NBA FanDuel Plays of the Day – 12/18
Monday’s 10 game slate leaves a lot of potential for those in the DFS world. After the news of multiple injured players already ruled out for the night, you can expect to see a large variety of lineups with plenty of value plays.
With that said, here’s our top plays for Monday’s games.
Russell Westbrook ($11,300) – The Oklahoma City Thunder may be struggling on the season, but Westbrook continues to rack up the fantasy numbers. He’s not constantly making value averaging 55.4 FPPG over his last three games, but the Thunder are facing a Denver Nuggets team who is currently the worst team in the NBA at guarding the point guard position, giving up an average of 49.7 FPPG on the season and 51.9 FPPG over his last five games.
Tyler Johnson ($4,600) – Johnson continues to stay under the radar because he’s coming off the bench for a Miami Heat team that isn’t too exciting to watch, but over the guards last five games he’s averaging 24.4 FPPG. Starting point guard Goran Dragic (elbow) is currently listed as questionable prior to tip-off, as well as shooting guard Dion Waiters (illness). If both players happen to miss tonight’s matchup against the worst team in the NBA (Atlanta Hawks), Johnson could be in for a big night.
Justin Holiday ($4,800) – Holiday isn’t jumping off the page, but the shooting guard position is going to be the make it or break it position for most lineups. Holiday is facing off against the Philadelphia Sixers that is currently ranked the second worst team (ironically behind the Chicago Bulls) defending the shooting guard position. The Sixers also give up the most turnovers on the season, so with Holiday averaging 1.5 steals per game we could see the two guard have himself a solid night.
Wesley Johnson ($4,800) – Again, the shooting guard position is a bit of a tricky position for tonight’s slate of games. Johnson can be a bit of headache at times because you never truly know what type of production he’s going to give you on a night-to-night basis, but the Mavs are facing a Devin Booker-less Phoenix team that’s currently ranked as the fifth worst team at defending the shooting guard position. Johnson is a capable scorer and pretty solid defender and if he can find a way to put both of those assets together for tonight’s matchup then we’re all in for a good night.
Robert Covington ($7,400) – I mean Covington doesn’t need much of an argument made to have him in your lineups, but the Sixers are facing off against a struggling Chicago Bulls team. Center Joel Embiid (rest) will not be in action which will give a bump to Covington’s usage rate. The forward has also been a defensive-stat monster over the last two weeks with averages of 2.0 steals and 1.8 blocks per game.
Josh Richardson ($5,500) – Richardson is arguably one of my favorite plays for tonight. The fourth year forward could be a focal point for a Heat team that will be without center Hassan Whiteside (knee), forward James Johnson (ankle) and potentially Goran Dragic (elbow) and Dion Waiters (illness).
Ben Simmons ($9,900) – Vegas has this game against the Bulls as basically a pick-em with the Sixers only favored by one point. Simmons is already a big contributor on the offensive end as the team’s facilitator, but he’s going to need to become a bigger scoring option with Joel Embiid (rest) sitting out this night out. Matchup wise Simmons has the advantage as he has the quickness, strength and skill to outplay anyone the Bulls may throw his way.
Domantas Sabonis ($4,300) – Sabonis has shown what he is capable of doing when given the minutes. Myles Turner (thigh) is currently listed as questionable for Monday’s game and if he’s ultimately ruled out Sabonis is expected to slide into the starting lineup. Even if Turner is able to give it a go, Sabonis has been playing well off the Pacers’ bench averaging 22.06 FPPG over his last five games.
Richaun Holmes ($4,500) – This play is almost too obvious. As it’s been stated a few times in this article, Joel Embiid (rest) will not be playing in this matchup against the Bulls. To go along with Embiid, Sixers newly acquired center Trevor Booker (ankle) has also been ruled out which means Holmes should see an extended amount of playing time. In 33 minutes against Minnesota, Holmes put up 15 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and one block for a 32.2 fantasy points.