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We’ve got a smaller slate for a Monday night, but here are my top targets at every position. Hit me up on Twitter with comments or questions: @julianedlow.
Isaiah Thomas ($9,400) — Thomas is a legitimate top-5 MVP candidate with the way he’s carried the Celtics this season. His salary keeps climbing, but Isaiah still continues to exceed value. He’s scored 49+ DKFP in six of his last seven games, the outlier coming during a blowout win in which he was on the bench for the fourth quarter. Thomas is becoming one of the most consistent producers in the league, and will look to continue that against the Pistons.
Other Options — Kyrie Irving $8,200, Goran Dragic $7,600
Yogi Ferrell ($3,500) — With Deron Williams sidelined on Sunday, Dallas elected to go a very interesting route. The Mavs started Ferrell at PG just a day after inking him to a 10-day contract. He played 36 minutes against the Spurs and had a very solid game (26.5 DKFP). If Williams sits again, Ferrell could be in line for a similar opportunity against the Cavs.
Other Options — Spencer Dinwiddie $3,600, Devin Harris $3,900
Zach LaVine ($6,700) — It’s slim pickings tonight when it comes to the SG position. LaVine had been off the radar for a while. After missing a couple of games with a hip injury, LaVine failed to reach value in six consecutive games. However, he seems to have finally bounced back over Minnesota’s last two contests, averaging over 38 DKFP. If he keeps it going against the Magic, LaVine would easily be the most attractive SG option.
Other Options — Dion Waiters $7,000
Jaylen Brown ($3,600) — Typically a SF, the Celtics have been starting Brown at SG with Avery Bradley sidelined. Marcus Smart would usually get the nod, but he has been playing on the second unit of late. Brown has started three consecutive games, and although he played just 13 minutes in the first one, he’s played 30 and 28 minutes over the past two games respectively. Averaging 30 DKFP over the past two contests, Brown makes for an obvious value option vs. Detroit.
Other Options — Seth Curry $5,300, Shabazz Muhammad ($3,800)
LeBron James ($10,000) — On a small slate like this, a stud like LeBron is pretty easy to identify. James has exceeded value in five of his last six outings, but is an even more attractive against Dallas on Monday with Kevin Love already confirmed out. He and Kyrie could be leaned upon for some extra production.
Other Options — Andrew Wiggins ($7,200), Jae Crowder ($6,100)
P.J. Tucker ($4,300) — Tucker has been a sneaky value play for a couple of weeks now. He’s exceeded value in six of his last eight games, including two with 30+ DKFP while priced $4,400 or less. Most importantly, Tucker is earning a ton of playing time (35.4 minutes over the Suns’ last five games) for a guy in his price range. The matchup with Memphis isn’t ideal, but at this price we can look past that.
Other Options — Wayne Ellington ($4,500), Caris LeVert ($4,000)
Karl-Anthony Towns ($10,800) — Towns is the most expensive player on tonight’s slate, and thankfully is PF eligible with very limited options beneath him. He’s been a relatively safe player to roster lately, exceeding value in eight of his last 10 games. The only reason to be off him tonight is simply to be different — he could be highly owned as the top option on a small slate.
Other Options — Harrison Barnes $6,300, James Johnson $5,800
Channing Frye ($3,400) — Frye’s minutes and production have been wildly inconsistent this season. He’s been a great role player when called upon, but that’s a tough thing to predict. As I mentioned, Kevin Love is out tonight, and didn’t even make the trip to Dallas. This is practically the only way to make Frye an obvious play, particularly at his price. The last time Love was sidelined, Frye played 30 minutes and netted 39 DKFP.
Other Options — Jonas Jerebko $3,400
Marc Gasol ($7,800) — As is the case with most centers, Gasol is coming off a very tough game against Rudy Gobert and the Jazz. He should be in a much better spot tonight in Phoenix, especially having exceeded value in six consecutive games prior to the matchup with the Jazz. It’s a surprisingly deep center pool, but Gasol still sticks out as one of the players to consider building a lineup around tonight.
Other Options — Andre Drummond $7,700, Brook Lopez $6,500
Kelly Olynyk ($4,400) — Al Horford is questionable for this one after missing the past two games with a groin injury. That means Olynyk and Amir Johnson (listed below) have been picking up a lot more minutes in the front court. Olynyk is averaging 28 DKFP over 26.5 minutes in the two games without Horford, while Johnson is averaging over 23 DKFP in 23.5 minutes. Make sure you stay updated on Horford’s status.
Other Options — Amir Johnson $3,800
Note: Keep a close eye on news prior to lock as this could open up some value plays that were not considered early in the day.
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