Monday is a bit of a funky schedule for the NBA, which starts things off with a limited five-game fantasy basketball slate before growing to larger slates later in the week, culminating with a dozen games Saturday and just three games on tap for Super Bowl Sunday. The unusual schedule leaves us with just a 10-team player pool for Monday, but there are still plenty of good matchups to target. If you need some value plays, don’t worry — even on the short slate there are some great plays available under $4K. Here are my top four to consider.
PF/C RONDAE HOLLIS-JEFFERSON, BKN AT BOS, $3,700The Nets still are dealing with lots of injuries as they head to Boston, but Hollis-Jefferson looks to be working his way back to a productive fantasy level. Hollis-Jefferson missed almost three weeks with a groin strain and strained his shoulder right after he returned. He had played few minutes until logging 24 minutes Friday against the Knicks. He looked solid in that time, totaling 24.75 DKFP on 10 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
Before his injury, RHJ started 17 straight games for the Nets and averaged 11.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 0.9 steals. He is typically a solid multi-category producer and also has a high ceiling. He had more than 20 DKFP in 11 of those 17 starts, including a game with 52.25 DKFP just before he got hurt. While he still might be less than 100 percent, he should be ready for enough work to make him a good value for the depleted Nets in Boston.
SG/SF ANDRE IGUODALA, GS AT IND, $3,800Iguodala continues to be a steady veteran presence off the bench for the surging Warriors and is a solid way to lock in 5x value as long as his price stays under $4K. Iguodala only managed one point against the Celtics on Saturday but still had 20.5 DKFP on six rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal.
The veteran has at least 20 DKFP six of his past seven games and always finds meaningful ways to contribute. Most of his fantasy production is due to non-scoring numbers, but that makes him a steady reliable play in most contests.
Editor’s Note: Draymond Green (rest) will not play tonight, opening up more minutes for Iguodala vs. the Pacers.
PG/SG SHELVIN MACK, MEM VS. DEN, $3,600Like the Nets, the Grizzlies have also been hit hard by injury. Garrett Temple (shoulder, out), Kyle Anderson ($4,500; ankle, questionable) and Omri Casspi ($3,400; knee, doubtful) all are battling injury, and the Grizzlies traded away MarShon Brooks and Wayne Selden to the Bulls. Mack has been busy as a result of the thin rotation and has produced good numbers off the bench.
Mack had eight points, three rebounds, three assists and 17.25 DKFP against the Pacers in his most recent contest and ran off a string of six straight games with double figures earlier this month. Mack has been playing most of his time on the wing, but he also could start getting more run as backup PG since Jevon Carter ($3,300) has struggled in the role.
PG TONY PARKER, CHA VS. NY, $3,600Parker has been a nice fit for the Hornets, who have deployed him as their primary backup PG behind Kemba Walker ($8,900; neck, probable). He had a quick 17 points and 23 DKFP against Mack and the Grizzlies on Wednesday before getting Friday off for rest purposes. He has posted at least 14 points and 20 DKFP in three of his past four contests.
After getting the extra rest, Parker should be set to resume his role, which usually leads to him playing 15-20 minutes. He had 22.5 and 13.5 DKFP in his two matchups earlier this season against the Knicks but should find things a bit easier in this matchup since the Knicks are short-handed in the backcourt due to injury. Parker is a steady option, although Mack and Hollis-Jefferson offer more upside than steady vets Parker and Iguodala.
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