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The NBA Rundown – FanDuel & DraftKings NBA DFS Picks – January 21, 2022 (1/21/22)

The NBA Rundown – FanDuel & DraftKings NBA DFS Picks – January 21, 2022 (1/21/22)

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 keep your eye on the news as the day progresses, as NBA news frequently changes the slate.

Point Guard

Ja Morant ($9,300 DK, $9,100 FD)

PLAYER TEAM GP W L MIN PTS TOUCHES REB CHANCES POTENTIAL AST
Ja Morant MEM 33 19 14 32.7 24.8 77.6 9.7 13.2

After a string of disappointing games, Ja broke out of his slump in his last game against Milwaukee, scoring 67 fantasy points in 39 minutes. Tonight’s matchup against the Nuggets in altitude isn’t ideal; however, the Grizz are short-handed with multiple players on COVID protocols, so that Morant will be shouldering the offensive load tonight. I like his chances at a slate-breaking performance in this one.

 

Shooting Guard

Jordan Clarkson ($5,800 DK, $5,600 FD) 

PLAYER TEAM GP W L MIN PTS TOUCHES REB CHANCES POTENTIAL AST
Jordan Clarkson UTA 44 29 15 26 15.2 37.9 6.1 4.2

The Jazz host one of the worst teams in the league tonight at home, the Detriot Pistons. The Jazz will have to play without Donovan Mitchell due to a concussion; in minutes this season with Donovan off the floor, Clarkson averages 1.06 fantasy points per minute. Detriot currently ranks 24th in Defensive Rating, 11th in Pace, and 30th in fantasy points allowed to the SG position.

 

Small Forward

Gordon Hayward ($6,200 DK, $6,200 FD)

PLAYER TEAM GP W L MIN PTS TOUCHES REB CHANCES POTENTIAL AST
Gordon Hayward CHA 43 25 18 33.1 16.8 56.9 9 7

The Hornets have been a fun team to watch this season; they rank 4th in Offensive Rating, 26th in Defensive Rating, and 2nd in Pace. This combination leads to many close and high-scoring games, which is great for fantasy purposes. Hayward has had some disappointing games lately, but his ceiling keeps him in play at his current salary.

 

Power Forward

Giannis Antetokounmpo ($11,700 DK, $11,300 FD)

PLAYER TEAM GP W L MIN PTS TOUCHES REB CHANCES POTENTIAL AST
Giannis Antetokounmpo MIL 38 24 14 32.6 28.6 71.9 17.6 11.5

Things seem to be trending in Milwaukee’s favor; lately, they are getting healthy when other contenders like BKN and CHI are losing key rotation players to injuries. Tonight they host the Bulls in a potential playoff preview. Giannis has been spectacular lately, per usual. He’s the most expensive option at the power forward position, but I like his chances to put up a ceiling game tonight. The Bulls rank 28th in fantasy points allowed to the power forward position. 

Center

Rudy Gobert ($8,900 DK, $8,900 FD)

PLAYER TEAM GP W L MIN PTS TOUCHES REB CHANCES POTENTIAL AST
Rudy Gobert UTA 40 28 12 32.4 15.9 34.5 25.2 1.8

We’ve already touched on this matchup between the Jazz and Pistons tonight, but we have yet to mention the great spot Gobert is in. The Pistons rank 28th in fantasy points allowed to the center position. On the season, he’s averaging 1.25 fantasy points per minute. I expect Gobert to have a monster game on the glass tonight.

About Dustin Shook

Dustin is an experienced DFS player who has had success across multiple sports and platforms. Dustin is a GPP specialist focusing on game theory and data analytics. When he's not grinding daily fantasy sports contests, Dustin enjoys R programming and hanging out with his son. He can be found on twitter @dshook420

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