There are a few notable spots we’ll be tracking to open up value on Monday night’s main nine-game slate on DraftKings. The two big names to track are Kawhi Leonard and Fred VanVleet. If one or both are sidelined, we’ll have a few names to go over and decide whether they are worthy of becoming value plays. Let’s take a look at some bargains at each position in fantasy basketball for Monday night.
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Jarrett Culver, MIN at PHX, $4,800 — The Timberwolves played Jeff Teague off the bench last night vs. the Lakers and he only played 24 minutes. Sure, it was a blowout, but if Teague rests tonight on the second of a B2B, Culver could essentially start at PG. The rookie has been getting consistent minutes and is more of a wing, which could cause some mismatches.
Langston Galloway, DET at NOP, $3,600 — The Pistons have one of the best matchups in the NBA against the Pelicans, who rank 29th in defensive rating and fifth in pace of play. Galloway’s production is dependent on 3-point shooting, so in this environment, he should at least get a lot of quality looks from outside. At this price and how many minutes we can project, Galloway is a strong GPP play.
Norman Powell, TOR at CHI, $4,900 — We don’t know whether Fred VanVleet (knee) will play tonight, but if he’s out, Powell should start and see north of 30 minutes, easily. This is a great matchup vs. the Bulls, who are just widely inconsistent. The past three games in which Powell saw 30+ minutes, he had at least 34.75 DKFP in each contest.
Bogdan Bogdanovic, SAC at HOU, $4,800 — Back in November, Bogdanovic’s price was in the mid-$7K range. Injuries have derailed him a bit, but all Bogdan needs is a little more playing time and open looks. This game environment should favor shooters, so I’d hope Kings coach Luke Walton adjusts his rotation to fit in Bogdanovic a bit more tonight.
Dillon Brooks, MEM at GSW, $4,500 — The way the Warriors are playing defensively, I think you’ve got to take advantage of all the value on Memphis. Ja Morant (back) may return, but I don’t think that hurts Brooks, if anything it takes attention off of the sharpshooter. Brooks scored 18 points and hit three 3-pointers against Golden State back in November, good for 29.25 DKFP.
Gordon Hayward, BOS vs. CLE, $3,000 — If Hayward is going to return in any capacity tonight for the Celtics, I think at this price he’s a free space in both cash and GPP lineups. He’ll likely be limited to around 15 minutes or so if he does return, but I imagine he can reach 15-20 fantasy points in that time. If he looks good enough, maybe he goes 20 minutes or so and returns huge value.
Serge Ibaka, TOR at CHI, $4,700 — I like either Ibaka or Marc Gasol ($4,800) in the Raptors’ front court tonight vs. the Bulls, who are a poor rebounding unit. Ibaka has been back for four games now and has gone over 24 DKFP in three of those contests. He got more run last night vs. the 76ers (27 minutes) and could be in line for more work with FVV out. Toronto could opt for more big lineups.
Cedi Osman, CLE at BOS, $3,700 — The Cavaliers are apparently ready to move Kevin Love. This could mean Love doesn’t play until he’s traded. Even if Love is in there, he won’t see more than 20 minutes anymore, I’d imagine. Osman should pick up the slack at forward and if the Cavs don’t get blown out by the third quarter, he’ll likely play in the neighborhood of 25 minutes.
Christian Wood, DET at NOP, $4,600 — Wood has more upside if Blake Griffin is resting, but even so, we know what Wood’s ceiling is now. He dropped 28 points with 10 rebounds in 22 minutes on the Spurs to start December. That 49 DKFP is apparently the ceiling and Wood has a chance to reach it against a horrid Pelicans squad.
Daniel Theis, BOS vs. CLE, $4,200 — Hayward may come back but the Celtics are still thin in the front court and Theis is their most reliable option at center. This should be an easy matchup and Theis’ minutes aren’t impacted much by the score. If anything he’d play more if Boston pulls away. When Theis is grabbing rebounds, his fantasy output is usually in the green.