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Tuesday Slate Starter: NBA DFS Strategy for DraftKings & FanDuel Lineups Today | 1/11/22

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The Slate Starter is a daily first look at to get your daily fantasy basketball lineup-building process started before lock tonight. Each day, we will go through some of the best NBA DFS picks, top stacks and optimal lineup construction for DraftKings and FanDuel. Be sure to check Awesemo’s NBA Starting Lineups page, as it will be updated throughout the day as the NBA injury reports are released and breaking news surfaces. Let’s dive into some players who stand out as key options on Tuesday’s six-game slate.

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Ja Morant, PG, Memphis Grizzlies

The Grizzlies have been rolling recently, racking up nine straight wins, and the play of Morant has been a big reason why. He has turned in some of his best performances of the season since returning to the lineup on Dec. 20. Morant has increased his production to 1.46 DraftKings points per minute over the past month, which trails only Nikola Jokic and Karl-Anthony Towns on Tuesday’s slate.

Morant could be asked to do even more against the Warriors. Dillon Brooks is still in health and safety protocols, and Morant has seen a team-high usage bump of +1.3% with Brooks off the court this season. He will face a tough matchup against the Warriors, but Morant is simply underpriced at just $8,900 on DraftKings. He should grade out nicely in our NBA Projections.

Andre Iguodala, SG/SF, Golden State Warriors

On the other side of that matchup, the Warriors have the potential to be an excellent source of value. Draymond Green remains out of the lineup, while Otto Porter and Gary Payton II are questionable. Their absences would open up a solid handful of minutes for the rest of the roster.

Iguodala is someone that could help out in the frontcourt. He is a solid per-minute producer, averaging 0.89 DraftKings points per minute this season, and he racked up 24.9 minutes with Green out of the lineup on Sunday. Iguodala responded with 23.5 DraftKings points, and he does not need much playing time to pay off his $3,800 salary on DraftKings.

Iguodala could be an overlooked source of value on this slate. If his ownership projection is too low, he should check in with a positive leverage rating in the Boom/Bust Probability tool.


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Austin Rivers, SG/SF, Denver Nuggets

Things continue to go from bad to worse for the Nuggets’ rotation. They have already been without Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. for most of the season, and now Will Barton is in health and safety protocols.

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With that in mind, the Nuggets have had to reach a little deeper into their rotation recently. Rivers is someone who has been asked to pick up the slack, and he did just that in their last game. He finished with 31.5 minutes and 37.75 DraftKings points, and he should be looking at another expanded workload on Tuesday. Rivers has been a mediocre per-minute producer for most of the year, but he has seen a slight bump in production with Barton sidelined. Overall, Rivers stands out as a nice value at just $4,100 on DraftKings, and he can help you fit a couple of studs into your lineup.

River’s expanded workload could also provide some value in the player prop market. Make sure to see how he fares in the Awesemo Player Prop tool, which highlights the most exploitable player props each day.


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Our NBA daily fantasy projections are updated regularly, including whenever any relevant news breaks. We also have FanDuel rankings, DraftKings NBA rankings and Yahoo! NBA ownership rankings for today's slate. View our Yahoo! NBA ownership, our DraftKings ownership projections and our FanDuel ownership. Check out our NBA DFS rankings for fantasy points and values that are derived directly from Alex Baker's own basketball DFS projections. Looking for more NBA DFS advice tonight and the best NBA DFS picks today?
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