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We’ve got an eight-game slate here on Monday night with the status of a lot of stars still in doubt. Here are some studs and values to target at each position.
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Kemba Walker vs. CHI ($8,100) – Kemba’s been on fire lately, whereas the Bulls have been on the complete opposite end of the spectrum. Walker’s scored 43 or more DKFP in eight of his last ten games, which is something that can rarely be said about a player that costs under $10k. With the Bulls allowing almost 60 DKFP to PGs over the past five games, Walker has a near perfect opportunity on Monday.
Other Options – John Wall ($10,200), D’Angelo Russell ($7,700), Ricky Rubio ($6,800)
Bryn Forbes vs. ATL ($3,000) – The Spurs will be without both Tony Parker and Dejounte Murray on Monday, which means somebody needs to get minutes at PG. We don’t know who the starters will be yet, but either way, Forbes should be getting some solid run against the Hawks. He scored just 9.75 DKFP in 25 minutes against the Warriors, so there’s clear downside here. But at the stone minimum, Forbes also could provide some great value.
Other Options – Alec Burkes ($3,800), Matthew Dellavedova ($3,800), Patty Mills ($4,400)
Bradley Beal @ MIN ($7,600) – Beal’s been practically as consistent as you can be over his past 10 games, never dipping below 33 DKFP. He’s shown a high ceiling as well, scoring more than 40 DKFP in five of those games, including a 63.5 DKFP against the Kings. The matchup with Minnesota isn’t ideal, but Beal hasn’t been letting his opposition limit him over his hot streak.
Other Options – DeMar DeRozan ($8,400), Dwyane Wade ($6,700)
Gary Harris vs. LAL ($5,800) – This Lakers vs. Nuggets game is projected as the highest scoring on the slate by far. Harris could be a great guy to target that likely won’t be as popular as the typical big names. Harris has scored 30 DKFP in six of his last 10 games, so he’s been rolling entering tonight’s favorable matchup. More importantly, Harris has played 34+ minutes in eight of his last 10 contests, so you know he’s going to be on the floor.
Other Options – Tony Snell ($4,000), Buddy Hield ($4,000), Kyle Anderson ($3,600)
Kawhi Leonard vs. ATL ($9,900) – Firstly, make sure you know Kawhi is questionable with a concussion that he suffered on Thursday against the Thunder. It caused him to miss Saturday’s game, but it sounds like there’s a good chance he returns tonight. If Leonard is sidelined again, Kyle Anderson becomes a great SG value play. However, if Kawhi is in, the Hawks are a good matchup to ease his way back in. Before going down, Leonard was averaging over 60 DKFP in the month of March.
Other Options — Giannis Antetokounmpo ($9,800), Danilo Gallinari ($6,200)
Larry Nance Jr. @ DEN ($4,000) – Nance obviously receives a boost just for being featured in what’s expected to be the most productive fantasy game of the slate. But Nance has also been consistently playing for the Lakers — topping 20 minutes in nine of his last 10 games, including six in a row. Nance has also scored 25+ DKFP in his last two games, keeping him in play for tonight despite a $500 raise in salary.
Other Options – Davis Bertans ($3,000), Kent Bazemore ($3,900), Taurean Prince ($3,200)
Karl-Anthony Towns vs. WAS ($10,600) – Towns is the most expensive player on tonight’s slate, but he’s relatively simple to build around with all the value that should be available. Washington struggles defending centers (which is KAT’s natural position), while Towns has been fantastic playing at home this season. While Andrew Wiggins seems to be slowing down a little bit for the Wolves, Towns has remained extremely productive. His PF eligibility also helps you fit him into your lineup in a variety of ways.
Other Options – Blake Griffin ($8,300), Julius Randle ($7,500), Paul Millsap ($6,900)
Willie Cauley-Stein vs. ORL ($5,000) – WCS has become a major part of Sacramento’s rotation post-Boogie; however, he’s been playing even more over the past two games. Averaging 38.5 minutes over the Kings’ two-game home stand, it’d be tough to find a player in this price range that’s going to see the floor as much as Cauley-Stein. He’s been productive with the minutes too, averaging over 34 DKFP in his last two outings.
Other Options – David Lee ($5,000), JaMychal Green ($4,300), Nemanja Bjelica ($4,000)
Nikola Jokic vs. LAL ($10,400) – I have a hard time going against Jokic as a building block tonight. The Joker has topped 45 DKFP in five consecutive games entering tonight’s dream matchup with the Lakers. L.A. has yielded almost 55 DKFP on average to centers this season, and we’re expecting a ton of points to be scored in this game.
Other Options – Marc Gasol ($7,300), DeAndre Jordan ($6,500)
Jonas Valanciunas vs. DAL ($4,800) – Jonas definitely saw his role take a hit when the Raptors acquired Serge Ibaka, but he’s returned to fantasy relevance over the past few games. Valanciunas is averaging 35.6 DKFP in his last three contests, including 46.75 last week against the Hawks. With his price still sub $5k and Nerlens Noel out for Dallas, he remains in a great spot.
Other Options – Robin Lopez ($4,300), Kosta Koufos ($3,900), Ivica Zubac ($3,900), Dwayne Dedmon ($3,700)
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