All Pau-erful

Since the beginning of January, LaMarcus Aldridge has missed two games, and Pau Gasol has averaged 29.2 minutes per game, 14.5 points per game, 11.0 rebounds per game and 4.5 assists per game in those contests. At just $9,900, Gasol is way too cheap to pass on. Here are my picks for Monday, February 12:

cash-plays

Guards (G) Forwards/Centers (F/C) Utility (UTIL)
Stephen Curry (especially if no Durant),
$20,500
Anthony Davis,
$21,200
Andre Drummond,
$18,900
Ben Simmons,
$16,100
Kevin Durant (especially if no Curry),
$17,900
Joel Embiid,
$17,700
Lou Williams,
$13,900
Blake Griffin,
$17,300
Jrue Holiday,
$13,600
Devin Booker (questionable),
$13,700
DeAndre Jordan,
$13,600
Enes Kanter,
$13,400
Donovan Mitchell,
$13,200
Nikola Mirotic,
$13,200
Klay Thompson,
$12,500
Zach LaVine,
$12,800
Rudy Gobert,
$12,800
Danilo Gallinari,
$12,400
Spencer Dinwiddie,
$12,600
Pau Gasol,
$9,900
Elfrid Payton,
$12,100
Jerian Grant,
$9,800
Royce O’Neale (if no Rubio),
$7,900
Michael Beasley,
$11,900
Emmanuel Mudiay,
$8,300
Andre Iguodala (especially if Curry or Durant out),
$7,100
Zaza Pachulia,
$6,800

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tournament-plays

Guards (G) Forwards/Centers (F/C) Utility (UTIL)
Stephen Curry (especially if no Durant),
$20,500
Anthony Davis,
$21,200
Andre Drummond,
$18,900
Ben Simmons,
$16,100
Kevin Durant (especially if no Curry),
$17,900
Joel Embiid,
$17,700
Lou Williams,
$13,900
Blake Griffin,
$17,300
Jrue Holiday,
$13,600
Devin Booker (questionable),
$13,700
DeAndre Jordan,
$13,600
Enes Kanter,
$13,400
Donovan Mitchell,
$13,200
Nikola Mirotic,
$13,200
Klay Thompson,
$12,500
Zach LaVine,
$12,800
Tobias Harris,
$11,300
Danilo Gallinari,
$12,400
Spencer Dinwiddie,
$12,600
Pau Gasol,
$9,900
Michael Beasley,
$11,900
Jerian Grant,
$9,800
Robin Lopez,
$8,200
Shelvin Mack,
$9,200
Emmanuel Mudiay,
$8,300
Omri Casspi,
$6,300a
Zaza Pachulia,
$6,800

preferred-play

Analysis:

Zach LaVine, Bulls, $12,800 – Thus far, the Magic rank 26th in defensive efficiency versus opposing shooting guards (SGs) and 29th against opposing backcourts overall. Additionally, they have allowed the second most fantasy points per game (FPPG) to opposing backcourt, so this is a fantastic matchup for Zach LaVine. Over the course of his last 10 games, LaVine has garnered a 31.6-percent usage rate (USG%), and he has scored at least 21 points (PTS) in four straight games. Oh, by the way, teams reach the paint against the Magic at the second highest frequency and they allow the most points per game in the paint as well. Meanwhile, LaVine leads all active Bulls in drives per game (8.7), so he is the likeliest candidate to reach the paint. Essentially, the combination of LaVine’s recent role and the matchup dictates he should be priced well over $13,000, and yet he is only priced at $12,800. Lock him in and move on.

Michael Beasley, Knicks, $11,900 – On competing sites, Michael Beasley is priced around 13.6-percent of overall budget, whereas he only costs 11.9-percent of budget on FantasyDraft. In the last two months alone, Beasley has averaged 38.8 FPPG without Kristaps Porzingis in the rotation, and he is coming off a 16-13 double-double versus the Pacers yesterday afternoon. Beasley is consistently flirting with a 30-percent usage rate and he is probably the team’s most consistent offensive producer now that Porzingis will miss the remainder of the season. In his current role, Beasley demands a price point closer to $14,000, so despite the fact the team is listed as 12.0-point underdogs, Beasley is a viable play in all formats.

Pau Gasol, Spurs, $9,900 – Speaking of players who are too cheap, Pau Gasol is priced below $10,000 despite the fact LaMarcus Aldridge has already been ruled out for tonight’s game against the Jazz. Since the start of the year, Aldridge has missed two games, and Gasol has averaged 29.2 minutes per game (MPG), 14.5 points per game (PPG), 11.0 rebounds per game (RPG), 4.5 assists per game (APG) and 35.3 FPPG in those contests. Although he will face a difficult individual matchup versus Rudy Gobert, he can produce fantasy points in more ways than just scoring, so he still possesses an incredibly high floor (especially with Aldridge out). Gasol will touch the ball significantly more than when Aldridge is in the rotation which should lead to a productive outing by default for the savvy veteran.

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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