Check out the best and worst matchups of Monday’s 9-game slate below. For questions or comments hit me up on Twitter: @julianedlow.
Defense vs. Position
Point Guard Matchups
BEST – Giannis Antetokounmpo ($8,800) vs. Orlando Magic – Orlando ranks 27th in the NBA against opposing PGs, and has dropped to 29th over its past five games — allowing 65.8 DraftKings Fantasy Points (DKFP) per game. “The Greek Freak” is already a nightmare matchup, but seems to be in an appealing situation tonight.
WORST – Eric Bledsoe ($6,800) vs. Washington Wizards – Bledsoe is coming off a stellar bounce back game against the 76ers, but his matchup is far worse against ex-college teammate John Wall. Washington is the third-best team in the league at defending PGs, and Bledsoe had been ice cold before taking advantage of the woeful Sixers.
Shooting Guard Matchups
BEST – Wesley Matthews ($4,800) vs. San Antonio Spurs – You wouldn’t expect it, but the Spurs rank among the five worst teams in the league at defending opposing SGs. That leaves the underpriced Matthews in a prime position for a Dallas team with not many options to roll out at the guard spots.
WORST – Avery Bradley ($7,000) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves – The Clippers vs. Raptors matchup presents a couple of the toughest SG matches on the slate tonight for DeMar DeRozan (who finally had a bad game) and J.J. Redick (who’s been very hot). However, it’s Bradley going up against the team allowing the fewest DKFPs to SGs this season, and he too is coming off getting shutdown by the Pistons. But all three of these guys are not in great positions to succeed tonight based on pure matchups.
Small Forward Matchups
BEST – Andrew Wiggins ($7,400) vs. Boston Celtics – Wiggins is coming off an atrocious game against Memphis, but finds himself in a great spot against Boston. Even with Jae Crowder back, the C’s have still struggled to defend SFs. Wiggins has scored 52+ DKFP in ALL THREE of his best fantasy matchups of the season, and now faces a team that ranks 28th against his position.
WORST – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist ($5,200) vs. Memphis Grizzlies — In an effort to stay away from whoever is matched up with Kawhi Leonard (Mavericks SFs have a horrible matchup), I give you MKG against the Grizzlies. Memphis has actually been better in its last five games than San Antonio against SFs, including holding Wiggins to 13 DKFP in the last game. Overall this season the Grizz are the second-best team at defending SFs, which presents a problem for MKG.
Power Forward Matchups
BEST – Blake Griffin ($8,500) vs. Toronto Raptors – The Raptors have been great defensively this season, but have really struggled against PFs. That leaves Griffin (fresh off back-to-back 51.75-DKFP games) in a great spot to take advantage of the sixth-worst team in the NBA at defending his position (and has been in the bottom-3 over its last five games).
WORST – LaMarcus Aldridge ($6,700) vs. Dallas Mavericks – LMA has really picked it up of late, but all of his big games have come against very low ranking defenses. Despite some recent slippage, Dallas remains the seventh-best team in the league against PFs. Aldridge has struggled to hit value against teams that rank well against his position this season.
BEST – Hassan Whiteside ($9,300) vs. Philadelphia 76ers – Whiteside’s the most expensive center on the slate by $1,300 but he has been on absolute fire lately, so this isn’t exactly a shocker. Philly couldn’t present a better matchup, ranking 29th in the NBA against centers by allowing 51.8 DKFP.
WORST – Jonas Valanciunas ($5,600) vs. Los Angeles Clippers – The Magic and Grizzlies present a couple of the most difficult matchups on the slate for centers; however, Milwaukee and Charlotte don’t really have any centers you’d be looking to use right now for the most part. That leaves Valanciunas coming off his best game of the season against the Kings. That tune should change in a matchup with DeAndre Jordan — who has LAC ranked third against centers.
Lineup Quick Hits
Superstar Worth Paying For
Hassan Whiteside ($9,300) – With James Harden ($11,900) the only player over $10,000, it’s a great slate to build a balanced team. Whiteside has a dream matchup for all the reasons I explained above. I think he’s the perfect place to start building a lineup.
Save Big Bucks by Drafting
Jonathan Gibson ($3,700) – In his second NBA game, Gibson posted 41.5 DKFP in 32 minutes against the Mavericks. His matchup all depends how Dallas uses him/if the Spurs use Leonard or a SG on him, but for his price he’s a nice value and a solid pivot play off Matthews.
Next Man Up
Monta Ellis ($5,600) – With both Paul George and C.J. Miles out on Sunday (as they’ll be again on Monday), Ellis played 42 minutes. Jeff Teague stole the show, going for over 60 DKFP while Ellis posted 28, but the opportunity is certainly there for Monta against his old team.
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