January 3

NBA DFS FanDuel & DraftKings Core Plays (January 3/22)


Anfernee Simons (POR) (PG) – $3,700

  • Hope everyone had a great New Year’s weekend but it’s time to focus on the big 10 game NBA main slate. Starting off with Simons as a lock on both sites with Dame out. Simons currently has the GTD/questionable tag but that will disappear as he cleared the health and safety protocols for the Blazers.

Norman Powell (POR) (SF/SG) – $6,000

  • I like Powell and his price tag more on FD as it is $500 cheaper than DK. With both CJ and Dame out, Powell leads the team with the highest usage rate. He and Simons will try to get the win against the Atlanta Hawks who are the favored team by 5. Over on DK, I have him in my top build and might possibly add him as my core play later today.

Bradley Beal (WAS) (SG) – $9,100

  • Point Beal is the real deal. After a very slow start (which I ended up trading him in my season long fantasy), Beal has been playing like his usual self racking up 52.2 FD points and 64.9 FD points. He is in a great matchup against the Hornets with a tight spread and the highest game total. Simply too cheap for 9.1k but i’d stay away on DK for 10.4k.


Anfernee Simons (POR) (PG/SG) – $4,100

  • We all know what Simons does when Dame is out. 3.7k on FD and 4.1k on DK is priced as if Dame is in. Lock of the day in cash games and you could even lock him in GPPs.

Marcus Morris (LAC) (SF/PF) – $6,000

  • With PG13 sidelined for at least another few more weeks, Marcus Morris has stepped up as the Clippers number 1 option. He does not play on B2B games so he should be well rested tonight. 6k is too cheap as he has gotten well over 30 DK points in the last 5 games. When given minutes, he will smash and we project him to get 36.65 DK points.



  • Dennis Smith (POR) (PG) – $4,000


  • Norman Powell (POR) (SF) – $6,500


  • Brandom Ingram – questionable
  • LaMarcus Aldridge – questionable
  • Nicolas Batum – questionable
  • Khris Middleton – questionable
  • Karl-Anthony Towns – questionable
  • Matisse Thybulle – questionable
  • Eric Gordon – 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.