Seven games are on the schedule for Monday, including favorable matchups for DFS studs like James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall. If you want to roster at least a couple of those guys, you’re gonna have to save salary elsewhere. That’s where this column comes into play.
Here are the top NBA DFS value plays for Monday, February 29th.
Wayne Ellington, Nets ($7,800) – This doesn’t represent the best matchup in the world (LAC has allowed the sixth-fewest PPG in February), but you can’t negate the opportunity Wayne Ellington‘s been getting since Joe Johnson last put on a Brooklyn Nets uniform. In those two games, the shooting guard has averaged 24.5 fantasy points while getting 29 minutes per contest. If you’re looking for a cheap guard, Ellington is one of the few that offer guaranteed minutes in the mid-to-high 20s.
Mario Chalmers, Grizzlies ($8,000) – Chalmers hasn’t quite capitalized on the Grizzlies’ pseudo-fire sale at the trade deadline, but he’s fared well overall in February. In the four games where he’s played 20 minutes or more, the former Miami Heat guard is averaging 22.5 fantasy points. A matchup with the now Danilo Gallinari-less Denver Nuggets should provide an excellent chance for him to reach value. The Nuggets are 26th vs. opposing point guards this month.
Darren Collison, Kings ($9,800) – Rajon Rondo missed Friday’s game with an assortment of injuries (toe, finger) and looks to be questionable Monday night. Collison has averaged 15.3 points and 10.0 assists in three games he’s filled in for the Kings’ starting point guard, and a matchup against Oklahoma City is one you should take advantage of. The Thunder are the worst team in fantasy when it comes to defending opposing point guards which makes Collison a safe option even if Rondo ends up playing.
Gary Harris and Darrell Arthur, Nuggets ($9,000, $7,300) – It was announced that Danilo Gallinari will be out “at least 3-4 weeks” with a foot injury, and Arthur and Harris are the likely candidates to usurp The Roosters’ minutes. Harris has already been getting a healthy 33.6 minutes since January 1, but he played a whopping 45 minutes in Friday’s OT loss to the Mavs. Arthur was on the court for 29 minutes Friday after having played just 17.5 minutes over his previous eight contests. It’s clear these two will benefit with Gallinari out and both will represent sneaky cheap options in upcoming games. The Grizzlies are a much different team from a month ago and Monday will be their fourth game in six days.