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The NBA Rundown – FanDuel & DraftKings NBA DFS Picks – January 19, 2022 (1/19/22)

The NBA Rundown – FanDuel & DraftKings NBA DFS Picks – January 19, 2022 (1/19/22)

Please note that players on DraftKings and FanDuel have multi-position eligibility and may not always match their position between each other. In this article, we will be breaking down some of our favorite plays on the slate at their positions. Remember to always keep your eye on the news as the day progresses, as NBA news changes the slate frequently.

Guards

Kevin Porter Jr. ($6,500 DK, $6,000 FD)

Team Total Usage Rate Fantasy Points Per Minute Opponent Defensive Net Rating Rank Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to Position 
110.25 24.0% 0.93 11th 45.66

This is a very tough match-up for Porter Jr. against a really good Jazz defense but at this salary, I could care less about the match-up as Porter Jr. is underpriced. I feel Porter Jr. is underpriced as he is back to being one of those point guards that is going to score you 20 points while dishing out seven-plus assists as well. If you don’t believe me just look at Porter Jr.’s past two games. In those games, he is averaging 19.5 points, 7.5 assists, 5.5 rebounds, and two steals. Porter Jr. has 38 fantasy points in both of those games and I don’t see a reason why he doesn’t hit that mark again tonight even in this match-up.

Mike Conley ($6,000 DK, $5,700 FD)

Team Total Usage Rate Fantasy Points Per Minute Opponent Defensive Net Rating Rank Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to Position 
122.25 20.2% 0.99 30th 51.53

Conley seems like a no-brainer play for me tonight due to the absence of Donovan Mitchell and the match-up against the Rockets. Starting with the match-up the Rockets are the worst defensive team in the NBA this season as they rank dead last in team defensive net rating. The Rockets also allow the most fantasy points per game to point guards this season. Moving on to the absence of Mitchell. Since the start of last season in the nine games that Mitchell has missed that Conley has played he is averaging 17.2 points, four rebounds, 7.9 assists, 2.1 steals, and 38.3 fantasy points.

Coby White ($6,500 DK, $5,700 FD)

Team Total Usage Rate Fantasy Points Per Minute Opponent Defensive Net Rating Rank Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to Position 
107.25 20.0% 0.78 3rd 47.46

The Bulls are going to be without Zach LaVine and Lonzo Ball for the third straight game tonight and that makes White a very solid play. In the past two games with both of those players out, White has started, played at least 32 minutes, and is averaging 17.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and five assists. White has at least 28 fantasy points in both of those games and has hit that mark in each of the past five games he has started.

Forwards

Khris Middleton ($8,800 DK, $8,300 FD)

Team Total Usage Rate Fantasy Points Per Minute Opponent Defensive Net Rating Rank Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to Position 
115.75 27.3% 1.11 9th 41.29

Jrue Holiday looks like he is going to return for the Bucks tonight which is going to put a dent into Middleton’s value as he was putting up huge numbers with Holiday out. While I have downgraded Middleton with Holiday’s return he is still someone I am going to have a lot of exposure to tonight as it does seem like Holiday is going to be on a minutes restriction tonight. While we don’t know what that restriction is going to be that should still leave Middleton playing plenty of minutes with Holiday off the court which is a great thing. This season when not sharing the court with Holiday, Middleton has seen an increase of usage of 3.6% to 30.9% and is averaging 1.20 fantasy points per minute.

Robert Covington ($6,100 DK, $6,100 FD)

Team Total Usage Rate Fantasy Points Per Minute Opponent Defensive Net Rating Rank Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to Position 
103.75 12.6% 0.81 8th 44.11

Covington is not likely to be on the Blazers for very much longer as they try to duck the luxury tax in a lost season but until he gets traded or Larry Nance Jr. returns to the Trail Blazers lineup I am going to roster Covington. Covington truly has been playing that well in Nance Jr.’s absence. In those six games, Covington is averaging 13 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 2.8 steals, and two blocks in 34.6 minutes of action. Covington has at least 28 fantasy points in each of those games and is averaging 1.06 fantasy points per minute during this stretch.

Kyle Kuzma ($7,800 DK, $8,800 FD)

Team Total Usage Rate Fantasy Points Per Minute Opponent Defensive Net Rating Rank Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to Position 
116.75 21.5% 0.99 14th 39.49

The Wizards are starting to get all of their players back after they have been without key players for most of the season and while that might hurt Kuzma’s value long term I am going to be riding the hot hand while it is still hot and make no mistake Kuzma has a hot hand. Kuzma has scored in double-figures in 13 straight games and is averaging 22.5 points, 11.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.5 steals+blocks in those games. Kuzma has at least 30 fantasy points in each of those games and is averaging 42.89 fantasy points per game during this stretch.

Power Foward/Centers

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl ($3,900 DK, $3,900 FD)

Team Total Usage Rate Fantasy Points Per Minute Opponent Defensive Net Rating Rank Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to Position 
106.75 14.6% 0.75 20th 45.64

I personally will not likely have a lot of exposure to Robinson-Earl tonight as I am not going to have a lot of exposure to the studs on this slate as I personally prefer to have balanced lineups on huge slates like tonight. With that being said I understand the temptation to roster one of the many elite players on this slate and to do that you are going to need some cheap guys on your roster especially if you go crazy and roster two elite players. If you do choose to go that route Robinson-Earl is one of the cheap players I would look at. Robinson-Earl has started the last 12 games for the Thunder and played at least 20 minutes in the past ten games. In those ten games, Robinson-Earl has produced at least 19 fantasy points seven times.

Onyeka Okongwu ($4,600 DK, $4,900 FD)

Team Total Usage Rate Fantasy Points Per Minute Opponent Defensive Net Rating Rank Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game to Position 
117.50 14.0% 1.01 10th 56.17

Clint Capela is still out for the Hawks and that makes Okongwu one of my top value plays on this slate regardless of if he starts or not. Obviously, I would like him a lot more if he starts as he would be in line for more minutes but even in the games he has come off the bench during Capela’s absence Okongwu has still been able to produce. Okongwu is averaging 23.35 fantasy points in the two games he came off the bench and 26.27 fantasy points in the three games that he started during Capela’s five-game absence. Okongwu is not just producing at a solid level with Capela out but you have to love the match-up against a Wolves team that ranks 20th or worst in team rebounding rate and fantasy points allowed per game to centers this season.

About Zach Qualtieri

Zach is an accomplished fantasy player who has had success in multiple sports across multiple platforms. Zach specializes in cash games where he can often be found playing $25 H2Hs but has also had a lot of success in GPPs as an 11-time winner of a large field GPP. When not talking about fantasy sports, Zach enjoys hanging out with his son. If you have any questions about fantasy or sports in general Zach can be found on Twitter @zachsgotmoxy.

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