Fantasy Basketball: Who’s hot, who’s not plus a prime Tuesday value DFS play

The NBA’s main roster on Monday was light, with only four games played between 7 and 8 p.m. ET. Jimmy Butler has bounced back from a couple of disappointing losses to become the Fantasy Player of the Night, dropping one assist to a triple-double, but other players have been a bit more consistent lately. We’ll discuss who’s cool and who’s not and play DFS on Tuesday here.

Who is hot

James Harden

RN • PG • #1

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Harden has played enough games to be considered an assist leader this year and was in tears after missing his first All-Star selection since 2012. The Philadelphia 76ers guard had 20 points with six rebounds and 12 assists on Monday. He also averaged 24.0 points, 9.0 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game compared to his previous three games, while averaging 44% shooting accuracy from three games on 8.3 attempts per game.

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Marvin Bagley III

IT • S • # 35

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Bagley hasn’t missed a beat since he got back to the park after having surgery on his thumb. The Detroit Pistons bought Nerlens Noel’s contract, and the Bagleys made the most of the frontcourt. On Monday, he recorded a second straight double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds against the Charlotte Hornets. However, the return of Isaiah Stewart could cut Bagley’s production later this week.

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Gordon Hayward


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Hayward is healthy and thriving since Jayden McDaniels moved to the 76ers. The Hornets wing had 19 points, five rebounds, six assists and a pair of steals against the Pistons on Monday. Hayward averaged 19.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists over his previous seven games. He will now need to carry more points and loads as LaMelo Ball will miss significant time with a broken ankle.

Who is not

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Jalen Brunson

New York • PG • #11

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The snub-nosed Brunson All-Star heater has come to an end. The New York Knicks point guard hasn’t had this much fun since the All-Star Game. He averaged 16.7 points, 5.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds on 33.3 percent shooting over his previous three games. All of these numbers are below its 2022-23 averages. He’s bound to bounce back at some point, but he didn’t end February on a high note.

DFS play

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Chris Dunn

UTA • PG • #11

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Jordan Clarkson will miss the Utah Jazz’s game against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday, so Dunn looks set to be the team’s primary playmaker. He had 15 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in just 23 minutes the last time, despite coming off the bench. He has a real shot at starting, given that Frank Jackson hasn’t played since signing with the Jazz. Even if Talen Horton-Tucker gets the call, he’ll need a lot of support from a legitimate primary ball handler.

Still deciding who to commit to your DFS list? Below we’ve identified a player to ban and one to avoid until cautioned, but you can check out my full selection of stud and value play in each position by heading over to SportsLine.


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