Monday’s NBA slate covers 10 games with some injuries opening up some strong value plays. Here’s your cheat sheet by position:
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Target worth paying up for: Spencer Dinwiddie ($8,000) vs. PHX (27th)
Kyrie Irving (knee) is back on the shelf, which means thrusting Dinwiddie into the lead role. Dinwiddie’s already scored over 40 DKFP in two of his past three and scored 32.75 DKFP in his previous matchup against the Suns in just 25 minutes. He’s in position to see significant minutes and usage in this one.
Best value: Reggie Jackson ($4,700) at MEM (17th)
The Pistons have a lengthy injury list, and it actually includes Jackson as questionable with a back injury. But if Jackson does suit up without any limitations, he should see his role expand in a great matchup against Memphis. Jackson scored over 30 DKFP in just 23 minutes in his second game back from injury this month and has a good shot to play over 30 minutes this time around.
The injury news gives us a ton of plays at PG. Dinwiddie will be popular, as will the Pistons, depending on how the final injury report checks out.
Target worth paying up for: Devin Booker ($8,600) at BKN (9th)
Booker’s been putting up some massive numbers lately and actually plays much better on the road — seven DKFP more than at home. Paying for Booker with Dinwiddie gives you some exposure to a game stack here for tournament purposes.
Best value: Brad Wanamaker ($3,600) at ATL (15th)
Wanamaker had a solid game against the 76ers on Saturday night, scoring 26 DKFP in 26 minutes. Kemba Walker (knee) missed that game, and will remain out on Monday. Marcus Smart (thigh) will join Kemba on the bench for this one, giving Wanamaker an even larger role in a better matchup.
I think the Celtics’ injury news could go under the radar on this slate. While bigger names will be the more popular plays, don’t forget Boston’s two best guards being out opens up minutes for a lot of value to be had too.
Target worth paying up for: Jayson Tatum ($7,500) at ATL (23rd)
We can also pay up for some Celtics with the key pieces missing on the perimeter. Tatum’s topped 40 DKFP in four of his past five and could see some extra minutes in Atlanta. Tatum scored 28 DKFP against the Hawks earlier this season in a game he shot 2-for-16 from the field. Assuming he just has an average night shooting the ball, there’s a lot of potential here.
Best value: Bruce Brown ($3,800) at MEM (28th)
The Pistons will likely be the first place we look for value on this slate. Brown had a huge game on Sunday, scoring 46.5 DKFP in 38 minutes. His salary is still dirt cheap for this one, likely with similar minutes coming his way in a plus matchup.
The Pistons and Celtics headline the value here, depending on if you’re trying to pay up or down at the position. Caris LeVert ($4,700) is another consideration.
Target worth paying up for: Kristaps Porzingis ($7,000) at IND (7th)
KP stepped up in the first game of Luka Doncic’s (ankle) absence, going for 35 points and 12 boards (56 DKFP). His salary remains inexplicably cheap for Doncic being out. He’s a free square in cash games.
Best value: Sekou Doumbouya ($3,000) at MEM (22nd)
Yes, more Pistons value, but this one really doesn’t make sense. The rookie has a couple of 30-DKFP games in his game log this month, and played 35 minutes on Sunday. But for some reason, his salary has dropped all the way down to the minimum. This is a no-brainer play to capitalize on.
Positional StrategyPF is probably the deepest position on the slate. I just think KP and Doumbouya could be the two most chalky plays. So if you fade them in tournaments, it could really help you be different.
Target worth paying up for: DeAndre Ayton ($7,700) at BKN (26th)
Like his teammate, Ayton has been nearly six DKFP better on the road this season. Despite scoring 45 or more DKFP in three of his past four, his salary is back down under $8,000 against a team that struggles defending centers.
Best value: DeAndre Jordan ($4,700) vs. PHX (22nd)
On the other side of the matchup, DJ is more of a tournament play given his unpredictable minutes. The upside is that he can score 31.75 DKFP in 21 minutes like he did against Washington. Jordan did go for 37 DKFP in 24 minutes against the Suns this season.
It’s not much of a center slate. I do like Ayton, but given the depth at PF, maybe playing KP at center is the play.
Key news to monitor on DK Live:
D’Angelo Russell (quad)
Marcus Morris (illness)
Evan Fournier (back)
Davis Bertans (neck)
PJ Washington (ankle)
Reggie Jackson (back)
Markieff Morris (hip)
Trae Young (ankle)
Julius Randle (quad)
Ricky Rubio (ankle)
Mitchell Robinson (hamstring)
Frank Ntilikina (ankle)
Richaun Holmes (shoulder)
De’Andre Hunter (ankle)
Bruno Fernando (calf)
Luka Doncic (ankle)
Kyrie Irving (knee)
Kemba Walker (knee)
Derrick Rose (hip)
Marcus Smart (thigh)
Marvin Bagley (foot)
T.J. Warren (concussion)
Seth Curry (knee)
Jordan McRae (ankle)
Cam Reddish (concussion)
Alex Len (hip)
Dario Saric (ankle)
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