Your Super Bowl hangover may be hitting you at full force right now, but there’s a 10-game NBA slate with dozens of DFS contests for you to choose from tonight. So pop an Advil, make yourself a Bloody Mary and check out my top value plays for Monday, February 8th.
Lance Stephenson, Clippers ($6,300) – Injuries to Blake Griffin — and now Austin Rivers — have opened up more playing time for the Clippers’ erratic small forward (he’s a guard on FantasyDraft). Over his last five games he’s averaging 16.6 fantasy points in 15.8 minutes per contest. Those aren’t great numbers by any means, but they are huge improvements over his previous 36 games where he played 15.5 minutes and averaged 10 FPs. If you’ve watched him play recently, you can see he has a different feel about him — a spark, if you will. He’s pumped up and a matchup with the lowly Philadelphia 76ers should afford him a decent amount of playing time in the second half.
Brandon Bass, Lakers ($7,400) – The Lakers could be very thin down low with Julius Randle and Roy Hibbert suffering ankle injuries on Saturday. Bass played 26 minutes in Hibbert’s stead, and though his stats don’t jump out at you, he should be able to put up enough fantasy points to warrant a punt play if either or both aren’t able to suit up. Ryan Kelly ($6,000) is also a player to consider here if he is active. He’s been a DNP-CD the last three games.
Iman Shumpert, Cavaliers ($7,000) – The Kings are reeling, losing seven of eight, and coach George Karl’s job is teetering on the brink. To say the Kings will be vulnerable when they travel to Cleveland to take on the East-leading Cavs would be an understatement. It’s possible Sacramento will be without Rudy Gay as well. This has the makings of a blowout, and that’s the type of situation you’d want for Shumpert if you decide to roster him. The Kings are 29th vs. opposing shooting guards over the last two weeks.
T.J. McConnell, Sixers ($8,100) – McConnell played very well in place of Ish Smith (ankle) on Saturday, scoring 17 points and dishing out six assists (32.5 FPs). Smith is questionable to play Monday, and if he sits, it will be the rookie McConnell starting yet again. If Smith does return, McConnell is still a viable value play having averaged 19.2 FPs in his previous 10 games, all of which came as a reserve.