Yahoo DFS Basketball: Monday Picks

Yahoo DFS Basketball: Monday Picks

This article is part of our Yahoo DFS Basketball series.

Monday brings eight games in the NBA, which include plenty of potential playoff teams in action. That leaves us with several stars available in DFS. Let's examine some players to target across the salary scale, as well as a few to potentially avoid.

GUARDS

Caris LeVert, IND at WAS ($36): Despite only playing 27 minutes in a blowout win over the Thunder on Saturday, LeVert recorded 25 points, six assists and two blocks. That came on the heels of him scoring 36 points across 36 minutes against the Nets on Thursday. If Malcolm Brogdon (hamstring) were to remain out, he could thrive against a Wizards team that has played at the fastest pace in the league.

De'Anthony Melton, MEM vs. NY ($12): With Grayson Allen (hand) out the last two games, Melton has scored 20.5 and 32.7 Yahoo points, respectively. Although he didn't score much across those two games, he chipped in six blocks and two steals. If Allen were to remain out, Melton could be worth considering in tournament play at such a cheap salary when you factor in his ability to rack up defensive stats.

Guard to Avoid

Eric Bledsoe, NO vs. GS ($17): Bledsoe is still capable of the occasional breakout performance, but he's mostly struggled, scoring 25.1 Yahoo points or fewer in five of his last seven games. For the season, he's only averaging 23.1 Yahoo points per game. Add in him facing a Warriors team that has the sixth-best defensive rating and there's not much to get excited about here.

FORWARDS

Domantas Sabonis, IND at WAS ($43): Talk about making an immediate impact. After sitting out six straight games with a back injury, Sabonis steamrolled the Thunder on Saturday, finishing with 26 points, 19 rebounds and 14 assists across 29 minutes. With Myles Turner (foot) still out, the Pacers will continue to rely on Sabonis for even more production up front.

Doug McDermott, IND at WAS ($11): On top of Turner being out and Brogdon being questionable, Jeremy Lamb (knee) is also questionable. McDermott has taken advantage of the Pacers' depleted depth chart of late, averaging 18.6 points and 1.8 three-pointers over the last five games. If Brogdon and Lamb remain out, McDermott could provide value at near the minimum salary.

Forward to Avoid

Aaron Gordon, DEN at LAL ($16): The trade to the Nuggets has been disastrous for Gordon's fantasy value. Across 19 games with his new squad, he's averaged just 10.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists. He's actually shown improved efficiency from the field, but his usage rate has plummeted to 17.2 percent. On top of that, he's averaging three fewer minutes per game.

CENTERS

Joel Embiid, PHI at CHI ($50): This one will require some monitoring given that the Sixers just played Sunday. If Embiid takes the floor Monday, he could dominate a Bulls team that has allowed the most Yahoo points per game to opposing centers. If they do decide to give him the night off for rest, then Dwight Howard ($11) could be someone to consider in his place.

Isaiah Stewart, DET vs. ORL ($26): The tanking Pistons are at it again, ruling out Mason Plumlee for his third straight game. Whenever Plumlee rests, Stewart replaces him in the starting lineup. Stewart has thrived in that role, averaging 13.3 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.2 blocks across nine games. His salary is climbing, but he still could provide value if he reaches that type of production again.

Center to Avoid

Enes Kanter, POR at ATL ($19): This is another center situation that may require some monitoring leading up to tip off. The Blazers did just play Sunday, so there is a chance that Jusuf Nurkic could sit out for rest. However, he did play both games of a back-to-back set last week, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see him play Monday, as well. If he takes the floor, then Kanter could once again be looking a limited playing time. In a reduced role, Kanter has scored 22.0 Yahoo points or fewer in six of his last seven games.

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.
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Mike Barner
Mike started covering fantasy sports in 2007, joining RotoWire in 2010. In 2018, he was a finalist for the 2018 FSWA Basketball Writer of the Year award. In addition to RotoWire, Mike has written for Sportsline, Sports Illustrated, DK Live, RealTime Fantasy Sports, Lineup Lab and KFFL.com.
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