Monday’s fantasy basketball slate has six games. Blake Griffin (hamstring) said he plans to make his season debut for the Detroit Pistons, while Paul George (shoulder) remains listed as out for the Los Angeles Clippers. Draymond Green (finger) and Eric Paschall (hip) appear set to return for the Golden State Warriors, as each is listed as probable.
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Here are some plays that fantasy owners can consider using on DraftKings:
StudRussell Westbrook, Houston Rockets at New Orleans Pelicans ($8,800)
With James Harden ($11,500) soaking up league-high volume in the Rockets’ offense, Westbrook’s usage has ticked down in his first season in Houston, although his usage rate still sits at a strong 28%. Westbrook’s facilitating remains elite, creating 17 potential assists per game, third most.
Westbrook has an elite matchup against the Pelicans, who play fast and are poor defensively. The Pelicans have the league’s fourth fastest pace and second worst pace-adjusted team defense, which has them allowing the most points and most assists to opponents. Combined with the Rockets’ league-leading pace, this matchup is a strong candidate for a lot of possessions for boosted fantasy scoring.Other options- Kemba Walker ($8,900)
ValueMike Conley, Utah Jazz at Golden State Warriors ($6,200)
Conley has struggled early with his new team, shooting just 35% from the field while creating seven potential assists per game, down from 12 potential assists created per game last season with the Grizzlies. However, Conley is in a strong fantasy spot against a degraded Warriors defense that has allowed the second most points and fourth most assists to opponents. The Warriors also have poor shot-quality metrics, allowing the second most wide-open 3s per game based on the league’s player tracking system, which measures the closest defender to the shooter. Golden State also has the third worst basket protection by field goal percentage allowed within five feet of the basket.
Other options- Fred VanVleet ($6,900)
StudJames Harden, Houston Rockets at New Orleans Pelicans ($11,500)
Despite adding Westbrook into the fold, Harden has continued to post elite volume, ranking first in usage rate (40%) among qualified players. Harden leads the league in field goal attempts per game (24), 3-point attempts per game (14), free throws attempted per game (15) and points per game (37). Harden also has posted elite facilitating statistics, creating 16 potential assists per game, fifth most.
Harden takes his elite volume into an outstanding matchup against the Pelicans, who as mentioned above play fast and are poor defensively, which has them allowing the most points and assists to opponents.Other options- Luka Doncic ($10,400), D’Angelo Russell ($8,300)
ValueJrue Holiday, New Orleans Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets ($7,400)
Holiday has struggled to start the season, shooting just 38% from the field, but is in a strong fantasy spot against a Rockets defense that has been poor. Houston ranks in the bottom third in possession-adjusted team defense, and its lightning-fast pace, which ranks first, has it allowing the fifth most points and fifth most assists to opponents. Combined with the Pelicans’ fast pace, this matchup should feature a heavy amount of possessions, giving players in this contest more opportunities to record fantasy points.
Other options- Jaylen Brown ($6,300)
StudBrandon Ingram, New Orleans Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets ($7,800)
Ingram is flourishing in his first season with the Pelicans, posting career-highs in several key categories, including usage rate (29%), player efficiency rating (24.5), shots per game (18), rebounds per game (7) and 3-point attempts per game (5). Like Holiday, Ingram is in a strong fantasy spot against a Rockets defense that has been poor and has played the fastest pace in the league.Other options- Andrew Wiggins ($7,700)
ValueDeMar DeRozan, San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies ($7,000)
DeRozan leads the Spurs in usage rate (26%), field goals attempted per game (15) and total minutes played, giving him plus volume in a strong matchup against the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies have played a dramatically faster pace this season, ranking sixth in pace after posting the slowest pace in the league last season. Memphis’ defense and rebounding also have been poor, ranking in the bottom six in possession-adjusted team defense and rebounding. Due to their quick pace and poor defense, the Grizzlies have allowed the third most points to opponents.
Other options- JJ Redick ($4,700)
StudKawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers vs. Toronto Raptors ($9,400)
Leonard has posted elite volume, ranking second behind only Harden in usage rate (39%) while taking the fourth most field goal attempts per game (23). Leonard takes his elite skill and volume into a narrative matchup against the Raptors, who he won a championship with last season. This is the first time Leonard has faced his former team since leaving for Los Angeles in free agency. Toronto has played a faster-than-average pace and has allowed a ton of wide-open 3-pointers, allowing the most per game based on the league’s player tracking system, which measures the closest defender to the shooter.Other options– Pascal Siakam ($8,700)
ValueLaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies ($6,300)
Aldridge, who ranks second on the Spurs in total minutes and third in usage rate, draws a good matchup against the aforementioned Grizzlies, who rank in the bottom six in team rebounding and possession-adjusted team defense. Memphis also has allowed the third most points to opponents due to its poor defense combined with playing more possessions than average.
Other options- Chris Boucher ($3,400)
StudAndre Drummond, Detroit Pistons vs. Minnesota Timberwolves ($9,800)
Drummond is posting career-best volume. Drummond’s usage rate (26%) and field goal attempts per game (16) are both the highest of his career. Drummond also has been even more of a monster on the glass, grabbing 29% of missed shots, easily the best mark among all players and a boost from his 25% rate last season. Drummond’s boost in rebounding has translated to 18 rebounds per game, two rebounds more per game than his previous high of 16. Drummond’s 18 rebounds per game also leads all players by a comfortable margin. While Blake Griffin’s return could impact some of Drummond’s volume, Drummond draws a plus matchup against a Timberwolves team that has been below average on the glass by the percentage of missed shots they rebound. The Timberwolves also have allowed the fifth most points to opponents.Other options – Karl-Anthony Towns ($10,000), Rudy Gobert ($7,600)
ValueDerrick Favors, New Orleans Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets ($4,700)
Favors, who is making his way back from a knee injury, played a season-high 29 minutes in the Pelicans’ most recent game, recording a double-double. Provided Favors continues to play expanded minutes, he is a salary relief option against a Rockets team that ranks as a below-average rebounding team by the percentage of missed shots they rebound. As mentioned above, Houston also ranks poorly defensively, and its fast pace has contributed to it allowing the sixth most points to opponents.
Other options- Jaren Jackson Jr. ($5,300)
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