Monday night's slate offers up seven games Which players should be in your Friday night DFS basketball lineups, and which superstars should stay on the daily fantasy bench? Joe Kaiser, Renee Miller and Al Zeidenfeld provide their picks and fades for the final day of the work week.
Players to build around
"It's a new season, anything can happen" -- in most cases. The Rockets were a below-average team in terms of defensive efficiency last season and rank dead last in the early going this season, making them an easy target on this abbreviated slate. Morris is a versatile big man, who has logged at least 33 minutes in four straight games, and given Washington's up-tempo style, that means fantasy goodness. Morris has attempted 18 free throws over his last two games, while blocking multiple shots one night and recording three steals the other. I'm building cash and GPP lineups around him tonight and feeling good about it.
Durant shined when he faced the Pelicans a couple weeks ago, with 30 points and 17 rebounds to go with a pair of blocks and steals. It was his best game of the season, not that there's really been a bad one from the Warriors' new star. I'm more willing to compromise at PG and not use Russell Westbrook than I am to fade Durant at SF tonight. New Orleans is surrendering the sixth-most fantasy points to the position and Durant might actually improve that rank tonight. There is enough mid-range value that I feel good about locking Durant into all lineups.
Hill is averaging 20.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 steal per game, and he remains reasonably priced on a night when he faces the 20th-ranked Philadelphia defense. Hill is shooting the ball well, making more than 60 percent of his shots in four of the last five games. Even on the second of a back-to-back, I'm not hesitating to get him in my lineups on Monday.
His minutes have been steady the past two games in the 28-31 minute range and now the Pelicans are without Lance Stephenson, which will solidify playing time and usage for Galloway for the short term, at the very least. Galloway is a competent scorer when given enough run to make things happen and is sitting at the minimum price on DraftKings tonight. If you want to be able to afford the stars, you'll need his value until/unless something else pops up closer to lock time.
Players to fade
As a number-cruncher, I preach trusting the process over the results, but I simply can't trust "The Process" tonight with the Jazz coming to town. Utah's game plan is to slow tempo and dig in defensively; not exactly how you want the game script to look for fantasy purposes. The Jazz defend the paint with Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert, a tandem that is allowing the center position to account for fewer than 14 points per game this season. Embiid is a fine player, but he loses this battle of elite-nicknamed big men against "The Stifle Tower" and doesn't approach value tonight.
Renee Miller -- Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
Davis has come back to Earth after scoring almost 200 fantasy points in his first two games, one of which was against the Warriors in New Orleans. While the Warriors are the league's second-most generous matchup to opposing power forwards, Davis has notable home/road splits. In an equal number of career home and road games (133 each), Davis has 40 fewer rebounds, 34 fewer assists, 109 fewer blocks and 38 more personal fouls on the road. I know that few, if any, players at his position boast the kind of talent and opportunity Davis possesses, but I'm not paying up for him tonight in cash game lineups with several alternatives at a far lower price point.
Joe Kaiser -- Terrence Jones, New Orleans Pelicans
Jones busted out last game and will certainly get a longer look going forward, but that also came in a game during which Dante Cunningham was suspended and out of the lineup. Recency bias will lead to Jones being on a lot of rosters tonight against Golden State, but with Cunningham back and Jones being one of the more inconsistent players in the NBA, I'm staying away from him tonight.
Al Zeidenfeld -- Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers - I like Turner's talent, but his salary has ballooned to a point where I can't justify getting him into lineups anymore. At the point he's at now, he has failed to exceed his salary expectation in five straight games, and until the salary drops another 10-15 percent, I will be happy to roster other players in the same pricing tier who have higher median projections and upside.
Al Zeidenfeld is a promoter & user at DraftKings (Username: Al_Smizzle) and plays on his personal account in games he offers advice on. These views/strategies are his own and do not reflect the views of DraftKings. He may also deploy different players/strategies than what he advises.