Monday’s fantasy basketball slate has nine games. Notable players on Monday’s injury report include Kawhi Leonard (knee), Kyrie Irving (shoulder), Andrew Wiggins (illness), Clint Capela (concussion), Domantas Sabonis (hip), Zach LaVine (ankle) and Malcolm Brogdon (back).
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Here are some plays that fantasy owners can consider using on DraftKings:
StudDamian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers at Houston Rockets ($8,600)
Lillard is averaging a career-best 29.8 points per game through 13 games in part due to playing heavy minutes. Lillard’s 38.6 minutes per game leads the league, as does his total minutes played of 501. Lillard is attempting just under 10 3-pointers per game, also the most of his career and a boost from eight 3-point attempts per game last season.
Lillard takes his heavy volume into a strong matchup against a Rockets team that plays fast and has been below average defensively. Houston has averaged the fourth most possessions per game, and combined with unimpressive team defense, has allowed the ninth most points and seventh most assists to opponents, as its fast pace generally gives more fantasy scoring opportunities to opponents.Other options- Russell Westbrook ($8,300)
ValueSpencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn Nets vs. Indiana Pacers ($6,000)
Dinwiddie started in place of the injured Kyrie Irving (shoulder) in the Nets’ most recent game, and if Irving remains out Monday, Dinwiddie is a good candidate for expanded volume. Dinwiddie’s usage rate has soared to a heavy 31% in minutes with Irving off the court this season, up from 22% with Irving on the court. Download the DK Live app for up-to-the-minute news on Irving’s status.
Other options- Mike Conley ($6,400)
StudLuka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks vs. San Antonio Spurs ($9,800)
Doncic has performed like an MVP in the early part of his second season, posting an incredible player efficiency rating of 30.1 and falling just one assist per game shy of averaging a triple-double. Doncic has produced at least 56 DKFP in seven of his past eight games, including five straight games. Despite that, Doncic’s price has fallen by $500 for a matchup against the Spurs, who have been poor defensively. The Spurs have allowed the eighth most points to opponents and have posted the sixth worst possession-adjusted team defense.Other options- James Harden ($12,000)
ValueCJ McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers at Houston Rockets ($7,300)
Like Lillard, McCollum is playing heavy minutes for Portland. McCollum’s 37.6 minutes per game ranks third highest, and his total minutes played of 489 ranks second highest. Due to the heavy minutes, McCollum is posting the highest shooting volume of his career, taking just under 21 shots per game, a boost from 18 per game last season. A matchup against the Rockets is plus for the reasons given above: Houston’s pace is fast, and it allows more points to opponents than average.
Other options- Rodney Hood ($4,700)
StudGiannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks at Chicago Bulls ($11,300)
Antetokounmpo has laid waste to the league through the early part of the season, posting a 33.85 player efficiency rating, the best mark in the league. Antetokounmpo has increased his production in part due to shooting and making more 3-pointers, along with getting to the free-throw line more often. Antetokoumnpo draws an excellent matchup on the glass against the Bulls, who rank as the league’s third worst rebounding team by the percentage of missed shots they rebound. The Bulls also allow more points and more assists to opponents than average. Antetokounmpo’s 63.8 DKFP per game leads Monday’s slate.Other options- Paul George ($8,100)
ValueNassir Little, Portland Trail Blazers at Houston Rockets ($3,300)
Little has seen a substantial boost in role lately, starting each of the Blazers’ past two games. He played a season-high 32 minutes in Portland’s most recent game and is averaging 17 DKFP per game in two starts. Little is a punt play option for salary relief provided he remains in the starting lineup, and he draws a good matchup against the aforementioned Rockets, who have allowed elevated points to opponents.
Other options- Bojan Bogdanovic ($5,800)
StudDomantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers at Brooklyn Nets ($7,300)
Sabonis is posting career-best volume on the back of a dramatic boost in role. Now consistently in the starting five, Sabonis is averaging 34.5 minutes per game this season, a giant boost from the 25 minutes per game he averaged last season and up from his career mark of 24 minutes per game. Due to the expanded minutes, Sabonis is averaging 19 points per game and 13 rebounds per game, boosts from 14 points per game and nine rebounds per game last season. Sabonis is averaging 15 shots per game, also a boost from the 9.5 shots per game he took last season.
Sabonis is listed as questionable with a hip injury, so his status is uncertain. If he plays and is not limited, he draws a good matchup against a Nets team that plays a lot of possessions and has been poor defensively. The Nets have allowed the fourth most points to opponents due to the combination of their below-average defense and fast pace. Sabonis’ price has fallen by $1,200 from his most recent game and is the first time he’s been under $8K since October.Other options- Kevin Love ($7,800)
ValueMontrezl Harrell, Los Angeles Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder ($6,200)
Harrell’s price is down $700 for a strong matchup on the glass. The Thunder rank as the league’s worst rebounding team by the percentage of missed shots they grab.
Other options- Danilo Gallinari ($6,500)
StudPascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors vs. Charlotte Hornets ($9,000)
Siakam has seen his usage in Toronto’s offense substantially rise this season, posting a 30% usage rate, up from 20% last season. Combined with averaging a heavy 37 minutes per game, Siakam’s volume has skyrocketed, averaging 21 shots per game, nearly 10 more than he averaged last season. Siakam also is shooting more 3s, averaging nearly four more 3-point attempts per game than he averaged last season. Siakam has a good matchup against a Hornets team that has allowed more points and assists to opponents than average and ranks as the league’s second worst rebounding team by the percentage of missed shots they rebound.Other options- Rudy Gobert ($8,200)
ValueCody Zeller, Charlotte Hornets at Toronto Raptors ($5,100)
Zeller has improved his rebounding in the early part of the season, grabbing 19% of missed shots, a boost from a 15% clip last season. Zeller is averaging a career-best nine rebounds per game, up from about seven per game last season. Zeller draws a favorable matchup on the glass against a Raptors team that has poor rebounding numbers. The Raptors rank as the fifth worst rebounding team by the percentage of missed shots they rebound and have allowed the most rebounds per game to opponents.
Other options- Hassan Whiteside ($6,700)
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