One Moore Time

E’Twaun Moore has averaged more than 20 points per game in the contests Anthony Davis has sat out this season so do not hesitate to lock him into lineups at only $8,800 tonight! Check out daily fantasy expert Ricky Sanders’ recommended plays to help you fill out your roster for today’s NBA contests.

 

Guards (G):

Jrue Holiday, Pelicans, $12,900 – The most impactful injury of the evening is the one to Anthony Davis as his absence drastically changes the outlook of multiple players on the Pelicans…starting with Jrue Holiday. In the five games Davis has missed previously this year, Holiday has averaged 27.0 points per game (PPG), 4.0 rebounds per game (RPG), 6.0 assists per game (APG), 1.2 steals per game (SPG) and 0.4 blocks per game in 38.6 minutes per game (MPG) en route to 44.3 fantasy points per game (FPPG). Playing alongside Davis this year, Holiday has only garnered 21.3-percent of the usage and averaged 0.89 fantasy points per minute (FPPM) compared to 23.8-percent usage and 1.01 FPPM with Davis on the bench. Without Mike Conley, the Grizzlies have only ranked 22nd in defensive efficiency against opposing point guards (PGs) over the course of their last 10 games, so this matchup is not as scary as it seems. In this spot, Holiday is about $1,000 cheaper than he should be, so take the price discount all the way to the bank.

 

Dennis Schroder, Hawks, $12,400 – Only the Cavaliers, Hornets and Clippers have allowed more points per possession (PPP) on isolation plays than the Nuggets and Gary Harris is the team’s lone scary defender. Luckily for Dennis Schroder, he only guards the opposing team’s top wing, so the speedy PG will avoid the tough individual matchup. Instead, he will face a Nuggets squad that ranks 28th in defensive efficiency versus opposing PGs this year, and one that has allowed the ninth highest field goal percentage (FG%) on the position. The only scary part of this matchup is the spread as the Nuggets are listed as 9.5-point home favorites. Over the course of the last two seasons, Schroder has faced the Nuggets twice, and he has not fallen below 35.75 fantasy points in any of the three meetings. In fact, he has averaged 43.50 FPPG against them, and he should post a similar performance if the Hawks can just keep this one close.

 

Caris LeVert, Nets, $10,100 – Last game was an anomaly for Caris LeVert. Not only was it his first game back from a groin injury but Coach Kenny Atkinson also announced he would be limiting LeVert’s minutes a bit. To be fair, LeVert still played nearly 27 minutes, but he was rusty and it showed with his poor shooting. When all said and done, LeVert only made 2-13 shots, but the good news is he still posted a usage rate (USG%) of 23.2-percent, which is close to in line with his recent game log. Now, on Wednesday, the team is going to be without both Allen Crabbe and DeMarre Carroll, which means LeVert will likely end up closing one again (he played overtime last game). These injuries sneakily could open up a path for 30 minutes for a player who is both incredibly efficiency normally and a guy who averages over 1.0 FPPM with both Crabbe/Carroll off the court. Some will jump off the bandwagon because of his last poor performance but now is the proper time to buy LeVert.

 

E’Twaun Moore, Pelicans, $8,800 – Like the aforementioned Holiday, E’Twaun Moore’s role increases in the offense with Davis out, as he is the team’s third leading scorer with Davis out. In those five games, Moore has averaged a healthy 21.6 PPG on 62.7-percent shooting! While fantasy owners cannot expect that sort of lights out shooting to continue, Moore is a player shooting nearly 55-percent from the field for the season. Find Moore open and he is going to knock down wide-open shots. The good news on this team is they feature two PGs in the starting lineup (Holiday, Rajon Rondo) plus DeMarcus Cousins is an excellent passer as well. There is nothing scary about the matchup versus the wing defenders on the Grizzlies these days so expect Moore to flirt with 20 points (PTS) despite being priced below $9,000. He is one of the best value plays of the slate.

 

Forward/Centers (F/C):

DeMarcus Cousins, Pelicans, $20,100 – Look, Cousins is a beast all the time, but especially when he is not competing for touches with Davis. Amazingly, with Davis off the floor this year, Cousins is averaging an unbelievable 1.72 FPPM, which equates to around 60.20 fantasy points in a normal 35-minute allotment. Of course, the individual matchup against Marc Gasol is not easy by any means, but Cousins has dropped 58-plus fantasy points in each of his two meetings versus the Grizzlies as a member of the Pelicans. With the Kings, his outings were not quite as impressive, but his starting cast was questionable and normally led to Grizzlies dominations. In a game where Cousins should be flirting with 40-percent usage, he arguably has the highest floor on the entire slate of any player not named Russell Westbrook (who is more expensive). Despite the subpar matchup, Cousins should dominate, and can be rostered in both cash games and tournaments.

 

Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves, $16,200 – Last, but not least, Karl-Anthony Towns is just too darn cheap! On competing sites, Towns is priced around 18-percent of overall budget, where he will only cost 16.2-percent of the budget on FantasyDraft! At that price point, I would play him against almost anyone, which certainly includes a Thunder team he has dominated throughout the course of his young career. Steven Adams is not exactly comfortable guarding jump shooters and Carmelo Anthony is a joke of an individual matchup for Towns. Consequently, it is easy to comprehend how Towns has managed at least 46 fantasy points in four of his last five meetings against this team, including two 60-plus fantasy point performances. Oh, by the way, the Timberwolves are listed as 4.0-point home favorites in this game, so he should flirt with 40-minutes on the court as per usual. What more needs to be said here? Towns is an elite play at this price point.

 

*Statistics are accurate as of Tuesday, January 9

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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