Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are tempting fantasy options, but SI.com's Michael Beller is eyeing other players for Monday's slate.
The last full week of action before All-Star Weekend tips off with a nine-game slate that features the East’s top-three teams—Cleveland, Toronto and Chicago—as well as the No. 3 team in the West, Oklahoma City. The Thunder’s matchup with the Wizards features the game’s highest over/under at 222, and that will likely help make Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant the two most popular players among the five priced at $10,000 or higher.
All prices are courtesy of FanDuel and based on a $60,000 budget.
PG: Kyle Lowry ($9,000) @ DEN: Westbrook and John Wall cost more than Lowry on Monday, but it’s the Toronto starter who makes our lineup. Lowry has scored at least 40 fantasy points in six of his last 10 games, and he should be able to make it seven of 11 in a great matchup with the Nuggets. They’re allowing the fifth-most points to point guards this season.
SG: Khris Middleton ($7,300) @ SAC: Middleton finally had an off night shooting the basketball, scoring just nine points against the Heat on Friday. He remains among the hottest players in the league, though, and has essentially turned 33–35 fantasy points into his new floor. The Kings have surrendered the most fantasy points per game to shooting guards this year, making Middleton a strong value at $7,300.
SF: Jeff Green ($5,500) @ NO: What has gotten into Green? In his last three games, he has averaged 26.7 points and 36.5 fantasy points per game. He’s shooting 63.3% from the floor in that time and, like Middleton, is a great value at $5,500 against the Pelicans. Even with Zach Randolph back in the starting lineup, Green is getting plenty of playing time. Ride this hot hand while you still can.
PF: Myles Turner ($5,200) vs. CLE: The matchup certainly isn’t ideal for Turner, but this game has a surprisingly high over/under of 210.5. Turner has put up 32.5 fantasy points per game over his last seven contests, and has remained a fixture in the Indiana rotation even after Ian Mahinmi's return. He remains one of the best value plays on the board for Monday.
C: Rudy Gobert ($7,200) vs. CHI: Chicago presents Gobert with a dream matchup. The Bulls have allowed the seventh–most fantasy points per game to centers this year, and those numbers look even worse when you isolate for the best fantasy centers in the league. On Sunday, DeAndre Jordan burned them for 17 points and 20 rebounds. Andre Drummond had 13 points and 16 boards against them two weeks ago. Gobert, who’s averaging 12.9 points, 12.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks over his last seven games, should take advantage.