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FanDuel NBA Plays: Monday

by Derek "Notorious Farnsworth
Updated On: December 3, 2018, 6:02 pm ET

There is a sizable slate on tap tonight in the NBA. There are ten games on the schedule, with a nice mix of both value plays and superstars. Here are my favorite plays at each position. Keep in mind that these are my favorite plays in a points per dollar sense on FanDuel, this is not recommended to be an entire lineup.




Point Guard


Damian Lillard vs. New Orleans Pelicans  


Salary    $9,200                                                  

TO-Adjusted Usage --    Season:                27.5        |              Last Five Games:              27.7

Min/Game --     Season:                36.8        |              Last Five Games:              37.6

FP/Game --        Season:                39.3        |              Last Five Games:              37.8


The Blazers/Pelicans game should be full of fantasy goodness tonight. Both teams like to play at a quick pace and both teams struggle defensively. Lillard has an incredibly high floor in this matchup and I prefer him to the more expensive John Wall. Lillard has averaged 37.8 fantasy points per game over this last five and he should see close to 40 minutes of playing tonight tonight at home. 



Jameer Nelson vs. Houston Rockets     


Salary    $4,200                                                  

TO-Adjusted Usage --    Season:                15.4        |              Last Five Games:              12.8

Min/Game --     Season:                24.6        |              Last Five Games:              27.1

FP/Game --        Season:                16.4        |              Last Five Games:              20.0


Emmanuel Mudiay has been ruled out of tonight’s game against the Rockets, which means nelson will draw the start at point guard. At only $4,200, he is close to a must play tonight, especially in cash games. He should see minutes in the low to mid-30’s against one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA this season.




Shooting Guard


James Harden vs. Denver Nuggets   


Salary    $10,700                                                

TO-Adjusted Usage --    Season:                27.8        |              Last Five Games:              26.6

Min/Game --     Season:                38.8        |              Last Five Games:              35.8

FP/Game --        Season:                47.6        |              Last Five Games:              45.3


If I only had enough salary to pay up for one superstar tonight, it would be Harden. He has both a high floor and a high ceiling, which gives you that safety net as well as the upside. Harden also draws a favorable matchup against the Nuggets, who have been one of the worst teams at defending shooting guards this season.



DeMar DeRozan vs. Indiana Pacers           


Salary    $7,600                                                  

TO-Adjusted Usage --    Season:                24.4        |              Last Five Games:              24.3

Min/Game --     Season:                36.2        |              Last Five Games:              35.6

FP/Game --        Season:                33.3        |              Last Five Games:              34.1


DeRozan is expensive tonight, but he is the top fantasy option from the Pacers. While Kyle Lowry will be locked up in a tough matchup against George Hill, DeRozan finds himself in a favorable matchup against Monta Ellis. DeRozan also comes into this game in good form, as has averaged 34.1 fantasy points per game over his last five.




Small Forward


Paul George vs. Toronto Raptors    


Salary    $9,800                                                  

TO-Adjusted Usage --    Season:                26.6        |              Last Five Games:              27.3

Min/Game --     Season:                36.3        |              Last Five Games:              36.7

FP/Game --        Season:                43.2        |              Last Five Games:              40.1


George’s production has been down in his last few games, but luckily that has led to a lower salary. He is priced at a very playable $9,800 on FanDuel. He draws a favorable matchup tonight against the Raptors, who will likely be without their best defender in DeMarre Carroll.



Matt Barnes vs. Washington Wizards  


Salary    $4,100                                                  

TO-Adjusted Usage --    Season:                14.4        |              Last Five Games:              12.7

Min/Game --     Season:                24.7        |              Last Five Games:              27.3

FP/Game --        Season:                18.4        |              Last Five Games:              21.6


The Grizzlies have decided to mix things up. They are going to try playing small ball for the foreseeable future, which means Barnes will start at power forward. He had a solid game against the Grizzlies last night and he should see at least 30 minutes tonight against a Wizards’ frontcourt that is extremely depleted.




Power Forward


Blake Griffin vs. Detroit Pistons         


Salary    $9,300                                                  

TO-Adjusted Usage --    Season:                26.4        |              Last Five Games:              24.5

Min/Game --     Season:                34.2        |              Last Five Games:              35.0

FP/Game --        Season:                42.0        |              Last Five Games:              41.1


Anthony Davis is in a great spot tonight, but he has been too inconsistent for me to use in cash games. Griffin has a similar floor and ceiling, yet he is considerably cheaper than Davis. Griffin draws a favorable matchup tonight against Ersan Ilyasova, who has never been known for his play on the defensive end of the floor.



Jon Leuer vs. Dallas Mavericks      


Salary    $4,600                                                  

TO-Adjusted Usage --    Season:                15.3        |              Last Five Games:              15.2

Min/Game --     Season:                20.2        |              Last Five Games:              30.7

FP/Game --        Season:                18.1        |              Last Five Games:              26.2       


Even though Tyson Chandler has been back for the last two games, it didn’t cut too heavily into the minutes for Leuer. He played at least 28 minutes in both of those contests. He remains one of the best value plays on the board tonight, as the Mavericks have allowed the fifth most fantasy points to power forwards this season.



Andre Drummond vs. Los Angeles Clippers          


Salary    $9,100                                                  

TO-Adjusted Usage --    Season:                21.0        |              Last Five Games:              20.2

Min/Game --     Season:                34.1        |              Last Five Games:              29.1

FP/Game --        Season:                43.3        |              Last Five Games:              37.4


I like to target Drummond when he 1. Faces a bad rebounding team and 2. Faces an opposing center that doesn’t stray far from the hoop. Drummond has both of those in his favor tonight against DeAndre Jordan and the Clippers. He is the premier play at center tonight on FanDuel.



Nikola Vucevic vs. Brooklyn Nets       


Salary    $7,300                                                  

TO-Adjusted Usage --    Season:                20.8        |              Last Five Games:              19.3

Min/Game --     Season:                29.7        |              Last Five Games:              31.1

FP/Game --        Season:                31.5        |              Last Five Games:              31.8


If you are looking for a mid-range center tonight, Vucevic is my favorite of the bunch. His minutes have been trending upward, as he has played at least 32 in five of his last seven games. He draws a favorable matchup tonight against Brook Lopez and the Nets, who are ranked 22nd against centers this season. 

Derek "Notorious Farnsworth
Derek “Notorious” Farnsworth is ranked #7 Overall, has won a $50,000 Daily Fantasy Baseball Championship, qualified for the 2013 FanDuel Basketball Championship, and is a lead contributor on RotoGrinders.com. When he’s not winning daily fantasy contests, the Talented Mr. Noto can be found on Twitter @RG_Notorious.