NBA DFS: Studs, scrubs, and duds for January 6, 2020

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Top star players, best value picks, and guys you should stay away from on January 6 in NBA DFS on DraftKings and FanDuel.

Welcome to Studs, Scrubs, and Duds; FanSided’s NBA DFS lineup helper.

Here’s what’s on the slate for tonight:

7 p.m. ET: Indiana at Charlotte, Brooklyn at Orlando, Oklahoma City at Philadelphia, Boston at Washington
7:30 p.m. ET: Denver at Atlanta
8 p.m. ET: Utah at New Orleans
8:30 p.m. ET: Chicago at Dallas, Milwaukee at San Antonio
10 p.m. ET: Golden State at Sacramento

How this works:

Studs: Top high salary picks that you can build your lineup around.
Scrubs: Value players looking for a big night or consistent options to help fill out your lineup.
Duds: Players to avoid given their high salary and/or poor matchup.

Five players are picked on each slide, positions are not applicable, and both DraftKings and FanDuel salaries are listed.


Giannis Antetokounmpo (at SA – $10,900 on DK; $11,400 on FD): Giannis is the highest second salary on the night and there’s a good chance he ends as the highest scorer on the night. The Spurs should make it competitive enough to where Giannis gets his usual minutes and his usual minutes are good enough for guaranteed value and then some. You can build around Giannis with ease with the value available on a big night. He was solid last time against the Spurs and his salary is less on this night.

Trae Young (vs DEN – $9,800 on DK; $9,100 on FD): I don’t know what’s up with the Nuggets right now but it’s not good. And I’m not in the business of doubting Trae with his ability to put up big scoring and passing numbers. The Nuggets can’t be as bad as they are against the Wizards but at the same time, their defense has been off for a few games now.

Jayson Tatum (at WAS – $8,000 on DK; $7,900 on FD): If Kemba remains out then there continues to be good value on the Celtics, especially with this matchup against the Wizards. I still prefer Tatum to Brown or Hayward but I’m not sure you can go wrong with any of the trio. Tatum just has the highest ceiling with his overall scoring game and rebounding ability.

Chris Paul (at PHI – $7,300 on DK; $6,700 on FD): The three guard lineup of the Thunder continues to give teams fits and I’m not opposed to any of the three players given their salary and the opportunities they get each game. This simply feels like a Chris Paul game given the opponent. Expect him to be a little more assertive than usual in this game.

Buddy Hield (vs Golden State – $7,200 on DK; $6,700 on FD): Hield is shooting better with Fox back in the lineup. Amazing what another creator can do for a player. It’s a great matchup against a weak Warriors team. There’s some good value on the Warriors as well since this should be a high scoring affair and neither team has a player that will break the bank.

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