Monday’s fantasy basketball slate has nine NBA games on DraftKings. The featured contest is the $450K Fadeaway, which pays out $100k to first place. Set your lineups here: NBA $450K Fadeaway [$100K to 1st].
Notable players with statuses to monitor before lock include Giannis Antetokounmpo (personal), Deandre Ayton (ankle), Jimmy Butler (shoulder), D’Angelo Russell (quad) and Kyle Lowry (neck).
For up-to-the-minute news, analysis and lineups, download the DK Live app, as NBA news, injury reports and betting lines on DraftKings Sportsbook can change throughout the day. Value also unexpectedly can open up due to late lineup changes and late injury news, making it important to stay up-to-the-minute with the DK Live app until lineups lock. You also can follow DK Live on Twitter @dklive.
Here are some plays that fantasy owners can consider using on DraftKings:
StudCaris LeVert, Brooklyn Nets at Indiana Pacers ($7,000) — LeVert has seen a significantly expanded role recently with Kyrie Irving (knee) out. In three starts since Irving was injured, LeVert’s usage rate is an elite 34%, a boost from his season average of 27%. LeVert has also seen significantly expanded facilitating, creating 12 potential assists per game over those three games, twice his season average of six potential assists created per game. The result has been strongly boosted fantasy scoring, as LeVert is averaging 45 DraftKings fantasy points (DKFP) over his last three games. With Irving out again on Monday, LeVert is a candidate to continue his expanded role, and his recent volume makes him an appealing play at his price tag.
ValueEric Bledsoe, Milwaukee Bucks vs. Sacramento Kings ($6,800) — If Giannis Antetokounmpo (personal) ends up sitting out, his league-leading 37% usage rate will be available for other Bucks players to soak up. Bledsoe is a prime candidate to receive a significant boost in role if Antetokounmpo ends up sidelined. Bledsoe’s usage rate rises to a heavy 32% in minutes with Antetokounmpo off the court, up from a mediocre 20% in minutes with Antetokounmpo on the court. Download the DK Live app and follow DK Live on Twitter @dklive for up-to-the-minute news on the status of Antetokounmpo.
Jordan McLaughlin, Minnesota Timberwolves at Toronto Raptors ($5,300) — D’Angelo Russell’s status is unclear as he deals with a quad injury, and if Russell remains out on Monday, McLaughlin would be in line to continue his recent expanded role. With the Timberwolves very thin at point guard lately, McLaughlin has been highly productive, averaging 41 DKFP per game in 34 minutes per game over his last two games. McLaughin is most recently coming off creating a heavy 16 potential assists on an absurd 92 passes in a win over the Clippers on Saturday, which represents elite passing volume. If Russell is able to play, McLaughlin’s value would likely take a substantial hit, so download the DK Live app and follow DK Live on Twitter @dklive for up-to-the-minute news on the Timberwolves’ starting lineup.
StudAndrew Wiggins, Golden State Warriors vs. Miami Heat ($7,800) — The Warriors believe that inserting Wiggins into their team culture will maximize Wiggins’ abilities. In the short term, usage should be available for Wiggins to soak up in Golden State after the Warriors traded their two most heavily used players, D’Angelo Russell and Alec Burks, prior to the trade deadline. Nobody left on the Warriors’ roster has a usage rate above 21% this season, which makes Wiggins a candidate for solid volume provided he is assertive in his play.
ValueVictor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers vs. Brooklyn Nets ($4,200) — Oladipo’s role is trending up as he makes his way back from a lengthy injury absence. Oladipo has started in each of his last two games and played a season-high 28 minutes in his most recent game before being held out to rest on Saturday. It’s possible Oladipo could see his minutes increase further on Monday and push towards the 30-minute mark. Despite his role trending up, Oladipo’s price tag has fallen to his lowest of the season and is down $700 from the Pacers’ last game. Oladipo has a good matchup against the Nets, who have allowed more points to opponents than average and rank in the top 10 in possessions played per game.
StudKhris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks vs. Sacramento Kings ($7,900) — Middleton is a candidate for a substantial boost in volume on Monday for reasons similar to teammate Eric Bledsoe. Middleton’s usage rate rises to an elite 32% in minutes with Antetokounmpo off the court this season, a boost from 21% with Antetokounmpo on the court. Middleton’s facilitating also rises with Antetokounmpo off the court. Download the DK Live app and follow DK Live on Twitter @dklive for up-to-the-minute news on the status of Antetokounmpo. If Antetokounmpo ends up sitting out, Middleton would become a strong player to build lineups around.
ValueAaron Gordon, Orlando Magic vs. Atlanta Hawks ($6,400) — Gordon has a strong matchup against the Hawks, who have been prone to allowing a lot of fantasy points to opponents. The Hawks have allowed the second most points to opponents and rank as the league’s fifth worst rebounding team by the percentage of missed shots rebounded, an issue that will likely continue until newly acquired C Clint Capela (heel) is able to make his Hawks debut to help on the glass. Gordon is in good position for points and rebounds in this matchup, and Atlanta’s fast pace will also help create more possessions for fantasy scoring.
StudChristian Wood, Detroit Pistons vs. Charlotte Hornets ($7,200) — Andre Drummond was traded to the Cavs prior to the trade deadline, which has opened up an expanded role for Wood recently. In two starts since Drummond was traded, Wood is averaging 36 minutes per game with a 25% usage rate. Wood has produced a strong 22.6 player efficiency rating on the season, and the boosted role has translated to strong fantasy performances with Drummond out of the picture. Wood has scored 52 DKFP and 41 DKFP in two games without Drummond and has grabbed double digit rebounds in each game, as getting Drummond’s offensive usage and presence on the boards off the team has opened up more point scoring and rebounding opportunities for Wood. Wood has a good matchup against the Hornets, who have been among the league’s worst teams in the interior, allowing the third most field goals per game within five feet of the basket while ranking as the fourth worst rebounding team by the percentage of missed shots rebounded.
ValueErsan Ilyasova, Milwaukee Bucks vs. Sacramento Kings ($3,200) — Giannis Antetokounmpo (personal) is currently listed as questionable to play, and if he’s out, Ilyasova is a candidate to start in his place. Ilyasova is averaging 24 minutes in starts this season, a nine minute boost from 15 minutes per game in a bench role. The last time Ilyasova made a start in place of Antetokounmpo, he scored 22 DKFP in 21 minutes. Download the DK Live app and follow DK Live on Twitter @dklive for up-to-the-minute news on the status of Antetokounmpo.
StudBam Adebayo, Miami Heat at Golden State Warriors ($8,200) — The Warriors have been atrocious on the glass this season, ranking as the league’s worst rebounding team by the percentage of missed shots rebounded. In their most recent game, Golden State started Marquese Chriss at center, who grades as a below average rebounder by the standards of the center position. Adebayo should be in good position to have a boosted night on the glass, and a potential absence for Jimmy Butler (shoulder) could clear the way for more offensive volume.
ValueThon Maker, Detroit Pistons vs. Charlotte Hornets ($4,300) — In addition to Christian Wood, the trade of Andre Drummond has also boosted Maker’s role recently. In two starts since Drummond was traded, Maker has averaged 32 minutes per game, a big boost from his season average of 12 minutes per game. Maker has produced a respectable 26 DKFP in those two games. Provided Maker continues a similar workload on Monday, he draws a strong matchup against the Hornets’ poor interior defense. Charlotte has allowed the third most field goals per game within five feet of the basket and ranks as the fourth worst rebounding team by the percentage of missed shots rebounded.
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