Today is a day of studs. Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook are just two of a long line of monster stars who will be popular across all formats. Incidentally, I feel like I need to pair them together in GPPs.
Remember, it’s a wide open 10-game slate and there are tons of high level options. Take this particular FanDuel NBA DFS lineup with a grain of salt and be sure to consider numerous avenues before locking in on your final tournament team.
With that said, let’s dive into Monday’s daily fantasy basketball lineup:
PG: Russell Westbrook – Oklahoma City Thunder ($12k)
I can’t bypass Russ tonight, as a lot of the other top point guard options have bad matchups or could be involved in blowouts. The latter could easily apply to Westbrook as well, but a date with an awful Magic team is just too enticing.
Westbrook has not delivered on his lofty price lately, so I’m hoping recency bias and the fear of a blowout lower his ownership. I love him in this spot, regardless, as he dropped almost 70 points on the Magic earlier this year and has had a rich history against them. If OKC can play down to their competition (like they’re known to), he could be an amazing play on this huge slate.
PG: Yogi Ferrell – Dallas Mavericks ($4k)
If I’m using Russ like I plan to, I think a steep PG punt will be in order. If that’s the route I take, I don’t mind Ferrell, who is dirt cheap for a guy that logs 30+ minutes on a regular basis.
I love the run here and Ferrell could provide some upside in an up tempo showdown with the Pacers. He’s a risk, but Yogi did drop 25 fantasy points the last time he battled Indy and I think 25+ fantasy points at this price would be a huge win.
SG: Jamal Crawford – Minnesota Timberwolves ($4.9k)
The obvious plays with Jimmy Butler sidelined are Andrew Wiggins and Nemanja Bjelica, so I like Crawford as a potentially contrarian play. Shooting guard is loaded tonight, so paying down here could be a brilliant tourney strategy.
Crawford can be volatile, but the absence of Butler is going to hand him extra minutes. In a favorable matchup with the Kings, I like his chances to pop off a bit and give me enough value to pay off.
SG: Kent Bazemore – Atlanta Hawks ($5.9k)
I never feel great about Baze, which is precisely why he’s such a fun GPP dart. His price is awful for his volatility, but he could dish out a little revenge against the Lakers tonight. It’s always fun to target an up tempo team like Los Angeles, while Bazemore continues to see about 26-29 minutes on a nightly basis.
If you want run and consistency, Baze isn’t for you. However, he can get hot as a scorer and the matchup could give way to a big night. I’ll take the chance, especially since going here helps me get two elite players.
SF: Reggie Bullock – Detroit Pistons ($4.5k)
I’m either paying up for Kevin Durant tonight or I’m just dropping down and pairing two cheap SF options. Small forward just isn’t very enticing even on a big 10-game slate, so for a GPP, I’m rolling with the latter daily fantasy basketball strategy.
Durant is a safe 40+ fantasy points, but his ceiling isn’t what it once was and a showdown with the Knicks may lead to a blowout and less upside than usual from KD. Paul George is also still too expensive ($8.7k), so while these two studs could easily wreck, I’d rather spend my cash elsewhere.
That brings me to Bullock, who does have a tough matchup against Toronto, but he still sees 29+ minutes on a nightly basis. There is something to be said for reliable run, especially when it’s with a guy who has no hesitance offensively. Bullock doesn’t always load up the peripherals, but he scores at a solid rate, having produced 13+ actual points in each of his last six contests.
Perhaps that nice run ends tonight, but I’m going to ride the minutes and value at a weak position, regardless.
SF: E’Twaun Moore – New Orleans Pelicans ($4.5k)
The story is similar with Moore. There are other cheap options like David Nwaba ($5k) and Trevor Ariza ($4.9k), but they could be chalky. Another chalky option is Minnesota’s Nemanja Bjelica ($5.6k), but this entire trio costs a little more than Bullock or Moore.
I’ll just drop down to Moore to wrap up the small forward position, as he gets a killer date with a terrible Suns defense. The matchup is sublime, while Moore is another minutes fiend with 29+ minutes in 5 of his last 7 outings. He can be shaky, but the floor time and matchup have me throwing caution to the wind in GPPs tonight.
PF: John Collins – Atlanta Hawks ($5.8k)
Power forward does offer some decent high level value tonight, but I’m taking a break from hoping Blake Griffin can be elite as a member of the Pistons. He’s been abysmal and I’m not sure a road date with the Raptors is his cure. Besides, I’m already dancing with the devil by using one Piston in Bullock.
The other two options up top are Draymond Green or Aaron Gordon. They’re both viable, but I’d rather spend elsewhere, so I’ll start the process of dropping down at both PF slots by rostering John Collins.
The Hawks recently bought out Ersan Ilyasova, so Collins has a clear path to a big role for the remainder of the regular season. Collins can deal with foul trouble, but he has double-double upside every time out and has logged 30+ minutes in two of his last three games. I like his chances for finding success tonight against the Lakers, who he dropped 15 actual points on in just 20 minutes earlier this year.
PF: Carmelo Anthony – Oklahoma City Thunder ($5.7k)
Melo is not the elite option he was as recently as last season, but he’s still a dangerous scorer as part of OKC’s three-headed dragon. Normally I’d refrain from this potential trap, but he’s now being priced as a spare and has an awesome matchup with a terrible Magic team.
Orlando doesn’t defend well and it’s surely worth pointing out that Anthony topped 30 fantasy points against them the first time he played them this year.
On top of that, the Magic are a middling bunch on the glass, so if Melo can tack on some rebounds tonight I love his chances to crush this price tag. The role (17+ shot attempts in four straight games) is certainly there for him to enjoy a big outing.
C: Anthony Davis – New Orleans Pelicans ($12.5k)
I used Russ up top, so I’ll close things out with my second stud, The Brow. Davis has been a monster (81+ fantasy points in 2 of his last 3 games) lately, but he didn’t deliver in his last game. Now that he’s pushing $13k, I’m curious to see if people will be off of him even though he has a dream matchup with a terrible Suns defense.
I personally am just going for it, as The Brow has too nice of a matchup and has just been shooting at will to make up for the loss of DeMarcus Cousins. The upside is obviously off the charts and I’m not sure I want to be caught without Davis tonight. I so see some nice pivots at center, but if I’m spending at 1-2 spots, Russ and The Brow are where I’m going.
Overall, this is a loaded slate that probably requires a stud or two. My strategy is to start with Russ and The Brow, but even if you don’t want those two together, hopefully some of these value picks can work out for you. Regardless, good luck in your NBA DFS contests tonight!