Monday’s Plays of the Day
After missing the last two games with soreness in his right foot, the Clippers’ rookie point guard is looking to make his return with an even cheaper price-tag. Not only is Teodosic’s price something to be excited about, but the Brooklyn Nets are also one of the highest paced teams in the league that also ranks dead last at defending the point guard position.
While most may be heading toward the Magic’s other point guard — D.J. Augustin — it may be in your best interest to go after Orlando’s backup, Shelvin Mack. In 27 minutes against the Bucks, Mack put together his best game of the season finishing with 19 points and 10 assists, resulting in 43.8 fantasy points. While his price may have gone up, Mack has the potential to fill out a stat sheet because of his defensive prowess. The Magic are also facing off against a Bulls team that ranks inside the bottom 10 of the league at defending the point guard position.
His price-tag has dropped drastically over the past week or so, and now Lou Williams is one of my locks of the day. The Nets are currently ranked 22nd in the league in defensive efficiency and if they make the mistake of leaving Williams open, then look for Sweet Lou to have himself a big night.
The upside may not be as high as others, but Fournier has the potential to at least get you 2-3x his value as he faces off against a Bulls team that is ranked third in the league at defending shooting guards. The last time Fournier actually exceeded value was on January 16th against the Minnesota Timberwolves, so I’ll be up front when I tell you this is a gut feeling.
Since returning from injury, Gallo has been spectacular. The first-year Clipper has exceeded value in three of his last four games. His ability to play both forward positions, make passes and score from all levels, makes him a fun play against a face paced Nets team.
He’s going to be highly owned, but when the upside is there you have to take it. With Porzingis out for the season with a torn ACL, Beasley will be given all the minutes he can handle playing both forward positions for the Knicks. There is some worry that guarding Simmons could result in potentially putting Beasley into foul trouble, but over the last five games the Sixers have fallen into the bottom 10 of the league at defending the small forward position.
Simmons hasn’t made value in nine straight games. That does have me a bit worrisome, but the Sixers are in must win mode as they tried to hold on to their playoff spot. The fact that the team is playing at home and knowing that the Knicks are in tank mode draws me to have optimism for the “rookie’s” night.
In his Jazz debut, Crowder arguably had his best game of the season as he finished with 25.5 fantasy points. Utah will be facing off against a Spurs team that will be without their All-Stars LaMarcus Aldridge (knee) and Kawhi Leonard (quad). They could potentially also be without Dejounte Murray (ankle) and Tony Parker (back). The Spurs seemed to be limping a little bit as they head toward the All-Star break, but that gives Crowder the opportunity to try to build off of his debut.
The first-time All-Star continues to see his price-tag fluctuate since the addition of Blake Griffin. However, the upside for this guy is 60+ fantasy points and when sites like FanDuel have him at $10,800 then you have to put him in your lineup. He’s exceeded his value at that price-tag, three out of his last five outings. I wouldn’t call him a lock, but he’s pretty close to being named a lock for me tonight.