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FanDuel NBA Plays: Monday

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

I hope that everyone had a terrific Christmas. We have a rare 11-game slate on tap tonight in the NBA that is filled with a nice mix of both value plays and superstars. Here are my top FanDuel targets for Monday.




Point Guard


Chris Paul vs. Washington Wizards                                                                           


Salary    $9,000                                                

TO-Adjusted Usage --     Season: 22.9       |              Last Five Games:               24.6

Min/Game --      Season: 32.5       |              Last Five Games:               34.4

FP/Game --         Season: 36.7       |              Last Five Games:               45.5


Paul has been playing his best basketball of the season recently and with Blake Griffin out for at least the next two weeks, the Clippers are going to rely even more heavily on their point guard. Paul has averaged 45.5 fantasy points per game in his last five and he should see a nice boost in usage rate and potentially minutes with Griffin out.



Ishmael Smith vs. Utah Jazz                                                                                        


Salary    $4,500                                                                

TO-Adjusted Usage --     Season: 19.2       |              Last Five Games:               20.5      

Min/Game --      Season: 23.2       |              Last Five Games:               13.4      

FP/Game --         Season: 22.3       |              Last Five Games:               10.6      


Smith played well in his first start with the Sixers, scoring 25 fantasy points in 31 minutes of action. He is a very capable starter in the NBA and he should help this team become more competitive. Smith is still priced as a backup, which makes him an excellent value play tonight against the Jazz, who are ranked 17th against point guards this season.




Shooting Guard


Evan Fournier vs. New Orleans Pelicans                                                                 


Salary    $5,200                                                

TO-Adjusted Usage --     Season: 17.3       |              Last Five Games:               15.6

Min/Game --      Season: 31.7       |              Last Five Games:               32.7

FP/Game --         Season: 23.3       |              Last Five Games:               25.6


Fournier is not on many people’s radar right now. After starting the season out on fire, he cooled off there for a few weeks. He has quietly come on again, averaging 25.6 fantasy points in 32.7 minutes per game in his last five outings. He draws a favorable matchup tonight against the Pelicans, who have statistically been one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA this season.



Rodney Hood vs. Philadelphia 76ers                                                                       


Salary    $4,500                                                

TO-Adjusted Usage --     Season: 17.3       |              Last Five Games:               15.6

Min/Game --      Season: 29.8       |              Last Five Games:               30.3

FP/Game --         Season: 19.9       |              Last Five Games:               20.8


Alec Burks is going to miss the next 6-8 weeks, which should results in a nice usage and minutes boost for Hood. It may force him to be a little more aggressive offensively and his price is only going to go up from here. Tonight is a great spot to buy low on Hood, as he draws a favorable matchup against the Sixers at home.




Small Forward


Paul George vs. Atlanta Hawks                                                                   


Salary    $8,800                                                

TO-Adjusted Usage --     Season: 25.9       |              Last Five Games:               22.6

Min/Game --      Season: 35.7       |              Last Five Games:               36.4

FP/Game --         Season: 40.0       |              Last Five Games:               30.8


George has struggled recently, but he has shown flashes of his early season form. Hopefully an important game at home against the Hawks can get him going. On the season, George has averaged 40 fantasy points per game and his price has come down to a very playable $8,800 on FanDuel.



Chandler Parsons vs. Milwaukee Bucks                                                                  


Salary    $4,500                                                

TO-Adjusted Usage --     Season: 16.4       |              Last Five Games:               15.4

Min/Game --      Season: 23.0       |              Last Five Games:               31.1

FP/Game --         Season: 16.3       |              Last Five Games:               24.8


Parsons is starting to see starter’s minutes and it sounds like he could enter the starting lineup as early as tonight. In his last five games, he is averaging 24.8 fantasy points in 31.1 minutes per contest. He offers great value tonight against the Bucks, who are ranked 27th against small forwards this season.




Power Forward


Anthony Davis vs. Orlando Magic                                                                             


Salary    $10,400                                                              

TO-Adjusted Usage --     Season: 23.7       |              Last Five Games:               23.2

Min/Game --      Season: 36.4       |              Last Five Games:               37.0

FP/Game --         Season: 45.0       |              Last Five Games:               47.9


Davis is starting to put up the type of fantasy outings that most of us expected him to have right from the beginning of the season. Over his last five games, he is averaging 47.9 fantasy points per contest. He is the premier superstar to pay up for tonight, especially since the options at power forward are awfully thin.



Taj Gibson vs. Toronto Raptors                                                                  


Salary    $4,700                                                

TO-Adjusted Usage --     Season: 12.5       |              Last Five Games:               10.5

Min/Game --      Season: 23.3       |              Last Five Games:               32.8

FP/Game --         Season: 18.8       |              Last Five Games:               24.5      


With Joakim Noah out, Gibson is playing big minutes. In the three games since Noah went down (including the one he got hurt in), Gibson has averaged 33 minutes and 27 fantasy points per contest. He is one of the top value plays on the board tonight, as he should see minutes in the low-30s tonight against the Raptors.                 





DeAndre Jordan vs. Washington Wizards                                                                              


Salary    $7,600                                                

TO-Adjusted Usage --     Season: 11.4       |              Last Five Games:               11.7

Min/Game --      Season: 32.8       |              Last Five Games:               34.0

FP/Game --         Season: 33.0       |              Last Five Games:               33.5


As mentioned above, Blake Griffin is going to miss the next couple of weeks. Jordan has played 20 games without Griffin in the lineup in his career and he has averaged 13.4 points and 17.4 rebounds. That is two more points and four more rebounds than he is averaging per game this season. Jordan should have a monster game tonight against the depleted frontcourt of the Wizards.



Note: This is not meant to be a full lineup. The picks are my favorite targets at each position. 

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.