Here are five stud players to consider at each position for Monday’s 9-game fantasy basketball slate on DraftKings:
Caris LeVert, Brooklyn Nets at Indiana Pacers ($7,000) — LeVert has seen a massively expanded role recently in the absence of Kyrie Irving (knee). In three starts since Irving was injured, LeVert’s usage rate is an elite 34%, a boost from his season average of 27%. LeVert has also seen significantly expanded facilitating in that time frame, creating 12 potential assists per game, twice his season average of six potential assists created per game. The result has been big fantasy scoring, as LeVert is averaging 45 DraftKings fantasy points (DKFP) over those three games. With Irving out again on Monday, LeVert is a candidate to continue his expanded role.
Andrew Wiggins, Golden State Warriors vs. Miami Heat ($7,800) — The Warriors believe that inserting Wiggins into their team culture will maximize Wiggins’ abilities. In the short term, usage should be available for Wiggins to soak up in Golden State after the Warriors traded their two most heavily used players, D’Angelo Russell and Alec Burks, prior to the trade deadline. Nobody left on the Warriors’ roster has a usage rate above 21% this season, which makes Wiggins a candidate for solid volume provided he is assertive in his play.
Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks vs. Sacramento Kings ($7,900) — Middleton’s fantasy value strongly hinges on whether or not Giannis Antetokounmpo (personal) will play. Antetokounmpo is currently listed as questionable, and if he’s out, Middleton would be a candidate for a substantial boost in volume. Middleton’s usage rate rises to an elite 32% in minutes with Antetokounmpo off the court this season, a boost from 21% with Antetokounmpo on the court. Middleton’s facilitating also rises with Antetokounmpo off the court. Check back in before lock on Monday the for the status of Antetokounmpo.
Christian Wood, Detroit Pistons vs. Charlotte Hornets ($7,200) — The trade of Andre Drummond has opened up a significantly expanded role for Wood recently. In two starts since Drummond was traded, Wood is averaging 36 minutes per game with a solid 25% usage rate. Wood owns a strong 22.6 player efficiency rating on the season, and the boosted role has translated to strong fantasy performances with Drummond out of the picture. Wood has scored 52 DraftKings fantasy points (DKFP) and 41 DKFP in two games without Drummond and has grabbed double digit rebounds in each game, as Drummond’s offensive usage and presence on the boards has opened up more point scoring and rebounding opportunities. Wood has a good matchup against the Hornets, who have been among the league’s worst teams in the interior, allowing 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.
Bam Adebayo, Miami Heat at Golden State Warriors ($8,200) — The Warriors have been atrocious on the glass this season, ranking as the league’s worst rebounding team by the percentage of missed shots rebounded. In their most recent game, Golden State started Marquese Chriss at center, who grades as a below average rebounder by the standards of the center position. Adebayo should be in good position to have a strong night on the glass, and a potential absence for Jimmy Butler (shoulder) could clear the way for more offensive volume.
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