Monday’s seven-game slate has plenty of injury news to monitor for a handful of the highest-priced plays. We also have some solid value already available. Here’s your cheat sheet by position:
TOP OPTIONS TO CONSIDER
Target worth paying up for: Ben Simmons ($8,200) at IND (19th)
Simmons played at Indiana on New Year’s Eve, scoring 35.5 DKFP in 32 minutes — he didn’t play late in the blowout loss. Simmons has to do a little bit more with Joel Embiid (finger) out, and play more in the frontcourt. So far Simmons has just 14 total rebounds in the two games Embiid has been out. I expect those numbers to be much higher and help Simmons’ floor. His salary is also down $800 since Embiid went out of the lineup.
Best value: Derrick Rose ($6,700) vs. NOP (29th)
Rose has been playing very well recently, essentially scoring 40 DKFP in three of his last four. He has a perfect matchup to dominate a short-handed Pelicans team, with the major factor being the likely absence of Jrue Holiday (elbow).
PG doesn’t have much deep value, which is unusual. We do have injury news that could change things and give us some obvious plays. But at first glance, Jarrett Culver ($4,800) is about as cheap as I’d be willing to go.
Target worth paying up for: CJ McCollum ($6,100) vs. CHA (20th)
There are no stud SG targets on this slate, but there are some good plays if you’re going the balanced route. McCollum’s salary is down $1,000 since the start of the month, and he has a great matchup against a terrible Charlotte team. If we get his full 36 minutes in this game and avoid a blowout, CJ should easily exceed value.
Best value: Svi Mykhailiuk ($3,200) vs. NO (14th)
The Pistons are extremely banged up, and Svi has played at least 28 minutes in seven straight games. He’s topped 20 DKFP in six of those seven games, and Mykhailiuk gets a boost for his matchup against the Pels — who are equally banged up.
SG is a very balanced position, with Zach LaVine ($8,500) the only healthy option over $7,100. Build through the mid-priced plays and/or take advantage of some very cheap value.
Target worth paying up for: LeBron James ($9,500) vs. CLE (10th)
Regardless of Anthony Davis’ (glute) status, LeBron is just too underpriced for any slate. James sat out with an illness on Saturday, so make sure he returns to the lineup, but he scored 69 DKFP at $11,000 in his last game. The salary plummet to $9,500 makes no sense, but I’ll happily take it.
Best value: Josh Okogie ($3,300) vs. OKC (12th)
Okogie is coming off a 40-DKFP game, but his 30 minutes were a little inflated in a 30-point blowout loss to the Rockets. Regardless, this is cheaper than we’re accustomed to seeing Okogie priced, and as long as Karl-Anthony Towns (knee) remains sidelined, there’s upside to be had here.
The SG/SF value pretty much overlaps on this slate. There’s a handful of plays for $4,000 or less in pretty strong spots. If you’re paying up, LeBron and Simmons both have the PG/SF eligibility.
Target worth paying up for: Kevin Love ($6,700) at LAL (4th)
This is another salary I had to do a double-take at. Love began the month at $8,000, has scored over 43 DKFP in two of his last three, yet comes at a major discount. The Lakers have a great defense, but Cleveland’s won two in a row, so there’s reason to believe it can stick around in this game. The last time Love was under $7,000, he dropped 50 DKFP.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Love (rest) has been ruled out for tonight’s game.
Best value: Christian Wood ($3,700) vs. NOP (23rd))
Wood has been a highly touted value play on recent slates, but we haven’t seen the upside you’d like to see before rostering him. That changed on his last slate, scoring 47.5 DKFP in 26 minutes of a competitive game. Wood was $5,900 10 days ago, and his salary is even down $400 since his near 12X explosion. No reason not to take the value here against New Orleans.
Wood will be the chalk salary saver in cash games. Keep an eye on the Pelicans’ injury report, as we could get some significant value on the New Orleans side if things fall the right way.
Target worth paying up for: Andre Drummond ($10,300) vs. NOP (23rd)
We can also pay up in Detroit, where Drummond is coming off just 19 DKFP in 19 minutes, being ejected against the Bulls. This is a prime bounce-back spot, with the Pelicans’ defense ranking as one of the worst in the league, and some serious injury concerns. Drummond racked up 60 DKFP in consecutive games prior to his ejection.
Best value: Steven Adams ($6,400) at MIN (22nd)
Adams has consistently been one of the fairest priced players on recent slates. Nerlens Noel (ankle) is still out, which leaves Adams in another great matchup, with the majority of the center minutes to eat up. He pretty much has a 30-DKFP floor, but Adams has shown 40-50 DKFP upside in recent outings.
There’s plenty of places to save more salary at center if you need to. Love and Wood are both eligible here. Enes Kanter ($5,400) is coming off a 48-DKFP game in 23 minutes against the Pelicans — he’ll face the Bulls (who allow the most DKFP to center) with Daniel Theis (knee) ruled out. The Pelicans could also play a role here, but we need to wait on injuries.
Key news to monitor on DK Live:
Anthony Davis (back)
Domantas Sabonis (knee)
Brandon Ingram (knee)
Malcolm Brogdon (illness)
Aaron Gordon (calf)
Derrick Favors (hamstring)
D.J. Augustin (knee)
Bismack Biyombo (nose)
Rajon Rondo (finger)
Dante Exum (illness)
Corey Joseph (illness)
LeBron James (illness)
Hassan Whiteside (illness)
Lauri Markkanen (ankle)
Nemanja Bjelica (ankle)
Avery Bradley (illness)
Marvin Bagley (foot)
Jrue Holiday (elbow)
Karl-Anthony Towns (knee)
Joel Embiid (finger)
Richaun Holmes (shoulder)
JJ Redick (hamstring)
Bogdan Bogdanovic (ankle)
Daniel Theis (knee)
Nerlens Noel (ankle)
Larry Nance Jr. (knee)
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