No One More Dis-Irving

Both of Kyrie Irving’s backups may be out tonight and the team is matched up against the 26th ranked defense in terms of defensive efficiency versus opposing point guards. Therefore, he is worth playing in all formats on FantasyDraft tonight. Here are my picks for Monday, January 28:

cash-plays

Guards (G) Forwards/Centers (F/C) Utility (UTIL)
Kyrie Irving,
$17,000
Giannis Antetokounmpo,
$20,500
Karl-Anthony Towns,
$17,600
Ben Simmons,
$14,900
Jimmy Butler,
$17,000
Nikola Jokic,
$16,300
Goran Dragic,
$13,800
Marc Gasol,
$15,500
Tyreke Evans (questionable),
$15,300
Dennis Schroder,
$13,600
Hassan Whiteside,
$14,100
Khris Middleton,
$14,500
Dennis Smith Jr.,
$12,300
T.J. Warren,
$13,300
Al Horford,
$13,700
Gary Harris,
$11,500
Harrison Barnes,
$11,800
Eric Bledsoe,
$12,700
Tyler Johnson,
$9,800
Jarell Martin,
$9,200
Greg Monroe,
$11,100
Josh Jackson,
$9,200
Dillon Brooks,
$8,400
Richaun Holmes (if Embiid sits second end of back-to-back),
$8,700
Troy Daniels,
$7,400
Dirk Nowitzki,
$8,400
Shane Larkin (if no Terry Rozier),
$6,400

tournament-plays

Guards (G) Forwards/Centers (F/C) Utility (UTIL)
Kyrie Irving,
$17,000
Giannis Antetokounmpo,
$20,500
Karl-Anthony Towns,
$17,600
Ben Simmons,
$14,900
Jimmy Butler,
$17,000
Tyreke Evans (questionable),
$15,300
Goran Dragic,
$13,800
Nikola Jokic,
$16,300
Khris Middleton,
$14,500
Dennis Schroder,
$13,600
Marc Gasol,
$15,500
Hassan Whiteside,
$14,100
Dennis Smith Jr.,
$12,300
T.J. Warren,
$13,300
Al Horford,
$13,700
Gary Harris,
$11,500
Harrison Barnes,
$11,800
Greg Monroe,
$11,100
Tyler Johnson,
$9,800
Jarell Martin,
$9,200
Marquese Chriss,
$9,500
Josh Jackson,
$9,200
Dillon Brooks,
$8,400
Mario Chalmers,
$9,000
Troy Daniels,
$7,400
Dirk Nowitzki,
$8,400
Shane Larkin (if no Terry Rozier),
$6,400

preferred-play

Analysis:

Kyrie Irving, Celtcs, $17,000 – Marcus Smart is already out for the next two weeks or so after punching a picture and now Terry Rozier is questionable with an ankle tweak. If Rozier is unable to go, or even if he is limited, Kyrie Irving should play close to 40 minutes against a defense that ranks 26th in defensive efficiency versus opposing point guards (PGs). Additionally, they have allowed the sixth highest field goal percentage to the position and Irving heads into this game having scored at least 30 points (PTS) in three of his last four games. He is a fantastic play in both cash games and tournaments.

Harrison Barnes, Mavericks, $11,800 – When Harrison Barnes wakes up in the morning, he has already produced around 30 fantasy points. Seriously, he is that consistent, as he has only fallen below 28 fantasy points twice his last 13 games. On competing sites, Barnes will cost 12.2-percent of budget, so there is a slight discount on FantasyDraft this evening…and the matchup is solid. The Heat rank as a 31st percentile defense against isolations and only James Harden, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and John Wall are averaging more points per game (PPG) on isolation plays than Barnes this season. The man is simply too cheap.

Greg Monroe, Suns, $11,100 – Suns beat writer Scott Bordow reported last night that Devin Booker is unlikely to play on Monday evening. Consequently, the team has no choice but to run their offense through a combination of T.J. Warren and Greg Monroe on the high post. Like Marc Gasol, Monroe tends to touch the ball at the top of the key and either set up teammates or create his own offense, and that is what he will be doing all night long. Sans Booker and all the other inactive Suns on the floor, Monroe is a 1.37 fantasy point per minute (FPPM) producer. The individual matchup against Gasol is not great but Monroe will touch the ball too often, and have too many rebounding opportunities (with the team likely going small), to overlook.

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders is a fantasy sports expert with over 15 years of playing experience. After starting several freelance fantasy sports blogs, Ricky moved up in the fantasy industry when he joined Going9 Baseball. He wrote fantasy baseball content and had a weekly radio spot on the site’s SiriusXM Satellite Radio show. Shortly thereafter, in early 2013, Ricky joined RotoExperts as a three-sport fantasy contributor, eventually becoming one of the site’s lead basketball writers. While writing for RotoExperts, Ricky was introduced to daily fantasy sports and immediately fell in love. With help from some of his mentors, some of the best DFS players in the world, he honed his skills and became the daily fantasy expert he is today. When RotoExperts created a daily-focused website called DailyRoto.com, Ricky was brought on as one of the main contributors. He still makes frequent appearances on the RotoExperts SiriusXM Radio show and on the FNTSY Sports Television Network, talking daily fantasy sports. He also continues to write for a few DFS content sites: RotoCurve and The Fantasy Fix. Ricky is a proud and active member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He has agreed to be a writer and representative for the FantasyDraft brand and serves as an ambassador to the site. He has no more access to the site than the typical user. Don’t hesitate to contact Ricky with questions on Twitter @RSandersDFS.

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