The Super Bowl is in the books and I’m sure it didn’t go as many people around the world expected. I’m not here to talk or reflect on the Super Bowl though, what I’m here to do is bring you the daily fantasy players I like for NBA action on Monday. Here they are…………….
Kevin Durant will be in action on Monday, but the match up is not a favorable one for Durant. In two games this year vs Memphis he’s posted only 44 and 34 fantasy point totals. When you factor that with the fact that Memphis is only giving up 86.7 points per game over the last 10, I’d be cautious on paying the high price tag. I can’t say Durant is a bad play, but the high price tag will make it very hard for him to hit value.
Lebron James put up his second highest fantasy point total of the year on Saturday and I look for him to continue playing with some anger. Josh Smith is a complete joke on defense and James should be able to do whatever he wants against him. Lebron costs a little less than Durant on most sites and he should be able to post about the same fantasy point total if not higher.
Carmelo Anthony had one of his worst games from a fantasy point total of the last 15 games on Saturday and you can bet that wont last long. Melo faces the Bucks on Monday who have given up an average of 107 point per game over the last 10 and are one of the worst rebound teams in the league. Carmelo should get back to posting 45 to 50 fantasy point totals in this game and I don’t expect the Knicks to blowout the Bucks on the road.
Anthony Davis’s price tag has increased the likes of Carmelo and Lebron on most sites and for good reason. He’s posted 55 plus fantasy points in 3 straight contests and even though he’s up against the Spurs, he will still have a big game at home. He’s playing nearly 40 minutes a game and has been better at home this year as well!
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Blake Griffin posted 52 fantasy points the last time he played Denver and the Nuggets come into this game ranked 28th against the PF position. Griffin has been solid with out Paul in the line up posting more than 30 fantasy points in the last 14 games. The possibility is there for a blowout in this game, but even for the Clippers to blow out the Nuggets, Griffin would still have to get his.
Paul George doesn’t post crazy high fantasy numbers very often, but he does consistently post solid games. George’s price tag on most sites has gotten pretty reasonable and he’s matched up with Orlando who are 28th in defending the SF position. George can fill up the stat sheet in all categories and that will help even if he’s not scoring.
Deron Williams is healthy now and priced decently on most sites. He’s got the match up fantasy players have targeted all year in the 76ers and gets them at home. He’s shooting 51% at home as opposed to 41% on the road, so he’s definitely more comfortable at home. Philadelphia is giving up 108 points per game over the last 10 and Williams is back to starting playing over 30 minutes per game. He should hit value in this contest and make for a cheaper priced point guard option on Monday.
Monta Ellis had a nice game on Saturday, but before that he was just awful in the two previous games. He should continue with the nice games on Monday as he takes on the Cavaliers who have been the worst at defending the SG position over the last 10 games. Ellis is priced down on most sites because of his poor performance lately, and this might be the game to target him. He posted 37 fantasy points back on the 20th of January when these two teams met in Cleveland.
Jamal Crawford has posted 30 or more fantasy points in 4 of the last 5 games including a 65 fantasy point performance during that time. He’s facing a Denver team giving up 109 points per game over the last 10 games and has a shooting 44% on the road this year which is 6% better than he is at home. The good thing about Crawford is even if the game gets to blowout form he still usually gets his in garbage time.
Joakim Noah becomes a pretty popular play on Monday if Cousins is still out. The Kings are ranked 26th against opposing centers over the last 5 games without Cousins and Noah is playing extremely well right now. He’s consistently posting 35 or more fantasy points every time the Bulls take the Court. I don’t expect it to be a blowout without Cousins, which means Noah will see his normal 35 plus minutes of action.
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Nick Calathes will get the start again for the Grizzlies in the place of injured point guard Mike Conley. Calathes posted a huge line in 40 minutes of action on Saturday and is still priced extremely cheap on most sites. Reggie Jackson is not a very good defender and Calathes should easily hit value in this game for his cheap price tag.
Tony Wroten got the start in place of Michael Carter-Williams on Saturday and if he was to start again he provides a ton of upside. MCW’s injury didn’t sound serious, so this is one you will have to follow probably all the way up to line up locks.
DJ Augustin played 40 minutes on Saturday even with Hinrich back in action. I think the Bulls finally figured out they need the scoring ability of Augustin to win games right now. If he’s priced decently on your site, then he’s for sure in play against the Kings on Monday.