Basketball Picks Daily Fantasy Expert Advice

Doug Norrie

DFS NBA Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings - Tuesday 1/18/22

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Point Guard/ Shooting Guard

Cade CunninghamCade Cunningham FD - $6000 DK - $7500
Opponent - GS
Proj Pts FD - 35.07 DK - 39.07

After a day full of hoops on Monday, Tuesday quiets down significantly with only two games on the slate. It’s going to make for some odd decisions especially considering the second game between the Pistons and Warriors has some big-time blowout risk. We really won’t be able to fade that so I think running Cade here under the circumstances is fine. He’s had some up and down performances of late, struggling to keep the scoring consistent, but he has a high enough floor all things considered. On the season, he’s averaging close to 16 points per game along with more than five rebounds and assists each. The scoring can also spike when he’s locked in, but the inconsistency is what keeps the price in check. He’s an easy FanDuel play at only $6K.

Stephen CurryStephen Curry FD - $10600 DK - $10600
Opponent - DET
Proj Pts FD - 47.6 DK - 52.05

Speaking of trying to fade the blowout, that is going to be an issue on the other side of the ball as well. Steph could easily see his minutes cut late in this game is the Warriors -15 opening line holds true to form. After coming out of the gates running hotter than the Sun, Curry has cooled off some of late, shooting under 30% from three over his last seven games. The Warriors have stumbled some in this stretch as well, losing three of their last five. But they should be able to right things here against a weak Pistons’ team.

Patrick BeverleyPatrick Beverley FD - $6400 DK - $5500
Opponent - NY
Proj Pts FD - 29.89 DK - 31.34

While he isn’t the central point of the offense by any means, Beverley has found a way to get it done from a fantasy perspective this season. That’s because he contributes just enough across the stat line to keep the floor in check with his price. Per 30 minutes he’s averaging more than 10 points, five rebounds and five assists per game while also adding some on the defensive end as well. The matchup against the Knicks is fine considering the shorter slate.

D'Angelo RussellD'Angelo Russell FD - $7600 DK - $8200
Opponent - NY
Proj Pts FD - 36.17 DK - 39.86

Even sharing the offensive load with Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns, Russell has found a path to production, getting up about 15 shots per game over the last month and averaging 20 points a game over that stretch. And he’s really started to pile on the assists of late, putting up double-digit dimes four of his last five games. This is a good spot for him and the price hasn’t really corrected at all on FanDuel relative to his performance. I think he makes for a higher floor play in this scenario.

Small Forward

Alec BurksAlec Burks FD - $6300 DK - $6500
Opponent - MIN
Proj Pts FD - 34.09 DK - 36.11

Burks was complete garbage last game, turning in a total stinker against the Hornets in the loss. But one game shouldn’t completely change our opinion on a player and I’m looking for a bounce-back here against the Timberwolves. This is a guy who’s been playing in the mid-to-upper 30s minutes while in the starting lineup and averaging double-digit points on just about 10 shots per game. He’s also rebounded the position quite well and that, along with some assists, has really contributed to solid fantasy performances. I think we are fine running him in lineups, yesterday’s game aside.

Otto Porter Jr.Otto Porter Jr. FD - $6900 DK - $5800
Opponent - DET
Proj Pts FD - 30.11 DK - 31.6

Porter should draw the start again for the Warriors with Draymond Green on the shelf. From a fantasy, per minute perspective, he’s been very solid and could once again push to around 30 minutes in this matchup if the game stays even a little close. He’s shooting 40% from three on four attempts per game and per about 26 minutes he’s averaging double-digit points and more than six rebounds per game. Sure, the price is getting up there now, but our options are real thin on this slate so we need to just take what we can get.

Power Forward/ Center

Mitchell RobinsonMitchell Robinson FD - $5400 DK - $5400
Opponent - MIN
Proj Pts FD - 30.39 DK - 30.85

Robinson should be in the starting lineup once again for the Knicks and the hope is he gets to run about 30 minutes in this one. That’s about the cutoff point for the center and when the run is there, the production has mostly followed. He’s double-doubled in three of his last four games before falling off a bit against the Hornets in a disappointing performance. And, at times, he’s been able to pile on the defensive stats as well. I think at these price points on a short slate we can run him in cash and hope he’s able to stay out of foul trouble against Karl-Anthony Towns and company.

Jarred VanderbiltJarred Vanderbilt FD - $6200 DK - $5700
Opponent - NY
Proj Pts FD - 31.11 DK - 30.83

Vanderbilt has struggled of late, from a fantasy perspective but there is some context in there. In two of the games he had foul trouble, and the third turned into a blowout. I think the minutes tick back up to over 30 in this game and that should be good enough to give him a solid floor on this slate. With the pickings pretty thin, we are going to try to find enough minutes on the margins and Vanderbilt represents one of those opportunities. He’s still able to rebound the position reasonably well even though he cedes usage to basically everyone else on the court.

Julius Randle (FD 8400 DK 9200) was another Knick that struggled on Monday against the Hornets. But in general, he’s has a very high minutes floor with the way Thibs plays him. I think we can go back his way on Tuesday especially on FanDuel where he’s coming a bit too cheap.



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