Therefore, a seven-game slate is now down to five games, four of which have point spreads of 12.5 points or more leading to plenty of blowout potential.
With the Kings and Blazers no longer in action tonight, some studs like DeMarcus Cousins, LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard are obvioiusly unavailable. And neither are some bargain-priced players like Langston Galloway and Jason Smith.
With that said, here are some DraftKings values ($6,500 salary or less) for Monday's NBA games:
PG - Elfrid Payton, Orlando Magic (at MEM), $5,500: The matchup is difficult against Mike Conley and the Grizzlies, but Payton does a lot of things to generate fantasy points. Over his past seven games, Payton is averaging 34.07 fantasy points per game with a minimum of 27.25 during that span. In addition, he has averaged 13.29 points, 8.29 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.14 steals per game during that stretch.
PG - Dante Exum, Utah Jazz (vs. BOS), $3,500: Exum has played at least 29 minutes and scored at least 23.5 fantasy points in back-to-back games. Meanwhile, the Celtics have allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing point guards this season. While he likely won't continue to knock down three's at his current rate (eight of 15 over past two games), he should once again exceed value at his bargain price.
PG - Larry Drew II, Philadelphia 76ers (at NO), $3,400: With Michael Carter-Williams (illness) out, Drew II will get his first career NBA start tonight. In his six games,he has averaged just 0.58 fantasy points per minute, but with the boost in minutes tonight, he should easily reach value.
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SG - Eric Gordon, New Orleans Pelicans (vs. PHI), $5,700: Gordon has scored more than 20 fantasy points in 10 consecutive games and he should continue to be productive as long as Jrue Holiday is out of the lineup. Over that 10-game span, Gordon is averaging 15.6 points, 4.8 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 three-pointers per game. Meanwhile, the Sixers allow the third-most fantasy points to opposing shooting guards. In addition, teammate Quincy Poindexter ($3,000) is an intriguing SG punt option as he's averaging more than 27 minutes since joining the Pelicans.
SG - Evan Turner, Boston Celtics (at UTA), $5,300: Turner had one of his best games of the season last night with a 19/7/7 line while adding a steal and a block. In his past five games, Turner has averaged 32.35 fantasy points per game with a minimum of 27 in each. In order for Turner to reach 6x his salary, he'll need to score 31.8 points (less than his five-game average).
SF - Wilson Chandler, Denver Nuggets (at LAC), $5,600: Chandler has scored 33-plus fantasy points in back-to-back games and the Clippers have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing small forwards this season. Chandler has averaged more than 37 minutes per game over his past three games.
PF - Thaddeus Young, Minnesota Timberwolves (at OKC), $6,000: Young was on this list yesterday and he delivered with 45.5 fantasy points, but Young has been very productive lately. Over his last six games, he is averaging 35.29 fantasy points per game and he has at least 30 fantasy points in five of those six games. During that stretch, he has averaged 18.0 points, 5.83 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.33 steals per game.
PF - Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia 76ers (at NO), $5,000: Noel scored just 18.5 fantasy points against the Grizzlies on Saturday, but he had scored more than 30 fantasy points in four of his previous five games. The obvious concern is foul trouble facing Anthony Davis, but Noel scored a fraction shy of 50 fantasy points against the Pelicans on Jan. 16th with a 17/11 double-double and five blocked shots although The 'Brow was out that game.
PF - Brandon Bass, Boston Celtics (at UTA), $4,400: Bass had a relatively modest performance last night (22.75 fantasy points, eight points and nine rebounds) compared to his previous two games (38.0 and 43.75 fantasy points, respectively). That said, he has played 30-plus minutes in three consecutive games and 22.75 fantasy points is still a very solid 5.17 times his salary.
C - Enes Kanter, Utah Jazz (vs. BOS), $6,500: Both Rudy Gobert and Kanter get a favorable matchup against the Celtics, who allow the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing centers. After a pair of 50-point games from Kanter, he came crashing down to earth with 16 fantasy points against the Nets on Saturday. That said, he should bounce back (although not to the 50-point level) with tonight's favorable matchup.
C - Omer Asik, New Orleans Pelicans (vs. PHI), $4,400: Asik may not have a ton of upside especially considering the blowout potential here, but Asik has 21-plus fantasy points in seven of his past eight games and gets an incredible matchup tonight. No team allows more fantasy points to opposing centers than the Sixers.
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