The NBA season is flying by. It’s hard to believe that we are almost three-fourths of the way through the season.
We have a typical small slate on tap on Monday night. There are five games on the schedule with some terrific options at each position. With such a small slate, FanDuel’s tournaments aren’t quite the same size as they are for a Wednesday or Friday. We will focus on the top plays at each position in cash games.
Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers (Salary: $10000, FPPG: 40.4, MPG: 35, Usage Rate: 22.8)
Paul is the premier play at point guard tonight. While Stephen Curry is a strong play as well, he is playing in the tail end of a back-to-back and he has a less favorable matchup. Paul has been responsible for so much of the Clippers’ offense with Blake Griffin out. His responsibility may go up tonight if J.J. Redick and/or Matt Barnes are forced to sit out. Even if they both play, Paul should excel in an up-tempo game against the Wolves, who are ranked 27th against point guards this season.
Greivis Vasquez, Toronto Raptors (Salary: $4100, FPPG: 17.9, MPG: 23, Usage Rate: 21.4)
The Raptors are likely going to rest Kyle Lowry again on Monday night, which means Vasquez should draw another start at point guard. In his start against the Knicks on Saturday night, he finished the game with a respectable stat line of 14 points, 3 rebounds, and 6 assists. As long as he draws the start again tonight, he will be one of the top value plays on the board. His matchup against the Sixers is more than favorable, as they are ranked 23rd against point guards this season.
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors (Salary: $7200, FPPG: 32.6, MPG: 33, Usage Rate: 27.4)
The Warriors are playing in the tail end of a back-to-back and it sounds like they may decide to rest a couple of their starters. Thompson is not a player that needs rest though and there is no concern over his availability for tonight. Thompson’s price has come down on FanDuel and he has now scored at least 30 fantasy points in each of his last three games. Thompson should have success against a Nets’ defense that has struggled to contain opposing shooting guards.
Jamal Crawford, Los Angeles Clippers (Salary: $5700, FPPG: 23.6, MPG: 27, Usage Rate: 28.1)
As mentioned above, J.J. Redick and Matt Barnes are both questionable for tonight’s game against the Wolves. If one, or both, were forced to sit out, Crawford would see a sizable fantasy boost. He has an extremely high usage rate of 28.1 and he may be asked to log heavy minutes tonight. He draws one of the best matchups on the board, as the Wolves are ranked 25th against shooting guards and 29th in points allowed per game this season.
Additional Plays: Eric Bledsoe, Louis Williams
Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors (Salary: $7300, FPPG: 30.7, MPG: 32, Usage Rate: 16.3)
There has been some chatter that the Warriors may rest Green tonight, but until that is official, he should be considered the elite play at small forward tonight on FanDuel. His minutes have been trending upward recently, as he has played at least 33 minutes in five of his last seven games. Assuming he starts tonight, he may be asked to log heavy minutes again, especially if Andrew Bogut gets the night off to rest. Check the injury news throughout the day and plug Green in if he gets the “Green” light to play.
James Johnson, Toronto Raptors (Salary: $4000, FPPG: 18.3, MPG: 21, Usage Rate: 16.3)
Johnson may not see the consistent minutes or put up the most consistent production, but he offers incredible upside at his price point. He saw a small boost in minutes on Saturday night with Kyle Lowry out, and we can expect a similar number of minutes from him tonight against the Sixers. Johnson has scored at least 24 fantasy points in five of his last nine games and is the top value play at small forward tonight.
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks (Salary: $6300, FPPG: 28.7, MPG: 30, Usage Rate: 25.6)
Power forward is an absolute mess tonight on FanDuel. It’s hard to find one reliable option at the position, let alone two. Nowitzki is probably the safest cash game play of the bunch, as he is very predictable at this point in his career. He is going to play around 30 minutes, he will put up around 15 shot attempts, and he will score between 25-35 fantasy points. Nowitzki is a safe cash game play against the Pelicans tonight.
Patrick Patterson, Toronto Raptors (Salary: $4700, FPPG: 19.4, MPG: 26, Usage Rate: 13.2)
Outside of Nowitzki, reliability gets thrown out the window. Amir Johnson, Marreese Speights, and David Lee are all in play, but all three are very risky fantasy options. I’d rather take my chances with Patterson, who is averaging more minutes per game than each of the other three options listed. Patterson has scored at least 20 fantasy points in six of his last nine games and he draws a tremendous matchup against the Sixers.
Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat (Salary: $7600, FPPG: 27.1, MPG: 22, Usage Rate: 20.2)
DeAndre Jordan has been on an absolute tear, but it’s hard to justify paying close to $10,000 for a player that is averaging 35 fantasy points per game this season. Whiteside is $2,100 cheaper than Jordan, and while his ceiling isn’t quite as high as Jordan’s, it’s right up there. Whiteside has scored at least 34 fantasy points in four of his last five games. He should be able to dominate the glass against the Suns, who are ranked 25th in rebounding differential this season.