The NBA starts the final week in February with a solid eight-game fantasy basketball slate this Monday night. At this point in the season, almost every team is dealing with injuries, and there are several key contributors whose status is uncertain. There should still be some good matchups, though, including the Magic visiting the Nets in a matchup of the No. 7 and No. 8 seeds in the current Eastern Conference standings and the Clippers hosting the Grizzlies in a matchup of playoff hopefuls out West.
Keep a close eye on the injury news throughout the day on the DKLive app or on live.draftkings.com to see if more value opens up as players are ruled in or out for this slate. As you start your search through the bargain bin, take a look at these four solid options in play for under $4K.
PG/SG DE’ANTHONY MELTON, MEM at LAC, $3,900Melton and the Grizzlies complete their two-game stay in Los Angeles as they take on the Clippers on Monday night after losing to the Lakers on Friday. Melton struggled in that game going just 1-for-8 from the field and finishing with 9.25 DKFP. Despite that letdown, though, he is trending the right direction and could be asked to carry more of the offense with Jaren Jackson Jr. (knee) out.
In his five previous games, Melton posted over 20 DKFP four times, averaging 25.5 DKFP on 11.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.6 steals in 24.1 minutes per game off the bench. He went off for 41.5 DKFP against the Kings in his first game after the All-Star break before going cold the following night against the Lakers. Melton has huge upside as the Grizzlies’ sixth-man and should continue to get enough opportunities to be a nice value play against the Clips.
C P.J. TUCKER, HOU VS. NY, $3,800With the Rockets’ new ultra-small rotation, the 6-foot-5-inch Tucker is logging plenty of minutes at center. His defensive intensity and work on the boards are part of what makes the plan possible, and as a result, he has logged a heavy workload, playing an average of 34.6 minutes per contest over his past 18 games. He has at least 15 DKFP in four straight games and in six of his past seven.
Tucker has averaged 8.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steal over those seven games for an average of 20.8 DKFP per contest. While he doesn’t typically go off for huge games, the advantage of going with Tucker is that he’s virtually guaranteed heavy minutes in a great matchup against the Knicks and is relatively low-risk of going totally bust.
SF/PF GLENN ROBINSON III, PHI vs. ATL, $3,200The Sixers will be short-handed as they host the Hawks with Ben Simmons (back) ruled out and Tobias Harris ($7,100; knee) doubtful. Robinson could be one of several players in the Philadelphia rotation in line for more work with those two starters sidelined. Robinson himself has started the past two games for the Sixers coming out of the All-Star break.
After coming to Philadelphia in a trade deadline deal from Golden State, Robinson is still settling into his new role. He had his best game since the trade on Saturday, when he posted 21.5 DKFP on six points, five steals, two rebounds and two assists in just 20 minutes. With Harris out, GR3 may have to be more active on offense, and he showed earlier this season with the Warriors that he can produce solid points when given the chance. A great matchup against Atlanta sets up well for him to return good value.
C ROBIN LOPEZ, MIL at WAS, $3,000Since his twin brother Brook Lopez (back) will have to sit this contest out, RoLo has nice upside at the minimum salary. He had 12 points and 16 DKFP in just 18 minutes on Saturday against the 76ers and has shown double-double upside when given expanded minutes.
While Lopez hasn’t added the three-point shot to his game as much as his brother has, Robin has gone 3-for-8 from long-range in his past two contests. His rebound averages in the second unit haven’t been great, but he will likely be able to improve that production if he moves into the starting 5 against the Wizards. Washington prefers to play with a natural center on the floor, so Lopez could end up having to shoulder a lot of the work for the Bucks since their other options in the middle are mostly on the smaller side.
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