DFS NBA Lineup Strategies – Blande’s 6th Man – Draftkings and Fanduel Advice Jan 11th

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Today we have a 9-game slate on our hands, filled with studs and value plays. Injuries have opened up some interesting value allowing us to fit in studs here. There are also some very good players in excellent positions off the bench today to round up our lineups. Before we jump into the top Core and GPP 6th Men on this slate, let’s take a second and congratulate a winner.

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SF – Otto Porter Jr. (6100/5800): Porter is back and fully healthy and will be locked into mid-30 minutes tonight. The shift to the bench notwithstanding, Porter is priced too cheap on both sites for his production. One could argue that the move to the bench helps Porter here, increasing his usage and productivity. The matchup against the Bucks is one Porter can exploit, making him a core play here on both sites.

SG – Jordan Clarkson (6000/5700): Clarkson went off in the first half against the Pelicans but cooled off in the second due to the blowout nature of the game. That said, he still ended up with an impressive output. He is averaging 37.7 DKPs in 29 MPG over his last 3 games. This is an impressive body of work and he’ll be needed again to keep the Cavs in this game. At his price, Clarkson has the upside to meet and exceed value on both sites, making him a core play.

SF – Royce O’Neale (3500/3300): With Rubio, Exum, and Neto out, O’Neale will be locked into massive minutes tonight. We are talking upper 20s and perhaps even lower 30s. At or near min-price today, he is an excellent DFS play. This is a situation where a player is thrust into a minute boost situation and we need to take full advantage of it. He’ll be chalky here tonight, but he is a core play on all sites in all formats.

PF – Dario Saric (3900/4500): FD Only! Dario Saric is grossly underpriced at this price on FD. Last time we spoke about how Saric could stand to benefit from a new coach. Against OKC, he played 25 minutes and put up 27.4 FDPs. That is an encouraging sign of things to come from Saric. Tonight, he gets a matchup against the Mavericks and at just 3.9k is clearly in play here. Saric is a perfect drop-score candidate tonight in all-formats. Fire him up.

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C – Kyle O’Quinn (4400/3700): Today has the makings of a Kyle O’Quinn day. First, Myles Turner is out, opening minutes for O’Quinn. The matchup off the bench against the Knicks who are 11% worse than the league average in defending centers is amazing. Add in the fact that this is O’Quinn’s first game back at the Garden, and you have the makings of a fantastic night. GPP only play though, although I can see using it in a ladder.

PG – Spencer Dinwiddie (5900/6100): Dinwiddie’s price has been slowly coming down, but it is still not low enough for him to return to the core section of this article. We all know the massive upside Dinwiddie carries, and given the tough matchup D’Angelo Russell will have today, Dinwiddie stands to benefit a little. His upside makes him GPP viable at his price, but this is not a SE kind of play. You can use him if MMEing.

PF – Bobby Portis (5500/4600): The Bulls have been working Portis back in slowly. He is up to around a 25-minute restriction. At 4.6k on DK, this is just enough minutes for him to be able to meet and exceed value. The matchup is a good one for Portis as he can take advantage of the Warriors down low. 5.5k is a little too much for him on FD with the minute restriction, but he is very much a GPP target on DK.

SG – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (4600/5100): KCP is a streaky player. When he is on a run, you want to have him in your lineups as he can win a GPP for you. He recently went on a nice 3-game mini-run followed by 2 poor performances. Last time out, he finally found his shooting form again. Tonight, against the Jazz, his shooting will be needed by the Lakers. I like the idea of running KCP in GPPs on FD. At 4.6k it doesn’t take much for him to crush value and he can be the borderline third drop-score play in your lineup. I have little interest in him on DK. FD only GPP play.

Those are your Sixth men for today. Good luck out there today! Make sure to join the DFS Army and get access to our content, tools, coaches, and community that shortens your growth curve for NBA DFS.