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Here are the best and worst matchups from Monday night, which is just a five-game slate. Feel free to reach out on Twitter with any questions or comments: @julianedlow.
Defense vs. Position
Point Guard Matchups
BEST – Russell Westbrook ($12,800) vs. Atlanta Hawks – Westbrook was on a two game cold-streak by his standards, but broke out of it with 81.25 DKFP on Saturday (including a career-high 22 dimes). Tonight, he’ll face an Atlanta defense he dropped nearly 75 DKFP on earlier this month, and ranks 29th in the NBA against PGs
WORST – Emmanuel Mudiay ($5,300) vs. Dallas Mavericks – Mudiay has been really struggling lately, but did go off for 40 DKFP against the Knicks on Saturday. His matchup with Dallas should be far more challenging, as they been the top-ranked team in the league defending PGs. Mudiay’s inconsistencies make him tough to trust on a regular basis, particularly in a matchup like this.
Shooting Guard Matchups
BEST – Wesley Matthews ($5,600) vs. Denver Nuggets – Matthews has cooled down over the past few games, but he had been on a tear prior. His hot run included 36.5 DKFP against the NBA’s 30th ranked team defending SGs — Denver.
WORST – Dwyane Wade ($6,600) vs. Detroit Pistons – Detroit ranks third in the NBA against SGs, which doesn’t bode well for Wade — who has seen his fantasy production reduced in three consecutive outings. Minnesota also boasts strong backcourt defense, so the Suns’ SGs are also in a tough spot on this small slate.
Small Forward Matchups
BEST – Andrew Wiggins ($6,700) vs. Phoenix Suns – The Suns rank in the bottom-third of the league in SF defense, making them the worst on the slate. They’ll be given the task of attempting to shut down Wiggins after he’s topped 33 DKFP in each of his last three contests.
WORST – Denver SFs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Both Wilson Chandler ($6,200) and Danilo Gallinari ($5,700) are similarly priced and playing major minutes for the Nuggets. Neither of them have been performing well recently, including a combined 26.75 DKFP in their last matchup with DEN (just 4.25 for Chandler).
Power Forward Matchups
BEST – Karl-Anthony Towns ($8,900) vs. Phoenix Suns – Towns will play both positions up front, and Phoenix is solid against centers, but rank just 27th vs. PFs. Tyson Chandler can’t play nearly as many minutes to keep up with the youngster, so Towns should have plenty of time to dominate the paint as well. His inside-out game practically makes him matchup proof.
WORST – Taj Gibson ($4,800) vs. Detroit Pistons – With so few teams playing tonight, Detroit’s defense really stands out at many positions. But in Gibson’s case, he’s also returning from a hip injury that could slow him or limit his minutes.
BEST – Andre Drummond ($7,700) vs. Chicago Bulls – Indy and Chicago are the only two teams on the slate allowing over 50 DKFP to centers this season. However, the Pacers have cut that number to 48 over the past five games, while the Bulls are allowing 56 in the same span and have a far more difficult matchup with Drummond.
WORST – Dwight Howard ($7,300) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder – OKC ranks sixth in the NBA vs. opposing centers, and Steven Adams did his job by limiting Dwight to a mere 17 DKFP in their previous matchup this season. Howard actually has the Hawks ranking as the third-best team against centers, but Adams managed 27 DKFP in the aforementioned matchup.
Lineup Quick Hits
Superstar Worth Paying For
Russell Westbrook ($12,800) – For me, Russ is the guy to play on this slate … and is really the only player you’d have to “pay up for” with the next highest salary being John Wall’s $9,700. However, Wall also has a fantastic matchup with Indy, so I don’t mind pairing the two if you can make it work.
Save Big Bucks by Drafting
Seth Curry ($3,500) – If you can’t afford Matthews at SG, Curry presents the same type of upside for a huge discount. He’s actually outscored Matthews in back-to-back games, going for 26.75 and 29.75 in his last two games respectively.
Next Man Up
Dwight Powell ($3,800)/Salah Mejri ($3,100) – Keep an eye out for news leading up to lock, but there aren’t many injuries on this slate. Andrew Bogut remains out for the Mavs, so Powell and Mejri are splitting time at center. It’s not a great matchup with Denver, but Mejri has topped 23 DKFP twice in his last four games, leaving some potential value.
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