FanDuel Daily Fantasy Basketball Helper: Sunday 1/1/23

Despite a recent thumb injury, Sacramento's Domantas Sabonis is ranked fourth overall with 47.7 expected FanDuel points against Memphis. Which other players are top targets on Sunday?

If you're new to daily fantasy basketball -- maybe you started your DFS journey during the MLB or NFL seasons, or maybe basketball is your sport and this will be your first year giving it a shot -- you're in for a treat. The NBA scene changes on a week-to-week, day-to-day, and -- depending on injury news -- even a minute-to-minute basis, making every slate a unique one that requires an ever-changing approach.

With so much changing so quickly, we're here with plenty of tools to help you out. We have daily projections, a matchup heat map, a lineup optimizer, and a bunch of other great resources to help give you an edge.

Daily fantasy basketball is very reliant on a player's opportunity, so you'll need to make sure that you're up-to-date with key injuries. Our projections update up until tip-off to reflect current news, we have player news updates, and the FanDuel Scout app will send push notifications for pressing updates regarding your players.

We'll also be coming at you with this primer every day, breaking down a few of the day's top plays at each position.

Let's break down today's main slate on FanDuel.

Team Opp O/U Spread Implied Total Injuries
WSH MIL 226 7 109.5 Beal questionable
DEN BOS 233.5 1.5 116 Murray questionable / Gordon, Brown probable
MIL WSH 226 -7 116.5 Holiday, Middleton OUT / Antetokounmpo questionable
BOS DEN 233.5 -1.5 117.5 Robert Williams questionable
SAC MEM 240.5 4.5 118 Monk questionable
MEM SAC 240.5 -4.5 122.5 Bane OUT / Aldama, Clarke, Williams doubtful


Ja Morant ($10,500): After a 3.9% increase, Morant's FanDuel salary stands at his median point since December against a Sacramento Kings' team ranked 18th (48.0) in FanDuel points allowed per game to point guards. In two previous meetings versus the Kings, Morant has averaged 28.0 real-life points, 6.0 rebounds, and 6.0 assists.

Jaylen Brown ($9,000): At his highest salary this season, Brown will challenge a Denver Nuggets' team standing 26th in opposing true shooting percentage and 24th in defensive rating. The 26-year old is coming off his offensive month in December, accounting for 28.4 real-life points per game on 22.3 attempts.

De'Aaron Fox ($8,800): Since December 14th, Fox has scored at least 22 real-life points while also producing 1.17 FanDuel points, 0.12 rebounds, and 0.20 assists during this time period. Sacramento's point guard has done well in this particular matchup, averaging 29.5 real-life points, 7.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists.

Marcus Smart ($6,500): Despite a recent 3.1% salary jump, Boston's defensive leader ranks fifth among guards in value with a 4.86 rating and a 31.6 fantasy projection.

Dillon Brooks ($6,000): In 247.9 minutes with today's expected inactives, Brooks' fantasy production sees a 0.08 boost to 0.98 FanDuel points per minute with a 25.7% usage rate.

Bruce Brown Jr. ($5,300): After Jamal Murray was listed as questionable, Brown Jr. could see an increased role at the guard positions while averaging 0.87 FanDuel points with Murray off the floor this season.

John Konchar ($4,700): In a potential starting role with Desmond Bane ruled out, the Grizzlies' shooting guard ranks fourth among his position in value with a 4.75 rating and 22.3 expected FanDuel points versus a Kings' team giving up 24.6 real-life points to the two spot.

Tyus Jones ($4,500): After a 11.7% salary decrease, Jone is numberFire's top value option among guards with a 5.96 value rating and a 26.8 fantasy projection.

Jevon Carter ($4,300): Milwaukee's veteran accounts for 0.86 FanDuel points, 0.10 rebounds, and 0.16 assists in 429.9 minutes this season with Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday off the floor.


Giannis Antetokounmpo ($12,300): While "The Greek Alphabet" is listed as questionable, Milwaukee's superstar would be an elite option if active against a Washington Wizards ranked 16th in points allowed in the paint. Antetokounmpo sees a 0.07 increase to 1.74 FanDuel points per minute with Sunday's expected rotation.

Jayson Tatum ($11,000): At his second highest salary this season, Tatum is ranked third among forwards with a 47.6 fantasy projection against a Denver team allowing 44.7 FanDuel points to his position. In his last five appearances, Boston's superstar has been in a groove, averaging 1.51 FanDuel points, 0.21 rebounds, and 0.10 assists per minute.

Domantas Sabonis ($10,300): Despite a recent thumb injury, Sabonis has been in premier form, recording 1.34 FanDuel points, 0.78 real-life points, 0.28 rebounds, and 0.17 assists per minute since his return. Sacramento's versatile big man is second among forwards with 47.8 expected FanDuel points against a Memphis unit ranked seventh (49.4) in fantasy production allowed to his position.

Kristaps Porzingis ($9,500) / Kyle Kuzma ($8,300): If Bradley Beal is unable to suit up on Sunday night, Porzingis is averaging 1.36 FanDuel points and a 30.3% usage rate while Kuzma produces 1.02 FanDuel points and a 29.7% usage percentage.

Jaren Jackson Jr. ($7,200): In 170.4 minutes with today's injuries, Jackson produces 1.39 FanDuel points, 0.26 rebounds, and 0.12 blocks per minute. At his third lowest salary since December, the Grizzlies' forward ranks fifth in value with a 4.76 rating and 34.3 expected FanDuel points.

Bobby Portis ($6,300): Milwaukee's big man is still a viable option on Sunday despite a 10.5% salary jump, averaging 1.10 FanDuel points and a 23.8% usage rate in 460.0 minutes with today's expected inactives.

Harrison Barnes ($5,800): With Sacramento's starting lineup on the floor, Barnes is averaging 0.83 FanDuel points, 0.17 rebounds, and 0.30 shot attempts per minute. The veteran has played extremely well versus Memphis this season, averaging 23.0 real-life points on 12.5 shot attempts.

Grayson Allen ($4,100): At his second lowest FanDuel salary this season, Allen is seventh among forwards in value with a 4.66 rating and 19.1 expected FanDuel points versus a Wizards' team ranked 26th in opposing true shooting percentage.


Nikola Jokic ($12,000): Despite a tough matchup against a Celitcs' unit ranked fourth in fantasy production allowed to centers (47.5), Jokic is numberFire's second overall option with 55.9 expected FanDuel points. Since December 27th, Jokic's FanDuel salary has decreased by 3.2%, despite averaging 1.54 FanDuel points, 0.26 rebounds, and 0.27 assists.

Steven Adams ($6,400): In 270.6 minutes this season with tonight's rotation, Adams has accounted for 1.06 FanDuel points, 0.41 rebounds, and a 14.0% usage rate.