Towns and Country

Over the course of the last two seasons, Karl-Anthony Towns has faced the Rockets on five separate occasions, and he has topped 59 fantasy points all five times. Expect a similar performance from him tonight against a defense that allows a ton of points in the paint. Here are my picks for Tuesday, February 13:

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Guards (G) Forwards/Centers (F/C) Utility (UTIL)
Russell Westbrook (questionable),
$20,900
LeBron James,
$21,000
Giannis Antetokounmpo,
$20,500
James Harden,
$20,300
Jimmy Butler,
$17,400
Paul George (if no Westbrook or Anthony),
$17,400
Chris Paul,
$16,800
Nikola Jokic,
$16,000
Karl-Anthony Towns,
$15,900
De’Aaron Fox,
$12,800
Clint Capela,
$14,000
Dennis Smith Jr.,
$13,500
Will Barton,
$12,300
 Andrew Wiggins,
$12,100
Steven Adams,
$12,500
Jamal Murray,
$11,900
Willie Cauley-Stein,
$11,900
Dewayne Dedmon,
$11,100
Kyle Anderson,
$11,700
Pau Gasol,
$11,400
Davis Bertans,
$9,300
Raymond Felton (if no Westbrook),
$9,600
Jabari Parker,
$8,600
Rodney Hood,
$9,200
Jamal Crawford,
$6,800
Gorgui Dieng,
$6,600
J.R. Smith,
$9,000

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tournament-plays

Guards (G) Forwards/Centers (F/C) Utility (UTIL)
Russell Westbrook (questionable),
$20,900
LeBron James,
$21,000
Giannis Antetokounmpo,
$20,500
James Harden,
$20,300
Jimmy Butler,
$17,400
Paul George (if no Westbrook or Anthony),
$17,400
Chris Paul,
$16,800
Nikola Jokic,
$16,000
Karl-Anthony Towns,
$15,900
De’Aaron Fox,
$12,800
Clint Capela,
$14,000
Dennis Smith Jr.,
$13,500
Will Barton,
$12,300
 Andrew Wiggins,
$12,100
Steven Adams,
$12,500
Jamal Murray,
$11,900
Willie Cauley-Stein,
$11,900
Dewayne Dedmon,
$11,100
Kyle Anderson,
$11,700
Pau Gasol,
$11,400
Davis Bertans,
$9,300
Raymond Felton (if no Westbrook),
$9,600
Jabari Parker,
$8,600
Rodney Hood,
$9,200
J.R. Smith,
$9,000
Gorgui Dieng,
$6,600
Patrick Patterson (if no Anthony),
$7,100

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Analysis:

Chris Paul, Rockets, $16,800 – Only the Bulls’ bench rates worse in terms of defensive efficiency than the Timberwolves this season and Chris Paul plays extensive stints each half versus second units. Whereas James Harden will draw the defense of Jimmy Butler on the first unit, Paul will draw individual matchups against the likes of Tyus Jones and Jamal Crawford on the second unit with Gorgui Dieng guarding the rim. Furthremore, the Timberwolves are nothing more than a league average defense against ball-handlers in the pick-and-roll. Paul is more than $3,000 cheaper than his teammate Harden and he provides the vastly superior per-dollar investment.

Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves, $15,900 – Arguably the best play on the slate tonight is Karl-Anthony Towns versus a Rockets team he has crushed the last two seasons. During that span, Towns has faced the Rockets on five occasions, and he has averaged 64.2 fantasy points per game (FPPG) in those meetings (to go along with over 30 points per game (PPG) and more than 18 rebounds per game (RPG)). The Rockets allow opponents to reach the paint at the third highest frequency and the third most field goals per game within six feert of the basket. Combine all these factors and it is easy to see why Towns is an absolute lock.

Willie Cauley-Stein, Kings, $11,900 – Okay, so these two teams just squared off, and Willie Cauley-Stein only finished with 30.50 fantasy points, but the matchup against the Mavericks is fantastic. Not only do the Mavericks rank 26th in defensive efficiency versus opposing centers this year but they also allow the fourth most RPG to the position as well. Cauley-Stein has managed at least three combined blocks and steals in five of his last seven games and he has played 40-plus minutes in six of his last eight games. With Skal Labissiere set to return soon, the time to roster Cauley-Stein without fear of his minutes tanking is running out. In what is one of the most favorable possible matchups for an opposing center, Cauley-Stein should be considered 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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