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Top NBA DFS core plays at each position on DraftKings on Feb. 3

We go over some building blocks to get your lineups going for Monday’s 10-game slate on DraftKings.

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown dunks the ball against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second half at the Smoothie King Center. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

So you’re probable nursing your Super Bowl Sunday hangover — which isn’t alcohol related, it has more to do with you not leaving Buffalo Chicken Dip table for a good hour or so. If your company is affluent, you are doing this from the safety of your home. If your company is the 99%, you’re doing so from your desk or workspace or construction site or break room with Carole in HR. Either way, Football is over. It’s time for basketball, people. You’re in luck, too! There are 10 games — 10! — to pick from on Monday night’s main slate on DraftKings. We’ve got a lot to go over, so let’s get started, go grab some pedialyte and a bagel.

Point Guard

Alec Burks, GSW @ WAS, $5,300 — The Warriors are listing D’Angelo Russell as questionable to play. If he sits, Burks should start in his place and see a ton of additional minutes, shots and usage. The Dubs essentially have every reason to showcase Burks with three days until the Trade Deadline. Burks has a high ceiling — we’ve seen him post 60+ DKFP this season. This is the best matchup in fantasy basketball against the Wizards. Burks is chalk if D’Lo sits.

Other Options: Spencer Dinwiddie, BKN vs. PHX, $8,000; Malcolm Brogdon, IND vs. DAL, $6,300

Shooting Guard

Jaylen Brown, BOS @ ATL, $7,600 — Speaking of chalk, Brown is another good cash-game option with Kemba Walker (knee) still out. Brown dropped 32 points with nine boards in 36 minutes on Saturday vs. the Sixers. The Hawks should be a cakewalk compared to that game. Trae Young is questionable, so Atlanta could be very shorthanded without him and Cam Reddish — plus DeAndre Hunter is questionable. The Hawks are banged up, let’s put it that way. Brown’s price is still pretty respectable given we knew Walker was going to sit.

Other Options: Devin Booker, PHX @ BKN, $8,600; Buddy Hield, SAC vs. MIN, $6,200

Small Forward

Bradley Beal, WAS vs. GSW, $10,100 — If I’m paying up for anyone on tonight’s slate, I think Beal is my favorite pick. This game just screams nothing but offense and bad defense. Beal has been hotter than anyone not named Damian Lillard recently. Beal has at least 34 points in six straight games, just got snubbed from the All-Star Game and is facing a team that has no answer for him from beyond the arc.

Other Options: Jayson Tatum, BOS @ ATL, $7,500; Aaron Gordon, ORL @ CHA, $6,100

Power Forward

Kevin Love, CLE vs. NYK, $7,100 — We’ve only got three more days of Love on the Cavaliers, right? There hasn’t been much talk surrounding Love’s next destination, but he’s expected to be dealt before Thursday at 3:00 p.m. ET. For now, we can roll him out to pick on the Knicks, who have a handful of forwards banged up. Love has posted back-to-back games of 39.25 DKFP and his price only went up $200 for another good matchup.

Other Options: Jaren Jackson Jr., MEM vs. DET, $6,100; Thomas Bryant, WAS vs. GSW, $5,800


Jarrett Allen, BKN vs. PHX, $6,700 — I like Spencer Dinwiddie in tournaments, but he’s also priced up immediately and there are guards in good spots. No Kyrie Irving means more usage and shots for everyone on the Nets, so Allen should be more involved on offense. Irving played most of Saturday’s game vs. the Wizards, but Allen did post 13-15-5 for 44.75 DKFP in 27 minutes. We should expect over 30 minutes in a good matchup tonight and Allen’s usage could get up closer to 20%.

Other Options: Andre Drummond, DET @ MEM, $9,400; Kristaps Porzingis, DAL @ IND, $7,000