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NBA DFS Plays: Monday 2/8

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: February 10, 2021, 5:20 am ET

This article aims to highlight some of the best NBA DFS Plays at every position for your cash game lineups. Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury/rest situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our NBA News & Headlines Feed throughout the day will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.

We’ll take a look at Monday’s eight-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET. 

POINT GUARD

Stephen Curry - Golden State (at San Antonio) - DK: $10,300 / FD: $10,100 / Yahoo: $47

There are plenty of bargains on this slate, and we’ll get into them shortly. They'll help make room for top-shelf options, and Curry is one of the highest priorities when reaching up. He has posted 69+ fantasy points in two of his past three games, and he’s looking at a competitive battle at San Antonio (232 over/under) this evening. The Spurs rank 20th in defensive efficiency to point guards, and Curry posted 49 FP in 31 minutes against them on January 20. It’s not that hard to imagine more upside from the former MVP if his minutes climb to the 36-38 range in a close game. 

Also Consider: LaMelo Ball, Hamidou Diallo

SHOOTING GUARD

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander - Oklahoma City (at LA Lakers) - DK: $8,000 / FD: $8,800 / Yahoo: $37

The frontcourt carries most of tonight’s value, so I’m looking to spend at point guard and shooting guard. The matchup doesn’t look great on paper, but Shai Gilgeous-Alexander should make up for that with an extreme usage rate. Oklahoma City is shorthanded with George Hill, Theo Madelon, and others sidelined. “SGA” was already the best playmaker on the team, and he’ll have the ball in his hands even more now. That role translated to 53 FP in 34 minutes against a bad Minnesota defense on Saturday. While this draw is much tougher, I still believe SGA can produce solid value with increased opportunity. 

Also Consider: Zach LaVine, Bradley Beal (if Westbrook is out), Eric Gordon 

SMALL FORWARD

Denzel Valentine - Chicago (vs. Washington) - DK: $4,800 / FD: $4,400 / Yahoo: $11

Chicago’s frontcourt is thin with Wendell Carter, Lauri Markkanen, and Otto Porter sidelined. That means more playing time for Denzel Valentine, who is fresh off a sweet 33 fantasy point outing (36 minutes) at Orlando on Saturday. He should continue to see at least 30+ minutes with a chance at matching that full-time starter role if things go his way. Valentine’s price is still cheap, and the matchup looks great while playing up in pace against Washington. 

Also Consider: LeBron James, Rudy Gay

POWER FORWARD

Kyle Kuzma - LA Lakers (vs. Oklahoma City) - DK: $5,200 / FD: $4,900 / Yahoo: $10

As of late Monday morning, it has been reported that Anthony Davis is “very unlikely” to play tonight. Assuming he’s held out, Kyle Kuzma will see a substantial boost in his absence. The last time Davis missed a game (Jan. 28 @ DET), Kuzma stepped in for a cool 36 FP showing in 29 minutes. His salary remains way too cheap when considering an expanded role against a beat-up Oklahoma City frontcourt. Go ahead and play him with confidence through all DFS formats if Davis is out. 

Also Consider: Chris Boucher, Patrick Williams 

CENTER

DeMarcus Cousins - Houston (at Charlotte) - DK: $7,100 / FD: $6,000 / Yahoo: $20

Chrisitan Wood will continue to miss time for Houston, which pushes more work to DeMarcus Cousins. “DMC” posted a reasonable 35 FP line through 30 minutes with Wood sidelined on Saturday (against the Spurs). If he’s seeing that level of playing time, then there’s a chance he could achieve monstrous upside. Wood missed three games in late January, and Cousins ended up with 51+ FP in two of those. He could get to that level against a Charlotte team that ranks 24th in defensive efficiency to centers. 

Also Consider: Nikola Jokic, Andre Drummond 

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ADDITIONAL NOTES

Hamidou Diallo (PG - OKC) is a plausible mid-range option to consider. He’ll continue to see starter minutes with the aforementioned injuries to OKC’s backcourt. Diallo has turned in a consistent 32 FPPG average in that role over his past three games, and the salary is still manageable across the board. 

Anthony Edwards (SG - MIN) has a wide range of fantasy outcomes. However, he’s not shy with the ball, and he’s seeing more minutes with Jarrett Culver still sidelined. His usage would trend upward if D’Angelo Russell (questionable) joins Karl-Anthony Towns on the sideline tonight. In the last two games Russell has missed, Edwards posted 39 and 42 fantasy points respectively. Keep that in mind. 

Rudy Gay (SF - SA) isn’t the best bargain on the board tonight, but he’s still a respectable value filler to keep on your shortlist. There’s a good chance he’ll see another 25-minute role with LaMarcus Aldridge out. Gay translated that playing time into a serviceable 23 FP outing on Saturday, and he could turn in another fine performance in this high-scoring tilt vs. Golden State. 

Patrick Williams (PF - CHI) will help pick up the slack in Chicago’s frontcourt. He has come up with 38 and 31 fantasy points while seeing 33 minutes in each of the last two games. There’s a good chance he’ll keep that going in a similar role on Monday, and facing the Wizards (1st in pace, 26th in rebound rate, 26th in d-eff to frontcourts) certainly doesn’t hurt. 

Spencer Limbach
Spencer Limbach is a multi-sport daily fantasy specialist for Rotoworld. He can be found on twitter @Spencer_JL.