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FanDuel NBA: Monday Value Plays

Mike Barner

Mike started covering fantasy sports in 2007, joining RotoWire in 2010. He currently focuses on the NBA. Before RotoWire, Mike wrote for

The NBA kicks off the week with six games on the schedule Monday. There are still a lot of great options to choose from for your FanDuel entry, so letís take a look at some players with favorable matchups that could hopefully lead you to a profitable evening.


Zach LaVine, CHI vs. ORL ($8,200): LaVine was rested Saturday in the second game of a back-to-back set as the Bulls continue to take a cautious approach with his return from injury. He will return Monday and has played at least 31 minutes in three straight games, so he isnít on much of a minutes restriction when he does play. The Magic allow the third-most FanDuel points per game (43.1) to opposing shooting guards, making LaVine a viable option for your entry.

Lou Williams, LAC at BKN ($6,800): Even though the Clippers traded away Blake Griffin, they are deeper than they have been in a while, as they are finally starting to get healthy. Tobias Harris and Danilo Gallinari have helped improve their offense, but Williams has still played a big part in the teamís success. In the four games since the addition of Harris and Avery Bradley, Williams has scored at least 29.2 FanDuel points in each contest. Both the Clippers and the Nets are in the top-eight in the league in pace of play, leaving Williams with plenty of opportunities to be productive once again.

Emmanuel Mudiay, NY at PHI ($3,700): Mudiay played 29 minutes in his debut with the Knicks Sunday, scoring 29.4 FanDuel points. He posted a double-double in the game, dishing out a season-high 10 assists. The Knicks have stated they want to give their young players more minutes, which is exactly what they did by playing Jarrett Jack only eight minutes in that contest. Considering his cheap price, it might be worth the risk taking a chance on Mudiay again Monday.


Blake Griffin, DET vs. NO ($9,200): Griffin has played well since joining the Pistons, scoring at least 38.8 FanDuel points in four straight games. Not only did he score at least 21 points in three of those four contests, but he also dished out at least six assists in each game. He gets an excellent matchup against the Pelicans on Monday, who play at the fourth-fastest pace (101.8 possessions per game) and allow the second-most points per game (111.2) in the league.

Michael Beasley, NY at PHI ($6,500): Beasley has taken over as the starting power forward for the Knicks with Kristaps Porzingis (knee) out for the season, playing at least 29 minutes in both games since Porzingis was injured. Beasley has been productive when given added playing time and the last two games have been no different, scoring at least 36.1 FanDuel points in each contest. Heís never shy about taking shots and should get plenty of opportunities to do so Monday as the Sixers play at the fifth-fastest pace (101.7) in the league. At this reasonable price, he could provide excellent value.

Mario Hezonja, ORL at CHI ($5,700): The Magic will continue to be short-handed Monday with Aaron Gordon (hip) slated to miss his eighth straight game. Hezonja has seen a boost in value with Gordon sidelined, scoring at least 25.3 FanDuel points in five of those seven games. The Bulls are struggling defensively and the Magic play at the seventh-fastest pace (100.8) in the league, leaving Hezonja as someone to consider for your entry.


Andre Drummond, DET vs. NO ($10,800): Drummond and Griffin have quickly meshed well with each other, resulting in Drummond scoring at least 45.4 FanDuel points in each of the six games that they have played together. He averaged an impressive 18.5 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in those six contests. Donít expect the porous Pelicansí defense to be able to slow him down Monday.

DeAndre Jordan, LAC at BKN ($7,800): Jordanís scoring opportunities have decreased due to the improved health of the Clippers, but heís still averaged 17.2 rebounds in his last five games. Monday brings an excellent matchup against the Nets, who allow the most FanDuel points per game (57.7) to opposing centers. Even with his limited offensive upside, Jordan can still produce enough on the boards and defensively to make him worth considering for your entry.

Pau Gasol, SA at UTA ($5,400): Gasol has played 20 minutes or less in three of his last four games, leaving him with limited value. He should get added playing time Monday though as LaMarcus Aldridge (knee) has already been ruled out. The Jazz are tough defensively up front, but the increase in playing time alone makes Gasol someone to consider at this cheap price.

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The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Mike Barner plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: mbarner, DraftKings: mbarner51 .