January 26

NBA DFS FanDuel & DraftKings Core Plays (January 26/22)

Published by Rajonrondough


James Harden (BKN) (SF/SF) – $10,200

  • Before we get started, I just wanted to say how crazy last nights slate was. It was probably the chalkiest slate ever and more than 50% had the same lineup. It shows that the DFS competition is getting harder but that’s why we provide core plays and our advanced optimizer to give our members the edge. Moving onto today, James Harden is again a lock for me with Kyrie and KD out. He is currently questionable so we have to monitor that news. He had a monster game last night and although he played 38 mins, that doesn’t worry mean as he will need to be on that court in order for them to win.

LaMelo Ball (CHA) (PG) – $7,600

  • Hayward is out due to COVID and that will give a slight bump to everyone but a Hornet that stands out on FD is LaMelo. He is 7.6k which is a bit too cheap in my opinion. He has definitely slowed down since the start of the season and can have a break out game at any given moment. I don’t mind him on DK for 8.1k but a must play on FD due to his cheap price tag.


James Harden (BKN) (PG) – $11,500

  • A little harder to player Harden on DK but he is a must play. He is priced up but we all saw what he did last night and has the opportunity to do it again.

Cameron Johnson (PHX) (SF/PF) – $4,300

  • Crowder is out once again which allows Cam Johnson to start again. He dropped 35 DK points in his last start when Crowder was out and price is only 4.3k. Lock for me on DK.

Cash Play Considerations


  • Cole Anthony (ORL) (PG/SG) – $5,300
  • Cody Martin (CHA) (SG/PG) – $3,500
  • P.J. Washington (CHA) (PF/C) – $4,800


  • Terance Mann (LAC) (SF/PF) – $3,700
  • LaMelo Ball (CHA) (PG/SG) – $8,100

Key Injury News

  • James Harden – questionable
  • Fred VanVleet – questionable
  • De’Aaron Fox – questionable
  • Jarrett Allen – questionbale
  • Gordon Hayward – questionable
  • Scottie Barnes – 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.