Monday’s Plays of the Day
It’s a six-game winning streak (Blazers) vs. a five-game winning streak (Lakers) and one of these streaks will be coming to an end tonight. While the Lakers may be playing well as of late, the Blazers are in the midst of a playoff fight and it would be shocking to not see Damian Lillard step up to the challenge.
The Celtics will be without Kyrie Irving tonight against the Chicago Bulls and you can expect to see a large percentage of your tournaments with Terry Rozier as one of their point guards. Getting overlooked will be Pacers starting point guard, Cory Joesph. He’s exceeded value over his last two games and with his floor being so low he should be placed on your roster.
Mitchell is facing off with a Magic team who is ranked in the bottom three of the league at defending the shooting guard position. He hasn’t met value since February, 24th but a matchup against a young and struggling Magic team could be the remedy needed to see a potential 50-fantasy point type of night.
This defensive point guard should get all of the minutes he can handle with no Irving tonight and with Smart’s ability to gather steals and rack up assists, he could be in for a big game tonight.
As crazy as you may think this will sound, but Giannis is a wild card to have on your roster. He will either exceed value or he will fall tremendously short. There really is no in between with him. I like his matchup against a Pacer team who has been struggling to defend small forward over their last 10 games giving up an average of 49+ fantasy points per game to the position.
The question for me is, will LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) give it a go tonight? As of now is the big man is still questionable but with the team facing the struggling Grizzlies, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Spurs sit their All-Star one more game. If that’s the case, Gay will continue to see 23-25 minutes and that leaves the door open for him to meet or exceed value — which he has done in his last two games. Keep a close eye on Aldridge’s status prior to tip-off but if he stays out, make sure you have Gay in your lineup.
Bender has seen over 30 minutes of action in his last three games where he has exceed value two of those three outings. Tonight he should have a nice matchup with Heat forward Kelly Olynyk. Bender is capable of filling out a stat sheet with his underrated passing and defensive upside. He’s also shown he can make shots if given the opportunity. His ownership level should be low and I wouldn’t be surprised if this guy goes off tonight.
After missing the team’s last matchup against Detroit due to personal issues, Adebayo is back with the Heat and will be available to face a rebuilding Suns team. He started in his last game against the Lakers and saw 29 minutes where he finished the game with 33.5 fantasy points. The Heat are favored by 9.5 points, according to VegasInsiders and if this game turns into a blowout you could potentially see Adebayo crack the 30-minute mark. He’s one of my favorite plays of the day.
Drummond just seems to have the Cavs number when they face each other. His team may not have as great of a success rate as he does, but the big fella finds way to put up massive numbers. In their last matchup, Drummond finished that game with 21 points, 22 rebounds, seven assists, three blocks and three steals which resulted in 72.9 fantasy points. His price-point has dropped to a very achievable value level and with the Cavs ruling out Tristan Thompson for tonight’s matchup, Drummond could potentially find himself putting up another massive stat line.