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:
Elfrid Payton, New York Knicks vs. Houston Rockets ($6,700) — Payton has an appealing matchup against the Rockets, who play one of the fastest paces in the league and rank in the bottom third in points and assists allowed to opponents. Payton has flashed high fantasy output lately, scoring 45+ DKFP in five of his last nine games while peaking at 59 DKFP. Payton’s $6,700 price tag is the cheapest it’s been in about a month and the first time he has been priced under $7,000 since Feb. 3.
Tim Hardaway Jr., Dallas Mavericks at Chicago Bulls ($6,500) — Luka Doncic (thumb) did not play on Sunday, and Kristaps Porzingis has been frequently rested during the second night of a back-to-back this season as part of an injury recovery protocol to manage his workload returning from knee surgery. If both Doncic and Porzingis are out on Monday, Hardaway would have clearance for expanded volume. The last time both Doncic and Porzingis missed a game together back on Feb. 22, Hardaway posted a heavy 32% usage rate and took 22 field goal attempts, both sizable bumps from a 21% usage rate and 12 shots per game on the season. Check back to see if Doncic and Porzingis are in the starting lineup.
Kevin Porter Jr., Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Utah Jazz ($4,900) — Darius Garland is listed as out on the league’s official injury report due to a left groin strain. Garland has started 59 of the Cavaliers’ 60 games this season, so his absence from the rotation will be a rarity. Garland’s only missed game came on Jan. 28, and Dante Exum got the start in place of Garland that day. However, with Exum also out on Monday due to an ankle injury, there should be significant clearance for Porter to take on an expanded role, making him an appealing salary relief play. Despite the clearance for an expanded role, Porter Jr.’s price tag is down $200 from the Cavs’ most recent game.
Kyle Anderson, Memphis Grizzlies at Atlanta Hawks ($4,400) — With the Grizzlies thin at forward due to injuries to Jaren Jackson Jr. (knee) and Brandon Clarke (quad), Anderson has seen an expanded role recently, playing at least 30 minutes in each of his last two games. Anderson draws a highly appealing matchup against the Hawks, who have allowed the second most points to opponents and rank as one of the worst rebounding teams in the league.
Jonas Valanciunas, Memphis Grizzlies at Atlanta Hawks ($6,800) — Valanciunas draws a highly appealing matchup on the glass against a Hawks team that struggles to rebound and struggles to defend the interior. The Hawks rank as the league’s fourth worst rebounding team by the percentage of missed shots rebounded and have allowed the second most field goals within five feet of the basket. Valanciunas takes more than half of his field goal attempts within five feet of the basket and ranks as the league’s seventh best rebounder by the percentage of missed shots rebounded. Valanciunas has also pulled down 20 rebounds in two straight games.
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