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D.J. Augustin @ CHI – DK: $5,300 FD: $6,100
With the Magic sending Elfrid Payton to the Suns, D.J. Augustin and Shelvin Mack (DK: $4,800 FD: $5,500) will see even more playing time than they were previously. The price tags are rapidly climbing for both of these options, but only because they have been great in the extra minutes since Payton left town. Augustin is the safer of the two, but as we saw in Orlando’s last game, Mack can offer some nice upside off the bench as well.
Austin Rivers @ BKN – DK: $5,400 FD: $5,100
Milos Teodosic will play tonight, and while that does cut into Austin Rivers’ playing time, that’s built into the price point on this slate. This matchup with the Brooklyn Nets is simply too good to pass up, as they have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing point guards this season and the second most over the last five games.
Also Consider: Steph Curry (DK: $9,900 FD: $10,200), Spencer Dinwiddie (DK: $6,400 FD: $7,500)
Zach LaVine vs ORL – DK: $6,900 FD: $8,200
Zach LaVine has been great since being bumped up to the 30-minute mark in playing time, and that trend should continue against the Magic. LaVine is getting tougher to pay for with his rising price point, especially on FanDuel, but his consistency is tough to pass up. Kris Dunn could possibly play in this game, and while that could throw a wrench into this whole thing, LaVine has shown enough to earn the usage and should keep it going forward.
Also Consider: D’Angelo Russell (DK: $5,600 FD: $5,400), Klay Thompson (DK: $6,300 FD: $6,700)
Danilo Gallinari @ BKN – DK: $6,300 FD: $6,800
Yes, there are a lot of players from the Clippers listed, but that’s only because they’re finally getting their depth and talent back — and it’s just in time for a matchup with the Nets. Since returning from his injury, Danilo Gallinari has been incredible for the Clippers. He’s seeing a ton of shot attempts in around 30-35 minutes of playing time, and if that continues tonight, he needs to be near the top of the list of small forward options. This is a safe cash game play with enough flexibility in price point to be considered for GPPs as well.
Michael Beasley @ PHI – DK: $6,800 FD: $6,500
Micheal Beasley always seems to be a guy that can produce when given the minutes and opportunity. Well, the Knicks are going to be without Kristaps Porzingis for the rest of the season, and now it’s Beasley time. He’s a good rebounder but a better scorer, and that’s a combination that tends to lead to great fantasy production. This matchup isn’t one that is particularly scary, so as long as the game stays competitive, Beasley should be a very usable fantasy option.
Also Consider: DeMarre Carroll (DK: $5,400 FD: $5,500), Royce O’Neale (DK: $3,900 FD: $4,000)
Tobias Harris @ BKN – DK: $6,600 FD: $7,200
If you’re looking for a safe way to play the power forward position, Tobias Harris might just be the guy from the mid-range. Harris has seen at least 14 shot attempts in each game he’s played as a Clipper, and if you couple that level of volume with a great matchup, you get someone that brings a high floor to your lineups. With LA getting a lot of their depth back recently, I’m not sure what the upside is with Harris, but that isn’t going to take away his cash game designation.
Davis Bertans @ UTA – DK: $4,300 FD: $3,900
LaMarcus Aldridge will be out of tonight’s game against the Jazz, and that should leave even more playing time open for Davis Bertans. Bertans has been seeing time with the starters recently, and we could see him featured a bit more with the highest-usage player out. This isn’t exactly a cake walk with the Jazz frontcourt, but his price point is low enough that 25 minutes of playing time should help him fall into 5x value.
Also Consider: Ben Simmons (DK $8,500 FD: $9,000)
Joel Embiid vs NYK – DK: $10,200 FD: $10,700
Monday’s game between the 76ers and the Knicks is going to feature two very usable center options. Both Joel Embiid and Enes Kanter (DK: $7,300 FD: $7,000) can offer big time double-double upside, but obviously the higher-priced Embiid has the better ceiling. If the Knicks can keep this game close, we should see both of these guys earn big minutes, and minutes have led to production for these fantasy options.
DeAndre Jordan @ BKN – DK: $7,200 FD: $7,800
If you haven’t seen the production that Brooklyn has been giving up to opposing centers lately, just know that it is the second most over the past five games. DeAndre Jordan isn’t exactly a high-upside guy on the offensive end of the court, but his ability to pull down an absurd number of rebounds allows him to offer nice fantasy production. This should be a competitive game, helping Jordan reach his full allotment of minutes in a great matchup.
Also Consider: Anthony Davis (DK: $11,400 FD: $11,700), Pau Gasol (DK: $4,800 FD: $5,400)