NBA DFS Plays Friday Jan. 21

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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 Friday’s 11-game slate starting at 7:00 ET.

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Monte Morris – Denver (vs. Memphis) - DK: $5,000 / FD: $4,400 / Yahoo: $19

Perhaps the addition of Bryn Forbes to the Nuggets’ backcourt will mix things up but it’s not clear that it’s happening tonight. Morris is coming off a fantastic effort in Wednesday’s overtime win over the Clippers and I am not putting Morris up top here expecting a replica performance. However, this backcourt needs some stability and I’ve always believed Morris is the best guy to create it. If he can get 30 MPG he should be able to meet value at his very reasonable salary. This game offers Denver players a decent pace bump, and Vegas has it as close and relatively high scoring. Morris is a nice cheap way to get a piece of the action with a good floor and obvious upside as he showed on Wednesday.

Also Consider: Dejounte Murray, Ja Morant, Dennis Schroder, Cole Anthony, Kyrie Irving


James Harden – Brooklyn (at San Antonio) - DK: $11,800 / FD: $10,500 / Yahoo: $50 (PG)

Harden is one of my priorities to spend on at guard, with the Warriors on a back-to-back and huge favorites over Houston. Murray is the other guard I wish I could afford tonight, but Harden, without Kevin Durant, has a few things going for him. Brooklyn gets a slight pace bump and better matchup, as the Spurs give up the ninth-most overall fantasy points. Vegas has the highest total of the slate on this game, 233 points, and it should be close (Nets minus-1.5 points). Harden hasn’t been super efficient lately, making it a good time to get him at low roster percentages across the sites.

Also Consider: Ayo Dosunmu, Jalen Suggs, Josh Giddey, Terry Rozier, Aaron Wiggins, Jordan Poole, Gave Vincent


De’Andre Hunter – Atlanta (vs. Miami) - DK: $4,800 / FD: $5,800 / Yahoo: $15

The Hawks’ wing situation is always a frustrating one, but Hunter has the best chance to differentiate himself, if he can stay healthy. He’s posted over 30 fantasy points in three of his last four games, mainly, though not exclusively, through his scoring. Miami is a great defensive team so there’s not a lot going for Hunter from a matchup perspective, but this should be a close, competitive game. Assuming he stays on the court for another 33-34 minutes tonight, Hunter should be able to reach value at his affordable price. He’s a big help in rostering two stars tonight.

Also Consider: Jimmy Butler, Jaylen Brown, OG Anunoby, Bojan Bogdanovic


Giannis Antetokounmpo – Milwaukee (vs. Chicago) - DK: $11,700 / FD: $11,300 / Yahoo: $56

It’s my philosophy to roster Giannis whenever I can do it without compromising the rest of my lineup, and there’s enough value to fit him and a star guard tonight. Along with the Brooklyn game, this is one I want to target as much as possible. Chicago is down a couple key starters, and has crept up the fantasy rankings. They allow the 11th most fantasy points overall, and third-most to power forwards while ranking 23rd in defensive rating. This position has been putting up a lot of duds lately, making the Greek Freak even more appealing by comparison.

Also Consider: Jayson Tatum, Otto Porter, Royce O’Neale, Brandon Clarke, Day’Ron Sharpe


Mo Bamba – Orlando (vs. LA Lakers) - DK: $5,400 / FD: $5,500 / Yahoo: $20

Wednesday night showed how it can be a mistake to fade either Jokic or Embiid, even when your value center has a great game. I have no reservations about rostering an expensive center instead of Harden or Antetokounmpo if that’s what you prefer. Bamba stands out to me for his low salary and his matchup. The Lakers play at the third-fastest pace but rank 20th in defensive rating. They have great DvP against guards, but I like the youth and athleticism of Bamba going up against Dwight Howard. Bamba was injured the first time these teams played, but over the last week is back up to 30 MPG and should be a solid choice for 30-40 fantasy points tonight.

Also Consider: Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid, Chris Boucher, Kevon Looney, Robert Williams, Jakob Poeltl


Ayo Dosumnu (G/F – CHI) is by now an obvious choice with Zach LaVine out. He’s put together three terrific games in a row. I mentioned the positive game environment above, and no doubt, Milwaukee gets the more favorable side of it, but Dosunmu has played 38 MPG in each of the last three, regardless of whether the game was close or not. Look for another strong showing for a reasonable price tonight ($18 Yahoo, $6100 DK, $6000 FD).

Dennis Schroder (G – BOS) has been amazing lately with Marcus Smart out. He remains questionable tonight, and Boston takes on Portland, a team ranked 29th in defensive rating and 11th in overall fantasy points allowed. The first time these teams met, Schroder had one of his best games of the season – 31 points, 8 assists, and 4 rebounds with one steal. If Smart misses tonight’s game, Schroder is still a good value at FanDuel and Yahoo.

Otto Porter (F – GSW) rested last night, and should be ready for a bigger role in tonight’s matchup with Houston, the worst team in the league, defensively. They play at the fastest pace, allow the most fantasy points to almost every position, and rank 30th in defensive efficiency. The Warriors are huge favorites tonight, but a guy like Porter should expect to play his usual 20-25 minutes with Draymond Green out. Juan Toscano-Anderson is another very cheap name to have ready to exceed value in a great matchup that could see guys like Curry and Wiggins resting. Ditto for Kevon Looney, as far as the league-best center matchup and recent quality play for the price.

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