The NBA starts the first full week of November with a nine-game fantasy basketball slate on Monday for the second straight week. Of the 18 teams taking the floor, five are on the second day of back-to-back games: the Grizzlies, Timberwolves, Knicks, Magic and Raptors. In some of the most interesting matchups of the night, the struggling Rockets visit the Pacers, the Thunder host the Pelicans, and the Raptors visit the Jazz.
Anthony Davis ($11,300) is the most expensive player on the slate and is listed as probable, but there are several important injuries to monitor leading up to tip-off, so make sure to check out the latest on the DK Live app or at live.draftkings.com. As you put your team together for this nine-game slate, here are my top targets at each price point and position.
StudRussell Westbrook, OKC vs. NO, $11,100 — Westbrook only played 26 minutes Friday, but he quickly put up 23 points, 12 assists and 53.75 DKFP. He has over 53 DKFP in each of his past three games, even though he has yet to post his first triple-double of the year. In their recent history, Westbrook feasted on the Pelicans with 70 DKFP, 53.25 DKFP and 69.25 DKFP in three matchups last season. New Orleans also has been one of the best matchups in the NBA for PGs this season and has allowed over 120 points per game coming into their matchup with the Thunder. Other Options — Kyle Lowry ($8,600), Zach LaVine ($8,000)
ValueJordan Clarkson, CLE at ORL, $4,500 — Clarkson isn’t always the best distributor and can sometimes take the air out of the ball by dribbling too much, but he has been a consistent scorer for the Cavs, who are desperately looking for playmakers. Clarkson has scored at least 12 points in each of his nine games this season, averaging 15.8 points to go with 2.6 rebounds and 22.5 DKFP. Clarkson’s role hasn’t changed with Kevin Love (toe) out, and he continues to offer scoring off the bench. Clarkson gets a good matchup against the Magic, making him a low-risk investment.
Other Options — Lou Williams ($5,700), Antonio Blakeney ($3,700)
StudVictor Oladipo, IND vs. HOU, $8,200 — Oladipo has continued the success he had in his breakout season last year. He is averaging 22.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 42.6 DKFP in his first 10 games, and he is coming off back-to-back games with over 50 DKFP against the Bulls and Celtics. He will look to continue his success against the star-studded backcourt of the Rockets in what should be a high-scoring contest. Other Option — Josh Richardson ($7,500), Andrew Wiggins ($6,300)
ValueJustin Holiday, CHI at NY, $4,900 — After playing 2016 in New York, Holiday signed with the Bulls before last season. He has started off his second season in Chicago playing a large role while Denzel Valentine (ankle) has been sidelined. Holiday has started all 10 games for the Bulls this season and has averaged 34.2 minutes and 25.1 DKFP per game. He has at least 23 DKFP in four of his past five and six of his past nine. With the added motivation of a possible revenge game, he should be in a good spot to deliver against the Knicks.
Other Options — E’Twaun Moore ($4,800), Garrett Temple ($4,700)
StudNikola Mirotic, NO at OKC, $8,100 — Mirotic has a double-double in each of his past four games and has continued his hot shooting to start the year. He has over 42 DKFP in each of his past four games, averaging 21 points, 12.8 rebounds, and 45.2 DKFP. Mirotic has emerged as a solid option every night, especially in what should be a game with plenty of points in Oklahoma City. Other Options — Kevin Durant ($10,100), Tobias Harris ($7,200)
ValueJustise Winslow, MIA at DET, $5,200 — Winslow started in place of Goran Dragic (toe; $6,500) and contributed across the board in the Heat’s loss in Atlanta. Winslow finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, two blocks and two steals for an impressive 47.5 DKFP. He has played only four games this season after starting the season late due to a hamstring injury, but he showed he can contribute across the board when given the chance. If Dragic is out again, Winslow will be a great play against the Pistons, but he still gets a good matchup even if Dragic is able to get back in the lineup.
Other Options — Jerami Grant ($4,400), Trey Lyles ($4,200)
StudBlake Griffin, DET vs. MIA, $9,800 — Griffin has been a great centerpiece to build around so far this season with at least 47 DKFP in six of his past seven contests. He had a massive 66.25 DKFP against the Sixers on Saturday on 38 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. In his eight games this year, he is averaging 28.6 points, 10.9 boards and 4.5 assists. He’s doing a little bit of everything and still scoring plenty of points, making him one of the top big-money plays to build around. Other Options — Draymond Green ($7,400), Jayson Tatum ($6,100)
ValuePaul Millsap, DEN vs. BOS, $5,600 — Millsap has been remarkably efficient this season and continues to contribute in multiple categories for the Nuggets. He has at least 27 DKFP in four straight games and is averaging 29 DKFP in his first nine games. Millsap doesn’t have the elite ceiling at this point in this career that he did during his days in Atlanta, but he still is a reliable, low-risk play especially in a good matchup with Boston’s frontcourt.
Other Options — Serge Ibaka ($5,500), Taj Gibson ($4,000)
StudWendell Carter Jr., CHI at NY, $6,100 — The Bulls drafted Carter with the seventh-overall pick in the draft last year, and they have started the 19-year-old in every game this season. Carter has rewarded them with solid play from the start and has settled into a nice rhythm over his past five games. During those contests, he has at least 10 points and 31 DKFP in each game and has averaged 39.6 DKFP on 19.5 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.6 steals per game. The Knicks also started a rookie at center Sunday with Mitchell Robison ($4,400) getting the nod, so we could get a nice chance to watch the two young bigs go head-to-head. With the way that Carter has been playing, he’s a nice option at $6K. Other Options — Nikola Jokic ($9,400), Karl-Anthony Towns ($8,500)
ValueBoban Marjanovic, LAC vs. MIN, $4,500 — The Clippers’ frontcourt rotation had been unpredictable, but Marcin Gortat ($3,500) has been sidelined due to ineffectiveness, which has opened up regular playing time for Boban. Marjanovic has posted back-to-back double-doubles and played 23 minutes in each of his past two games against the Sixers and the Magic. He had 38.25 DKFP in Philadelphia and 27.25 DKFP in Orlando. Marjanovic has always been a great per-minute contributor, and he’s getting enough extra minutes to be a good play at this price — especially if Gortat remains out.
Other Options — Montrezl Harrell ($5,500), Mitchell Robinson ($4,400)
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