January 8

NBA DFS FanDuel & DraftKings Core Plays (January 8/22)

Published by Rajondonough


Hassan Whiteside (UTA) (C) – $6,100

  • Happy Saturday everyone! Let’s get into this weekend slate by starting off by locking in Hassan Whiteside on both sites. With Rudy Gobert off the floor, Whiteside dominates. The Pacers have Sabonis and Turner who play big which will benefit Whiteside and his minutes as we are hoping he gets 30+ in a B2B.

Bobby Portis (MIL) (PF/C) – $5,500

  • I still don’t understand why the Bucks released Boogie but that will benefit Portis moving forward. He is too cheap at 5.5k and can still dominate beside Giannis. I also have him in my optimal build on DK and plan on playing him on both sites.

Cade Cunningham (DET) (PG/SG) – $6,700

  • A huge price difference on both sites as he is 8.3k on DK. Cade leads the team with the highest usage rate and if the Pistons can keep this game close, Cade will be a really good play.


Hassan Whiteside (UTA) (C) – $3,500

  • Definitely a misprice here at 3.5k. Sure, he was a let down last night but if he gets 30+ minutes again, he could crush this price tag.

Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) (PF/C) – $11,600

  • Assuming coach Bud doesn’t pull off anything weird and plays Giannis, it’s really hard to fade him today in this matchup. I also have him in my FD optimal build although he is not a core play today over there.

Cash Play Considerations


  • Alec Burks (NYK) (PG/SG) – $5,900
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) (PF/SF) – $11,700


  • Jordan Nwora (MIL) (PF) – $5,000
  • Alec Burks (NYK) (SG/SF) – $5,900

Key Injury News

  • Jimmy Butler – questionable
  • Malcolm Brogdon – questionable
  • Evan Fournier – questionable
  • Cole Anthony – questionable
  • Wendell Carter Jr. – questionable
  • Franz Wagner – 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.