After a slow Sunday, we bounce back on Monday with a strong nine game slate of games in the NBA. Let’s take a look at who to target on the first day back in the work week.
Stephen Curry ($10,600) – Curry has been playing at an extremely high level all season long & is a no-brainer to start on Monday night. This game is especially interesting because the matchup is against San Antonio – another chance for the Warriors to show off against another elite squad that people believe they will play in the West Finals. Curry might draw Kawhi at times but that’s the price we have to pay for finally getting to use him in a game that should be highly competitive. For once, we won’t have to worry too much about his potential minutes against a formidable foe in the Spurs.
John Wall ($9,200) – Wall has been playing like one of the elite point guards in the league recently, with 3 consecutive games of more than 10 assists. He turns the ball over quite a bit but still gets to the basket, has the ability to create for others & his defense is among the elite in the NBA. The matchup against Isaiah Thomas of the Celtics will be fun & should create tons of offensive opportunities for Wall to have a big night. In three games against Boston so far this season, Wall is averaging 47.0 DraftKings points per game.
Other Options – Isaiah Thomas ($7,800), Rajon Rondo ($8,500)
Marcus Smart ($4,900) – At under $5,000, Marcus Smart is a great option on Monday night in a high-pace matchup against Washington. He has been a bit inconsistent this year, but in the last 10 games, his floor was way back on January 6 against a strong Detroit team where he only had 8 DK points & his ceiling is 51 DK points. He’s posted fewer than 23 DK points just once in his last 6 games as well. At this price, Smart is a strong value.
Other Options – Trey Burke ($4,600), Ty Lawson ($4,400)
James Harden – ($10,100) – Simply put, play James Harden in any matchup. He is on a hot streak right now, averaging 50 fantasy points per night over the last ten days. On an even smaller sample, he’s had at least 50 DK points in each of his last three games with an 80 point and a 60 point game mixed in. Many times on the court he is a one-man offense, which may not be great for the Rockets, but great for DK players.
Other Options – Jimmy Butler – ($8,400), Tyreke Evans ($7,500)
Avery Bradley ($5,600) – Over the last 3 games, Bradley has been averaging over 34 DK points per game & has been shooting over 50% from the field. He has been shooting well from 3-point range & working off of the extra attention that is paid to Isaiah Thomas. Bradley & the Celtics play an uptempo, high-paced style, which will work to owners’ benefit on Monday night. Bradley should be a solid play in all formats.
Bradley Beal – ($6,400) – In the 4 games of the new year that Beal has played in, he has worked to play himself into game shape with a floor of 21 & a ceiling of 30. His shooting has been solid & he has flowed into the offense quickly. Even as he is getting more & more comfortable in the offense, I believe that Beal has the ability to have a big night in a high-paced offensive game, especially when getting feeds from John Wall. He’s in play in tournaments.
Other Options – Will Barton ($5,500), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ($5,700)
LeBron James – ($9,900) – James might be the best option on Monday night’s slate when you factor in both salary and matchup. James is playing better of late and is coming off a near 70 point game against the Bulls where the team struggled but he definitely got his. He is going to have a great matchup against the young Timberwolves, where he should come close to having a triple double yet again. Another game in the system of new coach Tyronn Lue should give James the chance to have some practice time & be more comfortable in the offense. James is a good play for all formats on Monday.
Danilo Gallinari ($7,000) – Gallinari has quietly had a great fantasy season. His shooting has been consistent with the exception of 1 game in the last 10 and he’s been getting a lot of good looks from behind the arc. He is a good natural scoring threat, but he only brings in extra stat filler numbers in the rebound column, which keeps him more into the 35 DK range most nights. I like Gallinari in cash games on Monday night, but unless he has a big night in other stats areas, I can’t see him in tournament games.
Other Options – Gordon Hayward ($7,500), Kawhi Leonard ($8,000), Jae Crowder ($6,400)
Marcus Morris – ($5,400) – Morris has been a great stat-stuffer for the Pistons, averaging nearly 26 DK points each game and giving strong contributions on the rebounding & assist categories, even on nights when the scoring isn’t there. Morris is my favorite value pick on Monday night so feel free to play in cash or tournament games.
Other Options – Tobias Harris ($6,400), Kent Bazemore ($5,600)
DeMarcus Cousins ($11,000) – Cousins is playing some of the best basketball of his career & is clearly deserving of the $11,000 salary. Safe to say that Cousins is the best power forward in the NBA right now, moving past Anthony Davis. He is bringing great offense, strong rebounding & a few blocks here and there. Cousins is worth spending the $11k & right now, both he & Davis are past $10k. Both are solid options on Monday night and while Davis may be the more popular play, Cousins might have the most upside.
Draymond Green ($9,100) – Green, as I have said before, is the ultimate DFS player because of his heart & hustle. He has come back to earth a bit after a white hot start to the season, but is still putting up 40 & 50 DK point games each night. At $9,100, he is a bit of a bargain, because of his style of play each night.
Other Options – Anthony Davis ($10,000), Chris Bosh ($7,700), LaMarcus Aldridge ($7,200)
Tristan Thompson ($4,700) – Thompson is a great hustle player off the bench each night. He brings in around 10 rebounds each night & Thompson is the type of player to bring the Cavs that toughness that the team has missed recently. He has been a bit inconsistent lately, but when he is getting the minutes & is on, Thompson is a great energy player. Play Thompson in tournament plays due to his great rebounding efforts, along with the ability to get close to 15 points each night.
Other Options – Ersan Ilyasova ($5,500), Ryan Anderson ($5,800)
Pau Gasol ($8,500) – Gasol has had a great season for the Bulls so far, but on Saturday night against the Cavs on national TV, Gasol took his name to a different level & looked like the best player on the court. Not sure why, but that game could be the game that propels Gasol to have an even bigger season than what he is having already. Bosh will be a nice matchup against Gasol on Monday night, but he has asserted himself very well this year & Gasol is a safe play in both tournaments or cash games.
Other Options – Nikola Vuvecic ($7,700), Marcin Gortat ($7,100), Marc Gasol ($7,500)
Karl-Anthony Towns ($6,900) – Towns has been one of the best rookies in the league & is in a battle with Kristaps Porzingis for Rookie of the Year. Towns will have a great matchup against Kevin Love & Timofey Mozgov, both look as though they could be traded at some point very soon due to unhappiness in Cleveland right now. Towns is a throwback player, along with being able to shoot from deep, gets to the free throw line consistently & is a complete stat sheet stuffer. Towns should have a strong game Monday night.
Other Options – Jared Sullinger ($5,500), Al Horford ($6,900)