The NBA is not messing around this week and starts with 11 games Monday to kick your fantasy basketball week into high gear right off the jump. With 22 teams taking the floor there are plenty of options to choose from as you build your roster. A few of the top matchups on the slate include Anthony Davis ($10,900) and the Pelicans visiting the Celtics, the Pistons and 76ers clashing for the fourth time this season, the Timberwolves visiting the Warriors in the return of Draymond Green ($7,000), and the Heat rolling into Los Angeles to face LeBron’s Lakers.
With so many storylines, studs, sleepers and scenarios to consider, make sure to take a look at my top options at each position and price point. Also, keep your eye on the DK Live app or live.draftkings.com for any late-breaking news that should impact your lineup.
StudDe’Aaron Fox, SAC at CHI, $7,600 — Fox and the Kings continue their road trip with a visit to the rapidly imploding Bulls. Fox has been impressive in his second NBA season, averaging 17.8 points, 7.6 assists and 37.1 DKFP per game. He had a monster game Friday in Cleveland with 30 points, 12 assists and 59.5 DKFP and followed that with a solid 32.75 DKFP the following night in a tough matchup with the Pacers. In this much better matchup with the Bulls, he should be able to return value and brings an elite ceiling despite his salary under $8K. Other Options — Russell Westbrook ($11,000), Ben Simmons ($8,500)
ValueCollin Sexton, CLE at MIL, $4,900 — Sexton has scored 20-plus points in three straight games and posted a massive 45.25 DKFP against the Wizards on Saturday. He has a 26.9 percent usage rate over his past 10 games and should continue to be the focus of the Cavs’ offense when he’s on the floor. His inconsistencies as a rookie do make him risky, but his high ceiling is hard to pass up under $5K.
Other Options — Lonzo Ball ($5,200), Jalen Brunson ($3,400)
StudJimmy Butler, PHI vs. DET, $7,900 — Butler has taken over the past two games for the 76ers. He had 58.5 DKFP by adding 10 boards to his 38 points in Toronto on Wednesday and 63 DKFP on Friday by adding six rebounds, six assists, three steals and a block to 38 more points. Butler took 27 shots in each contest and definitely benefitted from Joel Embiid ($9,800) being rested on Friday. As the 76ers face the Pistons for the final time this season, Butler will hope to pick up where he left off in Friday’s win and continue his dominant play — even though Embiid is expected to return. Other Options — Bradley Beal ($8,400), Bogdan Bogdanovic ($6,300)
ValueAlec Burks, CLE at MIL, $4,700 — Burks has played well since joining the Cavs as part of the Kyle Korver ($3,200) trade. He had at least 22 DKFP in five of his past six games and has stepped into a much larger role lately with Rodney Hood (foot, questionable; $4,500) battling injury. Burks had 22 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and 46.75 DKFP against the Kings on Friday and followed that with 31.75 DKFP while starting in place of Hood on Saturday. If Hood is out and Burks gets another start, he’ll be a great play under $5K and offers tons of upside in his expanded role for Cleveland.
Other Options — Dennis Schroder ($5,100), Troy Daniels ($3,400)
StudLeBron James, LAL vs. MIA, $10,700 — LeBron torched his former team for a season-high 51 points and added eight rebounds, three assists and two steals for 73.5 DKFP in the Lakers’ first meeting with Miami. He’ll look for another big game as the Lakers host the Heat in a matchup that could set up a LeBron night this Monday. James has more than 40 DKFP in each of his past six games with three games over 60 DKFP. He will need to hit that 60-plus level to be worth this salary but has shown in the past he gets up for games against his former squad. With Brandon Ingram (ankle) out, James is getting more time at the point and has at least eight assists in three of his past four. Other Options — Aaron Gordon ($7,500), Khris Middleton ($6,700)
ValueJuancho Hernangómez, DEN vs. MEM, $4,700 — The Nuggets have been hit hard by injury with Paul Millsap (toe), Will Barton (groin) and Gary Harris (hip) all out and Jamal Murray (shin, questionable; $7,200) also ailing. Hernangómez has been one of several Denver players stepping up to fill in the gaps and has run off a nice streak of midlevel production. Hernangómez has at least 25 DKFP in five straight games, averaging 30.2 DKFP on 14.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.2 assist in 34.1 minutes per contest. He has posted back-to-back double-doubles against the Hornets and Hawks with 38.5 and 36.0 DKFP, respectively. He should keep getting plenty of minutes and opportunities as the Nuggets come home and host the upstart Grizzlies.
Other Options — Jaylen Brown ($5,000), Mikal Bridges ($3,800)
Other Options — Kyle Kuzma ($7,200), Montrezl Harrell ($6,700)
Editor’s Note: Griffin (rest) is listed as out for tonight’s game vs. the 76ers.
ValueJames Johnson, MIA at LAL, $4,100 — Johnson helped the Heat cope with being shorthanded Saturday in Los Angeles, playing his best game of the season in Miami’s win over the Clippers. He had 18 points, eight boards and 36.5 DKFP in his 29 minutes and showed he is making good progress in his recovery from his hernia injury that kept him out at the start of the season. He has big-time upside since he has proven in the past he can be a multi-category producer when healthy.
Other Options — Kelly Olynyk ($5,300), Richaun Holmes ($4,000)
StudNikola Jokic, DEN vs. MEM, $9,300 — Jokic is helping the Nuggets stay afloat amid all their injuries and turning in big, balanced stat lines. In each of his past four games he has posted 44-plus DKFP with at least a double-double in each contest. He has at least six assists and at least eight rebounds in each of those games and continues to offer solid scoring as well. He has a high ceiling as the Nuggets come home, where he is averaging 47.2 DKFP in his 12 games this season. He had a rough game the first time he faced Memphis and will look to avenge that foul-troubled game with a better performance in this rematch. Other Options — Joel Embiid ($9,800), Willie Cauley-Stein ($6,100)
ValueDaniel Theis, BOS vs. NO, $4,000 — Boston didn’t have Aron Baynes (ankle, questionable; $3,300) or Al Horford (knee, questionable; $6,600) on Saturday against the Bulls, but Theis exploded for a massive game. He had 22 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks and 54.5 DKFP against the Bulls in 32 minutes. With Horford and Baynes return, his recent form should earn him time against a stout Pelicans frontcourt. Theis always has been a good defensive player, but his offensive game is also rounding into form. With Baynes and Horford out, he’ll be one of the best bargains on the board, so make sure to check the Celtics’ injury reports on DK Live leading up to tipoff.
Other Options — Bam Adebayo ($5,800), Mike Muscala ($4,200)
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