January 2

NBA DFS FanDuel & DraftKings Core Plays (January 2/22)


Jalen Smith (PHO) (PF/C) – $5,300

  • We went over NFL and NHL in the morning so let’s get into the last main sport of the day. Jalen Smith is the last big man standing as Ayton, Mcgee and Frank are out. The former 10th overall pick back in 2020 has had a very slow start to his career and some people were on the verge of calling him a bust but he should get a ton of minutes and for 5.3k, he is underpriced.

Omer Yurtseven (MIA) (C) – $6,200

  • Omer is a very solid player and we saw that in the summer league before the season started. Now with the injuries to Bam and Dedmon, he is making the most out of his opportunity. He gets well over 1 fp/min at around 1.25 and if he gets 30+ mins, he will get there.


Jalen Smith (PHX) (PF/C) – $5,000

  • Jalen is definitely not playing like a 10th overall pick but has been pretty solid lately and seems to be growing his confidence with the minutes trending in the right direction. Although he hasn’t cracked over 30 mins, he still gets slightly above 1 fp/min and we project him to get around 28 mins.

Duane Washington (IND) (PG) – $3,300

  • Brogdon and Duarte are out which should insert Duane Washington into the starting lineup and for 3.3k, you can’t find better value than that on DK.

Devin Booker (PHX) (PG/SG) – $8,500

  • I don’t mind booker on FD at all. He is a very viable option in cash games and even in GPP but i’m debating on whether to play him. It’s a toss up for sure but on DK, I feel comfortable and happy with my build with him in my optimal lineup. He will be the number 1 scoring option as he should be and we project him to get 45.39 DK points.



  • Jimmy Butler (MIA) (SF/SG) – $9,200
  • Patrick Beverley (MIN) (PG) – $6,000
  • Devin Booker (PHO) (SG) – $8,000


  • LeBron James (LAL) (PG/SF) – $12,000


  • Anthony Edwards – questionable
  • Luguentz Dort – questionable
  • Dennis Schroder – questionable
  • Jaysom Tatum – questionable
  • P.J. Washington – questionable

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.