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This is a weird slate, with what appears to be very limited value across the board. Assuming all goes as planned injury wise, it will be a balanced build type night for me and that starts with plugging in Desmond Bane. Ja Morant is listed as Q to play tonight, though I expect him to be active. He’s not even listed on the injury report — and is good to go tonight in a strong match-up. He ranks second behind only Morant in usage rate on Memphis this season, to go along with over 1.1 fantasy points per minute. I believe he is a strong option in all formats even if Morant is in — but he obviously becomes a lock should he get ruled out. I’ll also note than LeBron James was bumped down to Q today — if he’s our insert Russell Westbrook into this spot.
And just as I finished typing that above, both LeBron James and Keldon Johnson were ruled out. As for the Lakers with no LeBron and AD, Russ becomes a core play for me on all sites. He’s averaging around 1.5 fantasy points per minute with them off the floor this season to go along with a team-high 35% usage rate. On a slate where it was already more balanced anyways, it should be easy to prioritize Westbrook as he is priced below $8,000 on DK.
There’s definitely some value opening up with the Lakers — but Brogdon is perfectly priced in the mid-tier and can be used on all sites with Marcus Smart out. Broggy has been over 1.1 fantasy points per minute this season, and will see increased minutes due to Smart’s absence. We have him projected around 27 minutes tonight and I actually really like this individual match-up for him. He’s my favorite mid-tier play on both sites — and plugging him in alongside multiple Lakers will be my go-to build on Monday night.
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I already was writing up TB tonight, but the entire Lakers lineup obviously gets a boost with LeBron out. Bryant has been on fire since joining the starting lineup, and has actually had offensive success in his career against Nikola Jokic. He’s been hyper-active on the boards since stepping in for AD and should see a few more shot attempts tonight. Most users will be looking to save at the F spots tonight and getting up to the mid-tier with someone like Bryant is my go-to move. He has shown a ceiling recently and doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
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