January 25

NBA DFS FanDuel & DraftKings Core Plays (January 25/22)

Published by Rajonrondough


Nickeil Alexander-Walker (NO) (SG/SF) – $3,800

  • Zion, Ingram and now Joval (rest) are out tonight which means we will fire up as many Pelicans as we can. Starting off with NAW as he is priced at 3.8k on FD and 3.7k on DK. He is a lock for me and a must play in cash games. He will be chalky so if you want to fade him in GPP, that is an option for you. As for my core plays, they are for cash games and NAW provides the best value on this slate.

Willy Hernangomez (NO) (PF/C) – $3,500

  • Hernangomez is a very good player when he is on the court. If he gets playing time, he produces and should rack up the points tonight. With Joval out, Hernangomez is projected to start but the one thing that worries me is that he will be guarding Embiid. He could potentially get into foul trouble early as Embiid is one of the best in drawing calls.

James Harden (BKN) (SG/SF) – $10,500

  • Too cheap when kyrie and KD are out. If you plan on playing NAW and Hernangomez, you need to spend your money somewhere and the best option is the Beard against the Lakers.


Nickeil Alexander-Walker (NOP) (PG/SG) – $3,700

  • Smash that lock button. NAW SZN!

James Harden (BKN) (PG) – $11,700

  • Harden is priced up compared to his price tag on FD which is why he isn’t a lock for me but is a very strong play with KD and Kyrie out. He is my favorite spend up and you can afford him with the value NAW provides.

Cash Play Considerations


  • Jaxson Hayes (NO) (PF) – $3,900
  • Fred VanVleet (TOR) (PG) – $8,200
  • Nikola Jokic (DEN) (C) – $11,800


  • Jaxson Hayes (NOP) (C) – $3,100
  • Pascal Siakam (TOR) (PF/C) – $8,900

Key Injury News

  • Fred VanVleet – questionable
  • De’Aaron Fox – questionable
  • Gordon Hayward – questionable
  • Klay Thompson – 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.