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 eight-game fantasy basketball slate on DraftKings:
Mike Conley, Utah Jazz vs. Phoenix Suns ($5,300) — Conley struggled in the early part of his Jazz tenure, but has looked much better lately. Conley has produced at least 32 DraftKings fantasy points (DKFP) in five straight games and has seen his shooting efficiency rebound closer to where it was last season with Memphis. A matchup against the Suns is solid, as the Suns have allowed more points to opponents than average.
Josh Richardson, Philadelphia 76ers vs. Atlanta Hawks ($4,800) — Injuries to Ben Simmons (back; out) and Tobias Harris (knee; doubtful) could make Richardson a candidate for an expanded role. Richardson’s usage rate rises with both Simmons and Harris off the court, and he has seen his biggest tick up in volume when Harris is sidelined, posting a 25% usage rate in minutes with Harris off the court, up from 18% with Harris on the court. A matchup against the Hawks is elite, as the Hawks have allowed the second most points to opponents, rank poorly on the glass and play one of the fastest paces in the league.
Furkan Korkmaz, Philadelphia 76ers vs. Atlanta Hawks ($4,000) — Korkmaz is another 76ers player who is a candidate to benefit from absences to Ben Simmons (back; out) and Tobias Harris (knee; doubtful). Despite the potential boost in role in an elite matchup against a Hawks team that is prone to allowing fantasy points to opponents, Korkmaz’s price tag is in the same general range it has been in previously.
Al Horford, Philadelphia 76ers vs. Atlanta Hawks ($4,500) — With Ben Simmons (back) out and Tobias Harris (knee) unlikely to play, more fantasy scoring opportunities could be available for Horford against a Hawks team that is among the worst in the league defensively and on the glass. Despite the potential boost in role for this game due to injuries to other players, Horford’s $4,500 price tag is the lowest it’s been all season, making him a strong value candidate in a great matchup.
Robin Lopez, Milwaukee Bucks at Washington Wizards ($3,000) — Milwaukee’s starting center, Brook Lopez, is out due to a back injury, and his brother Robin is a candidate to benefit with increased minutes. Robin has made two other starts in place of his brother this season, averaging 23 minutes per game, a boost from 13 minutes per game off the bench. The Bucks draw a highly favorable matchup against a Wizards team that showcases the worst team defense and worst team rebounding in the league.
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