No center scored more fantasy points on Monday than Mitchell Robinson of the New York Knicks. After a slow start to the season, Robinson has become a fantasy force, including his second career game with at least 15 points and 20 rebounds, coming in a loss to the Utah Jazz last night.
Now firmly ahead of fellow center Nerlens Noel in the pecking order at the pivot for New York, Robinson has averaged 14.0 rebounds and 3.3 blocks while shooting 77% from the field during his last four games. Heading towards free agency this summer, Robinson has been accruing value — in both real and fantasy terms — with his play of late.
Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns: 38 points (14-23 FG), 4 rebounds, 5 assists
Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz: 32 points (13-26 FG), 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals
Alec Burks, New York Knicks: 5 points (2-10 FG), 6 rebounds, 1 assist
Ayo Dosunmu, Chicago Bulls: 2 points (1-7 FG), 2 rebounds
One of your top targets on the waiver wire this week should be Luguentz Dort of the Oklahoma City Thunder. The two-way wing scored 26 points and added three steals in a loss to Golden State last night, marking his ninth game with at least 25 points this season.
Oklahoma City is also getting solid lines from forward Darius Bazley. The absence of leading scorer Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has led to several other players getting. chance to shine over the past week, including Bazley, who produced 20 points and eight boards last night.
Hassan Whiteside was nominated as a solid DFS and streaming option yesterday, but it’s becoming clear that Udoka Azubuike is the center to roster on Utah with Rudy Gobert sidelined. Azubuike posted a career-best 14 rebounds to go along with three blocks in the win over Robinson and the Knicks last night. Lesson learned.
Golden State has won nine straight games. Klay Thompson has scored in double-figures in all 12 of his games this season. Save for Draymond Green’s calf injury, things are going quite well for the Warriors. This includes the play of rising rookie Jonathan Kuminga, who tallied 16 points last night and has averaged 17.7 over his last three appearances. It’s worth rostering this rookie in deeper leagues until Green is back in the rotation.
Injuries of note
The Nets won’t have either Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving in the lineup tonight, while James Harden is listed as questionable to play due to a lingering hamstring injury. A surging Celtics team comes to town with some of the best defensive metrics in the league over the last month, but there are still some key values from this Brooklyn roster to consider.
The Pacers upgraded Malcolm Brogdon to questionable due to a sore Achilles. This is remarkable, given he’s missed the past several games.
Analytics advantage for Monday
The Mavericks will be without Tim Hardaway Jr., Kristaps Porzingis, and Maxi Kleber for tonight’s matchup against the visiting Pistons. Not only has Luka Doncic posted an absurd usage rate of 37.8% with this trio of teammates off the floor, he averages nearly 1.9 DraftKings points per minute in such scenarios. While it’s not exactly revelatory to endorse Doncic as a DFS building block or a target for triple-double props, the recipe of missing teammates combined with this matchup against a porous Detroit defense is quite the blend for statistical success. Backcourt peer Jalen Brunson also merits increased interest, given an expected uptick in minutes and offensive opportunity.
Chris Duarte, Indiana Pacers: With Caris LeVert now in Cleveland and the Pacers still missing scoring forward TJ Warren due to injury, Duarte figures to start and play a sizable role in a matchup against an Atlanta team that has ceded the sixth-most DraftKings points per game to shooting guards this season.
Jaxson Hayes, New Orleans Pelicans: With the team missing backup center Willy Hernangomez, Hayes has averaged 17.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks over his last four games. Hayes could excel against a Rockets team allowing 60.1 DraftKings points per game to centers, most in the league this season.