With multiple players listed as questionable to play on Monday’s injury report, including Giannis Antetokounmpo (back), Bradley Beal (leg), Karl-Anthony Towns (knee) and Andrew Wiggins (illness), fantasy owners will need to check back prior to lock, as value can open up depending on the statuses of these players and other potential players that may be added to the injury report during the day. With that said, here are five value plays to consider at each position for Monday’s 6-game fantasy basketball slate on DraftKings:
Markelle Fultz, PG/SG, ORL vs. ATL ($4,800) — Fultz has a good matchup against a Hawks team that has been poor defensively and poor around the basket. The Hawks have allowed the second most points per game, second most points per possession and rank in the bottom third in assists allowed to opponents. The Hawks have also allowed the most field goals per game within five feet of the basket, the zone where Fultz takes about half of his field goal attempts. Fultz ranks second on Orlando in facilitating, creating about nine potential assists per game, and is a good candidate for a boost in points and assists in this matchup.
CJ McCollum, SG, POR vs. PHX ($6,600) — has played strong minute volume, averaging just under 37 minutes per game, sixth highest among all players. McCollum’s 26% usage rate ranks second on the Trail Blazers, and he will be in good position to take advantage of a Suns team that has allowed elevated points to opponents on the back of a below average defense and quick pace. In his previous game vs. the Suns this season, McCollum lit them up for 50.8 DraftKings fantasy points (DKFP).
Joe Ingles, SG/SF, UTA vs. DET ($6,100) — Ingles has seen an expanded role recently due to an injury to Mike Conley. In 11 games since Conley was injured, Ingles is creating a team-high 11 potential assists per game, a boost from seven potential assists created per game previously. Ingles has also seen a boost in playing time, playing 34 minutes per game over that stretch, a boost from 27 minutes per game previously. The expanded facilitating and minutes has boosted Ingles’ fantasy output, and he has a good matchup against a Pistons team that has allowed more points per game to opponents than average and ranks in the bottom third in points allowed per possession.
Christian Wood, PF/C, DET at UTA ($3,800) — Blake Griffin (knee) is listed as doubtful, and with Griffin looking unlikely to play, Wood is a candidate to benefit with an expanded role. Wood’s 24.2 player efficiency rating is outstanding, and provided a spike in minutes, Wood is a strong candidate to provide excellent value at his price tag even in a difficult matchup against the Jazz.
Hassan Whiteside, C, POR vs. PHX ($7,100) — The Suns rank poorly on the glass and poorly at defending the interior, which is notable given Whiteside’s skill set. The Suns rank as the league’s seventh worst rebounding team by the percentage of missed shots they rebound, giving Whiteside a quality matchup on the glass. The Suns also rank in the bottom third in field goals allowed within five feet of the basket, and Whiteside has taken roughly 70% of his field goal attempts in that zone. Despite the appealing matchup, Whiteside’s price has fallen to its lowest mark this month and is down $700 from his most recent game.
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