Monday’s fantasy basketball slate has six NBA games. The most notable names to monitor on Monday’s injury report include D’Angelo Russell (ankle) and Derrick Favors (knee), who both are listed as questionable to play. Russell Westbrook is expected to be held out for load management. Karl-Anthony Towns and Joel Embiid are out again due to suspension.
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Here are some plays that fantasy owners can consider using on DraftKings:
StudKyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets vs. New Orleans Pelicans ($9,500)
Irving’s volume has expanded in his first season with the Nets, posting a career-high in usage rate (34%), shots per game (23) and 3-pointers taken per game (9). Part of the reason Irving is getting off more shots is because the Nets have played a fast pace, averaging 106.5 possessions per 48 minutes, sixth most and a huge boost from the paces Irving has played at in the past. Irving’s volume also is up on a pace-adjusted basis as well, given he is the complete focal point of Brooklyn’s offense with Kevin Durant (Achilles) sidelined.
Irving has a highly appealing matchup against a Pelicans team that also plays fast, averaging 105.5 possessions per 48 minutes, ninth most. The Pelicans have been poor defensively, allowing the second most points to opponents on the back of the third worst possession-adjusted team defense. The Pelicans also allow more wide-open 3-pointers than average, which could create some better looks from deep for Irving and his teammates.Other options- Damian Lillard ($8,900)
ValueJa Morant, Memphis Grizzlies vs. Houston Rockets ($6,600)
Morant leads the Grizzlies in volume, posting a strong 29% usage rate, easily the highest on the team. Morant also leads the Grizzlies in both shots and facilitating, taking 14 shots per game while creating 11 potential assists per game. Morant’s usage in Memphis’ offense will play up against a Rockets team that has played the fastest pace in the league. Houston also has the league’s second worst pace-adjusted team defense, and in combination with its fast pace has it allowing the most points to opponents and most assists to opponents. Houston is also playing on the second night of a back-to-back.
Other options- Josh Richardson ($4,600)
StudJames Harden, Houston Rockets at Memphis Grizzlies ($10,800)
Despite adding Russell Westbrook to the fold, Harden has remained a usage monster, posting a 40% usage rate, highest among all starting players. That number will be a candidate to heavily increase Monday with Westbrook set to sit out due to rest. Harden’s usage rate has ballooned to 48% in minutes with Westbrook off the court this season.
The Rockets are playing the Grizzlies, who traditionally have played a glacially slow pace, although that has changed dramatically in a small sample to start the new season. Memphis ranks third in pace through five games, playing just under 108 possessions per game. Combined with the Rockets’ league-leading pace, this game could feature a heavy amount of possessions to help boost fantasy scoring for Harden. In part due to Memphis’ fast pace, it has allowed the sixth most points to opponents.Other options- Jrue Holiday ($8,300)
ValueC.J. McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers at Golden State Warriors ($6,100)
McCollum’s usage in the offense is a tick higher through six games to start the season, sitting at about a 28% usage rate, up from 25% last season. McCollum draws a highly appealing matchup against a foul Warriors defense that ranks as the worst possession-adjusted team defense in the league and has allowed the fourth most points to opponents and the most assists to opponents.
Other options- Luke Kennard ($5,000), Damion Lee ($3,600)
StudBrandon Ingram, New Orleans Pelicans at Brooklyn Nets ($7,200)
Ingram has been flourishing in his new role in New Orleans, most notably posting career-highs in usage rate (28%) and player efficiency rating (25.0). Ingram has nearly tripled his 3-point shot attempts, taking just over five per game, and he has sank them at a high level, making 50% of his 3s through six games. Ingram’s points, rebounds and assists are all the best of his career in a small sample to start his Pelicans tenure.
Ingram draws an appealing matchup against a Nets team that also plays fast, ranking sixth in possessions per game. Due to the combination of Brooklyn’s fast play along with a bottom=third possession=adjusted team defense, the Nets have allowed the fifth most points to opponents.Other options- Ben Simmons ($8,500)
ValueBruce Brown Jr., Detroit Pistons at Washington Wizards ($3,200)
The Pistons are thin in their backcourt due to injuries to Reggie Jackson (back), Derrick Rose (hamstring) and Tim Frazier (shoulder), all of whom are expected to be out Monday. Brown was thrust into an expanded role in the Pistons’ most recent game due to the injuries, taking a career-high 20 field goal attempts and creating a solid 12 potential assists, a big facilitating boost from his three potential assists created per game previously. Brown takes an expanded role into an appealing matchup with a Wizards team that has allowed the third most points to opponents and ranks poorly on the glass.
Other options- Eric Gordon ($4,000)
StudGiannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks at Minnesota Timberwolves ($11,300)
Antetokounmpo’s 33% usage rate will be a candidate to play up in a matchup against a Timberwolves team that has played the second fastest pace, playing just over 108 possessions per game. Milwaukee also plays an elevated pace, so this matchup could feature a boosted amount of possessions for fantasy scoring. Minnesota has allowed more points than average to opponents in part due to its fast pace.Other options- Tobias Harris ($7,000)
ValueGorgui Dieng, Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Milwaukee Bucks ($3,300)
Dieng started in place of the suspended Karl-Anthony Towns in the Timberwolves’ most recent game, scoring 39.5 DKFP in 24 minutes. With Towns suspended for one more game, Dieng is a candidate to continue his expanded role on Monday and represents a cheap option priced near the minimum.
Other options- Omari Spellman ($3,200)
StudAndre Drummond, Detroit Pistons at Washington Wizards ($10,400)
Drummond consistently ranks as one of the league’s best rebounders and has elite numbers on the glass to start the season, grabbing 30% of missed shots, the best rate among all players. Washington has been one of the league’s worst rebounding teams, ranking as the sixth worst rebounding team by the percentage of missed shots it rebounds. The Wizards also have been poor defensively, allowing the third most points to opponents. Drummond is in a good position to generate rebounds and score points against a team that is poor on the glass and poor defensively.Other options- Thomas Bryant ($7,400)
ValueHassan Whiteside, Portland Trail Blazers at Golden State Warriors ($6,400)
The Warriors’ defense has been the worst in the league when adjusted for pace and they have had a difficult time defending the basket, ranking as the second worst rim-protecting team by field goal percentage allowed within five feet of the basket. Golden State also ranks as a below-average rebounding team by the percentage of missed shots it rebounds. Whiteside is listed as probable to play on the injury report with a left knee bone bruise, so he is expected to be in the starting lineup.
Other options- Jonan Valanciunas ($6,000), Willie Cauley-Stein ($4,400)
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