Sunday’s big 10-game slate had a number of blowouts, but still had some close games with the Clippers upsetting the Bucks by two points and the Grizzlies protecting their home court against the visiting 76ers. There were also a few huge individual performances that led to very handy fantasy scores, with Giannis Antetekounmpo putting in 27 points with 18 rebounds, Anthony Davis (26 points, 13 rebounds, six assists) doing everything well and Montrezl Harrell providing a spark off the bench (26 points, nine rebounds).
We now shift our focus to the small six-game slate of NBA action on Monday, which promises to provide a couple of nail-biting duels. Once again, we provide our best fantasy pick, best fantasy POD, as well as a player to avoid for Monday, November 12th 2018.
Best superstar pick
Each day we’re analysing each match-up and providing our best player of the day based on a number of things, which will result in them likely putting in a big performance.
Monday’s best superstar pick is Chris Paul (Houston Rockets). Paul has been down on form, just like most of his teammates to start the season, averaging 16 points and eight assists and shooting a poor clip by his standards (38% FG, compared to 46% last season). This shouldn’t turn you off picking him though, because he’s a superstar and is too competitive to stay in a form slump for long. He also comes up against a favourable match-up against the Pacers, who only have one good defensive guard in Victor Oladipo, who will surely go to The Beard.
Player of difference
This section is for players that won’t be selected by many people, thus making them a great unique pick.
Our POD fantasy selection for Monday is Gary Harris (Denver Nuggets). Harris is a terrific young player and is one of the reasons why the Nuggets are taking names early in the season. At just 24-years-old, Harris is averaging over 17 points, three assists and three rebounds per game and is also handy on the defensive side of the ball. However, Harris has really struggled with his three-point shot, nailing just 27% from downtown this season, which is well down on his previous two seasons where he shot 40% and 42% from deep. Law of averages means Harris is due for a string of big games and we have a feeling it may come against the Bucks, who play at one of the fastest paces in the league. Faster pace equals more possessions, so even if Harris isn’t right on top of his game, there’s still the insurance that he will get more touches.
Who to avoid
Another important thing to know in fantasy is who not to pick in a certain slate. Here, we’re looking at players that come up against unfavourable match-ups and are likely to have a quieter games.
Someone who we recommend avoiding in this slate is Gordon Hayward (Boston Celtics). Hayward has struggled to get back in rhythm this season after missing much of the last due to injury. This season he’s averaging just 10 points and five rebounds in 25 minutes per contest. His shooting is also at the lowest percentage it’s been at since he entered the league (39% FG, 32% 3FG). Although we do expect a great player like Hayward to bounce back to form sooner rather than later, it’s not worth the gamble against the Blazers, who boast some of the league’s best forward defenders.