How to afford DeMarcus Cousins in your DFS lineup

DeMarcus Cousins looks poised for another big night -- albeit for quite the cost in daily fantasy contests. Here's how to afford his salary in your lineup. Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

At this early point in the season, we are still feeling our way with rotations. Teams are figuring out their strengths and weaknesses and trying to optimize their talent in the best ways possible. For that reason, I’m prioritizing past performance, minutes and usage -- as well as Las Vegas totals -- and playing it a little safer as the season starts.

Here are the players to target on Monday in your daily leagues, from the high-priced studs to the solid mid-priced values to the cheaper, riskier players with upside.