Shake off that weekend malaise, because it’s Monday! Maybe that should have been reversed? At any rate, the NBA brings us seven games for DFS contestants to choose from tonight, and there are some good ones!
Cleveland vs. Detroit and Indiana vs. Miami could actually be previews of potential playoff matchups. If the season were to end today, the Heat would host the Pacers, so they’ll be fighting for home court here. The Cavs are the No. 1 seed in the East and would face the No. 8 Bulls, but the Pistons are making a charge from that ninth spot. Interesting stuff!
Now that you’re caught up, let’s get into the top NBA DFS value plays for Monday, February 22nd.
Value Play of the Night
Dennis Schroder, Hawks ($10,000)
The Hawks never ended up dealing Jeff Teague at the trade deadline, but that hasn’t stopped Dennis Schroder from amassing big time fantasy points since the All-Star break. In those two games, the German point guard has scored 31 and 55 fantasy points, respectively, and there’s a good chance he falls within that range again on Monday.
This game has by far the highest over/under of the night at 223.5 points and Atlanta could be without Teague, who played just 17 minutes before injuring his wrist on Saturday. The Warriors have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing point guards in the month of February.
Others to Consider
Kyle Korver, Hawks ($8,300) – Korver disappointed us night in, night out for most of the 2015-16 season, but he’s picked up his game lately and that’s reason enough to think better things are on the way. Over his last four games, the Hawks’ sharpshooter is averaging 26.4 fantasy points on the strength of three 3-pointers and two steals per contest. He’s scored in double figures in five straight and is a relatively safe play in what should be a high scoring game.
Cole Aldrich, Clippers ($6,300) – This game has all the makings of a blowout — the Suns are shorthanded, they’re playing the second game of a back-to-back and they’ve also won just four games on the road all season. Vegas has the Clippers favored by 17 points and that means garbage time should come sooner than later. Cole Aldrich has a great chance to shine in what should be a meaningless second half and he’s put up decent numbers when given the opportunity. In 13 games in which he’s played at least 11 minutes, the former Kansas star is averaging 23.9 fantasy points. He’s an extreme punt play, but one that could garner you 20 or so FPs while also allowing you to spend up elsewhere.
Justise Winslow, Heat ($8,400) – It’s really sad to see what is going on with Chris Bosh and his scary blood clotting situation, but it’s allowed Justise Winslow to get more PT. Over his last two, the rookie has put up a modest, yet valuable 24.5 fantasy points, and his cheaper price will allow you to play a couple studs. Dwyane Wade has missed the last two games, but Winslow shouldn’t be affected even if he returns; his value is mostly tied in to Bosh being absent.
Cory Joseph, Raptors ($8,100) – Joseph won’t likely surpass 30 minutes in this one — that’s something he hasn’t done since January 14 — but he’s put up great numbers despite receiving less court time. The Knicks have a poor defensive backcourt — 26th in fantasy in the month of February, to be exact — and over his last eight games, the 24-year-old is averaging 22.0 FPs. He’s also scored 27 and 34 FPs in his two previous meetings with the Knicks this season.