We have a full slate of 12 games on Monday night’s docket, which means there are plenty of low-cost, quality candidates to mull over.
Listed below are affordable options at each position to consider pairing alongside some studs as your round out your DFS roster this evening…
Point Guard: Malcolm Brogdon (FanDuel salary: $5,000)
Brogdon has wrestled away the starting point guard spot from Matthew Dellavedova and continues to play at a high level. In Saturday’s win over the Raptors, Brogdon played a game-high 42 minutes and tallied 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and just one turnover. Meanwhile, Dellavedova scored six points on 2-of-11 shooting in 26 minutes. If coach Jason Kidd trusts Brogdon enough to start him, I feel comfortable doing the same.
Shooting Guard: Gary Harris ($5,400)
Harris is coming off arguably his worst game as professional. He attempted just one shot, failed to score a single point, failed to grab a single rebound and dished out just one assist on Saturday night in a loss to the Hornets. However, every once in awhile, the time to buy is when everybody else is selling. I expect Harris’ to be disproportionately under-owned on Monday (in particular by those who just got burned), which is why I like him as GPP play. Harris said after Saturday’s game that he was not dealing with any injury and that is was simply “one of those games.” Before Saturday’s dud, Harris had scored at least 13 points in 11 straight games. He was averaging 18.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.5 steals over those 13 contests. If we don’t allow recency bias to cloud our thinking, Harris makes for a clever play.
Small Forward: Terrence Ross ($4,500)
This is essentially an arbitrage opportunity, as FanDuel has not yet correctly adjusted its price for Ross. Since being traded to Orlando, Ross has played over 32 minutes in all five games as a member of the Magic. He is averaging 14.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.0 steals over those five games. Keeping putting him in your lineup until FanDuel bumps up his price tag accordingly.
Power Forward: Marvin Williams ($5,200)
Frank Kaminsky suffered a shoulder injury last Friday that is expected to sideline him for 10-14 days. As a result, Marvin Williams should see a slight uptick in playing time and usage rate. Williams posted a solid double-double on Saturday, scoring 14 points and pulling down 12 rebounds, to go along with three assists and two blocks in 38 minutes. Williams is a nice “high floor” option on Monday.
Center: Jusuf Nurkic ($5,900)
Nurk Alert! After wallowing on the bench in Denver, Nurkic has found a new lease on life in Portland. Nurk had 17 points, six rebounds, five assists and one steal in 30 minutes on Saturday in a blowout win over the Nets. Over the Blazers last three games, he is averaging 18.0 points, 8.3 boards, 5.3 assists and 2.0 blocks.
On to the Second Team All-Value for Monday’s slate:
PG: Ty Lawson ($4,600)
Lawson’s playing time and production have been inconsistent for most of the season, but have appeared to level off recently. He has started four of the last six games he’s appeared in and has scored in double-figures in three straight. Over those last three contests, he is averaging 15.0 points (on 51.4 percent shooting), 7.7 assists and 2.7 rebounds. Tonight, the Kings play the Nuggets in what is projected to be a high-scoring affair. The over/under of 218 is the second-highest total on the board.
Honorable mention: Ish Smith ($4,600)
SG: Nik Stauskas ($3,900)
If Gerald Henderson (hip) remains sidelined on Monday, Stauskas is worth a roll of the dice. Stauskas has started each of the Sixers last two games and produced drastically different results. In his first start, Friday night vs. the Knicks, Stauskas dropped a dud, finishing with just five points and five rebounds. However, on Saturday, Sauce Castillo poured in a season-high 24 to go along with five rebounds, two assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes. It’s obviously a risky move, but the upside with Stauskas is intriguing.
Honorable mention: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ($5,300)
SF: Khris Middleton ($5,600)
After shaking off the rust and shedding minutes restrictions since returning from the hamstring injury that cost him the first three-plus months of the season, Middleton is flashing the skill-set that made him a top-25 overall fantasy player during the 2015-16 campaign. Middleton played in back-to-back games for the first time this season over the weekend and escaped unscathed. The Bucks, who are fighting for a playoff spot, will increase his minutes substantially going forward. Over Milwaukee’s last three games, he is averaging 21.3 points, 4.7 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.3 steals, despite playing just 31.3 minutes per night.
Honorable mention: Robert Covington ($7,200)
PF: Richaun Holmes ($4,500)
With Jahlil Okafor (right knee soreness) doubtful for Monday's game vs. the Bucks, the Sixers have very little depth in the middle. Thus, Holmes has an excellent opportunity to play heavy minutes. Holmes is dealing with a hamstring issue himself, but is listed as probable and should to be good to go. He started on Saturday and finished with 12 points, two rebounds and two steals in 24 minutes. Holmes may be looking at closer to 30 minutes on Monday, assuming his hammy doesn’t act up.
Honorable mention: Al-Farouq Aminu ($5,400)
C: Bismack Biyombo ($3,500)
Nikola Vucevic did not play Sunday due to a sore right Achilles. Biyombo stepped in and stepped up, finishing with 14 points and a season-high 15 rebounds. If Vucevic is again ruled out for Monday’s matchup, get Biyombo in your DFS lineup.
Honorable mention: Clint Capela ($5,100)