January 17

NBA DFS FanDuel & DraftKings Core Plays (January 17/22)

Published by Rajonrondough


JaVale McGee (PHO) (C) – $4,900

  • With Ayton out today, McGee should get the start as he replaced Ayton in the second half last game. When McGee is given minutes, he is insanely productive and as long as he stays out of foul trouble and stays on the court, he is easily the best play on the slate, especially on DK for 3.7k. Lock in the Shaqtin’ a Fool king on both sites.

Keldon Johnson (SA) (PF/SF) – $4,900

  • Keldon has been very frustrating to roster this year as he doesn’t have the highest usage as i’d like but he is really undervalued on both sites. I’ll take my chances again on Keldon and if McGee wasn’t on the slate, Keldon would be my favorite play.

Bobby Portis (MIL) (PF/C) – $6,300

  • It’s really nice to see crazy eyes get a lot of minutes that he deserves. With Brolo and Boogie out of the picture, Portis will lead as their number 1 center. This matchup can’t get any better as well and for 6.3k, he is a core play for me.


JaVale McGee (PHX) (C) – $3,700

  • Way too cheap as he will crush this price tag if announced starting.

Keldon Johnson (SAS) (PF) – $5,100

  • Keldon provides great value today for 5.1k. You should start your FD and DK build with McGee and Keldon.

LeBron James (LAL) (C) – $10,900

  • Gone are the days where LeBron used to be SF and PG but instead, he is listed as a center! It’s crazy how efficient the King can be at any position. In my opinion, he really is the best athlete of all time. The Lakers will play small ball and it can go both ways for Gobert. If we recall the Clippers series, Gobert was exposed against a smaller lineup. It will be interesting to see LeBron attack the Utah Jazz tonight.

Cash Play Considerations


  • Russell Westbrook (LAL) (PG) – $8,100
  • Donovan Mitchell (UTA) (SG/PG) – $8,200


  • Cole Anthony (ORL) (PG) – $7,300

Key Injury News

  • Bam Adebayo – questionable
  • Norman Powell – questionable

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Rajon Rondough

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Rondough has been playing DFS for the last 5 years as a core team member of DFS Crunch. He specializes in cash game contests and is a community leader at DFS Crunch.