NBA DFS Lineup For FanDuel – January 9th

I once again nailed a solid game stack, as that Suns vs. Kings battle produced quite a few strong NBA DFS plays. De’Anthony Melton was a stellar value play last night, while paying up for the likes of Curry/Durant/PG-13 wasn’t the worst call even though it didn’t exactly work out as I’d hoped.

On the bright side, there were several other studs like Joel Embiid that didn’t come close to meeting value, so there are a few ways to mess up on Tuesday.

Either way, I’m right back to it with a brand new 10-game daily fantasy basketball slate. Let’s see what my favorite NBA DFS lineup is looking like for tonight at FanDuel:

PG: Jeremy Lin – Atlanta Hawks ($4.4k)

Lin wrecked last night and he could be in position to post a strong line yet again versus one of his former teams. Tonight’s tilt with the Nets is a positive one and assuming Kevin Huerter (calf) is out again, Lin figures to draw another start and get quality run.

Point guard isn’t the position I feel compelled to spend top dollar at tonight. There are certainly viable studs to consider, but if you can get elite value like Lin, it may be the smarter daily fantasy basketball strategy.

PG: Shabazz Napier – Brooklyn Nets ($4.7k)

Sticking in Hawks vs. Nets game, injuries also could keep handing Napier a big role in Brooklyn. He’s played well and is looking at 25-30 minutes if all goes well. Atlanta is one of the best matchups one can hope for versus guards, so Napier is firmly on my radar if he’s locked into a big role once again.

SG: James Harden – Houston Rockets ($12.6k)

Fading Harden in what could be a tense home game against the Bucks could prove to be a huge mistake. He’ll be at home in a high profile game with the Milwaukee Bucks, so fireworks can be expected.

He’s expensive as heck, but one of him, Anthony Davis or any of the other studs is bound to erupt on a big slate. You should probably pay for one of them tonight and Harden is my pick.

SG: Josh Hart – Los Angeles Lakers ($5.9k)

Hart has inexplicably dropped in price despite a strong role and an awesome 50-point fantasy outing behind him. He is filling up the stat sheet and obviously can pop off as a scorer from the outside.

He’s in a favorable spot versus the Dallas Mavericks and remains a good price, so he fits in nicely (and easily) with my NBA DFS lineup tonight.

SF: Brandon Ingram – Los Angeles Lakers ($6.9k)

I also don’t mind Lonzo Ball or Kyle Kuzma tonight, but I’ll halt my Lake Show infatuation at Hart and Ingram. Ingram is another Lakers player who popped off recently and has a big scoring load with LeBron James still rehabbing an injury.

A home date with the Pistons doesn’t look bad on paper and volume should benefit Ingram. He remains too cheap given his role and upside in this offense right now. Besides, if you’re not paying for The Greek Freak, good luck finding reliable help at small forward tonight at FanDuel.

SF: Chandler Hutchinson – Chicago Bulls ($3.5k)

Here’s my true punt tonight and if Hutchinson is my lowest score of the night, then my plan has worked.

The good news is he’s the bare minimum at FanDuel and actually has a role for the moment. I’m not expecting much here, but SF is arguably the weakest position on this slate, so punting here makes good sense.

PF: Blake Griffin – Detroit Pistons ($9.2k)

I see The Brow here, but Griffin offers incredible upside in an up-tempo date with the Lakers. I’m going to target him as he “returns home” to the Staples Center and this game offers him an ideal NBA DFS environment.

Griffin feels like an elite pivot off of Anthony Davis and is over $3k cheaper. If he can get me 50 fantasy points like he’s fully capable of, this move will be worth it.

PF: Rodions Kurucs – Brooklyn Nets ($4.4k)

Kurucs is one more option in that Hawks vs. Nets game that I’m targeting, assuming injuries keep him in the lineup and getting strong run. He exploded as a scorer in his last game, but has proven in short time that he can do a little bit of everything.

Atlanta is a good matchup for virtually every position and Kurucs remains too cheap to ignore. I don’t love PF at the intermediate level tonight, outside of perhaps Kyle Kuzma. I have no qualms in punting the second slot and Kurucs should allow me to do so with confidence.

C: Julius Randle – New Orleans Pelicans ($8.2k)

The center position is positively loaded tonight, but I love the upside of Randle at this price. He could wreck no matter how the game goes, but in a possible blowout, he could see even more run than expected.

Randle is a threat to explode on a nightly basis, but the Cavs are a fantastic matchup. While most will be paying for The Brow or using a pricier center like Joel Embiid, I’m going to exploit the value here and hope we get a classic blow-up game from Orange Julius.

DeAndre Jordan and Rudy Gobert are also appealing in that same price range, while paying up for Embiid is certainly understandable. I’d just need Jimmy Butler to sit to entice me to pay that much for him right now.


Overall, I’m building around Harden and not looking back. There are two other studs to build around with supreme confidence, while Joel Embiid should also be on your radar if Butler sits on the second leg of a back-to-back set.

It’s Harden or bust for me and fitting a second stud like Griffin gives this NBA DFS lineup the upside I covet for tournaments. I also like all of my value picks, assuming those guys retain their starting roles and are active.

As always, be sure to stay on top of the latest news. This is a big 10-game slate, so there is going to be plenty that emerges over the next 10 hours or so. I’m pushing this NBA DFS lineup out early, so be sure to do extra research beyond just sliding my daily fantasy basketball picks into a roster at FanDuel.

Whatever you decide, I appreciate you stopping by. Feel free to comment how your past teams have done and how you feel about my/your own NBA DFS picks for Wednesday night. Good luck and enjoy the games!