What better way to start of the month of February than with some NBA basketball. It is a star-studded night across the Association, so lets get into some picks.
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Russell Westbrook – ($11,000) It’s as simple as this. Westbrook is the most dynamic point guard in the NBA and will be in a high-paced matchup against the Washington Wizards. Prepare for an up-and-down game all night long. Play him in all formats.
John Wall – ($9,400) – If you can’t pony up for Westbrook, Wall is not a bad second option. Wall has 7 double-doubles in points & assists in his last 10 games & has been one of the most consistent performers in the league this year. It could be tough for Wall to keep up with Westbrook all night long, but he is a great cash game option on Monday night.
Other Options – Kyle Lowry ($8,700), Rajon Rondo ($8,400), Reggie Jackson ($7,000)
Kyrie Irving ($6,600) – Irving has been much more aggressive since new coach Tyronn Lue has taken over the team. Irving is playing like his old self in the last few games, distributing the ball better & getting his confidence back in the shooting department. Yes, the Pacers are in the bottom half in terms of fast pace in the league, but Irving will look to push the issue against Indiana’s defense, which could lead to scoring opportunities. Good play in tournaments.
Derrick Rose ($6,000) – Rose has been much more aggressive this entire season, not letting his injury prone past hinder him & has become a great second option to Jimmy Butler on the Bulls roster. Going up against Trey Burke & Alec Burks could be a good test on Monday night but with his driving & passing ability, look for Rose to have great offensive opportunities to fill up the stats sheet.
Other Options – Tony Parker ($5,300), Jeff Teague ($5,500), Matthew Dellavedova ($4,200)
Jimmy Butler – ($8,800) Butler has been an MVP candidate the entire season & has shown the ability to take care of business on the offensive & defensive end. Butler will be in a very slow pace game against the Jazz, but Butler’s game can play at that level very well. Look for Butler to have another 55 to 60 point game against a Jazz team that may have an issue guarding Butler, Rose & Gasol effectively & also pay attention to Mirotic.
DeMar DeRozan ($8,100) – DeRozan is playing at a high level this season & has been dynamic in the last 10 games & against one of the worst defenses in the NBA in the Denver Nuggets, I love DeRozan on Monday night against Gary Harris & Will Barton in cash games.
Other Options – Khris Middleton ($7,100), Victor Oladipo ($6,500)
Bradley Beal – ($6,200) – Hard to say that Beal is a value option in most seasons, but this year, he absolutely is for the Washington Wizards. Beal has been working to come back from injury through coming off the bench for the last month, but he has been a consistent 25-30 point DK player over that time. In a high paced matchup against an OKC team that doesn’t play elite-level defense, Beal is a smart tournament play as he should have low ownership.
Dion Waiters ($4,400) – Waiters has been one of the most efficient scorers in the league this season. Even though he only takes a few shots per game, the ones he does take he tends to make them. When so much attention is paid on Westbrook & Durant, Waiters will be left open most times, especially in transition offensive opportunities. Take a flyer of Waiters in a tournament matchup for an extra 20-25 DK points.
Other Options – Manu Ginobili ($4,400), J.R. Smith ($5,400)
Kevin Durant – ($10,400) – Durant has a great matchup against the Washington Wizards & young defender Otto Porter. Porter is a solid defender but shouldn’t be much of a match against Durant. With all of the rumors of Durant & Westbrook possibly going to LA, there is a chance to show off for the rest of the NBA season as a bit of an audition for what LA has to look forward to in the future. Durant will be a solid play the rest of the season.
LeBron James ($9,700) – LeBron James is going up against a tough-minded Paul George, who has developed into a very strong defender this season. James has become more comfortable in the Tyronn Lue Cavs offense since his hiring last week. James is always a great stats-filler & is clearly the #1 option more than ever before with trade rumors for Kevin Love & Kyrie Irving still getting to an offensive flow this season.
Other Options – Kawhi Leonard – ($8,300), Paul George ($8,700), Giannis Anteokounmpo ($7,300)
Omri Casspi – ($5,500) – Casspi plays on one of the more dynamic teams in the league recently in the Sacramento Kings. Casspi is a great play at $5,500, especially if DeMarcus Cousins is out on Monday night. Casspi is a great 3-point shooter as well as a solid rebounder, which will bring extra points in DraftKings. Casspi is a great tournament play, may have a bit higher ownership than you would like, but a guy who can be a difference maker in a lineup.
Marcus Morris – $5,400) – Morris is a solid rebounder & can pass the ball well for a forward, which are two major reasons why he can be a factor on Monday against Brooklyn & aging small forward Joe Johnson. He has been a bit inconsistent from shooting, but he somehow makes sure he gets his 15-17 points each night, which will bode well in DK scoring. Take a flyer on Morris for tourament games.
Other Options – Danilo Gallinari – ($7,100), Otto Porter ($6,000), Aaron Gordon ($5,100)
Anthony Davis ($9,800) – For me, Anthony Davis has not been the most reliable option in daily fantasy this year, going back to the slow start he had for New Orleans to start the NBA season when people were playing him all the time because of his size & such. Davis is a top-tier player in the league & is a threat from all over the court, but at close to 10K, I want a player who is a guaranteed lock & Davis isn’t there for me.
DeMarcus Cousins ($11,100) – Here’s a guy who is worth massive money in DK. Cousins has been on a tear this year in scoring & rebounding, along with also grabbing his share of blocks & assists. He has made himself one of the best forwards in the entire league & practically unguardable. In all formats, pay for Cousins. Watch the report to make sure he starts, but if he starts, that’s a good chance of a win for you.
UPDATE: DeMarcus Cousins is OUT tonight with an ankle injury.
Other Options – Paul Millsap ($8,200), Kevin Love ($7,300)
Derrick Favors ($6,600) To be very honest, Favors is the only low-priced power forward playing on Monday night who has actually been somewhat consistent & who I feel comfortable with you actually playing with if you are looknig to punt the position a bit. While Pau Gasol is a great power forward/center, Favors will have a great matchup against he & Taj Gibson, especially with Nikola Mirotic out. Favors is a great fantasy option because his game doesn’t have to translate against any one team. The rebounding & consistent scoring does translate into great DK points, though – especially in cash games.
Other Options – Taj Gibson ($5,600), Ryan Anderson ($6,900)
Andre Drummond ($8,600) – At under $9k, Drummond is a steal here. With the production he will give on the offensive & defensive side of the ball – as long as he isn’t free throw shooting – he is going to be a force that Brooklyn has absolutely no answer for. If teams don’t do the hackadrummond idea at the end of halfs & games, Drummond is going to be a guy who is just always reliable in terms of points (close to rim), rebounds & blocks.
Other Options – Nikola Vucevic ($7,500), Pau Gasol ($8,800), Greg Monroe ($7,000)
Al Horford ($6,700) – Doesn’t talk very much, but is Mr. Consistency all season long in terms of knowing exactly what he is bringing to the court every night – about 8 field goals in 15 chances, 9 rebounds & 20-25 points to bring him to about 33 DK points each night. He isn’t going to have a massive ceiling for a team but his floor is high as well. In a cash game format, Al Horford is pretty much as money as it gets as long as he’s healthy.
Enes Kanter ($5,100) – Kanter has been playing incredibly well for the Thunder in the last two games, both over 40 DK points and having a double-double in points & rebounds in both. I like his matchup against Marcin Gortat, who has about as much skill as Kanter & what I would consider an even matchup. Kanter should get many chances for rebounds & putbacks against the Wizards. If you are going to punt this position, Kanter is a hot play for tournaments.
Other Options – Steven Adams ($4,300), Willie Cauley-Stein ($5,200)