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FanDuel NBA: Monday Value Plays

Nick Whalen

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Eric Bledsoe ($6,300) vs. WAS
Bledsoe is coming off of a dud in Saturday’s blowout loss to Dallas, but he flashed his upside in the team’s previous contest against Detroit, putting up 47.2 FanDuel points in 30 minutes of action. He’s struggled with his shot since coming over from Phoenix, but provides solid assists/rebounds production for a guard of his size and has the potential to add two or three steals on a given night. Milwaukee matches up against a Wizards team that’s allowing the second-highest field goal percentage at the rim on the season (70.5% FG).

Donovan MItchell ($6,600) at PHI
The rookie has been somewhat of a polarizing player thus far, but he’s been a valuable DFS commodity, due in large part to the fact that shooting percentages are not taken into account. Mitchell enters Monday having put up at least 30 FanDuel points in four of his last five games, and he handed out a season-high eight assists in Friday’s game against Brooklyn. On the season, the Sixers are allowing the second-most FanDuel points, on average, to shooting guards.

Dwyane Wade ($6,200) at DET
Wade’s transition to Cleveland has been a bit of a rocky one, but he’s coming off of by far his best effort of the season Friday against the Clippers, when he finished with 23 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and a steal in 36 minutes. With Iman Shumpert, Derrick Rose and Isaiah Thomas all out again Monday, Wade should continue to hold down a larger offensive role, though replicating Friday’s output is, admittedly, unlikely.


Robert Covington ($6,800) vs. UTA
The $62 million man is climbing up toward the $7,000 price point, and for good reason. He’s produced at least 20 FanDuel points in 12 straight games and is averaging more than 31 FanDuel points per game on the year. Much of his production is tied to three-point shooting, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing considering he’s hitting nearly 50 percent of his attempts on the season.

Jayson Tatum ($5,700) at DAL
Tatum has been a bit inconsistent of late, but at $5,700 he’s a strong play against the NBA’s seventh-worst defense. The rookie continues to score at a productive rate -- particularly considering his age -- but he’s been only average as a rebounder and has gone four straight games without an assist. That said, Tatum racked up four steals and two blocks in just 28 minutes against Atlanta on Saturday.

LeBron James ($11,600) at DET
While James is pricey, he’s producing at as a high a level as ever and is coming off of another 60-plus-FanDuel-point performance Friday against the Clippers. Turnovers have been an issue -- 29 combined over his last five games -- but James is scoring and assisting at an elite level and should be fresh after a full two days off.


Nikola Jokic ($9,300) at SAC
If you used Jokic on Sunday, you got burned by a first-half ejection, but I like him as a bounceback candidate Monday against one of the league’s sorriest defenses. The Kings are allowing nearly 111 points per 100 possessions and rank dead last in FanDuel points surrendered to opposing centers. Plus, the Nuggets will be without Paul Millsap, meaning even more of the playmaking burden will fall on Jokic’s shoulders.

Myles Turner ($7,500) at ORL
Turner has been a bit up-and-down over the last two weeks, but he’s coming off of his best individual effort of the season Sunday against Miami. Orlando ranks as a worse defense against opposing centers and has sunk back toward the middle of the pack as an overall defense. This matchup also features a pair of teams that rank among the top 10 in pace of play, and it has the highest Vegas over/under (220.5) on Monday’s slate.

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