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5. Cameron Payne, Phoenix Suns

Payne is projected for 19.22 fantasy points and averages 1.1 fantasy points per minute in the matchup against Orlando. Although he may only play 17 minutes, he could potentially record 10 points, three assists, two rebounds and possibly a steal or a block. While there are many good pay-up options, it is difficult to find good pay-down options. Payne is currently a backup point guard and may only play a few minutes alongside Chris Paul, or in the event of Paul fouling out. Overall, Payne could be a viable option for those looking to balance their lineup.

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4. Josh Okogie, Phoenix Suns

Okogie is projected for 27.30 fantasy points and has been in the optimal lineup 29% of the time. Okogie is expected to play 31 minutes and has been playing a lot recently. He has become a part of the starting lineup since the Kevin Durant trade and has an average of 0.87 fantasy points per minute. Okogie has a usage rate of around 17% and is projected for 13 points, six rebounds, one assist and two stocks in the matchup against Orlando. He offers flexibility with his mid-tier price tag and eligibility as a guard/forward/utility player. On a five-game slate with limited options, Okogie is an interesting pick and a potential value play.

3. Gary Trent Jr., Toronto Raptors

Trent is projected for 23.26 fantasy points and is in the optimal lineup 30% of the time. He plays an average of 24 minutes per game and scores 0.95 fantasy points per minute entering the matchup against Oklahoma City. He projects for 14 points, 2.5 rebounds, one assist and 1.5 stocks. Trent offers positional flexibility and price savings, making him a potentially valuable pick.

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2. Nic Claxton, Brooklyn Nets

Claxton is a solid DraftKings NBA DFS pick due to his projected 1.2 fantasy points per minute and 31 minutes of playing time. He is listed as a center and has a price tag of $6,600, with a projected 38 points, making him a balanced option. He is up against a bad defensive team, the Sacramento Kings, in a pace-up spot that adds to his potential. He is capable of getting a lot of blocks, which is his strongest suit. With his current form, Claxton has a high ceiling and can be a great addition to any lineup.

1. Cameron Johnson, Brooklyn Nets

Johnson is projected for 36.5 fantasy points and is the No. 1 ConTENder for today’s DraftKings NBA DFS picks. As a small forward and power forward at $6,300, he offers balance and flexibility for builds. Johnson has played around 33 minutes per game, averaging 1.1 fantasy points per minute in a favorable pace-up spot against the Kings. He projects for 20 points, six boards, two assists and a stock and a half. With a high optimal lineup rate of 42%, Johnson is a strong consideration for DFS lineups.

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Josh Engleman
Josh is Contributor for Stokastic.com where he hosts video and writes content regularly across the primary sports of MLB, NBA, and NFL as well as contributing to the development of models and projections for soccer. He originally started producing projections & articles for Reddit's r/DFSports in 2014 where he built a loyal following that brought him to where he is today. Josh is most known for his elaborate Excel spreadsheets, which he shares in all of his video content. You can find him on Twitter or hanging out in Stokastic's Premium Chalkboard. You can contact Josh by emailing [email protected].

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