Winners from Downtown is bringing the top daily picks for your cash games, alongside some value plays, and Vegas notes. Be sure to check out our minutes tool, and Colossus lineup optimizer.

Projections show DraftKings prices and fantasy points.

Vegas Notes

- San Antonio-New Orleans has the lowest total of the night at 196

- Washington-Sacramento has the highest total of the night at 217

-The only two major blowout concerns of the night are, San Antonio-New Orleans with a 20-point spread, and Miami-L.A. with a 10-point spread.

Top Picks

Brandon Knight (PG), Suns

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@MIL

360.9321.425.949102.533.38

Salary: FD: $7,200 DK: $7,300

Brandon Knight will be on the road against the team that traded him last off-season, so we know he will be playing tonight with a chip on his shoulder. He's been playing great basketball of late, averaging 39.1 fantasy points over his ten last games. He's been averaging 35 minutes over his last 10, so there is no need to worry about any minute restrictions. The Bucks are average when it comes to defending point guards, as they have allowed an average of 48.6 fantasy points over there last five games (17th in NBA). The matchup isn't ideal, but not bad either, and the price is right. Considering the the chip on Knight's shoulder for tonight, it should give him a little extra motivation.

Don't feel comfortable with Knight? I also love John Wall tonight, but I just thought a revenge game would be more fun to talk about!

Khris Middleton (SG), Bucks

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PHO

370.8923.622.242.710932.93

Salary: FD: $6,900 DK: $6,500

Sure -- Khris Middleton is in a mini slump right now, but I am expecting him to breakout tonight. He will be going up against the Suns, which provides the Bucks, and Middleton, with an excellent matchup. The Suns struggle on the defensive side of the ball, allowing an average of 107.8 PPG (29th in NBA). They have also allowed the sixth-most fantasy points on the year to opposing shooting guards. The matchup and price is appealing, so watch out for my man James Khristian "Khris" Middleton.

Matt Barnes (SF), Grizzlies

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DEN

360.8120.917.340.410229.16

Salary: FD: $6,200 DK: $5,300

With not many high priced small forwards that catch my attention -- I will go ahead and talk about Matt Barnes. The 36-year-old will be going up against the Nuggets tonight, which is a team he has had much success against this season. In three meetings against the rebuilding Nuggets, Barnes is averaging 31.9 fantasy points. The matchup is also there for him as they have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing small forwards on the year. Barnes is a mid-priced guy that will allow you to spend more money at other positions. I especially love him on DraftKings for only 5,300.

Marcin Gortat (C), Wizards

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@SAC

331.0629.117.648.511034.98

Salary: FD: $6,600 DK: $6,800

Not really sure on who to choose tonight at center? My recommendation is to go with -- The Polish Hammer! He will be going up against a Kings' team that he devoured them on Dec. 27. He had 27 points and 16 rebounds -- which was good enough for 60 fantasy points! (That is not a typo by the way). He's in a great position tonight as the Kings have allowed an average of 60.1 fantasy points to opposing center over their last 10 games (third-most during that span). I am not going to predict another 60 fantasy point night from the Polish Hammer, but I do expect him to hit value and have a nice night for the Wizards.

Value Plays

Jose Calderon (PG - NYK) FD: $4,400 DK: $4,100

Jose Calderon is honestly my favorite fantasy player this year and in my opinion, on the Mount Rushmore of DFS greats! Before you call me crazy -- let me explain myself. I compare Calderon to Taco Bell. Whenever you're hungry and don't have much money left, the place you go to Taco Bell. It is very affordable and gets the job done, which is a perfect example of Calderon. I hope this helps you understand why I love him, but if it doesn't let me talk about my secret weapon (Jose Calderon) a little more.

First off, my buddy is averaging 24.4 fantasy points over his last ten games. With a 4,100 price tag, that is exceeding value and giving you a little extra. (Think of it as when Taco Bell puts extra cheese on your tacos). He will be going up against a Mavs' team that has allowed an average of 55.5 fantasy points over their last five games to opposing point guards (third-most in NBA). So ladies and gentlemen -- do yourself a favor and pencil in Jose Calderon into your lineups and eat some Taco Bell while watching Calderon play tonight!

Norman Powell (SG - TOR) FD: $4,100 DK: $3,500

As long as Terrence Ross is out again, you can expect Powell to enter the starting lineup yet again. He has now started in the Raptors last three games and has been excellent from a fantasy standpoint. He is averaging 33 minutes and is 26.91 fantasy points during that span. The matchup isn't ideal, but Powell will get plenty of minutes, which will make it easier for him to hit value.

Jordan Farmer (PG - MEM) FD: Unavailable DK: $3,900

In the four games with the Grizzlies this season, Jordan Farmer is averaging 25 minutes and 20.8 fantasy points. Tonight he draws a favorable matchup going up against Denver, as they have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points over their last five games. They have also allowed an average of 104.8 PPG (23rd in NBA). He is a nice cheaper option if you don't like my secret weapon, although it's not really a secret anymore. I am not going to sell FanDuel players short, so another guy to target as a value play is Wesley Matthews.



Comments
JasonG4s
Can't believe Farmar isn't on FD right now. Calderon and Taco Bell can also leave you with a bad feeling after haha.
zachsgotmoxy
I love the picks and really wish Farmar was on FD