Rondo Boy Fresh

Rajon Rondo has double-doubled in three straight games and will now draw a date with a Nuggets backcourt that ranks 23rd in efficiency. At his mid-tier price point, Rondo is an excellent value. Check out daily fantasy expert Ricky Sanders’ recommended plays to help you fill out your roster for today’s NBA contests.


Jrue Holiday, Pelicans, $12,100 – Last game versus the Warriors, Jrue Holiday was masterful, as he scored 34 points (PTS) on just 21 shots and 61.9-percent shooting. Although the statistics in a limited sample size suggested Holiday meshed better with Anthony Davis on the court than DeMarcus Cousins, Holiday did not exactly look lost on the court. The added usage served him well and Holiday played a whopping 38 minutes as his offense is of the utmost importance with the team’s second-leading scorer (Davis) currently sidelined. On Wednesday, the Pelicans will square off against a Nuggets team that ranks 27th in point guard (PG) efficiency defense. Furthermore, Holiday is playing in multiple two and three guard sets, so it is worth noting the Nuggets rank 23rd in backcourt efficiency defense as well. In 2017, Holiday has averaged 31.50 fantasy points per game with Davis out but that number increases to 40.25 without the team’s starting power forward (PF). All Holiday needs is 36 fantasy points to reach about 3.0x value and he should be able to do that in his sleep in this spot.

Rajon Rondo, Pelicans, $10,800 – Prepare to hear a lot about this game in this article because it is incredibly stackable due to the fast pace and all the inactives on both teams. As noted in this article a few days ago, Rajon Rondo has preferring playing alongside Cousins as opposed to Davis and it shows in the underlying numbers. With Davis on the floor, Rondo has posted a 32.8-percent assist rate and has averaged 0.89 fantasy points per minute (FPPM). On the other hand, Rondo has averaged 1.13 fantasy FPPM without Davis on the floor to go along with a ridiculous 46.9-percent assist rate. Heading into Wednesday, Rondo has topped 38 fantasy points in three straight games and he has double-doubled in each of those contests. In another fast-paced affair, Rondo should prove to be a fantastic per-dollar investment once again despite the rising price tag.


DeMarcus Cousins, Pelicans, $19,900 – Pelicans, Pelicans and more Pelicans; DeMarcus Cousins rounds out the trio of Pelicans covered in this article and he, of course, is the best of the bunch. Sure, Cousins used to play for Coach Mike Malone, so he knows all his tendencies, and that is a small concern. In Cousins’ last game against Malone, he was held to just 26 fantasy points in 25 minutes, but the team was blown out in epic fashion (they lost 146-114) Davis suited up for that contest. Without Davis, Cousins is the only show in town, and he averages a ridiculous 1.64 FPPM. In an average game, that means that 35 minutes of court time from Cousins would equate to 57.4 fantasy points, and this is no average matchup. The Nuggets are missing both starting members of their frontcourt and Cousins absolutely dominated Plumlee when he was starting for the Trail Blazers last season. In three games against Plumlee, Cousins averaged 63.9 fantasy points and 36.5 points per game (PPG). The way the rotation is currently constructed, Cousins is a threat to top 60 fantasy points every game, and he probably will tonight. Do not miss out on a Cousins blowup game.

Kevin Durant, Warriors, $19,600 – While the numbers are not quite as ridiculous for Kevin Durant without Stephen Curry, he is still a beast in his own right, and he is forced to shoot more without the star PG on the floor. In 592 minutes playing alongside Curry this year, Durant has managed a 28.0-percent usage rate (USG%) but that number kicks up to 31.2-percent with Curry on the bench. Vegas Is only listing the Warriors as 5.0-point favorites in Charlotte tonight which means this game should remain close throughout and the Warriors starters will receive a full allotment of minutes. The team features three superstars who now move up the totem pole in terms of their importance on offense so they are all theoretically underpriced. Facing a Hornets team that ranks below average in terms of small forward (SF) and power forward (PF) efficiency defense, Durant is amongst the safest plays on the slate.

Kenneth Faried, Nuggets, $9,800 – Since Nikola Jokic went down with a sprained ankle, Kenneth Faried has posted a 13 point (PTS), nine rebound (REB) near double-double (27.25 fantasy points) and a 13 PTS, 11 REB actual double-double (31.25 fantasy points). Most importantly, he has played minutes up into the high-20s in each contest which is important because he is a 1.0 FPPM producer for the season. This evening, Mason Plumlee will be battling it out with Cousins down low, which opens additional rebounding opportunities for Faried against smaller players such as Dante Cunningham and Darius Miller. Seriously, those are the other players active in the frontcourt for the Pelicans, and they have no choice but to deploy them for extended periods (Cunningham averaging 23.0 minutes per game his last two games). Now, factor in the projected quick pace of this game (218.5 over/under) and it would be shocking if Faried did not at least flirt with another double-double tonight.

Mason Plumlee, Nuggets, $8,800 – Last, but not least, Mason Plumlee is a great play in his own right for those comfortable stacking the Nuggets frontcourt. Both are destined for minutes in the upper-20s assuming Plumlee can stay out of foul trouble. On Monday night, Plumlee’s minutes were limited because his size was not necessary against an incredibly small Mavericks team. However, a true center will be necessary to match up against Cousins and Plumlee has an excellent history against the All-Star. In four meetings against Cousins last year, Plumlee did not sink below 33 fantasy points in any of the gmaes, and he even dropped a 27-13-5 double-double en route to 57.75 fantasy points. He will have to match a lot of Cousins’ minutes being that he is the only active center on the team and that should lead to him exceeding value by accident at this joke of a price point. Do not worry about last game for Plumlee; that would be simply game log hunting. Instead, play the matchup and reap the benefits.

*Note: stats are accurate as of Tuesday, December 5

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, 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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