Last night was a bummer in NBA DFS. I didn’t piece together a lineup for The Sports Geek, but I certainly played and had my hand in that Nuggets vs. Lakers fiasco. That was a nightmare game to have exposure to, as Nikola Jokic got tossed, Paul Millsap got hurt and the Nuggets lost in blowout fashion.
It was pathetic and it ruined an otherwise promising night. While that wasn’t ideal, Monday brings a bountiful slate with 11 games to take a look at. That obviously gives way to a long list of stud options we’ll have to consider, as well.
Tonight will be a tough night to take down a big GPP, but that should never stop you from trying. Here’s my look at a GPP-winning team for Monday at FanDuel:
PG: Rajon Rondo – New Orleans Pelicans ($5k)
Russell Westbrook is the most expensive point guard on Monday night’s daily fantasy basketball slate and he hasn’t been worth his price tag all year. There are several point guards worth a look near the top tonight, but I don’t see any as an absolute must.
That has me diving at both spots, but I like the value I can get, starting with Rondo. The Pels have turned to Rondo as their starting point guard and after logging 25 minutes in his last game, his court time should only grow. Rondo is a double-double machine and a triple-double threat, so I’m game for him at this low price.
PG: Mario Chalmers – Memphis Grizzlies ($5.4k)
Ditto with Chalmers, as Rio is starting and seeing solid run with Mike Conley out with an Achilles injury. Chalmers is a do-it-all lead guard and has proven that with a 6-5-6 line or better in each of his last three contests.
He looks like a rock solid value and will be at home against Portland’s weak guard defense. If he can finally pop off a bit offensively, his strong peripherals could end up having him turn in a huge outing.
SG: Donovan Mitchell – Utah Jazz ($6.6k)
Mitchell feels like a core play these days, as Ricky Rubio is having his minutes jerked around and Mitchell is in the starting unit, regardless. He’s locked into a massive scoring load and is especially interesting tonight against a 76ers defense that ranks 29th against shooting guards.
Mitchell has been quite stable, registering 30+ fantasy points in 4 of his last 5 contests. He’s a rock solid play in a favorable setting again tonight, while there isn’t a clear-cut shooting guard stud we should feel obliged to pay up for on this slate.
SG: Avery Bradley – Detroit Pistons ($6k)
I’ll be fighting myself over Bradley and Lou Williams all day, as they both feel like viable options and are good prices tonight. Bradley wins out for now, as he’s got the slightly better matchup and the potential return of Patrick Beverley could drop Sweet Lou’s stock a bit.
Bradley has been consistently decent lately, producing 25+ fantasy points in 6 of his last 8 outings. I’m hoping for more than that tonight, as he has a tasty date with a Cavs defense that ranks dead last in efficiency. Bradley has been fantastic as a scorer with Detroit (17.7 points per game), so hopefully he can drop in a few more points than usual in such a nice matchup. If so, he has a shot to smash this price tag.
SF: Giannis Antetokounmpo – Milwaukee Bucks ($12k)
Monday feels like a two stud night to me, as there are some really nice value picks I feel comfortable with. That puts The Greek Freak in play for me, as he seems to be due for an epic explosion. I personally can never get on the right side of this guy, but I have to try him again as he takes on a Washington defense that ranks 28th against small forwards.
This is an up tempo matchup in the first place and the Wizards simply don’t have anyone that can contain Giannis. He’s been absolutely fantastic with 50+ fantasy points in 6 of his last 7 outings and he hasn’t dipped below 41 fantasy points yet this season. Considering LeBron James only saves you $400 on this slate and it’s probably necessary to pay up at one SF spot, I’m rolling out Antetokounmpo.
SF: Chandler Parsons – Memphis Grizzlies ($4.2k)
To get Giannis I’ll need to take a few more dives. Parsons is a logical one, as the Grizz need offense with Mike Conley out and Tyreke Evans questionable for tonight’s game. Parsons already slid into the starting five in his last contest and has now logged 25 minutes in each of his last two games.
A date with a solid Portland defense is less than ideal, but I love the value if Parsons is in line to start again. He is not a scoring reliant DFS option, as he can chip in dimes, rebounds and steals when he’s dialed in.
PF: Dario Saric – Philadelphia 76ers ($5.4k)
I’m all aboard the Dario train, as the Sixers forward is getting tons of run lately and responding well with 26+ fantasy points in 4 of his last 6 outings. He doesn’t always have the best floor, but he’s on the court for most of the game and has the ability to rack up points and rebounds.
He’s even shown a propensity for blocks and steals lately, so if that keeps up against an under-manned Jazz defense, Saric could return serious value.
PF: Anthony Davis – New Orleans Pelicans ($10.8k)
My second stud is going to be The Brow, who I bet many will be off of for three reasons; he got hurt in his last game, he hasn’t been crushing like we’re accustomed to seeing and he doesn’t have a great matchup by the numbers.
All of that is true, but Davis is under $11k, at home and due for an explosive outing. Davis had little trouble putting up 29 points and 10 rebounds per game against OKC last year and he’s too good to be producing weak lines like he has been. That big game is right around the corner and I want to be on Davis if it comes tonight at low ownership.
C: Marcin Gortat – Washington Wizards ($4.6k)
DeMarcus Cousins is a must tonight if The Brow doesn’t return from a head contusion. It looks like Davis should be back, though, so I don’t find myself particularly enamored with any one center on this slate.
I have just as much interest in Joel Embiid at $9.6k as the next person, but I refuse to chase his crazy 93.5 fantasy point outing and it’s not like he gets to face the Lakers on Monday. I’m choosing to pay up elsewhere, especially when I can dive down to this low price and get a viable center like Gortat.
I know Gortat has been spare a fair amount this year, but his run remains solid and he’s pitched in two straight double-double efforts. Logic suggests he could be in for a third, as the Bucks don’t rebound well and specifically rank 28th against opposing centers. Gortat may not deliver a monster line tonight, but if he can get me 30+ fantasy points, that’ll be a huge win for this particular lineup.