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NBA DFS Bargains Monday 1/20

by Ryan Knaus
Updated On: January 20, 2020, 1:48 pm ET

It’s a wild 14-game MLK Day this Monday, and there’s plenty of DFS value to be mined. From guys you almost must target to potential punt plays, we're here to break down the biggest values. In this column, I’m talking primarily about players with salaries around $6,000 or cheaper. Let's start with a quick look at Vegas' expectations for today’s slate. NOTE: Because there are games throughout the day this week, I’m focusing mostly on later games and teams from the West.

 

Matchup

Over/Under

Spread

Pistons at Wizards

232.5

Wizards -1.5

Raptors at Hawks

228.5

Raptors -9.0

Sixers at Nets

220.5

Nets -1.5

Kings at Heat

220.5

Heat -7.0

Bulls at Bucks

225.5

Bucks -15.0

Thunder at Rockets

230.5

Rockets -7.5

Magic at Hornets

206.5

Magic -4.0

Pelicans at Grizzlies

240

Grizzlies -2.5

Knicks at Cavs

223

Knicks -1.5

Lakers at Celtics

225.5

Lakers -2.5

Nuggets at Wolves

222.5

Wolves -2.5

Pacers at Jazz

214.5

Jazz -7.0

Spurs at Suns

221.5

Suns -4.5

Warriors at Blazers

221.5

Blazers -6.5

 

Remember that injuries and lineups are subject to change at any moment! For the very latest news, stay tuned to Rotoworld’s injury report and player news pages!

Point Guard

Anfernee Simons (Yahoo – $10 FanDuel – $3,700 DraftKings – $3,900)

C.J. McCollum is out again Sunday, which leaves Simons as the Blazers’ starter alongside Damian Lillard. He didn’t do much on Saturday with 12 points, three boards, one assist and nothing else in 35 minutes, and I’m taking advantage of that today. The minutes were crucial and he’ll be playing vs. a bad Golden State defense tonight, and Saturday’s quiet line prevented his price from spiking. He’s almost a must-start PG today.

 

Shooting Guard

Damion Lee (Yahoo – $17 FanDuel – $4,900 DraftKings – $6,000)

Lee will square off vs. the Blazers on Monday, a team that’s not exactly known for their defense vs. guards. He’s playing huge minutes since returning to action on Jan. 16, and should easily log 32+ minutes again tonight. His shot was off vs. the Magic on Saturday, when he scored only nine points, so hopefully that relative dud will limit his ownership rates. Dennis Schroder also gets a nice matchup vs. the Rockets tonight, so he’s worth a look if you want to pivot from Lee or double-double with cost-efficient guards.

 

Small Forward

Jae Crowder (Yahoo – $15 FanDuel – $4,900 DraftKings – $4,900)

Crowder’s appeal rests primarily in the matchup vs. the Pelicans, who have offered the third-most value to small forwards this season. His minutes should be very safe, too, since he’ll be tasked with defending Brandon Ingram for most of the game. I’d go with Mikal Bridges at a similar price, but Kelly Oubre’s probable return on Monday spoils his upside. I might spend up a bit for Gordon Hayward, too, but don’t see any compelling ultra-cheap options at the SF spot today.

 

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Power Forward

Aaron Gordon (Yahoo – $20 FanDuel – $5,500 DraftKings – $6,000)

Gordon hasn’t been terrific lately, and he’s coming off a disappointing effort vs. the Warriors with 11 points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal and three turnovers. The good news is that his minutes are up, at 35+ in two of the past three games, and Orlando really needs him to produce without Jonathan Isaac for the rest of the season. He’s very reasonably priced, and looks like an easy, safe mid-tier PF to plug into your DFS lineups tonight. Nemanja Bjelica is probable despite his sprained ankle, so he’s another option in the same price range, as is Michael Porter Jr. In most lineups tonight, I’ll be saving some money at PF to spend up elsewhere.

 

Center

Mason Plumlee (Yahoo – $11 FanDuel – $3,900 DraftKings – $5,200)

Yet again, DraftKings has more aggressive/accurate pricing based on recent production. As a result, I’d use Plumlee as a pivot-play at center on Y! or FD but not DK today. The Wolves’ defense has been worse with Karl-Anthony Towns active this season, and Plumlee getting a healthy dose of Gorgui Dieng isn’t too troublesome, especially since he’s logging more PF minutes recently. Paul Millsap is out indefinitely, so expect that trend to continue. I’d also give some thought to Jaxson Hayes, who has been fantastic on a per-minute basis. If Jahlil Okafor and Derrick Favors are ruled out with their dual sore lower backs, Hayes will be an extremely popular play.

Ryan Knaus
Despite residing in Portland, Maine, Ryan Knaus remains a heartbroken Sonics fan who longs for the days of Shawn Kemp and Xavier McDaniel. He has written for Rotoworld.com since 2007. You can follow him on Twitter.