We’re a month in the NBA regular season, so I assume by this point you know the drill when it comes to this article. We are here to find some value options on Monday’s eight-game featured slate. It’s fairly straightforward. Just remember that there’s five teams on the second leg of a back-to-back, which can always throw a wrinkle into the usual proceedings.
With that settled, let’s dive into the action on the hardcourt.
SF Bilal Coulibaly, Washington Wizards at Milwaukee Bucks, $4,600
After hitting well over 5x value in three consecutive appearances, Coulibaly finally had a clunker his last time out against the Knicks, as the rookie managed only 16.75 DKFP. However, if you choose to be optimistic, there were still reasons to be encouraged about the performance — mainly that Coulibaly logged 30.6 minutes of action. In truth, that seems to be the new norm for Coulibaly, as he’s quickly become a vital piece of the Wizards’ rotation. If the pattern holds on Monday, that should mean a bounce-back to fantasy relevance for the lottery pick. This matchup owns the highest implied total on the slate by a wide margin, as Washington ranks second in the NBA in pace (104.0) and Milwaukee sits seventh (101.9). In an uptempo and alluring DFS environment like that, Coulibaly can be a cost-effective addition to an obvious game stacking opportunity.
SG/SF Chris Duarte, Sacramento Kings at New Orleans Pelicans, $3,100
This is one you don’t really have to overthink. Basically, Duarte is an absolute steal so long as Kevin Huerter ($6,100; finger) remains sidelined on Monday. Huerter missed his first game of 2023-24 in the Kings’ 129-113 victory over Dallas on Sunday, with Duarte the man chosen to take his teammate’s spot in the starting five. Duarte responded by logging a season-high 32.5 minutes and scoring a season-high 13 points. Add in eight rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals, and suddenly you’re looking at an impressive 34.0 DKFP. The best part? Duarte’s salary is somehow $100 lower against the Pelicans, on a slate where Sacramento sports one of the highest implied team totals. What’s not to like?
PG Reggie Jackson, Denver Nuggets at Detroit Pistons, $5,000
Jackson hasn’t been amazing since taking over the Nuggets’ starting point guard role in place of the injured Jamal Murray (hamstring), but he’s been good enough, averaging 26.1 DKFP across his past four contests. In that same span, Jackson also sits second on Denver in usage rate at 22.3%, trailing only the transcendent Nikola Jokic ($12,800). Still, more than anything, Jackson’s viability on Monday’s slate is about matchup. The Pistons came into Sunday in possession of the league’s seventh-worst defensive rating (115.7). They then proceeded to surrender 142 points to the Raptors, who are not exactly an offensive juggernaut. Heck, Toronto set a new franchise record with 44 assists. My point is this: Detroit is an awful team that is currently hemorrhaging points to its opponents. I think Jackson is in line for a ceiling performance.
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