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After a small four-game Sunday slate that featured Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis, we’ve got a jam packed 11 games on Monday evening — with both Russ and AD back in action again. For questions or comments hit me up on Twitter: @julianedlow.
Defense vs. Position
Point Guard Matchups
BEST – Russell Westbrook ($12,600) vs. Atlanta Hawks –It’s not worth overthinking it and giving you any other name than Westbrook here. This freak show has five consecutive games with a triple-double and is now comfortably averaging a trip-dub on the season. The Hawks rank 29th in the NBA against opposing PGs … not much more to say.
WORST – Kemba Walker ($7,500) vs. Dallas Mavericks – Walker’s price isn’t too scary, but his matchup with Dallas is. They’ve been tops in the league at limiting PGs, so Walker will have his hands full. With so many other strong PG plays, I don’t think I’ll be taking Kemba in this matchup.
Shooting Guard Matchups
BEST – Avery Bradley ($6,300) vs. Houston Rockets – Bradley’s rebounding ability has made him one of the more consistent fantasy SGs this season. Tonight he should also get some good looks offensively, as Houston ranks 29th against SGs.
WORST – Lou Williams ($5,800) vs. Utah Jazz – Williams is coming off a big game, so he might get some extra love tonight in GPP lineups. He’s got a brutal matchup with the Jazz, because they like to slow the game down and limit possessions. Williams was well contained by the Raptors on Friday — another team, like Utah, that’s in the top-5 against SGs.
Small Forward Matchups
BEST – Kawhi Leonard ($8,000) vs. Milwaukee Bucks – Leonard hasn’t been anything special over his last four games, which has led to a reduction in his salary. Now you can catch him underpriced entering a matchup with the Bucks — who rank in the bottom-5 in the NBA at limiting SF production.
WORST – Jabari Parker ($6,300) vs. San Antonio Spurs — On the other side of this matchup, the Spurs have been a nightmare matchup for opposing forwards. Parker will see time at both positions, so he won’t always be shadowed by Kawhi, but he’s still tough to trust in this matchup.
Power Forward Matchups
BEST – Taj Gibson ($5,600) vs. Portland Trailblazers – Portland has been atrocious against PFs this season, consistently ranking 30th against the position. Gibson’s had a couple of big performances lately and he should thrive in such a good spot.
WORST – Anthony Davis ($11,000) vs. Memphis Grizzlies – The Grizzles have been dominant against bigs all season, so whether you want to call Davis a PF or C, this still isn’t a good matchup. He’s banged up and in the second night of a back-to-back, so this could be a rare time to not use AD if you’re brave enough.
BEST – Marcin Gortat ($5,900) vs. Brooklyn Nets — Gortat is fresh off an impressive 55-DKFP performance against the Spurs, and now finds himself with one of the best matchups a center can have. Brooklyn has been the fourth-worst team in the NBA at limiting centers’ fantasy production and has been trending in the wrong direction the last 10 games.
WORST – Dwight Howard ($7,100) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder – Howard has been having a terrific season for his hometown Hawks, but tonight’s matchup with Steven Adams is a difficult one (remember to check DK Live for updates, as Adams is questionable for tonight’s game). Only the Spurs and Grizzles have been more effective against centers this season, so Howard could struggle to get his.
Lineup Quick Hits
Superstar Worth Paying For
Russell Westbrook ($12,600) – He’s a walking triple-double and has a dream matchup with the Hawks. Nothing not to love here. This should just be Russ being Russ tonight.
Save Big Bucks by Drafting
Andrew Bogut ($4,300) – Bogut has exceeded 5X value in six consecutive games — primarily due to his rebounding. He’s been very efficient for Dallas and tonight he finds himself in a matchup with a Hornets team that really struggles against centers … Bogut has all the makings of a nice value play on this slate.
Editor’s Note: E’Twaun Moore and Jrue Holiday have been declared OUT by the Pelicans. Tim Frazier will likely be the biggest beneficiary, but Buddy Hield and Langston Galloway could pick up some of the missing usage.
Next Man Up
E’Twaun Moore ($3,900) – Moore was shifted into the starting lineup at SG on Sunday in place of Tim Frazier. Jrue Holiday is starting at PG while Frazier will try to improve on his recent struggles from the bench. Moore only scored 15 DKFPs in his start, but he did play 23 minutes and attempted 11 shots. Both of those things are encouraging for his value going forward.
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