With seven games lined up for Monday night, the NBA is a great place to turn your attention if your fantasy football hopes and dreams aren’t hinging on a certain other Monday evening sports broadcast. Here are a few of the fantasy options you can consider from all that action:
POINT GUARD TARGETS
- Stephen Curry vs. SAC ($10,700) – He’s more expensive than Chris Paul. Probably because he averages more fantasy points. Basically scoring a minimum of 38 every night will certainly do that for you. With more games like his last one (9 assists and 7 boards), this guy would be in consideration for fantasy MVP considering the way he can shoot the rock.
- Kyle Lowry @ CHI ($10,000) – He is stuffing the stat sheet with points, rebounds, assists, and defensive stats every single night. The problem with Lowry is simply that if you’re willing to spend $10,000, then why not a few hundred more for the higher ceiling of a Curry or a Paul? But when the assists and rebounds are this consistent, the upside is there – one good scoring night is all you need for a huge fantasy output, and that could happen in this matchup, especially with DeRozan out.
- Nate Robinson @ CHA ($3,000) – This one is contingent on Ty Lawson’s health, but Lawson is questionable, and if he is out, Robinson should get the start and plenty of minutes. And when he is out there, he is always looking to get involved – this is a minimum-salary player with a lot more upside than most.
- Greivis Vasquez @ CHI ($4,000) – He’s listed as a PG here, but, well, he’s not. With DeRozan out, we already mentioned that Lowry might see some increased scoring chances, but Vasquez will be the more direct beneficiary, getting an opportunity he doesn’t normally see, with a distinct spike in both minutes and usage.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
- James Harden vs. POR ($11,600) – This spot is just reserved for Harden every time the Rockets play. He’s expensive, yes. Right now there are some “injury concerns,” yes. He tweaked his hamstring on Friday, returned to the game, and still dropped 50 fantasy points. He’s listed as probable tonight. Is that hammy going to make you feel comfortable when you realize your opponent started him and you didn’t?
- Klay Thompson vs. SAC ($7,600) – It’s tough being constantly outshined by your teammate. But as awesome as Curry is, Thompson would be the star of almost every other backcourt in the league. 43% from three-point range? On nights when the chances are there, he’s not going to let you down.
- Kyle Korver vs. DAL ($5,200) – He has been on fire from behind the arc lately, which is what he does. Feel free to ride him until it stops. And mark my words, it will stop. Maybe tonight. But for a $5,200 price tag, it’s worth seeing if maybe it’s not until next week, and he hits four or five from downtown for you before it goes. Good luck with that.
- Ben McLemore @ GS ($5,300) – He’s getting all the minutes, still. He is cheap because he’s inconsistent, but he has upside. He has potential. But that upside and potential has a cap of about 35 fantasy points and a floor of about 20. Do with that what you will, but it’s reasonable for this investment.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
- Chandler Parsons vs. ATL ($7,100) – He is just exactly the kind of player who you can see being better with a guy like Rondo out there with him. He’s never really worked that hard to get his own shot, but he can hit that mid-range jumper and finish in transition or down low and if he ends up with 2 or 3 extra easy looks every night because Rondo makes it so you could see his fantasy average creeping up steadily over the next few weeks.
- Draymond Green vs. SAC ($7,500) – It’s the rebounding. He’s an athletic guy, and he can score a little, and he can dish a little. But for a guy listed at small forward, lately, he can seriously board. And as we’ve seen with power forwards and centers, solid night-in and night-out rebounding might be the most reliable way to score fantasy points. These guys hardly ever kill you.
- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist vs. ATL ($4,900) – He had his first good game since returning to action on Saturday night, but it gave us a fresh glimpse into what his potential is, as he posted a 13-11 with three assists, three blocks and a steal. You have to love the type of player who doesn’t need to score to be consistently productive – especially when the possibility for points exists, and $4,900 for a guy with 35+ fantasy point upside is definitely a bargain.
- Terrence Ross @ CHI ($4,600) – Another potential beneficiary of DeRozan going down, he’s not going to see the obvious spike in value of a Vasquez because he is already getting the PT, but he will potenially see a spike in scoring opportunities. DeRozan has been dominating basically 20 shots a night, and Ross is a proven scorer who could help the team pick up some of that slack, along with Lowry.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
- Derrick Favors @ MEM ($7,300) – He has been hit or miss lately, so you can get him for a good price, and if there was ever a matchup to get a big man back on track, this is it.
- Pau Gasol vs. TOR ($8,700) – I mention him here despite a couple of down games lately for two reasons: 1. He has a little Q next to his name, but don’t shy away – it’s a chest contusion, and he’s been playing through it for at least the past couple of games, so you should expect him tonight. And, 2. the defensive rating for Toronto is deceptive – that has more to do with having terrible defenders at the guard positions than anyone who actually scares you up front.
- Amir Johnson @ CHI ($4,600) – Over 25 fantasy points in two of his last three, he seems to be playing a bit better lately. And with the Bulls front court so banged up, and Gibson expecting to play on a bum ankle, this could be a game where Johnson hits the boards hard and just needs a few easy buckets to net you a double-double.
- Jon Leuer vs. UTA ($4,700) – Another one that depends entirely on the starter’s ability to go, feel free to plug Leuer into your lineup if and only if Zach Randolph doesn’t play. Filling in as a starter on Saturday, he posted a 16-7 in 30 minutes, which I would certainly take for this price.
- Marc Gasol vs. UTA ($9,200) – The second Gasol on the list, and also the second guy who’s upside is determined by Randolph’s availability. Gasol is always useful, but without Randolph he was the focal point of the team anytime they wanted it in close, obviously, and he responded 23 points and 11 rebounds. He’s as consistent as they come, now with new upside!
- DeAndre Jordan @ SA ($8,600) – 34.5 is his lowest fantasy output of his last five games, – a stretch in which he has at least 14 rebounds in every game as well. Playing against a Spurs team that will be without Leonard, and is generally just banged up, there is no reason to think Jordan doesn’t continue on that rebounding pace and could get you enough scoring to be a solid contributor to a fantasy victory.
- Tyson Chandler vs. ATL ($6,800) – You know he can rebound and play defense. And, did you see the way Tyler Zeller was scoring in Boston? A long series of layups and dunks with an occasional 8-footer or putback? Yeah, he can thank Rondo for that. And now, Chandler will be able to. He has missed a double-double on points three times in his last ten – you can expect games like that to be cut back or completely eliminated.
- Jonas Valanciunas @ CHI ($6,400) – Why not? Well, I’ll tell you why not – he’s inconsistent. He’s one of those guys who does NOT come by his average honestly – sometimes falling way short of it, and sometimes surpassing it by a mile. He’s talented, and he usually gets minutes, and sometimes he makes the most of them. And for the record, that’s also why you DO take him. Three games in his last ten with under 20 fantasy points, but four with 30+ (including one over 40).