For a Monday slate, the NBA offers more options than usual. Yet few true superstars are on display throughout the evening's nine games.
That's just fine, as the top options all have terrific matchups. The night's only five-figure player, Anthony Davis ($10,700), will rightfully headline many lineups with the New Orleans Pelicans facing the Boston Celtics, who have allowed the second-most rebounds per game (13.3) to power forwards.
Davis is catching fire, averaging 28.3 points, 12.5 boards, 3.8 blocks and 2.5 steals over New Orleans' last four games. Looking fully healthy, the 22-year-old star has topped 40 minutes in three of those contests, all of which resulted in double-doubles.
DraftKings participants also need not scroll down to fill other positions. With some thrifty discount shopping, gamers can roster top-tier players at two other spots.
|DraftKings Lineup for Monday, December 7|
|PG||Kyle Lowry, TOR||vs. LAL||$8,900|
|SG||Wesley Matthews, DAL||@ NYK||$4,800|
|SF||Kawhi Leonard, SA||@ PHI||$8,600|
|PF||Anthony Davis, NO||vs. BOS||$10,700|
|C||Alex Len, PHO||@ CHI||$4,200|
|G||Louis Williams, LAL||@ TOR||$4,300|
|F||Jabari Parker, MIL||vs. POR||$4,700|
|UTIL||Spencer Hawes, CHA||vs. DET||$3,700|
|$100 left in budget|
Kyle Lowry, PG, Toronto Raptors ($8,900)
In the aftermath of Kyle Lowry's 41-point outing against the Golden State Warriors, he'll cost an inflated $8,900, more than Damian Lillard ($8,800) and John Wall ($8,600). With the Los Angeles Lakers traveling to Canada for their second game in as many nights, pay up.
Saturday's big game isn't an outlier for the Toronto Raptors point guard, who is averaging 22.0 points, 6.2 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game this season. He's Monday's most expensive floor general for a reason; his 44.1 DraftKings points per contest lead all participating point guards.
It also helps that he's averaging 49.7 fantasy points over Toronto's last six games. Even better for his cause, the Lakers hold the league's second-worst defensive rating while relinquishing the most assists (9.3) and DraftKings points (58.8) to point guards.
The Lakers are a colossal mess, allowing at least 100 points in each of their last 10 games. On Nov. 20, Lowry capitalized for 25 points, five boards and five dimes in Los Angeles. Against a weary team working on no rest, he's capable of torching L.A. even more on Monday.
Wesley Matthews, SG, Dallas Mavericks ($4,800)
"I suck right now," Wesley Matthews told ESPN.com's Tim MacMahon after going 1-of-9 against the Houston Rockets on Friday. "Point blank, period, I suck right now on the offensive end as far as shooting the ball, as far as what I can do, as far as making shots and what everybody knows I can do. I've got to find it on this road trip and sustain it."
Two days later, he dropped 36 points, six rebounds and five assists on the Washington Wizards. The Dallas Mavericks' Twitter page celebrated his historic effort from downtown:
His $4,800 price doesn't account for Sunday's shooting barrage, but it still rose due to an increase in minutes. Dallas initially eased him into action upon his return from a torn ACL, but Matthews is averaging 34.6 minutes played over the past 10 games.
As a result, he has snagged at least five boards in each of the past four tilts. Some contestants may fear utilizing the 29-year-old on the second half of a back-to-back stint, but it hasn't bothered him so far. In three games on no rest, he has registered 58 points and 15 rebounds.
While the New York Knicks lead the NBA with a 30.0 three-point percentage against, shooting guards have scored 22.4 points per game versus them. His $4,800 sticker price fits the above lineup well, so take a chance on their perimeter defense regressing to the mean.
Kawhi Leonard, SF, San Antonio Spurs ($8,600)
The Philadelphia 76ers are a terrific opponent for stat-stuffers. They get blocked more than any other team while yielding the second-most rebounds and highest turnover ratio. Opposing small forwards drain 2.8 three-pointers, the NBA's third-best tally.
Hey, Kawhi Leonard can do all those things. The San Antonio Spurs small forward currently sports career highs in points (21.6), rebounds (7.6), threes (2.1) and blocks (1.2) per bout. While head coach Gregg Popovich conserves his veterans, he is leaning heavily on the 24-year-old star, who leads the team with 34.1 minutes and 16.3 field-goal attempts per game.
DFS players eyeing Leonard's older teammates must consider this game's blowout potential, but the Spurs' young leader is less of a risk to end work early. LaMarcus Aldridge, who grabbed 19 rebounds against the 76ers on Nov. 14, also justifies attention.
Leonard, who missed their early meeting due to an upper respiratory infection, continues his ascent to superstardom. As someone who offers positive gains in every category, he's the perfect player to load the box score against the sloppy 76ers.
Jabari Parker, PF, Milwaukee Bucks ($4,700)
It's only a matter of time before the Milwaukee Bucks take the training wheels off Jabari Parker. The 20-year-old forward has logged 23.9 minutes per game in a crowded rotation, but he's the only player boasting a positive net rating.
During Saturday's 106-91 victory over the New York Knicks, the second-year pro enjoyed his best performance on the season. Through 36 minutes, he collected a season-high 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Head coach Jason Kidd continues to regularly alter his rotation, so he rode Parker more than usual with the youngster and team playing well.
If this serves as a catalyst for more playing time, he'll prove a solid value at $4,700. The Portland Trail Blazers rank No. 23 in defensive rating, and Parker has exceeded 30 DraftKings points in two of Milwaukee's past four matchups.
With irregular playing time comes uncertainty, but players spending big on safer stars can justify one mid-tier risk garnished in upside.
Spencer Hawes, C, Charlotte Hornets ($3,700)
Two to three weeks without Al Jefferson seems like the perfect opportunity for rookie Frank Kaminsky to sink or swim. The Charlotte Hornets, however, are no ordinary mediocre Eastern Conference team. They'd rather fight for a playoff spot than develop young talent, opening the floor for Spencer Hawes.
The 27-year-old center has recorded 20 and 23 minutes, respectively, over Charlotte's past two games minus Jefferson. He responded with 12 points against Golden State and 14 versus the Chicago Bulls, recording seven boards and three makes from behind the arc on Saturday.
Cody Zeller has moved to the starting lineup, but he also received a grander uptick to $4,400. Hawes' center eligibility at $3,700 will help gamers looking for a cheap punt who can offer a reasonable return.
The Detroit Pistons play bigger than most modern NBA squads, so Hawes' ability to space the floor will challenge them more than Zeller's inside game. He won't be the main reason anyone leaves Monday night richer, but Hawes will do his part by producing around 20-25 DraftKings points.
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