With the trade deadline looming and the All-Star break on the horizon, this week will be a busy one for the NBA. Monday gets the week underway with a solid six-game fantasy basketball slate with a dozen teams back in action after getting Super Bowl Sunday off. It’s a well-balanced slate with two Eastern Conference games, two Western Conference games and two inter-conference matchups. NBATV will feature two of the games in its doubleheader, starting with the Bucks visiting the Nets and concluding with the late game from Sacramento, where the Spurs visit the Kings.
As you take a look at each of the six games on the slate, make sure not to miss my top studs and values at each position. You can start your roster construction around these pieces but always make sure to check out the DK Live app or live.draftkings.com for any late-breaking news that can help round out your lineup.
StudDevin Booker, PHO vs. HOU, $9,000 — Booker has battled multiple injuries throughout the season but now appears to be getting healthy and back to full strength as the centerpiece of the Suns’ offense. He has played more than 35 minutes in three straight games with at least six assists to go with 20-plus points in each contest. He had 57.25 DKFP Tuesday against the Spurs on 38 points, seven assists, five rebounds and two steals and followed that up with an even-better 60.5 DKFP against the Hawks on Saturday on 32 points, 10 assists and eight boards. Booker is likely to continue to get as much work as he can handle as Phoenix’s top scorer and creator in a game that has one of the highest over/under totals (230.5) on the slate. Other Options — Trae Young ($7,600), Darren Collison ($6,200)
ValueReggie Jackson, DET vs. DEN, $5,200 — Jackson struggled most of the season but has caught fire lately. He has at least 39 DKFP in each of his past three games, highlighted by 46.5 DKFP against the Clippers in the Pistons loss on Saturday. Jackson has averaged 23.7 points, 7.0 assists and 43 DKFP during his three-game run and has elite upside at an affordable price as the Pistons host the Nuggets and their banged-up backcourt.
Other Options — Malik Beasley ($5,000), Frank Jackson ($3,700)
StudBradley Beal, WAS vs. ATL, $9,100 — Beal had a pedestrian 35 DKFP in Saturday’s loss to the Bucks and has been held under 50 DKFP in four straight and seven of his past eight games. However, he gets a great matchup against the Hawks, who he posted 58.5, 50.5 and 42.5 DKFP against in three matchups earlier this season. Beal has continued to be the focus of the Wizards’ offense with John Wall (knee) out for the year and should be set up for a nice game in this favorable matchup. His ceiling is insanely high if he gets everything going, and he certainly will get the chance to dominate since he has taken at least 15 shots in 17 of his past 18 contests. Other Options — Jrue Holiday ($8,700), Buddy Hield ($6,700)
ValuePatty Mills, SA at SAC, $4,100 — With Derrick White (heel) out, there should be extra minutes in the Spurs’ backcourt for Mills, who comes into this matchup after scoring at least 12 points in four straight and seven of his past 10 contests and averaging 22.0 DKFP per contest over that 10-game span. He had 18.75 DKFP in just 21.5 minutes against the Kings earlier this season, and he should be able to return solid value in an expanded role in this matchup.
Other Options — Shabazz Napier ($5,400), Kenrich Williams ($4,300)
StudGiannis Antetokounmpo, MIL at BKN, $10,900 — The Bucks continue to lead the Eastern Conference after knocking off the Raptors, Pistons and Wizards on their most recent road trip. The Greek Freak has continued to put up monster stat lines all season and is averaging 56.4 DKFP on 26.6 points, 12.5 rebounds. 5.8 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.4 blocks in his 48 games this season. One of his most impressive performances of the season came last time he faced the Nets, when he made 13-of-17 from the field and had a triple-double with 31 points for a massive 72.0 DKFP. He’ll look to exploit the same matchup in the rematch in Brooklyn and post at least 49 DKFP for the 14th straight contest. Other Options — DeMar DeRozan ($7,500), Otto Porter Jr. ($5,900)
ValueKevin Huerter, ATL at WAS, $4,400 — Huerter has been solid since returning from a two-game absence due to a neck injury and has continued an impressive rookie campaign. Even though I love Mikal Bridges as a season-long waiver wire pickup, Huerter has the slightly better matchup as the Hawks face the Wizards. Huerter also has been the slightly more consistent of the two rookies. He has at least 10 points and 29 DKFP in three straight and continues to find ways to contribute while carrying a heavy workload even after the return of Kent Bazemore ($5,000) to the rotation.
Other Options — Bojan Bogdanovic ($5,700), Mikal Bridges ($4,400)
StudLaMarcus Aldridge, SA at SAC, $8,000 — Aldridge has been carrying the steady Spurs as they continue to hold a nice playoff position in the West. The big man has at least 20 points in five straight games and fell just one rebound short of having five straight double-doubles as well. He has at least 47 DKFP in four of his past five contests and hung 42 DKFP on the Kings with 14 points and 18 rebounds in 33.5 minutes when he faced them earlier this season. Aldridge isn’t the flashiest pick, but his consistency and solid work down low makes him a nice $8K investment. Other Options — Blake Griffin ($8,800), Kenneth Faried ($7,000)
ValueMarvin Bagley III, SAC vs. SA, $5,500 — On the other side of the late matchup, Bagley is a solid option to consider as well since he has been putting up good numbers off the bench. He has at least 14 points and 25 DKFP in five straight games with three double-doubles during that span. He gets heavy minutes regardless of game script and has been outplaying starting PF Nemanja Bjelica on a regular basis. Even if he continues to come off the bench, Bagley’s recent growth has been enough to make him a nice, safe mid-range play.
Other Options — Thaddeus Young ($5,800), Jeff Green ($4,900)
StudAndre Drummond, DET vs. DEN, $8,200 — Drummond came back from a concussion with three straight big games. He had at least 20 points and 13 rebounds for 48.75, 49.75 and 53.5 DKFP. He came back to earth with just 37.25 DKFP Saturday against the Clippers but should be in a good spot to bounce back against the Nuggets. Drummond has 20-20 potential every night and is leading the NBA with 14.9 rebounds per game to go with his 16.6 points per game. Other Options — Nikola Jokic ($10,500), Jahlil Okafor ($7,100)
ValueBrook Lopez, MIL at BKN, $5,400 — Lopez spent his first nine seasons in the NBA with the Nets as they moved from New Jersey to Brooklyn, and only has faced them three times since departing for Los Angeles before last season. He posted 58.5 and 28.75 DKFP in his two games against them as a member of the Lakers and had 24 points and 34 DKFP against them earlier this season. This will be his first trip to Brooklyn as a member of the Bucks, and he comes in with more than 29 DKFP in three of his past four games, including 39 DKFP in his most recent contest against the Wizards.
Other Options — Jarrett Allen ($5,100), Thomas Bryant ($5,000)
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