FanDuel NBA: Monday Value Plays

FanDuel NBA: Monday Value Plays

This article is part of our FanDuel NBA series.

We kick off the week with a seven-game slate that features some solid elites and immense value spots. This should be a fun offering of games, so let's get started!

SLATE OVERVIEW

NYK @ BKN (-5.5) O/U: 217.5

UTA @ DAL (+5.5) O/U: 226.5

WAS @ TOR (-5) O/U: 228.5

CLE @ SAS (-9) O/U: 216.5

DET @ OKC (+3) O/U: 212.5

SAC @ MIN (+2.5) O/U: 236.5

PHO @ HOU (+11) O/U: 218.5

(Odds are best-available US odds and subject to change)

Games to Target in BOLD

Games to Fade in ITALIC

INJURIES

BKN James Harden (hamstring) - QUESTIONABLE

BKN Kevin Durant (hamstring) - QUESTIONABLE

There's a tug-of-war happening in the frontcourt, thanks to some new arrivals. Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge could both be rest candidates in this back-to-back, and if that happens, Jeff Green ($4,500) would receive back some of the minutes he's lost recently.

DAL Kristaps Porzingis (knee) - QUESTIONABLE

DAL Josh Richardson (calf) - QUESTIONABLE

A sit for Richardson would likely promote Tim Hardaway ($5,400) into the starting lineup, and Boban Marjanovic ($4,500) would take the reins at center if Porzingis is hampered by his knee injury.

WAS Bradley Beal (hip) - QUESTIONABLE

WAS Rui Hachimura (shoulder) - QUESTIONABLE

We will discuss Beal's pivot a bit later, but Robin Lopez ($4,600) figures to see a boost if Hachimura is sidelined.

TOR Kyle Lowry (foot) - OUT

TOR Fred VanVleet (hip) - QUESTIONABLE

TOR Rodney Hood (hip) - OUT

The backcourt would be a jumble if VanVleet is out, but since he would likely play the point, Gary Trent ($5,400) is the smartest pivot in either outcome. If VanVleet is a confirmed scratch, it would be safe to involve Malachi Flynn ($3,500) as well.

CLE Jarrett Allen (concussion) - QUESTIONABLE

CLE Larry Nance (illness) - QUESTIONABLE

Utilizing Allen or Nance is just a so-so play if they take the floor, but Kevin Love ($4,600) is your guy if both are out. Isaac Okoro ($3,900) would be a nice contrarian pivot.

OKC Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (foot) - OUT

OKC Al Horford (inactive) - OUT

OKC Darius Bazley (shoulder) - OUT

OKC Isaiah Roby (concussion) - OUT

OKC Luguentz Dort (concussion) - OUT

Aleksej Pokusevski ($5,500) will see increased opportunity for the short-handed Thunder. Otherwise, focus on the starting lineup that becomes available later in the day.

MIN D'Angelo Russell (knee) - DOUBTFUL

MIN Malik Beasley (hamstring) - DOUBTFUL

MIN Ricky Rubio (back) - DOUBTFUL

These absences are obviously good news for Anthony Edwards ($7,400), but there are other options if you're unwilling to spend that much. Jordan McLaughlin ($4,600) will almost assuredly see more time in this injury scenario.

HOU John Wall (knee) - DOUBTFUL

HOU Danuel House (ankle) - QUESTIONABLE

If Wall can't go, give the green light to Kevin Porter ($6,200). Sterling Brown ($3,900) would also mesh well if House doesn't take the floor.

ELITE PLAYERS

Russell Westbrook ($11,000) will be a wise play once again and gets an extra endorsement if Beal is absent. This game sets up well for both the Wizards and the Raptors. Karl-Anthony Towns ($11,000) also sets up well against the Kings, and it's difficult to ignore his recent streak of six straight double-doubles. Luka Doncic ($10,300) will be a fade for me tonight against a tough Jazz defense, and I feel similarly about Kyrie Irving ($10,000) on a back-to-back. Irving rounds out the five-digit salaries. Amazingly enough, De'Aaron Fox ($9,300) and Julius Randle ($9,000) are the only players in the 9k range. Of the two, I prefer Fox due to the higher game total. Randle may face some added interference from a revamped Nets frontcourt, and although I think he'll post a good number, he isn't an essential core player tonight.  Out of the group, Westbrook and Towns are my two favorite elite plays.

EXPECTED CHALK

Pascal Siakam, TOR ($8,700) vs. WAS

Siakam should have little resistance against the Wizards' depleted frontcourt. His salary rose $400 since his last game, which is odd because he didn't even meet 5x value. Either way, I think he's a candidate to do a lot more tonight, especially given the current condition of his backcourt teammates.

Devin Booker, PHO ($8,300) @ HOU

Booker committed six turnovers in his last game against the Rockets, and it ruined what would have otherwise been a respectable outing. If he can tamp down the mistakes, he should score north of 20 points and contribute some assists and rebounds along the way. 

DeMar DeRozan, SAS ($7,900) vs. CLE

Although you'll have to weather some blowout risk, DeRozan should be able to inflict major damage in this spot. He only took 12 shot attempts against the Pacers in his last game, resulting in a slight regression, but his other recent performances have been exemplary. Shot volume is the key for DeRozan, as his other contributions are very consistent. He will almost always deliver solid rebound and assist totals, but it's his scoring that fluctuates. If he gets hot early, he'll have no problem going north of 40 FP.

Jakob Poeltl, SAS ($7,100) vs. CLE

FanDuel has finally caught up to this value gold mine, but I still like Poeltl at this price. He's fully embraced the starting role and continues to be a size mismatch for most teams. Even if Jarrett Allen returns, he'll be rusty from the absence, and Kevin Love still isn't at 100 percent. It looks to be an exploitable spot for Poeltl, who is playing some of the best basketball of his career.

Also consider:  OG Anunoby, TOR ($7,000) @ WAS, Moses Brown, OKC ($6,899) vs. DET, and I also love the PF eligibility for Christian Wood ($8,000).

VALUE PLAYS

As usual, there is a wealth of value data available in the Injuries section, but here are some additional budget options worth considering.

Darius Garland, CLE ($5,900) @ SAS

No one should endorse a player based on an ejection, but his ousting Saturday produced the most emotion I've seen from the youngster, who was on his way to one of his best games ever before getting his second technical. This will be a tough matchup for the Cavs, and they'll need a solid backcourt performance to stay competitive. Although Collin Sexton ($7,500) is also a fine play, I like the savings for Garland, who has an equal ability to pop in this matchup.

Tyrese Haliburton, SAC ($5,800) @ MIN

The injury section already highlighted Minnesota's backcourt struggles, and I think both Fox and Haliburton will supply the Kings' offensive output while steering clear of KAT on the defensive end. It'll be rough going for Richaun Holmes, so it'll be up to the backcourt duo to get things done. The rookie is at a great salary point, especially considering his upside.

Deni Avdija, WAS ($4,300) @ TOR

With Hachimura questionable and possibly limited, someone with some height, speed and mobility needs to step up. For this salary point, I think Avdija is an excellent place to start. He's beaten 5x value in four of his last five games, and although his price has gone up a bit, he only needs about 24 FP to beat value again.

I'll conclude the article with a value play I've already highlighted, but in all of my builds, he keeps popping up, so he deserves an additional mention. Jordan McLaughlin ($4,600) is probably the best value you'll find on this slate and is a high-confidence budget call for me.

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jeff Edgerton
Jeff has provided sports content for numerous sports outlets and has played fantasy sports since scores had to be tabulated via newspaper. He started working with RotoWire in 2017. Originally from South Carolina, he's a lifelong Clemson fan now enjoying the sun in Los Angeles.
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