NBA DFS Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings – 1/22/18

Welcome to another edition of ResearchFantasy’s NBA Breakdown. These picks are what I consider to be the best play of the day, relative to their price. One of the most important things we must consider in daily fantasy is how many points a player gets per dollar. It helps us identify value plays to pair with studs that we know will produce in order to maximize our potential points in lineups. I also try to identify plays that can be used in either cash games or tournaments. Typically, when I build my cash games, I am looking for players that have the best floor combined with good upside. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please let us know!

Pricing is FanDuel/DraftKings


Kemba Walker (NA/7700) – FanDuel has decided that the 7 PM game does not belong on their main slate, so too bad if you want to use Kemba there. On DraftKings, though, he is still priced nicely in a pretty solid matchup. As long as he is involved as he is and at home, he remains in the conversation for me.

Jrue Holiday (8300/7200) – FanDuel clearly has the right idea here, as Holiday is far too good to be priced here. On DraftKings, I will be playing him until he hits at least $8k. The matchup is great too against a Chicago team that is a horrible defense. Get him while the price is still low.

Dennis Smith Jr. (6800/6800) – Smith is finally putting together those games I hoped he would, so this is another potential low buy-in situation. The Wizards are a train wreck right now, but are typically staying in the game, so that is a big plus.


Anthony Davis (11500/10800) – Again, this is a situation where Davis against the Bulls is just not fair. Who is going to guard him? No one. The price is high but he should definitely be able to go over the 50 point mark, and we have seen his upside over the last few weeks.

Khris Middleton (8600/8700) – Without question, this is the lock of the night. Without Giannis, I feel like Middleton is a sure bet for 50 fantasy points. Sure, things could go wrong, but for the most part, he should be able to do exactly what we are expecting from him.

Dillon Brooks (4000/4500) – Brooks has a tummy ache right now, but I think he will play. He has seen his time and usage tick up as of late, making him a solid punt option. If he misses, Wayne Selden could very easily be used in his stead. The Grizzlies are just very shorthanded.

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