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The Starting 5 | Thursday, January 14 FanDuel & DraftKings NBA DFS Expert Lineup Picks

FanDuel & DraftKings Expert NBA DFS Cash Game Lineup Picks for Thursday, January 14, 2016.

Free daily fantasy basketball lineup advice, picks and plays (1/14) to help you win your DFS contests.

Let’s take a closer look at some FanDuel & DraftKings NBA DFS action with our “Starting 5” picks for the day’s slate.

For those of you new to Moxyball or new to this column, welcome, and for those of you who have been reading with us since last year, welcome back.

In this column we give you a play to consider at each position and then our 6th man who will be the one player that I will be personally spending up for.

Ok… let’s jump in.

Note: The important thing with NBA DFS is to be nimble and ready to make roster changes as injury news breaks throughout the day – right around 10-15 minutes before lineup lock in particular. Just like we mentioned in our season primer article that talked to overarching strategies for success, you need to be able to lock in some key values as they emerge throughout the day to get that leg up on your competition. These picks below are being shared first thing in the day from guys we like on paper – but you never know how their outlook is going to change as the day rolls on and other attractive plays shine through.

PG- Ish Smith

You have to love Ish in this matchup for Thursday night. Stephen Curry may feel like the right chalk play, but Golden State is going up against the Lakers and are playing on the second half of a back-to-back here. It would not surprise me if they limited his minutes from the get-go by potentially keeping him out of the game altogether. On top of that, there is plenty of blowout risk that would take him off the table, too. Smith has a very good matchup against Chicago, who rank 25th vs the PG position on the season. He has scored 38+ fantasy points in 3 of his last 4 games as well and is looking strong as the facilitator in Philadelphia right now. He’s still under $7,000 and makes for an excellent PG play on the slate.

SG- Rodney Hood

This is the second night in a row that we’re recommending Hood. At the time of writing, Hood has yet to take the floor for the Jazz (so we don’t quite know how his night will end). Here is what Zach said about him in Wednesday’s column:

Hood looked to be over his ankle injury last game out. He had a solid line of 14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. He can be up or down as most young players are but has at least 29 fantasy points in four of his past six games.

Considering he has one of the softest matchups on the board for Thursday at the SG position (Kings are 2nd last in the league vs the SG position) and that his role continues to grow in the absence of Alec Burks, he makes for a top-notch play at right around the $5,000 price point. He’ll be a cash game staple.

SF- Gordon Hayward

When I start my cash game lineup construction on nights like this, I want to make sure I get the most consistent performers active. Hayward seems to make the cut just about every time. His usage rate, role on offense and multi-category contribution make him an ideal start at his reasonable $7,300 price tag on FD. You’d have to look way back in the game logs to see when the last time was that he scored less than 20 fantasy points, and he’s a proven asset for 26-33 (or more) on a regular basis (which he has done in 9 of his last 10 games heading into Wednesday night). Considering the soft matchup against Sacramento and that both teams are playing 2 games in 2 nights, don’t be shy to get him active in your cash game lineups.

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About Jared Kwart

Jared is the Co-Founder of Moxyball and is an avid fantasy sports competitor & author. Specializing in DFS Baseball, Football & Basketball, with thousands of dollars in career DFS earnings. Active player on FanDuel, DraftKings & FantasyDraft. Annual NFBC high stakes league participant. Loves his wife, his job, his dog, pizza, burgers, beer, sushi, baseball & golf.

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