We Beas Who We Beas

Without both Kristaps Porzingis and Enes Kanter on the court this season, Michael Beasley is averaging a ridiculous 1.25 fantasy points per minute, and he is destined to see over 30 minutes this evening. Play him in all formats. Here are my picks for Thursday, February 8:

cash-plays

Guards (G) Forwards/Centers (F/C) Utility (UTIL)
Russell Westbrook (questionable),
$21,900
Kevin Durant (questionable),
$18,900
Stephen Curry (especially if no Durant),
$19,500
Damian Lillard,
$16,600
Paul Geroge (especially if no Anthony or Westbrook),
$16,500
Dwight Howard,
$14,500
Bradley Beal,
$16,100
Michael Beasley,
$13,200
Steven Adams,
$12,800
C.J. McCollum,
$14,500
Julius Randle,
$13,000
Otto Porter Jr.,
$12,500
DeMar DeRozan,
$14,400
Brandon Ingram,
$12,500
Carmelo Anthony (if no Westbrook),
$12,200
Dennis Schröder,
$13,500
Jonas Valanciunas,
$11,200
Jusuf Nurkic,
$11,700
Klay Thompson,
$12,900
Brook Lopez,
$10,200
Fred VanVleet,
$8,900
J.J. Barea,
$8,900
Dewayne Dedmon,
$9,200
Kyle O’Quinn,
$8,600
Shelvin Mack,
$7,000
Dwight Powell,
$8,400
D.J. Augustin,
$7,100

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tournament-plays

Guards (G) Forwards/Centers (F/C) Utility (UTIL)
Russell Westbrook (questionable),
$21,900
Kevin Durant (questionable),
$18,900
Stephen Curry (especially if no Durant),
$19,500
Damian Lillard,
$16,600
Paul Geroge (especially if no Anthony or Westbrook),
$16,500
Bradley Beal,
$16,100
Kemba Walker,
$16,500
Michael Beasley,
$13,200
Dwight Howard,
$14,500
C.J. McCollum,
$14,500
Julius Randle,
$13,000
Dennis Schröder,
$13,500
DeMar DeRozan,
$14,400
Brandon Ingram,
$12,500
Jusuf Nurkic,
$11,700
Klay Thompson,
$12,900
Otto Porter Jr.,
$12,500
Jonas Valanciunas,
$11,200
Josh Hart,
$10,600
Brook Lopez,
$10,200
Fred VanVleet,
$8,900
J.J. Barea,
$8,900
Kyle O’Quinn,
$8,600
D.J. Augustin,
$7,100
Raymond Felton (if no Westbrook),
$6,500
Dwight Powell,
$8,400
Shelvin Mack,
$7,000

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Analysis:

Stephen Curry, Warriors, $19,500 – No team in the league has allowed more points per possession (PPP) on spot up shots this season than the Mavericks and Kevin Durant is listed as questionable. If Durant sits, Curry will be looking at the role of the clear number one scoring option on this team, and he is averaging 1.71 fantasy points per minute (FPPM) without the superstar forward on the court this year. Oh, by the way, the Mavericks rank 27th in point guard efficiency defense as well so all the stars are aligned for Curry in this matchup. Fading him is a gigantic risk.

Michael Beasley, Knicks, $13,200 – Kristaps Porzingis has been ruled out for the remainder of the season and Enes Kanter is supposed to miss tonight’s game due to dental surgery so the frontcourt will be all Michael Beasley‘s. Sans both the starting frontcourt on the floor, Beasley is averaging a hefty 1.25 FPPM this year and he has garnered a 33.6-percent usage rate (USG%). Thus far, Beasley has averaged 29 minutes per game (MPG) in the games just Porzingis has missed this year, so he could see his minutes stretch into the upper-30s in this contest. Despite the expensive price point, Beasley is worth every penny.

Kyle O’Quinn, Knicks, $8,600 – No matter how chalky Kyle O’Quinn is in this spot, you have to go ahead and eat the chalk. The only other frontcourt members active tonight are Beasley, Lance Thomas and the newly signed duo of Isaiah Hicks and Luke Kornet. Consequently, O’Quinn should enjoy some heavy minutes this evening too, and he is an efficient fantasy producer when givern minutes. In 578 minutes without either Porzingis or Kanter on the floor, O’Quinn has managed to produce 1.17 FPPM and average over a 16/11 double-double per-36 mintues. At $8,600, this is a crazy excellent bargain, so lock him in.

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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