Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! A nice, full night of NBA action on Monday to keep our minds busy during this time of relaxation for most. Let’s get right to it!
John Wall ($9,700) – Wall is having a stellar season so far, & this shouldn’t change especially going against Chris Paul, who is not the defensive player he used to be & will have to carry much more of the offensive load due to Blake Griffin being out for two weeks. Washington has the 5th highest pace in the league & the Clippers are middle of the pack at 14th so it has potential to be an up & down game, giving Wall plenty of opportunity to put up big numbers. 3 of Wall’s last 4 games have had him go over 50 DK points, mainly through having double-doubles in assists & points, so if you don’t feel confident in Curry’s calf, Wall is a good guy to go with on Monday.
Kemba Walker ($7,300) – This is a no-brainer tonight. Walker is having a strong season for the Hornets & is a major reason the team is in the playoff picture right now. The Lakers are basically mailing in the season & making it all about Kobe’s last year. D’Angelo Russell is playing better but still not good on the defensive end so look for Walker to get some major points through passing the ball, solid defense & being able to have some offensive liberties against Russell through driving to the basket & making Russell try to defend his outside & mid-range jumpers, which are strong this season. Walker is coming off of a 46 DK point night on Saturday night & I see him having even better numbers on Monday, assuming the game stays somewhat close. Walker is solid in a tournament play.
Other options – Rajon Rondo ($8,400), Chris Paul ($9,000), Kyle Lowry ($8,300)
JJ Barea ($5,000) – With Deron Williams doubtful to play tonight, Barea looks to step in and provide yet another big game for the Mavs. He’s averaged over 40 DraftKings points over the last two games that Williams has missed and he’s shooting 12-19 from three in that time. His price still hasn’t fully caught up to his production so just make sure that D-Will isn’t playing tonight and plug Barea into your lineups.
Jeremy Lin ($5,400) – Lin comes off the bench to spell Kemba, but the defense of the Lakers’ point guards is so bad that Lin is a good utility play on Monday night. He has close to 30 DK points over the last two games coming off of the bench & his shooting and decision making has gotten so much better this season in Charlotte. Look for Lin to do the same as Walker & exploit the rookie Russell & have a strong night scoring & passing. Another solid tournament play.
Other Options – Ricky Rubio ($6,600), Tony Parker ($5,200), Goran Dragic ($5,500), Trey Burke ($4,000)
Tyreke Evans ($7,800) – I am a bit skiddish on Evans in this matchup. On paper, he is clearly better than Elfrid Payton in terms of scoring & putting up fantasy points, however, he’s had mixed performances of late. The Pelicans are playing a bit better & my belief that Evans should just get the better of Orlando but there’s definitely a lot of risk associated with him tonight.
Klay Thompson ($7,300) – Thompson could end up having a big night against Sacramento, especially if Curry isn’t fully healthy. After a slow start to the season, Thompson has gone back to being the sharpshooter that he was the last two seasons. Thompson should have many opportunities at open shots in transition with the game possibly being a very up & down game, as the pace factor & the Vegas totals would indicate.
Other Options – Jimmy Butler ($7,500), Dwyane Wade ($6,800)
Kobe Bryant ($6,300) – This might be the ultimate value pick of the night here. For those who don’t know, Kobe was originally drafted in 1996 by the Charlotte Hornets & traded on draft night for Vlade Divac in what may go down as the most lopsided trades of all time. Kobe will want to put on a great show for the Charlotte audience to remind them of what could have been in his last trip there, so definitely take a flyer on the mamba in this one in your tournament.
Khris Middleton ($6,100) Middleton has been on fire in the last 3 games, scoring over 37 DK points in each game. Dallas is towards the lower end in defense in the league but his reasonable price point and recent success are too good to pass up. Middleton is a solid cash game play Monday night.
Other Options – Victor Oladipo ($5,700), Jordan Clarkson ($5,300), Andrew Wiggins ($6,300), Devin Booker ($3,500)
LeBron James ($9,800) – James had an off game on Christmas Day against the Warriors, but with all of the hype & attention on the game, it is understandable that that would happen. Against Phoenix, especially without their top scorer & defender Eric Bledsoe, look for James to get back to his normal self & try to get his Cavs back on the winning track after dropping two straight including an embarrassing loss in Portland on Saturday.
Kawhi Leonard ($8,700) – Leonard has been the model of consistency this year, pretty much being a 40 DK point guarantee each night because of his ability to stuff the stat sheet. He’s relatively matchup proof and the biggest risk here is a potential blowout against the lowly Timberwolves. Because of that concern, Leonard is definitely a tournament option only on Monday.
Other Options – Paul George ($8,900), Gordon Hayward ($7,200)
Omri Casspi ($5,900) Casspi should be in line for a monster night against Golden State as the top two teams in pace square off on Monday night. Casspi gets many baskets off being set up by Rajon Rondo & double-teams on DeMarcus Cousins. The Warriors are a solid defensive team, but even they must pay close attention to Cousins, which means transition scoring opportunities for Casspi. Take a flyer on him for a tournament play or if you are stacking a number of plays in this game.
P.J. Tucker ($4,000) – Tucker played 38 minutes last time out and should be one of the biggest beneficiaries of this depleted Suns lineup. Tucker can play multiple positions and gets minutes boosts with both Eric Bledsoe out and Markieff Morris suspended for tonight’s game. The biggest risk on Tucker is that he’s likely to draw the LeBron assignment defensively and could be in foul trouble but if he avoids that, he’s an extremely strong value option.
Other Options – Otto Porter ($5,600), Andre Iguodala ($5,200), Chandler Parsons ($5,200)
Anthony Davis ($10,500) – Anthony Davis has taken his game to another level since a slow start for the season and has posted 49+ fantasy points in three consecutive games. The Magic are an above average defensive team on the interior but as long as he’s not facing an elite defense, Davis should have the upper hand. This game should stay pretty close and that means plenty of playing time for Davis to stuff the stat sheet on Monday night.
DeMarcus Cousins ($9,900) – At under $10k, Cousins is actually a value pick, in my opinion. When focused, Cousins is one of the top 5 players in the league overall. He is going to be playing in a high pace game on Monday night where he will get many opportunities to dominate on both ends. Even against a solid defensive unit like the Warriors (most likely against Draymond Green & Andrew Bogut), Cousins should give fantasy owners 55-60 points Monday night. I really like Davis, but at this price, Cousins is hard to pass up.
Other Options – Draymond Green ($9,300), Kevin Love ($7,700)
Nerlens Noel ($5,600) Forget that the 76ers are absolutely terrible – Noel should see plenty of opportunities on Monday night with Jahlil Okafor doubtful. Both Okafor and Noel have missed time this season and when one is out, the other sees a significantly higher usage. That should be the case again on Monday where you can get Noel at a relatively discounted price point.
Tristan Thompson ($5,000) Thompson has gotten back to where he was at the end of last season, which many consider his breakout season in the league. He has 4 of his last 5 games with double-digit rebounds & can occasionally bring in points off the bench. A good tournament play here with the matchup not having a major impact on his expected production.
Other Options – Nikola Mirotic ($5,100), Jabari Parker ($5,000), Carl Landry ($3,200)
DeAndre Jordan ($7,200) Jordan is a solid play most nights because all of his work is around the rim, whether its shot blocking, rebounding or scoring. He can look to have a few more offensive opportunities now that Blake Griffin is out for 2 weeks. Jordan won’t be a player hitting jumpers at all, but with no Blake around, Jordan should be a 20/20 player a few times over the next several games & a good play on Monday in cash games or tournaments.
Hassan Whiteside ($7,100) – Saturday night was the first game in 9 straight that Whiteside didn’t have double digit rebounds. He has had a tremendously consistent season so far, dominating around the basket & while not scoring a ton of baskets, he is a rebounding & shot blocking machine. Brooklyn’s front court is a bit on the soft side for the most part, so it should be another strong night for Whiteside & he’s a safe pick in a head to head or 50/50.
Other Options – Nikola Vucevic ($7,400), Marcin Gortat ($7,100)
Tim Duncan ($5,500) Duncan has been a consistent 25-30 DK point guy most nights this season, especially with having LaMarcus Aldridge & Kawhi Leonard around to take pressure off of him. Duncan will be coming off of a couple nights of rest, so expect Tim to have the fresh legs & a really good shot at reaching value.
Other Options – Al Jefferson ($6,000), Greg Monroe ($6,700), Andrew Bogut ($4,200)