LeBrontourage

After making multiple trades right before the deadline, the Cavaliers are going to be awfully thin on Friday considering their newly-acquired players will not be active. Expect LeBron James to dominate the usage. Here are my picks for Friday, February 9:

cash-plays

Guards (G) Forwards/Centers (F/C) Utility (UTIL)
James Harden,
$20,800
LeBron James,
$22,300
Giannis Antetokounmpo,
$20,100
Chris Paul,
$17,500
Anthony Davis,
$19,600
Andre Drummond,
$18,300
Ben Simmons,
$15,700
Jimmy Butler,
$17,600
Joel Embiid,
$17,200
Jrue Holiday,
$14,300
Blake Griffin,
$16,200
Nikola Jokic,
$16,000
Victor Oladipo,
$13,800
Al Horford,
$13,700
Kyrie Irving,
$14,500
Ricky Rubio,
$13,300
Rudy Gobert,
$12,600
Clint Capela,
$12,700
Zach LaVine,
$11,700
Zach Randolph,
$10,000
Taurean Prince,
$10,100
J.R. Smith,
$9,300
Jeff Green,
$8,600
Tristan Thompson,
$9,900
Kyle Korver,
$7,300
Cedi Osman,
$6,100
Garrett Temple,
$7,800

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tournament-plays

Guards (G) Forwards/Centers (F/C) Utility (UTIL)
James Harden,
$20,800
LeBron James,
$22,300
Giannis Antetokounmpo,
$20,100
Chris Paul,
$17,500
Anthony Davis,
$19,600
Joel Embiid,
$17,200
Ben Simmons,
$15,700
Jimmy Butler,
$17,600
Damian Lillard,
$16,300
Jrue Holiday,
$14,300
Blake Griffin,
$16,200
Nikola Jokic,
$16,000
Victor Oladipo,
$13,800
Clint Capela,
$12,700
Kyrie Irving,
$14,500
Ricky Rubio,
$13,300
Rudy Gobert,
$12,600
Will Barton,
$12,700
Zach LaVine,
$11,700
Bobby Portis,
$11,000
Taurean Prince,
$10,100
J.R. Smith,
$9,300
Jeff Green,
$8,600
Ed Davis,
$8,200
Kyle Korver,
$7,300
Cedi Osman,
$6,100
Garrett Temple,
$7,800

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Analysis:

LeBron James, Cavaliers, $22,300 – Following the trade deadline, the Cavaliers are left with half a team in the short team as the newly-acquired group Rodney Hood, Larry Nance Jr., Jordan Clarkson and George Hill are all not expected to be ready to play. In other words, LeBron James is going to run the entire offense with Jose Calderon as the only active player with the ability to handle the ball. In 57 minutes without Jae Crowder, Channing Frye, Kevin Love, Derrick Rose, Isaiah Thomas and Dwyane Wade on the floor this year, James has averaged 1.55 fantasy points per minute (FPPM) and has managed a 36.6-percent usage rate (USG%). The price may seem outrageous but the Cavaliers are going to have to be the James show for them to compete in this game. Coming off an 80 fantasy point outburst, James possesses similar upside on Friday.

Ricky Rubio, Jazz, $13,300 – The hottest player in the NBA right now may be Ricky Rubio and the matchup against the Hornets looks excellent on paper. Not only are the Hornets a poor defense against ball-handlers in the pick-and-roll (seventh most points allowed) but they also rank 20th in defensive efficiency versus opposing point guards (PGs) over the course of their last five games. Amazingly, Rubio has topped 26-percent usage in four of his last five games and has managed at least 40 fantasy points in every game during that stretch. Furthermore, the Hornets struggle against roll men in the pick-and-roll, so Rubio should find Rudy Gobert for easy baskets all night long too. Keep riding the Rubio train. Choo choo!

Kyle Korver, Cavaliers, $7,300 – Of all the Cavaliers left not named James, Kyle Korver is my favorite per-dollar investment of the evening as he already has averaged 16 points per game (PPG) against the Hawks this year (prior to all the inactives). Sans all the traded players on the floor, Korver ranks second on the team in FPPM (0.86) and he also ranks second in usage rate amongst those who play. Furthermore, he has attempted six-plus threes in back-to-back games and he is the NBA’s three-time reigning champ in three-point percentage. When he launches from deep, they often go in, and extra shots will be available to him tonight at a sub-$7,500 cost. On FantasyDraft, the scoring system awards a 0.5 fantasy point bonus for hitting a three-point shot, and Korver should hit more than a few in this game.

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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