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NBA DFS Plays Friday January 22

by Renee Miller
Updated On: January 22, 2021, 12:45 pm ET

This article aims to highlight some of the best NBA DFS Plays at every position for your cash game lineups. Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury/rest situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our NBA News & Headlines Feed throughout the day will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.

We’ll take a look at the Friday’s 11-game Main slate starting at 7:05 ET.


Trae Young – Atlanta (at Minnesota) - DK: $9,600 / FD: $9,900 / Yahoo: $40

The Timberwolves vs. Hawks game is one I am eager to draw from tonight, given that these are the two most generous teams in terms of fantasy points allowed. Both play at a fast pace, and when they played Wednesday, they combined for 238 points, a Hawks victory. Young put up 55 fantasy points in that one, and should have little trouble meeting value again. I don’t mind paying his price given the value that can be found at every position tonight.

Also Consider: Malcolm Brogdon, Goran Dragic, LaMelo Ball, Luka Doncic, Terry Rozier, Kemba Walker



Zach LaVine – Chicago (at Charlotte) - DK: $9,500 / FD: $9,300 / Yahoo: $38

Another game that should be fantasy gold, this one carries the second-highest point total of the night with a narrow spread favoring the Hornets. Again, both teams rank highly in overall fantasy points allowed (Chicago is sixth, Charlotte is fourth), so while LaVine is expensive like Young, he, too, is worth trying to fit in. Aside from one down game vs. Dallas (where he still exceeded 30 fantasy points), LaVine has been on fire, averaging nearly 55 fantasy points per game over the past three weeks. Though James Harden is going to be tempting with Kevin Durant questionable to rest tonight, I’m all-in on LaVine for my pricey SG.

Also Consider: Fred VanVleet, James Harden, Devonte Graham, Colin Sexton, De’Angelo Russell, Norman Powell, Kendrick Nunn, Kevin Huerter (at regular salary now haha)


Eric Gordon – Houston (at Detroit) - DK: $5,700 / FD: $5,200 / Yahoo: $16

You do have to find some places to save on this slate, and SF, as usual can be one of them. Gordon has put together two complete games this week, and John Wall will not play tonight. In addition, the Rockets are without Christian Wood for at least this game, which will put more demand on Gordon, a demand he has typically met over the years. The matchup is not as good as others, but Detroit does only rank 26th in defensive efficiency, so Gordon in around 35 minutes should be able to exceed value with relative ease tonight.

Also Consider: Kawhi Leonard, Jaylen Brown, Larry Nance, Jr., RJ Barrett, Doug McDermott (if Myles Turner remains out), Malik Beasley, Cam Johnson



Bam Adebayo – Miami (at Toronto) - DK: $8,600 (C) / FD: $8,800 / Yahoo: $37 (C)

Another priority spend for me is Adebayo. We have injuries topping the salary charts at PF and C tonight, making him one of the most expensive options behind Domantas Sabonis. The Heat are still shorthanded, with questionable players including Goran Dragic (whom I like a lot if he’s good to go) and Tyler Herro. Jimmy Butler remains out. With a 35-55 fantasy point range and an average right there in the middle, Adebayo is as solid a play as you’ll find at this price. I prefer using him at PF on FanDuel, but he’s worth the Utility slot on the other sites. Toronto has been a plus matchup for big forwards all season, and it could just get better with Pascal Siakam listed as a game time decision tonight. I think Adebayo exceeds the double-double he had against the Raptors on Wednesday tonight.

Also Consider: Domantas Sabonis, John Collins, Lauri Markkanen, Jeff Green, Isaiah Roby, Nicolas Batum



DeMarcus Cousins - Houston (at Detroit) - DK: $4,400 / FD: $4,500 / Yahoo: $18

It’s hard to not lock in Nikola Jokic whenever he plays, but out of respect for the Suns, the slow pace of both teams, and his salary, I’m not married to rostering Jokic tonight. Rather, I find this is another great position to save on. With Wood out tonight, Cousins should enjoy more minutes and higher usage. Detroit, as noted above, is not known for defense this season, and actually ranks third in fantasy points allowed to centers. Cousins has blown up for big games twice this month, once when Wood was out and once when James Harden was out/being traded. He’s capable of modest double-doubles even when he plays only about 20 MPG, so feel free to deploy him in any lineups tonight.

Also Consider: Nikola Jokic, Nikola Vucevic, Clint Capela (but that new salary, phew), Richaun Holmes, Mitchell Robinson


Lauri Markkanen (PF – CHI) has worked back from injury nicely over the past couple weeks, and is still very reasonably priced for this plus matchup with the Hornets, our best PF matchup for fantasy. Adding to Markkanen’s upside, Wendall Carter Jr. is questionable tonight. That also makes Thaddeus Young a viable option, as Young has also put up 30 fantasy points in the last two games. Use both as solid salary savers in your forward slots tonight.

Jeff Green (F – BKN) gets a mention here because I believe that the Nets will elect to rest Kevin Durant on the first half of the back-to-back set they’re entering after playing double overtime on Wednesday. This bears watching, but if Durant is out, Green would get a big boost. Even with Durant, Green has been effective, shooting about 68 percent from the field and 66 percent from three-point range over the last few games.

Goran Dragic (PG – MIA) has played well with Herro off the floor, with at least 30 MPG and 25-30 fantasy points per game in the last three. He’s a nice, cheap guard option to pair with the expensive options above, and he’s likely to be lower owned than similar (albeit more expensive) guys like the Charlotte, Boston or Cleveland guards.