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FanDuel NBA: Monday-Tuesday Value Plays

Joel Bartilotta

Joel has 12-plus years of Fantasy experience, and can recall riding a young Daunte Culpepper to a championship in the 2003-04 season. He covers EPL Soccer, MLB, NBA and Daily Fantasy sports for RotoWire. He's active with EPL, NFL, MLB and NBA fantasy games.



Stephen Curry, GS at SAN ($10,000): The stellar play of LeBron James has overshadowed Curry in the playoffs, but he continues to play at an MVP-caliber level. His absurd play goes back to the regular season, as Curry has scored at least 35 fantasy points in 18 straight games. He's been even better in this series, averaging 49 fantasy points per game against the Spurs. The matchup against San Antonio looks tough on the surface, but the Spurs actually rank as the worst defense remaining with a 108.9 defensive rating, which is a far cry from their 100.9 defensive rating in the regular season.

Avery Bradley, BOS at CLE ($6,500): This Boston series has been ugly, but Bradley continues to leave it all on the floor. Over his last six games, Bradley is averaging 28 fantasy points per game in 37 minutes of action. Those averages should only rise here, as Bradley will be looking at a much bigger role with Isaiah Thomas sidelined.

Marcus Smart, BOS at CLE ($5,100): Smart is now starting in the absence of Thomas and is a great value in this expanded role. It's not just the fact that he'll be handling the ball more than usual, but that he will play close to 35 minutes with such little depth at guard. That was evident in Game 3, as he dropped 48 fantasy points in one of his best games of the season. Smart produced when he got minutes in the regular season too, averaging over 28 fantasy points per 36 minutes played.



Kevin Love, CLE vs. BOS ($7,500): In six games against the Celtics this season, Love is averaging over 45 fantasy points per game. That's huge value from a $7,500 player, and it comes as no surprise when you consider the fact that Boston allowed the eighth most fantasy points to opposing power forwards this season. The Celtics ranked 28th in rebounding differential in the regular season and are currently ranked as the worst rebounding team in the playoffs, as well.

Jonathon Simmons, SAN vs. GS ($4,300): Simmons has been one of the few bright spots for the Spurs in this series, as he should continue to start in the absence of Kawhi Leonard. It's amazing this price hasn't risen more either, as Simmons has scored at least 23 fantasy points in five of his last six games.

Kyle Anderson, SAN vs. GS ($2,500): Anderson got a rare start in the most recent loss and it appears he's looking at a larger role with Leonard and David Lee likely out for Game 4. In that Game 3 defeat, Anderson dropped 25 fantasy points in 20 minutes, which is an unbelievable 10X value. It's no fluke either, as he scored 24 fantasy points in 26 minutes in Game 2. It's this price that makes him so hard to fade though, as 15 fantasy points would provide plenty of value at just $2,500 and he obliterated that number in his two most previous games.



Al Horford, BOS at CLE ($8,000): Horford is a nice pivot if you save at other positions, as he's unquestionably the best center remaining. That's evident by the fact that he averaged 32 fantasy points a game for the regular season and has been even better in the playoffs. With Thomas out, Horford should be leaned on more than ever.

Tristan Thompson, CLE vs, BOS ($5,100): Thompson is in the same boat as Love, as he's obliterated this small Boston frontline this season. It's not just the fact that the Celtics are a spectacular matchup, it's that Thompson is the best cheap center option out there. Not to mention, Thompson is averaging over 30 fantasy points per game in seven games against the Celtics. All this production comes at just $5,100, which is hard to believe considering he's one of the best centers left.


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