Don’t Go Breaking My Hart

Over the course of his last two games, Josh Hart has averaged a whopping 37.0 minutes per game and 36.9 fantasy points per game, and now he will face a Suns defense that ranks 29th in defensive efficiency versus opposing backcourts. Here are my picks for Tuesday, February 6:

cash-plays

Guards (G) Forwards/Centers (F/C) Utility (UTIL)
Russell Westbrook,
$20,900
Giannis Antetokounmpo,
$20,700
James Harden,
$21,900
Stephen Curry,
$18,500
Kevin Durant,
$18,000
Chris Paul,
$17,800
Bradley Beal,
$16,500
Joel Embiid,
$16,700
Paul George,
$14,400
Ben Simmons,
$14,700
Draymond Green,
$13,900
Enes Kanter,
$13,600
DeMar DeRozan,
$14,100
Julius Randle,
$12,300
Josh Jackson,
$11,300
Eric Bledsoe,
$13,100
Jarrett Allen,
$11,300
Jonas Valanciunas,
$10,900
Dennis Schroder,
$12,500
Dewayne Dedmon,
$8,700
Andrew Harrison,
$9,500
Josh Hart,
$8,800
Zaza Pachulia,
$7,200
Dragan Bender,
$7,500
Tyler Ulis,
$8,700
Andre Iguodala,
$7,100
Mario Chalmers (if no Selden),
$7,500

tournament-plays

Guards (G) Forwards/Centers (F/C) Utility (UTIL)
Russell Westbrook,
$20,900
Giannis Antetokounmpo,
$20,700
James Harden,
$21,900
Stephen Curry,
$18,500
Kevin Durant,
$18,000
Paul George,
$14,400
Chris Paul,
$17,800
Joel Embiid,
$16,700
Enes Kanter,
$13,600
Ben Simmons,
$14,700
Draymond Green,
$13,900
Clinta Capela,
$13,600
Kyle Lowry,
$14,600
Julius Randle,
$12,300
Steven Adams,
$12,700
Eric Bledsoe,
$13,100
Jarrett Allen,
$11,300
Josh Jackson,
$11,300
Dennis Schroder,
$12,500
Brook Lopez,
$10,000
Jonas Valanciunas,
$10,900
Josh Hart,
$8,800
Zaza Pachulia,
$7,200
Dragan Bender,
$7,500
Tyler Ulis,
$8,700
Andre Iguodala,
$7,100
Mario Chalmers (if no Selden),
$7,500

preferred-play

Analysis:

Russell Westbrook, Thunder, $20,900 – The pace of this game is going to be insane as the contest opened with an over/under of 230-points. In his last meeting versus the Warriors, Russell Westbrook dropped 67 fantasy points, which marked the third time in his last four meetings agianst them in which he had managed at least that many fantasy points. Only six teams have allowed more points in transition this year than the Warriors and Westbrook ranks second in transition points per game (behind only Giannis Antetokounmpo). If spending up for one player, Westbrook is the guy.

Josh Hart, Lakers, $8,800 – The last few games, the Lakers have rolled out a starting lineup that includes Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle, Brook Lopez and Josh HartSince being moved into the starting lineup, Hart has erupted: 14.5 points per game (PPG), 12.5 rebounds per game (RPG), 2.0 assists per game (APG), 1.5 steals per game (SPG), 37.0 minutes per game and 36.9 fantasy points per game (FPPG). Now, Hart and company will square off against a Suns team that has allowed the second most fantasy points to opposing backcourts and a team that ranks 29th in defensive efficiency versus guards as well. Start him.

Tyler Ulis, Suns, $8,700 – Both Isaiah Canaan and Devin Booker have been ruled out for tonight’s contest so Tyler Ulis is destined for huge minutes by default. The team had been deploying Booker as their starting point guard (PG) so now they have literally no choice but to start Ulis and rely heavily on him. Down the stretch last year, Ulis was literally playing close to 40 minutes per night, so there is a sample size here. For what it is worth, Ulis has produced at least 21 fantasy points in each of his last four games in which he has topped 31 minutes played. Since he could legitimately reach 40, his upside stretches well above 3.0x value (26 fantasy points), so feel free to consider him in all formats.

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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