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NBA DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for January 11, 2018

For the 1/11 NBA DFS slate, we’ll take a look at the best picks for the guards, forwards, and centers we’re considering rostering in our Cash and GPP lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel. The info below can also be used when crafting your strategy on the Draft Fantasy App and on Draftboard.

Please note the advice below is relevant for daily fantasy purposes. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than in real life due to matchup, price, and lots of other factors. This is important to consider when constructing a roster.

Injuries play a huge role in NBA DFS on a nightly basis, and value plays at the various daily fantasy sites can arise at a moment’s notice. Always, always check the starting lineups and injury news right before tipoff.

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PLAYERS RULED OUT
Austin Rivers (heel)
Danilo Gallinari (glute)
C.J. Williams (ankle)
Kawhi Leonard (shoulder)
Rudy Gay (heel)
Serge Ibaka (suspension)

INJURY NEWS TO MONITOR
Blake Griffin (concussion)
Milos Teodosic (foot)
Kyle Lowry (tailbone)
Danny Green (groin)
George Hill (personal)

NBA DFS Slate Breakdown for January 11, 2018

Cleveland Cavs (-3) at Toronto Raptors (Over/Under – 223)

Coming off his worst performance of the season and only the 12th time in his career he’s scored 10 points or fewer, LeBron James ($11.3k, $11.5k) is a clear bounce-back candidate. Tonight, he takes on a Raptors team that would like to rival Cleveland for ECF supremacy. “Angry LeBron” is an even tougher cover for opposing defenses, as evidenced by his monstrous line (33 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds) in a drubbing of Orlando last Saturday after he was bested by frienemy Kyrie Irving and the Celtics.

You could consider Tristan Thompson ($3.9k, $3.9k) as a value tonight since he grew up in the Toronto area and has often impressed in “Friends and Family” games such as this one. Other than that, Dwyane Wade ($4.8k, $5.4k) is a decent bet to meet value. Still, the Cavs will likely lean on their superstar, not Wade.

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DeMar DeRozan ($8.8k, $9.6k) could run on fumes as he looks to produce another herculean effort with Kyle Lowry (tailbone) potentially out tonight. Regardless of Lowry’s status, DeRozan is an elite play at SG against a Cavs team that gives up the fifth-most FPPG (43.58) to the position this year. DDR averaged 29.7 PPG over three appearances against Cleveland last season. And he posts a lofty 42.6 percent usage rate when Lowry is off the floor.

Delon Wright ($5.1k, $5.7k) continued to produce as a low-end Cash play with 13 points, seven rebounds, and four assists on Tuesday. He’s worth a look against the small-ball Cavs. Fred VanVleet ($3.9k, $3.6k) didn’t see much more playing time with Lowry out in a matchup against the Heat. Yet he could have more success against a Cavs team that’s been badly outplayed at the PG slot all year.

With Serge Ibaka suspended for his role in an altercation with James Johnson on Tuesday, Jonas Valanciunas ($5.4k, $6.2k) becomes more playable. OG Anunoby ($3.4k, $3.5k) and Pascal Siakam ($4.1k, $3.5k) are high-risk tournament options as part of Toronto’s deep rotation at forward.

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Los Angeles Clippers (-1.5) at Sacramento Kings (Over/Under – 210.5)

The Clippers have emerged as a great team to target when searching for value plays with Austin Rivers (heel), Milos Teodosic (foot), Blake Griffin (concussion), Danilo Gallinari (glute) and Patrick Beverley (knee) all inactive or questionable ahead of this matchup.

Griffin is the only player with a good chance to see the court, but he missed Wednesday night’s game against the Warriors. He could still be in concussion protocol. If he’s out, Lou Williams ($8.3k, $8.9k) will likely carry the Clippers’ offense again after producing 33 PPG over nine appearances leading into Wednesday’s loss.

DeAndre Jordan ($8.4k, $8.8k) is the top option at center on this short slate against a Kings team that gives up the most RPG (16.68) to the position. Sacramento allowed Jordan to grab 31 boards over two meetings this year.

The Clippers offer three viable values in the backcourt with Jawun Evans ($5.3k, $5.1k) leading the way in terms of the best floor-ceiling combination. C.J. Williams is also out tonight, which makes rookie Tyrone Wallace ($3.8k, $3.6k) a superb value option. Teodosic is unlikely to play.

The Kings don’t offer much in terms of high-priced plays. Willie Cauley-Stein is not recommended tonight. He faces a brutal matchup against Jordan, and he’s sharing time with Skal Labissiere and Kosta Koufos.

Bogdan Bogdanovic ($5.0k, $5.5k) has surprisingly been the Kings most consistent scorer with double-digit points in four straight outings. He’s a solid play, while Buddy Hield ($5.8k, $4.5k) is more of a boom-bust option. The former Oklahoma star is worth consideration against a Clippers team giving up the most FPPG (45.96) to opposing SGs this year.

De’Aaron Fox ($5.8k, $6.3k) is the other Kings guard to consider as a mid-tier option with a solid floor and limited upside, although he does draw a winnable matchup against the Clippers backup guards.

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San Antonio Spurs (-2.5) at Los Angeles Lakers (Over/Under – 211)

The Spurs will travel to Staples Center tonight to face a Lakers team leading the league in pace. Still, the lesser team is grooving once again with Lonzo Ball ($7.2k, $7.8k) running the show. Brandon Ingram ($6.6k, $6.6k) remains a solid Cash option as the Lakers’ primary wing scorer, although his prospects would take a significant hit if Kawhi Leonard (shoulder) is active.

Kyle Kuzma ($5.6k, $5.1k) has only become a dart throw since Julius Randle ($6.5k, $6.7k) is taking over as the Lakers’ best option at PF. Then, Larry Nance Jr. ($4.3k, $4.4k) is seeing consistent run off the bench. Randle is playing well but is a tough sell against a disciplined Spurs team that ranks second in defensive rating and PPG allowed (98.4) this season.

Leonard (shoulder) will likely not play against an inexperienced Lakers team that gives up the second-most PPG (111.1) this season. Thus, LaMarcus Aldridge ($8.5k, $9.9k) becomes a highly recommended play tonight.

The Spurs’ extensive supporting cast is hardly reliable. It blows up one night and disappears the next. For instance, Davis Bertans ($4.5k, $4.5k) went nuts with 28 points in 31 minutes off the bench on Monday. He’s worth a look in tournaments but is hardly trustworthy.

Along with Bertans, Kyle Anderson ($5.4k, $5.6k) and Bryn Forbes ($3.9k, $3.5k) would become somewhat viable options with scary low floors if Danny Green (groin) is out too.

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Nate Weitzer
Nate Weitzer is a successful DFS player with numerous tournament wins in NBA and NFL contests. He's been writing about DFS for several years, specializing in NBA advice while continuing to build his bankroll on several sites. When he's not playing DFS, Weitzer is often covering high school sports in the greater Boston area for outlets such as The Boston Globe, or playing basketball himself. Follow Nate on Twitter @Nweitzer7.