Monday’s Plays of the Day
Unlike most people, I love Monday’s. At least in the fantasy basketball world I do. It’s an eight game slate filled with a mix bag of good games and bad games. However, while the games may not be as fulfilling to watch the talent inside of these games could turn out a big money line.
Let’s get started…
Curry is listed as probable for tonight’s matchup against the Denver Nuggets and since returning from injury the former league MVP has exceeded value in the last four outings. The Nuggets are one of the top-10 worst defensive teams at guarding the point guard position. As the highest scoring game of the night adding Curry to your lineup should be a confident decision.
This pick is based more on a feeling than anything else. Schroder continues to play well this season for a struggling Hawks team and the matchup against the injury-prone Los Angeles Clippers draws more attention. Over the last five games, the Clips are the 8th worst team in the NBA at guarding the point guard position and will now be missing Austin Rivers, as well as Milos Tedosic.
It’s interesting to me that Vegas currently has the Clippers still favored over the visiting Atlanta Hawks with the team possibly playing without Austin Rivers, Milos Teodosic and Blake Griffin. If all three of these guys miss tonight’s game, Williams could be looking at a heavy workload. As one of the only true ball handlers left healthy Williams could also see a high usage rating which could mean big fantasy numbers.
Most may not have heard of Bryn Forbes before, but he’s someone that you need to have on your radar. The Spurs are facing off against the Sacramento Kings who are currently the worst team in the league at guarding the two guard position. With the Spurs resting Manu Ginobili, Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard, Forbes could be looking at a decent amount of minutes. He’s a major value play that could pay dividends in the long run.
Green just signed for the rest of the year with the Rockets after putting up some big numbers with James Harden sidelined. Green is averaging 29.3 minutes per game while 30.1 fantasy points per game. Sometimes you have to ride the hot streak of a player and that’s exactly what we plan on doing tonight.
Anderson goes back-and-forth between making value and not. However, with the Spurs giving a lot of players the night off Anderson could be looking at a decent sized workload and can put together a solid line against a young, struggling Kings team.
Harris has been having a career-year with the Pistons this season and is coming in on the night after a 27 point, 8 rebound night against the Rockets. With the Pelicans ranked as the 3rd worst defensive team in the at guarding the power forward position, Harris could find himself putting together a productive line.
After losing minutes late last week, Portis saw a bump in minutes against the Pacers. With Nikola Mirotic (stomach virus) listed as doubtful for tonight’s matchup against the Rockets, Portis could see his minutes jump back up to the 25-28 minute mark.
The third-year center has quietly been having a career-year for the Sacramento Kings. Over the last five games Cauley-Stein has averaged 14.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.2 steals while shooting 54.4 percent from the field in 28.7 minutes per game. Those averages have made him exceed value in three out of the last five outings. The Spurs, over their last five games, currently rank as the 2nd worst team at defending the center position.