NBA Daily Fantasy Basketball – Sleepers + Cash Game Picks 1/21

Only 5 games on the schedule, but if you’re like me – these are kind of my wheel house slates anyway because it does take quite a bit of work these days grinding the 10+ game slates. That being said, there is often a ton of lineup overlap – so in order to really breakout on a night like this you need to pivot off a few guys that will be overlooked. As the day moves along, there might be some obvious chances to do this due to injury – but if not, you’ll have to make some judgement calls.

Here are the target scores we are shooting for in NBA daily fantasy basketball for January 21, 2016.

Draftkings (8pm 5 Games): 250
Draftkings (9pm 3 Games): 243
Draftkings (10pm 2 Games): 235

Fanduel (8pm 5 Games): 285
Fanduel (9pm Late Night): 265
Fanduel (10pm After Hours): 261

Here are some cash game targets I’ll be looking at for each of the slates.

Draftkings (8pm 5 Games): Anthony Davis, Kevin Love, DeAndre Jordan
Draftkings (9pm 3 Games): Cousins, Marc Gasol
Draftkings (10pm 2 Games): Cousins, Aldridge, Duncan

Fanduel (8pm 5 Games): LeBron, Anthony Davis, DeAndre
Fanduel (9pm Late Night): Cousins, Aldridge, Kawhi
Fanduel (10pm After Hours): Cousins, Aldridge, Kawhi

Not a ton of obvious cheap value – and that might be the case even as shootaround and GTD info starts filtering in today. It’s going to be a night where you might need to step outside the box a bit and start a guy that’s likely not going to reach value on Draftkings – whereas on Fanduel, you should be able to fill out a lineup you like at almost every spot.

G – Iman Shumpert
$3,900 Draftkings

G – Patty Mills
$3,500 Draftkings

G – Ray McCallum
$3,000 Draftkings

G – Emmanuel Mudiay
$5,000 Fanduel

F – Marcus Morris
$5,200 Fanduel

1/20 Recap: Last night went exactly how I wanted it to go. I played super low stakes and had a small, winning night … but that was about how I wanted things to go. I played the Express slate on Fanduel because I liked how my lineup looked. If you take a closer look, you’ll see I had Batum – who was removed from the game pretty early on, and Powell … who I’m not exactly sure what happened because I was watching the other games, but he had like 1 fantasy point. There was a point last night where I was going to sub out Powell for Villanueva who drew the start, but for some reason went against it. Also – as you can see, I had trouble landing on a center, and ended up playing 3 different centers last night.

Anyway, the details of the lineup are kind of a side-point now. What I think we all can learn from is – I had a plan last night, I set goals, and reached those goals. The very best DFS players I talk to have a similar approach. To be 100% honest – the money I make posting NBA DFS content is enough to buy me an IN/Out Hamburger …. something I honestly appreciate, but at the end of the day it’s not why I do this. I’ve found when I write out my goals & thoughts on NBA DFS (and college football) I have better results. You don’t need to post on a blog if you don’t want to – but determine your goals for the night and try to execute a lineup building process that helps maximize your chances of reaching your goals.

So with that, tonight my goals are to keep the ball rolling. It’s a shorter slate, which I’m liking more these days than the larger slates. Contest wise – I’m going to enter 10 – 15 $1 50/50’s again. If some value starts popping up later in the day – I’ll fire off some lineups in some of the GPPs. Much like last night, I’m going to try and end the night on a winning note – so if I’m doing well in the main slate, I might skip the later slates.

Lineup wise – I’d like to trust my instincts more and if there’s late news regarding a player, I’m going to trust my gut and play the guy I think is the best play.

Fanduel NBA DFS Lineup 1-20

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