Daily Fantasy Basketball: Clippers' Blake Griffin is Monday's top play

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Blake Griffin

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HIGH FIVE/low five:

Daily Fantasy can be quite the grind!  Let us do the grinding for you with “High Five/Low Five”.  Each day, we help put you in the money by presenting you with FIVE of the “top-tier” plays, as well as a quick list of FIVE “value plays”. Clippers PF Blake Griffin flies high as Monday’s top Daily Fantasy Basketball play of the night.

Let’s rip it up.

HIGH FIVE:

Point Guard: Kyrie Irving, CLE ($8,200): Irving’s been performing well as of late, topping 35 FPs in six of his last eight games.  That includes a 41.9 FP effort against Dallas just over a week ago, when he had 26 points and nine assists.  I feel good about Irving’s chances at another 35-40 FP game tonight against a Dallas team that has been middle of the road versus the PG this season.  The price is right on Irving tonight, but if you find yourself with an extra $1,000, I wouldn’t be afraid of playing either Kyle Lowry, TOR ($9,200), or John Wall, WAS ($8,600)

Shooting Guard: Monta Ellis, DAL ($6,900): I’m generally not a fan of playing Monta Ellis, as he is usually overpriced and always capable of putting up a total dud, but tonight both the price and matchup are making him look like quite the savory pick.  Cleveland is one of the worst teams in the NBA at defending against the SG position, and Ellis proved as much in his last game versus them.  In that game Ellis had 22 points and eight assists — good for 38.6 FPs.  Ellis should be good for 30-40 FPs tonight at a price that will allow you to spend up on another roster spot.  If you don’t have a problem paying a little more, I think DeMar DeRozan, TOR ($8,500) will offer similar value at his higher price.

Small Forward: LeBron James, MIA ($10,700): It’s always obvious to mention a player like LeBron, but he’s really the only player at his position other than Kevin Durant that can nearly guarantee you 40 FPs — a mark which he’s hit in eight of his last ten contests.  If you need that piece of mind at SF, LeBron is your man, especially given that he comes at a price tag that is more than $2,000 less than Durant.  That said, I also think that tonight you could get similar value spending a little less on a few mid-range options like Trevor Ariza, WAS ($6,800) or Wilson Chandler, DEN ($6,200).  Find out what works best for you and play accordingly.

Power Forward: Blake Griffin, LAC ($9,700): A lot of the time with the top-tier PFs, it’s an either/or situation, as they’re all capable of the 40-50 FP game that you should expect from them.  That said, I generally like to go with the one that has the best matchup, when coupled with the over/under and recent performance versus that team.  Tonight, that’s Blake Griffin.  He’s playing against a Denver team that has been middle-of-the-road against PFs, whom he had 24 points and 16 rebounds against last time, and in a game that has the highest over/under of the night at 216.   Carmelo Anthony, NY ($10,500) is also in play, facing off against a Milwaukee team that is 29th against the PF position in recent weeks, and in a game that doesn’t have a terrible over/under (198).  For a grand less though, I like Blake.  Lastly, despite tonight’s game being against a Wizards team that has been the stiffest against PFs over the past 15 days, LaMarcus Aldridge, POR ($10,800) is also in play, given his recent tear that has nearly garnered him “%100 matchup-proof status”.  That said, I like all three of these guys and would probably rank them in the order they are listed here.

Center: DeAndre Jordan, LAC ($7,600): Easily the top C choice of the night.  Tonight’s game against Denver features a 216 over/under that is tops on the night, and is expected to be close all the way.  On top of that, Denver ranks just 25th versus opposing Cs over the past 15 days, and only 18th on the year.  With double-digit rebounds all but guaranteed and a good chance at double-digit points given the over/under in this game, 35 FPs are totally within range.

Also consider: Andre Drummond. DET ($7,500)

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