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NBA FanDuel Fantasy Basketball Picks Tonight for 1/22/2021

Max Staley
NBA FanDuel fantasy basketball picks tonight for 1/22/21.
NBA FanDuel fantasy basketball picks tonight for 1/22/21. / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

The NBA season rolls on tonight, bringing fans some exciting matchups headlined by the clash between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers. If you're looking for some advice for your FanDuel lineup tonight, The Duel is here to help.

And be sure to checkout our nightly against the spread (ATS) picks as well.

Without further ado, here are two players to target and two to avoid in Friday, Jan. 22, NBA DFS action.

FanDuel Picks Tonight

Jaylen Brown Fantasy

Target Jaylen Brown ($7,600), SF, Boston Celtics: We recommended you target Jaylen Brown when he faced the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. He responded with a rock-solid performance, posting 26 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. With Jayson Tatum once again having been ruled out, a game like that is probably Brown's floor tonight, and he has a massive ceiling as Boston's No. 1 option against Philly.

Joel Embiid Fantasy

Target Joel Embiid ($10,000), C, Philadelphia 76ers: Similarly, we recommended you play Joel Embiid against this small Boston Celtics' frontcourt, and he came through with one of the most impressive games he's had all year. Embiid dropped 42 points and 10 boards while getting to the line a staggering 21 times. He's simply a matchup nightmare for the Celtics, who don't have a regular rotational power forward or center taller than 6-foot-9. Playing the best basketball of his career right now, Embiid is an awesome value as only the third-most expensive center on the slate.

Trae Young Fantasy

Avoid Trae Young ($9,900), PG, Atlanta Hawks: Trae Young is facing the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight, and that's usually a goldmine for fantasy production. However, it's hard to ignore the shooting slump Young is mired in right now. Over his last seven games, Young is shooting 33.0% from the field and 25.0% from beyond the arc while turning it over 3.9 times per game during that stretch. He just doesn't look right. It's hard to justify paying up for Young considering how much cheaper guys like Kyrie Irving ($9,200) and Malcolm Brogdon ($8,500) are tonight.

Ben Simmons Fantasy

Avoid Ben Simmons ($8,000), PG, Philadelphia 76ers: Ben Simmons has seriously taken a back seat in the 76ers' offense under Doc Rivers. Prior to this year, the former No. 1 overall pick had never averaged fewer than 15.8 PPG and he'd never taken fewer than 11.4 shots per game. This year he's averaging 12.2 PPG and taking 8.8 shots per outing. Of course, Simmons still fills up the stat sheet in other ways, but Boston has usually been a tough matchup for him. With career averages of 16.1 PPG and 8.0 APG, those numbers drop to 14.8 PPG and 6.0 APG in his 13 career appearances against the Celtics.

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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.