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Scouting The NBA DFS - Monday, January 16

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Plays of the Day

Value: With Avery Bradley sidelined, Marcus Smart is playing big minutes. Bradley is very questionable to play Monday and could be on a minutes restrictions if he does. Smart has topped 30 Fantasy points (FD) in three of the last five games and has even topped 40 Fantasy points. Only once has he put up a stinker with 17.8 Fantasy points on Jan. 11.

Fade: I’m fading Steph Curry tonight. We’ve already accepted he’s not going to put up the MVP numbers of last year, but LeBron James and the Cavs seem to be his kryptonite. Curry is a frail little guy, and the Cavs flat out beat up on him. He just doesn’t play up to his standards against them and we’ve seen it in back-to-back NBA Finals and on Christmas this season. Don’t spend the money on him.

Games to Target

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers (+7 ½) @ Golden State Warriors (over/under 225)
  2. Portland Trailblazers (+3 ½) @ Washington Wizards (over/under 220)

Point Guards

Stud

Russell Westbrook (OKC) @ LAC FD: $12,500/DK: $12,300

This has now become the case every time he plays. I don’t care what the matchup is; Westbrook is the favorite to lead the league in Fantasy scoring every night. His 57.4 FPPG is the best in the league, and he is a triple-double machine. Westbrook hasn’t scored less than 46 Fantasy points in a game in 2017. If you can afford him, he’s a stud.

Potential Value

Marcus Smart ($5,700/$5,900)

With Avery Bradley sidelined, Marcus Smart is playing big minutes. Bradley is very questionable to play Monday and could be on a minutes restrictions if he does. Smart has topped 30 Fantasy points (FD) in three of the last five games and has even topped 40 Fantasy points. Only once has he put up a stinker with 17.8 Fantasy points on Jan. 11.

Long Shot

Malcolm Brogdon ($5,400/$6,000)

Brogdon has emerged as the top PG in Milwaukee this season. He’s now playing big minutes and has topped 30 Fantasy points in four of his last six games. With an always favorable matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers, I like him in this one. His price tag has been rising, but he still has strong value.

Shooting Guards

Stud

Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) vs PHI FD: $10,300/DK: $10,500

The Greek Freak has more than lived up to expectations and isn’t even close to reaching his full potential yet. If not for James Harden (who is playing PG), he would be the top Fantasy SG in the NBA right now. He’s averaging 47.2 FPPG this season and has a favorable matchup with the 76ers. There isn’t another SG playing today with his upside.

Potential Value

Tim Hardaway Jr. ($4.700/$5,000)

Since Kyle Korver was shipped out of town Hardaway has been playing well. His minutes have spiked, and despite coming off a bad game, he’s for the most part been very good. Aside from his 10.9 point performance yesterday, Hardaway was averaging just under 30 Fantasy points over the previous three games. Look for him to bounce back in this one.

Long Shot

Kyle Korver ($3,900/$4,300)

Korver is coming off his first big Fantasy game as a Cavalier. He posted 31 Fantasy points in 25 minutes on Friday with a line of 18-5-2 with two steals. Look for the Cavs to continue to try to get him looks in this one against their Western Conference rivals. They’ll need all the points they can get in Golden State.

Small Forwards

Stud

LeBron James (CLE) @ GSW FD: $9,900/DK $10,100

King James is the SF I’m rolling with tonight over his opponent Kevin Durant. James destroys the Warriors every time he plays them and now has supreme confidence against them riding a dominant four-game winning streak in which he has imposed his will on a smaller and intimidated Warriors squad.

Potential Value

Aaron Gordon ($5,000/$5,800)

After a slow start to the season, Gordon has come on strong showing that upside we saw last season. While he will flop from time to time, he tends to give you solid production most nights with the upside to push or top 40 Fantasy points on any given night. His value is high at $5,000.

Long Shot

Michael Beasley ($4,500/$4,000)

Beasley has been rolling as of late. He tends to hit these hot streaks at least once a season, so roll with him while he’s hot. Over the past four games, he’s averaging over 27 FPPG. You can’t beat that production for his price. Yes, he could flop. Nonetheless, that’s why he’s a long shot.

Power Forward

Stud

Anthony Davis (NO) @ IND FD: $11,600/DK $11,700

Davis is far and away the most productive Power Forward in the game today (at least on Fanduel where DeMarcus Cousins is a center). Only once in his last 11 games has he failed to top 40 Fantasy points (37.5), and his worst game in 2017 was a 47.1 point Fantasy performance. Get AD in your lineups.

Potential Value

Derrick Favors ($4,700/$4,900)

Favors hasn’t been himself this season, mostly because of injuries. For a good portion of the season when he is playing he’s been on a minutes restriction. However, he’s starting to see his minutes go up and his production shouldn’t be too far behind. At $4,700 his value is too great just to overlook, especially if he continues to see 30 minutes on the floor.

Long Shot

Marreese Speights ($4,100/$4,000)

Speights can get hot and put up big points. He hasn’t been quite as strong an option as many predicted since Blake Griffin went down, but he’s still capable of making the most of his minutes and giving you a lot for a little. If you’re trying to save some money at PF, Speights isn’t a bad option.

Center

Stud

Joel Embiid (PHI) @ MIL FD: $8,000/DK $8,200

Now that his minutes are up there is no denying that Embiid is a tremendous option every time he steps on the court. He’s still not playing huge minutes, but he’s good enough that it doesn’t matter when comparing him to other options. Despite not topping 30 minutes once, his worst Fantasy performance since Dec. 7 is still 33 points. This kid is the real deal.

Potential Value

Greg Monroe ($6,300/$6,100)

Monroe has turned it up over the past month. It seems like the Bucks have finally decided to roll with him. His minutes and production are way up after a sluggish start. His price tag isn’t as favorable as it was earlier in the year, but I still love his value at $6,300.

Long Shot

Tristan Thompson ($5,000/$4,400)

Thompson has the tendency to come out and put up big Fantasy games from time to time because he’s such a tenacious rebounder. He is more than capable of exploiting the undersized Warriors who are underwhelming on the boards. If he can manage to score double-digit points, he could have a nice game. There is no reason he shouldn’t pull down double-digit boards.   


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