to a heavy night and his inconsistency. He’s had some solid games against Utah this season and he’ll do it against on Saturday. He’s another guy who won’t hurt you and provides a high ceiling.

Gary Payton III (vs NY – $5,600 on DK; $4,600 on FD): The issue with Payton is that Thomas will be back in the lineup and that could cut into his minutes. But he’s played so well and Bertans is out so they’ll continue to need his offensive punch. The matchup is good enough to where he should get the run as well. He is a risk because of the unknown with Thomas returning. But I’m going to trust Scott Brooks the same way I did when he coached OKC. That usually worked out well.

Kevin Huerter (at CHI – $5,400 on DK; $5,300 on FD): Huerter has been playing consistent basketball and the return of Collins does take some pressure of of him as he slides down into a more suitable role. It’s a good matchup as the offense should be up in this game. And Huerter is at a great salary with a big opportunity to deliver over value.