We’re back to the daily fantasy basketball grind on Monday, which follows a fun weekend of NBA DFS action. Actually, it was more on the torturous side for yours truly, as I had both Kyle Lowry and Carmelo Anthony get tossed with ejections.
That, and I refrained from paying up for James Harden against a stiff Utah Jazz defense.
The weekend slate did me no favors, but hopefully it left you swimming in cash like Scooge McDuck.
Regardless, we get to start all over with a new week. The slate we get on Monday (3 games) is pretty tiny, but if we make the right moves, it could at least end up being profitable. Here’s our favorite GPP team for NBA DFS contests at FanDuel tonight:
PG: Mike James – Phoenix Suns ($5.8k)
I don’t see much of a way around James tonight. He went nuts for a career high 24 points the last time he faced the Brooklyn Nets and he gets them again on Monday. It’s never easy to trust rookies, but James has solid run and as long as this game stays close, he should benefit from what figures to be an explosive shootout.
PG: Dennis Schroder – Atlanta Hawks ($7.8k)
Stephen Curry and Kyrie Irving have bloated salaries due to the tiny slate, so it could pay to drop down at point guard. It remains to be seen if it will be contrarian, but from a value perspective, Schroder might not be far off from what those guys get when the night is over.
Shroder has a huge role as Atlanta’s top scorer and distributor, while a date with defensive sieve Kyrie Irving looks promising on paper.
SG: Devin Booker – Phoenix Suns ($8.2k)
We’re going to want pretty big exposure to this Nets vs. Suns game, which opens with a saucy 234 Total at Bovada. That’s going to make for a very fast-paced game with lots of shooting. There will be stats abound for everyone involved, but Booker specifically jumps off the page after pouring in 42 fantasy points in this same matchup a week ago.
We could drop down to Klay Thompson here, but Booker offers a little more versatility and holds the better matchup by the numbers.
SG: D’Angelo Russell – Brooklyn Nets ($8k)
We can opt for Thompson at the second SG slot, but I want both of the top scoring options from this game. D’Lo is the other, as he went just as nuts the last time these two sides faced off (45 fantasy points) and he carries loads of upside. With a sublime matchup and role, Russell is going to be a tough fade tonight.
SF: Jaylen Brown – Boston Celtics ($5.7k)
Marcus Morris is out tonight, which gets me even more interested in a value SF I liked, regardless. Kevin Durant is the big name at SF tonight, but this could be a good spot to pay down if we get it right. Brown has carved out a solid scoring niche for Boston and has the ability to gets his hands on a number of other stats. In a solid matchup with Atlanta, he should be plenty busy and return solid value.
SF: DeMarre Carroll – Brooklyn Nets ($6.2k)
I’m fine with paying up for KD on this short slate, but most of the top options are very close to each other in terms of upside and floor. I think we can get away with fading Durant tonight, especially since there are at least three extremely viable SF options behind him.
Brown is one and we can consider both T.J. Warren or Carroll for the other. Carroll has been fantastic for the Nets and basically if he’s seeing starter minutes, he feels like a lock for 30-35 fantasy points. Warren undoubtedly has more upside, but he’s been shaky lately due to a head injury.
PF: Luke Babbitt – Atlanta Hawks ($3.8k)
Normally I’d never entertain the thought of rostering Babs, but both Ersan Ilyasova and Mike Muscala are sidelined at the moment and there’s a huge role open to him. Babbitt can rebound decently and can get hot from outside, while he logged a staggering 41 minutes in a shootout with the Cavs.
Babbitt isn’t easy to trust, but the PF spot is abysmal beyond Draymond Green, We should consider double-punting here or at least paying down as far as it makes sense in one of the power forward slots. Babbitt has the run and scoring upside to make sense for us at this price – especially in a GPP setting. Just make sure Ersan (game time decision) is officially out before you roll the dice with Babs.
PF: Jayson Tatum – Boston Celtics ($5.8k)
Draymond Green is worth using tonight, but I’m not so sure he’s necessary. Instead, with Marcus Morris primed to sit tonight out to rest, the young Celtics forwards should be back in action with heavy run. That should mean 30+ minutes for Tatum, who is a versatile performer and should be able to crush value in a plus matchup with the Hawks.
C: Hassan Whiteside – Miami Heat ($8.7k)
Whiteside is one of two viable center options on this small slate and he’s the top option by a wide margin. Al Horford ($7.5k) is in play, but he doesn’t give us the upside on the boards or with blocks. Whiteside put up 18 points and 17 rebounds per game across two meetings with Golden State last year and this time around will be taking on a Dubs defense that has yet to impress.
Horford might be the safer option, but every game is at risk of showcasing a blowout tonight. We’ll roll with Whiteside’s upside at a weak position.