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John Wall could emerge as today's NBA fantasy favorite in a slate filled with elite talent.

By Michael Beller
January 11, 2016

The NBA gives way to Clemson and Alabama on Monday night, with just three games on what is typically one of the busier days of the week. The light slate really takes a hit on the caliber of players priced at less than $6,000. Typically, we don’t have too much trouble finding inexpensive players to roster confidently alongside our stars. That is not the case on Monday. Most players in the value and punt tier are guys we wouldn’t even consider on a usual night, yet we’ll have to get at least a few into our lineups on Monday. Here’s the core for one such lineup.

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PG: John Wall ($9,900) @ CHI: Wall fell into a bit of a slump over the last week, but bounced back with a 24-point, 10-assist, four-steal performance on Saturday in a win over the Magic. If you go back over his last 10 games, Wall has averaged 19.3 points and 11.2 assists per contest. The Bulls, meanwhile, have surrendered the sixth-most fantasy points per game to point guards.

SG: Jimmy Butler ($8,700) vs. WAS: Butler remains one of the hottest players in the league after scoring 27 points and pulling down eight rebounds in the Bulls’ loss to the Hawks on Saturday. In his last six games, he’s averaging 45 fantasy points per game. In that time, he has put up 28.5 points, 6,2 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals on an average night. Washington has had trouble with shooting guards all season, allowing the third-most fantasy points per game to the position.

SF: Otto Porter ($6,000) @ CHI: Porter has turned a profit at his price tag in nearly every game since returning from injury, yet he remains quite affordable at $6,000. In his last seven games, he has posted 31.7 fantasy points per game. He has multiple steals in five of those games, including at least four in two of them. Porter should avoid Butler when Washington has the ball, and that is great news for the third-year player out of Georgetown. Thanks to Butler, the Bulls have allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points per game to shooting guards. They’ve given up the eighth-most to small forwards and, as mentioned earlier, sixth-most to point guards.

PF: Chris Bosh ($8,000) @ GS: Three players jump out at the power forward position on Monday, headlined by the starter on the other side of this game, Draymond Green. Bosh, however, gets the nod here after we spent up on Wall and Butler. He has averaged 37.5 fantasy points per game over his last five, and has had at least 36.4 in four of the five. With an over/under of 206.5, Bosh should get a few more shot attempts up than he normally does.

C: Tim Duncan ($6,200) @ BKN: Rostering Duncan is always a risky proposition in daily fantasy, but the Spurs haven’t played since Friday, so he’s a good bet to get into the upper 20s in minutes. In his last three games with at least 25 minutes on the floor, he has averaged 31.1 fantasy points per game, including at least 37 points in his previous two. The Nets have allowed the third-most fantasy points per game to centers this season. 

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