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Fantasy Basketball Week 14: Who’s hot, who’s not, and DFS advice for Monday

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Week 14’s Monday Martin Luther King Day slate will follow Sunday’s four-game slate. While the 12-game slate began earlier than usual, the main, five-game slate will run from 7 to 10:30 p.m. ET. We’ll go over who some of the weekend’s best and worst performers were ahead of the action and discuss what DFS option could make all the difference in Monday’s late slate here.

Who’s hot

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The reigning MVP dominated this weekend and wrapped things up on Sunday with a triple-double in a loss to the Jazz. Jokic averaged 21 points, 13.5 rebounds, and 13.5 assists per game over the weekend and powered Denver to an impressive blowout victory against the Lakers on Saturday. It’s not surprising to see this year’s top fantasy performer playing at such a high level, but he’s entering Week 14 especially hot.

Wood has struggled to match last year’s production level at times but is coming off one of his stronger weeks of the season. The Rockets big man helped power his team to a pair of wins while averaging 21.5 points and 9.8 rebounds on 50.8 percent shooting. Wood’s also made 10 threes over his previous four games while converting his attempts at a 43.5 percent clip. A Monday matchup against Utah could bring him crashing back down to Earth, though.

KAT ended Week 12 with a 40-point outburst and carried the momentum from that performance into Week 13. While Minnesota’s star center didn’t put together any spectacular stat lines ahead of Week 14, he was consistently productive and averaged 25.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists on 58.5 percent shooting across three games. There’s a large gap between this year’s second-most effective fantasy center and Jokic, but Towns has been no slouch when available. 

Who’s not

Thompson’s working his way back into things after two years off and still has a ways to go as a fantasy asset. While he’s provided upside as a scorer, he’s shooting under 40 percent from the field and three. The Warriors sharpshooter was a 20-point scorer in his previous five seasons, and he’ll need to improve his efficiency significantly to get back to that mark.

DFS target to watch

“The Stifle Tower” is back on the hardwood after a spell in health and safety protocols and had a typical performance against the Jazz on Sunday. Gobert tallied 18 points and 19 rebounds against a Nuggets team that’s extremely sturdy on defense. The Lakers don’t have a proper starting center with Anthony Davis hurt, so I expect Gobert to get plenty of lob and second-chance points while he dominates the boards on Monday. A double-double should be a foregone conclusion in this matchup.

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