FanDuel NBA: Monday Value Plays

FanDuel NBA: Monday Value Plays

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James Harden, HOU at SAN ($12,500): Using players against San Antonio is always a risky proposition, but Harden is matchup-proof. That's evident by the fact that he's averaging 47 fantasy points per game in this series and 57 in the regular season against the Spurs. That's simply too much production not to have in your lineup, as the price and matchup really don't matter in such small slates.

Patty Mills, SAN vs. HOU ($4,800): With Tony Parker injured, Mills has taken over the majority of point guard duties despite not getting the starts. That's evident through his numbers, as he's averaged close to 30 fantasy points per game in 30 minutes of action in the absence of Parker. It's been the same in this series too, as he has scored 21 or more fantasy points in back-to-back games, while playing at least 27 minutes in each. Houston makes for a great matchup too, as it ranked 26th in total defense throughout the season.

Shelvin Mack, UTA vs. GS ($2,500): With George Hill's status up in the air due to a foot issue, Mack could be looking at another start at point guard. When he started for Hill this season, Mack averaged close to 25 fantasy points per game. That's evident in this series, as Mack has accumulated 47 fantasy points in 68 minutes across his last two games. At just $2,500, Mack is one of few players who can provide 10X value, which is the sort of upside that could lead to a big cash.

Kawhi Leonard, SAN vs. HOU ($10,800): Leonard has been a freak in the playoffs and destroyed Houston all year long. In the regular season, Leonard averaged 43 fantasy points per game against the Rockets, while he's averaging 46 fantasy points in this series. His usage is climbing too, as he's now the de facto point guard in the absence of Tony Parker.

Gordon Hayward, UTA vs. GS ($8,500): Even though the Jazz are close to having their season ended, it's not for a lack of effort from Hayward. He's actually been doing work all throughout the postseason, as he's scored at least 28 fantasy points in all nine of his playoff games (aside from his single-quarter food-poisoning dud). Look for him to play more than 40 minutes here in an elimination game at home.

Ryan Anderson, HOU at SAN ($4,300): Anderson has been a different player on the road all year long and he's duplicated that in this postseason. In the regular season, Anderson averaged 16.2 points and 4.7 rebounds on 46 percent shooting on the road, while he averaged just 11 points and 4.4 rebounds on 37 percent shooting at home. That's carried over to the playoffs, as he's averaging 11.4 fantasy points at home and 24.7 on the road. That's a glaring disparity and while it's unclear why that's the case, he should be in for another solid game on the road.

Rudy Gobert, UTA vs. GS ($9,600): Gobert is really the only elite center on this slate and makes for a safe pivot. Outside of the one game he played injured, he's scored at least 31 fantasy points in six straight. He's been even better in this series, averaging over 39 fantasy points against the Warriors. Much like Hayward, he should be looking at monster minutes in this do-or-die elimination game, as well.

Pau Gasol, SAN vs. HOU ($5,000): Gasol has started the last three games for the Spurs and it's skyrocketed his fantasy value. In fact, Gasol is averaging over 31 fantasy points per game in this new role, which is fantastic value for a $5,000 player. It should come as no surprise when looking at the matchup, though, with the Rockets allowing the third most fantasy points to opposing centers this season.

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Joel Bartilotta
Joel has 20 years of Fantasy experience, and can recall riding a young Daunte Culpepper to a championship in the 2003-04 season in his inaugural fantasy year. He covers NBA, NFL, daily fantasy, EPL, and MLB for RotoWire.
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