Fantasy Basketball Picks: Top NBA Targets, Values For December 3

The first weekend of December features seven NBA games on the fantasy basketball slate for this Monday. The Pelicans and Clippers face each other in a meeting of the only two teams on the second day of back-to-back games. In other action, Stephen Curry ($9,500) and the Warriors visit the Hawks, the Nuggets take on the Raptors in Toronto and the Timberwolves host Houston.

While you search through the matchups for all 14 teams on the slate, take a look at these top studs and values for Monday. Also make sure to check the DK Live app or before tip-off to catch up on any late-breaking injury or availability news.

Point Guard


Russell Westbrook, OKC at DET, $11,200 — We’ve been getting vintage “Beastbrook” mode over the past week, falling just one rebound short of his third straight triple-double on Saturday. He still had 51.25 DKFP against Atlanta and has more than 50 DKFP in six straight contests. He has been doing it all for the Thunder over that stretch and should be able to keep rolling as the Thunder head to Detroit. Other Options — Kyle Lowry ($8,300), Trae Young ($6,000)


Emmanuel Mudiay, NY vs. WAS, $5,000 — Mudiay had a huge game Saturday against the Bucks, scoring 28 points and adding seven assists for 44.75 DKFP. He has more than 25 points and 44 DKFP in two of his past five games, but his playing time is still volatile. What should help him get good minutes Monday against the Wizards is the fact Trey Burke (knee) has been ruled out. Mudiay has an extremely high ceiling and should be able to take advantage of his expanded role.

Other Options — Collin Sexton ($5,200), Monte Morris ($3,800)

Shooting Guard


D’Angelo Russell, BKN vs. CLE, $7,700 — Russell struggled Saturday and only played 25 minute in the Nets’ blowout loss to the Wizards. Brooklyn was finishing a tough back-to-back, though, so the whole team was a bit sluggish. Before that game, D-Lo was heating up with at least 35 DKFP in three straight and six of his previous eight. He had 45.75 DKFP last Friday against the Grizzlies with 26 points and eight assists in 45 minutes. The Nets have a great matchup against the struggling Cavs to start this week, so look for Russell to return to his productive ways to start the new week. Other Options — James Harden ($11,100), Klay Thompson ($7,400)


Tim Frazier, NO vs. LAC, $4,700 — Frazier has stepped into the starting lineup for the Pelicans in their past three games and produced 42.5, 27.0 and 21.75 DKFP. As has been the case throughout his career, he provides solid non-scoring numbers and good assists while chipping in a few points. He has 30 assists in his three starts and is in a good matchup against the Clippers to continue that success. As long as he continues to start, Frazier is a relatively low-risk play since his boards and assists aren’t as inconsistent as his shot.

Other Options — Gary Harris ($5,100), Alec Burks ($3,800)

Small Forward


Kawhi Leonard, TOR vs. DEN, $9,700 — Leonard has been excellent in his 18 games with the Raptors, averaging 25.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.7 steals and 45.7 DKFP in 34 minutes per game. He has more than 52 DKFP in three of his past four games, including 56.5 DKFP against the Warriors on Thursday and 55.25 DKFP against the Cavs in his most recent contest Saturday. Kawhi and the Raptors host another Western Conference contender as they take on the Nuggets. He offers elite upside of more than 50 DKFP and has a salary slightly less than the other mega-stars on the slate. Other Options — Kevin Durant ($10,900), Tobias Harris ($8,100)


Stanley Johnson, DET vs. OKC, $3,700 — Johnson continues to struggle to find consistency, but his good games have been more frequent lately. he continues to get good playing time for coach Dwane Casey and has at least 14 points and 23 DKFP in three of his past four contests. He had 19 points, seven boards and 31.75 DKFP in the Pistons win over the Warriors Saturday and 21 points, three blocks and 38 DKFP against the Knicks last week. He has a lot of upside for a player under $4K as the Pistons host the Thunder.

Other Options — Danny Green ($4,500), Kevin Knox ($4,000)

Power Forward


Robert Covington, MIN vs. HOU, $6,800 — Covington seemed like a good fit for coach Tom Thibodeau’s system when the Timberwolves acquired him in the Jimmy Butler trade. It took him a while to settle in, but he has been getting heavy workload and producing good results over his past few games. Covington has at least 39 DKFP in each of his past three games after 17 points, 10 rebounds and 39 DKFP against the Celtics on Saturday. He has hit multiple 3-pointers in each of those three games and provided strong non-scoring stats as well. With his heavy minutes as a Minnesota starter, look for Covington to keep piling up production against the Rockets in what should be a high-scoring contest. Other Options — Blake Griffin ($8,800), Paul Millsap ($6,300)


Markieff Morris, WAS at NY, $5,900 — While the Wizards still are trying to figure out a lot of things with their offense, Morris has thrived in his role as sixth man off the Washington bench. He has scored at least 15 points in five of his past six games and at least 20 points in three of his past four. The one outlier was an ugly two-point, 10.25-DKFP game against the 76ers, but he has more than 30 DKFP in the other five of his past six. The Knicks and Wizards should be a high-scoring matchup at the Garden, and Morris is a solid mid-range play under $6K.

Other Options — Noah Vonleh ($5,300), P.J. Tucker ($4,400)



Tristan Thompson, CLE at BKN, $6,500 — Thompson has stepped up his game since Kevin Love (toe) has been sidelined. He did have one miserable game last week against the Thunder, but aside from that has had at least a double-double and 37 DKFP in the other five of his past six contests. He has been a beast on the boards and almost always scores at least a dozen points. While Larry Nance Jr. ($5,100) has continued to struggle, it has been Thompson who has seized the extra minutes, usage and value from Love’s absence. He’s in a good spot to continue to do so as the Cavs roll into Brooklyn. Other Options — Anthony Davis ($11,500), Clint Capela ($8,600)


John Collins, ATL vs. GS, $5,300 — Collins is rounding into form after a late start to the season and is seeing his minutes, usage and production all trend the right direction. He has played at least 29 minutes in each of his past four games and posted at least 25 DKFP in each of those contests. He had a strong double-double in his most recent game Friday against the Thunder. He had 19 points, 11 rebounds and 37.25 DKFP in 33 minutes in Oklahoma City and appears to be ready to deliver on the promise he flashed last year in his rookie season.

Other Options — Jarrett Allen ($5,500), Mitchell Robinson ($3,200)

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