Fantasy basketball value on DraftKings can often open up during the day due to unexpected injuries and lineup changes, so make sure to check back in throughout the day for the latest news. Here are five early value plays to consider at each position for Monday’s nine-game fantasy basketball slate on DraftKings:
Jordan McLaughlin, Minnesota Timberwolves at Toronto Raptors ($5,300) — D’Angelo Russell’s status is unclear as he deals with a quad injury, and if Russell remains out on Monday, McLaughlin would be in line to continue his recent expanded role. With the Timberwolves very thin at point guard lately, McLaughlin has been highly productive, averaging 34 minutes per game and 41 DraftKings fantasy points (DKFP) per game over his last two games. McLaughin is most recently coming off creating a heavy 16 potential assists on an absurd 92 passes in a win over the Clippers on Saturday, which represents elite passing volume. If Russell is able to play, McLaughlin’s value would likely take a substantial hit.
Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers vs. Brooklyn Nets ($4,200) — Oladipo’s role is trending up as he makes his way back from a knee injury. Oladipo has started in each of his last two games and played a season-high 28 minutes in his most recent game. It’s possible Oladipo could see his minutes increase further on Monday. Despite his role trending up, Oladipo’s price tag has fallen to his lowest of the season and down $700 from the Pacers’ last game. He draws a solid matchup against the Nets, who have allowed more points to opponents than average and rank in the top 10 in pace.
Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic vs. Atlanta Hawks ($6,400) — Gordon has a highly appealing matchup against the Hawks, who have been prone to allowing a lot of fantasy points to opponents. Atlanta has allowed the second most points to opponents and ranks as the league’s fifth worst rebounding team by the percentage of missed shots rebounded, an issue that will likely continue until newly acquired C Clint Capela (heel) is able to make his Hawks debut to help on the glass. Gordon is in good position for points and rebounds in this matchup, and Atlanta’s fast pace will also help create more opportunities for fantasy scoring.
Ersan Ilyasova, Milwaukee Bucks vs. Sacramento Kings ($3,200) — Giannis Antetokounmpo (personal) is currently listed as questionable to play, and if he’s out, Ilyasova is a candidate to start in his place. Ilyasova is averaging 24 minutes in starts this season, a nine minute boost from 15 minutes per game in a bench role. The last time Ilyasova made a start in place of Antetokounmpo, he scored 22 DKFP in 21 minutes.
Thon Maker, Detroit Pistons vs. Charlotte Hornets ($4,300) — In addition to the aforementioned Christian Wood, the trade of Andre Drummond has also benefited Maker. In two starts since Drummond was traded, Maker has averaged 32 minutes per game, a substantial boost from his season average of 12 minutes per game. Maker has averaged a respectable 26 DraftKings fantasy points (DKFP) in those two games. Provided Maker continues a similar workload on Monday, he draws an appealing matchup against the Hornets’ poor interior defense. As mentioned above, Charlotte has allowed the third most field goals per game within five feet of the basket while ranking as the fourth worst rebounding team by the percentage of missed shots rebounded.
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