The NBA tips off this week with an eight-game Monday slate that includes the Warriors, Thunder and Clippers, three teams that typically play in games with the highest totals on the board. That gives us at least three strong games to target on both sides, making their respective opponents—the Jazz, Hawks and Blazers—more intriguing than usual. You’ll want to find ways to get invested in those games, both at the top with guys like Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook, and at the bottom so you can find savings.
Note: All prices are courtesy of FanDuel and based on a $60,000 budget.
PG: Jerryd Bayless ($4,500) vs. DEN: Bayless replaced Michael Carter-Williams in the starting lineup over the weekend, and with good reason. Bayless is averaging 12.1 points, 3.7 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game, and has scored at least 26.3 fantasy points in each of his last four games. So long as he’s playing starter’s minutes, he’s a good bet to be around the 30-point mark with regularity.
SG: Alec Burks ($5,400) vs. GS: Burks doesn’t do much outside the scoring department, but this projects as a game in which he can come through for his fantasy owners. It’s rare for the Jazz to be in a game with an over/under north of 200, but the equation changes when the Warriors are on the court. The game total here is 201.5, and the Warriors are favored by 8.5 points. Burks could get a ton of shots up tonight, especially if the Warriors coast to another victory.
SF: Khris Middleton ($5,600) vs. DEN: Middleton has been on fire of late, averaging 31.7 fantasy points per game over the last four days. He has done most of that damage from behind the arc, connecting on 14 of his 24 attempts from distance in that time. We know that Middleton is a streaky player, and right now he’s on the good side of that coin. Time to buy in while you still can, especially at an attractive price.
PF: Draymond Green ($8,200) @ UTA: Green is the No. 10 ranked player in standard season-long leagues, and his daily price has finally started to reflect that fact. Green does a little of everything night in, night out, averaging 12.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 7.1 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 steals per night. That makes him daily fantasy gold, since he doesn’t rely on any one or two categories to hit his number.
C: Hassan Whiteside ($8,400) vs. BOS: In Miami’s last game White scored just six points on 1-of-6 from the floor. He also racked up 33.8 fantasy points thanks to his 14 rebounds and six blocks. Like Green, Whiteside doesn’t need a big scoring night to reach his 36.9-fantasy point average. Such is life when you’re averaging 11.4 rebounds and 4.8 blocks per game.