Ty-Wreak Havoc on Opponents

After dominating the Mavericks his last time out, Tyreke Evans’ price tag depreciated for some reason. At just $12,700, there is no reason to fade Evans tonight. Check out daily fantasy expert Ricky Sanders’ recommended plays to help you fill out your roster for today’s NBA contests.

Guards:

Devin Booker, Suns, $14,000 – The way to beat the Pelicans is by mid-range jump shooting from a wing. Need proof? DeMar DeRozan has posted at least 48 fantasy points in both his meetings against the Pelicans this year and he shot at least 43-percent from the field in each (and averaged 29.0 points per game (PPG) in the meetings). Well, Devin Booker has averaged the seventh most pull up attempts per game and the sixth most points per game (PPG) from pull up shooting. Since Booker is not a point guard (PG), he will avoid the defense of Jrue Holiday, and he also is not dependent on driving the lane against the twin towers of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, which is a positive. If Booker’s shot is on, the sky is the limit for him in a game with the highest over/under of any game on the slate (229 points). Whereas Booker will cost about 15.6-percent of the overall budget on competing sites, he will only cost 14.0-percent on FantasyDraft. This is simply too cheap and Booker should be primed to crush value tonight.

Tyreke Evans, Grizzlies, $12,700 – All Tyreke Evans did last game was drop 43.75 fantasy points against a slow-paced Mavericks team last game and his price depreciated $100 following that performance. With Mike Conley off the floor for the Grizzlies this season, Evans is leading the team in both usage rate (USG%) and fantasy points per minute (FPPM). In his current role with the team, being that the team’s starting PG is out, Evans is a virtual lock to exceed 30 minutes against a Nuggets team that ranks 21st in defensive efficiency. Recently, the Nuggets lost Paul Millsap, which means more minutes for smaller players who Evans matches up against better. Consequently, Evans’ minutes could creep up into the mid-30s, which is noteworthy for a player averaging 1.24 FPPM. In a projected close, high-scoring affair, the sky is the limit for Evans.

Rajon Rondo, Pelicans, $10,100 – Since his return from injury, Rajon Rondo’s minutes have slowly been creeping up, and he has now played 54 minutes in the last two games combined. No team has allowed more fantasy points per game (FPPG) to opposing guards this season than the Suns so this is quite clearly an elite matchup for Rondo. A slight concern is the fact this is the front end of a back-to-back but they play the Warriors on Saturday. If Rondo were to sit one of the games, or have his minutes scaled back, the likelier scenario would be him playing less against arguably the best team in the game. In a more competitive game, like the one against the Suns, he should see a normal minute allotment. The Suns have allowed the most PPG in transition and the fourth most PPG to opponents on cut plays. Anthony Davis is amongst the league leaders in cutting and Rondo can also fall into some easy assists in transition. This is a great spot for Rondo to blow up for the first time in 2017 so fantasy owners will not want to miss out.

Forward/Center:

Anthony Davis, Pelicans, $18,800 – Speaking of Pelicans, Anthony Davis is in such an unbelievable spot tonight. Vegas is implying a slate-high 117.5 points for the Pelicans on Friday evening against a Suns team ill-equipped to defend a physical freak like Davis. Seriously, the Suns will attempt to counter him with Marquese Chriss (a foul machine), Dragan Bender (no chance) and maybe even one of their many centers at some point. None of them have a chance especially considering the team’s struggles against both cuts and in transition; Davis is one of the faster frontcourt members in the league. His usage was sky-high last year but Davis topped 47 fantasy points in three of his four games against this very team last year and now he will match up against their power forwards (PFs) instead of centers. Good luck, Suns.

John Collins, Hawks, $9,500 – John Collins started last game and played a whopping 38 minutes which led to 14 points (PTS), 10 rebounds (REB), four steals (STL) and 39.50 fantasy points. Most impressively, he squared off against Blake Griffin and remained out of foul trouble enough to stay in the game for 38 minutes. Hell, Collins averages the 10th most fouls per minute of any player who has played 100-plus minutes so fouls are always a concern for him. Tonight, he will square off against Kristaps Porzingis who is more reliant upon jump shooting than Griffin, which will decrease the foul risk for Collins. Thus far, Collins has averaged 39.98 fantasy points per-36 minutes and he is still only 18 games into his NBA career. Oh, by the way, both Mike Muscala and Luke Babbitt have already been ruled out for Friday’s contest as well which should open up some additional minutes. The kid is only getting better, but assuming he starts, he should exceed value by accident.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Hornets, $7,500 – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will be forced into heavy minutes as he is called upon to defend LeBron James in this contest. In his last meeting against the Cavaliers, Kidd-Gilchrist went off because his mid-range shot was falling, and that is not sustainable in the long run. However, the minutes are guaranteed and there are still reasons to like the matchup (especially at this price point). Dwight Howard will be matched up against Kevin Love at the center spots which means he will habitually have to step out on the shooter. With Howard away from the basket, Kidd-Gilchrist should fall into some additional rebounding opportunities. Furthermore, the Cavaliers rank dead last in team defensive efficiency so Kidd-Gilchrist already should be expected to be more efficient than usual. If he tops 31 minutes for the fourth consecutive game, there is no reason he should not exceed 20 fantasy points.

*Note: stats are accurate as of Thursday, November 23

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders is a fantasy sports expert with over 15 years of playing experience. After starting several freelance fantasy sports blogs, Ricky moved up in the fantasy industry when he joined Going9 Baseball. He wrote fantasy baseball content and had a weekly radio spot on the site’s SiriusXM Satellite Radio show. Shortly thereafter, in early 2013, Ricky joined RotoExperts as a three-sport fantasy contributor, eventually becoming one of the site’s lead basketball writers. While writing for RotoExperts, Ricky was introduced to daily fantasy sports and immediately fell in love. With help from some of his mentors, some of the best DFS players in the world, he honed his skills and became the daily fantasy expert he is today. When RotoExperts created a daily-focused website called DailyRoto.com, Ricky was brought on as one of the main contributors. He still makes frequent appearances on the RotoExperts SiriusXM Radio show and on the FNTSY Sports Television Network, talking daily fantasy sports. He also continues to write for a few DFS content sites: RotoCurve and The Fantasy Fix. Ricky is a proud and active member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He has agreed to be a writer and representative for the FantasyDraft brand and serves as an ambassador to the site. He has no more access to the site than the typical user. Don’t hesitate to contact Ricky with questions on Twitter @RSandersDFS.

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