January 9

NBA DFS FanDuel & DraftKings Core Plays (January 9/22)

Published by Rajonrondough


Jusuf Nurkic (POR) (C) – $7,300

  • I think everyone is looking forward to Klay Day but in a DFS stand point, it will be hard to play Klay Thompson for 6.3k on FD and 5.8k on DK for cash games. It will still be a treat to watch Klay on the court again. Today for DFS, I am going with Nurkic as my cover boy who should dominate against the Kings. With Nance out and Zeller not playing as much, Nurkic gets 1.15 FP/min.

Jalen Brunson (DAL) (PG/SG) – $5,300

  • If Luka is out, we all know what Brunson does. He dropped 35 FD points in 25 mins last game Luka was out and for 5.3k, he will become the chalkiest play on the slate. He is a lot harder to play on DK for 7.4k but if Luka is out, you might have no choice but to play him.

Jaren Jackson (MEM) (PF/C) – $6,200

  • With Brooks out and Morant doubtful, triple J leads the team with a 30+ usage rate when those two are off the court. He is reasonably priced on both sites and he is my next favorite play after Nurkic.


Jusuf Nurkic (POR) (C) – $7,200

  • Nurkic is Portlands number 1 option with Dame and CJ out and as long as Nurkic stays out of foul trouble, he will have big night against a very weak defensive team in the Kings.

Jaren Jackson Jr. (MEM) (PF/C) – $6,300

  • Jaren is known to be handsy and get into foul trouble but if he can just stay on the court, he will pay off this price tag and possibly have a ceiling game.

Cash Play Considerations


  • Russell Westbrook (LAL) (PG) – $8,400


  • Desmond Bane (MEM) (SG) – $6,400
  • Christian Wood (HOU) (C) – $7,300

Key Injury News

  • Luka Doncic – questionable
  • De’Aaron Fox – questionable
  • Patrick Beverley – questionable
  • Ja Morant – doubtful

Rajon Rondough

About the author

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.