GOAT-er Dame

Damian Lillard is going to have the carry the offensive load against the Warriors at home tonight and the pace of the game should be elite. Look for a monster game from the Trail Blazers point guard to close out the first half. Here are my picks for Wednesday, February 14:

cash-plays

Guards (G) Forwards/Centers (F/C) Utility (UTIL)
James Harden,
$20,900
Anthony Davis,
$21,100
Andre Drummond,
$18,100
Victor Oladipo,
$17,500
Kevin Durant,
$17,300
Joel Embiid,
$16,900
Damian Lillard,
$16,800
Dwight Howard,
$14,600
Bradley Beal,
$16,300
Donovan Mitchell (especially if no Rubio),
$14,800
Clint Capela,
$14,400
Ben Simmons,
$14,700
Kyrie Irving,
$14,200
Nikola Mirotic,
$13,600
Otto Porter,
$13,500
Spencer Dinwiddie,
$12,300
Enes Kanter,
$13,200
Josh Jackson (if no Booker),
$11,300
Goran Dragic,
$11,400
Dario Saric,
$12,000
D’Angelo Russell,
$10,600
Allen Crabbe,
$10,100
Brook Lopez,
$9,900
Cory Joseph,
$8,800
Joe Harris,
$8,600
Robin Lopez,
$8,500
Fred VanVleet,
$8,500

preferred-play

tournament-plays

Guards (G) Forwards/Centers (F/C) Utility (UTIL)
James Harden,
$20,900
Anthony Davis,
$21,100
Andre Drummond,
$18,100
Victor Oladipo,
$17,500
Kevin Durant,
$17,300
Joel Embiid,
$16,900
Damian Lillard,
$16,800
Dwight Howard,
$14,600
Bradley Beal,
$16,300
Donovan Mitchell (especially if no Rubio),
$14,800
Michael Beasley,
$13,900
Ben Simmons,
$14,700
DeMar DeRozan,
$14,400
Nikola Mirotic,
$13,600
Dario Saric,
$12,000
Spencer Dinwiddie,
$12,300
Enes Kanter,
$13,200
Josh Jackson (if no Booker),
$11,300
Goran Dragic,
$11,400
Brook Lopez,
$9,900
D’Angelo Russell,
$10,600
Allen Crabbe,
$10,100
Al-Farouq Aminu,
$9,700
Ed Davis (if no Nurkic),
$8,900
Joe Harris,
$8,600
Khem Birch,
$6,700
Robin Lopez,
$8,500

preferred-play

Analysis:

Anthony Davis, Pelicans, $21,100 – What a great spot Anthony Davis is in tonight versus a Lakers team that struggles against putbacks and one that allows teams in the paint against them at the sixth highest frequency. Since the injury to DeMarcus Cousins, the Pelicans have signficiantly picked up the pace, and that has led to more possessions on both sides of the floor. For a player like Davis who can score 40-plus points (PTS) and rack up the defensive stats, the pace differential is significant. No game is being projected to be higher-scoring on the slate than the tilt between the Pelicans and Lakers and Brook Lopez/Julius Randle will be tasked with slowing down Davis. Good luck.

Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers, $16,800 – Elfrid Payton just torched the Warriors for 45.50 fantasy points in 31 minutes, and while Damian Lillard plays a different style of point guard (PG), he has topped 30 PTS in two of his last four meetings against this tema as well. With this game being played in Portland, the Trail Blazers opened as only 5.5-point underdogs against the best team in the NBA. If they are going to remain close in this ballgame, they will need a huge game from their star player, and the Warriors have allowed the third most points per game (PPG) to opposing PGs over their last 10 games. Despite the substantial cost, Lillard has monstrous upside in this game.

D’Angelo Russell, Nets, $10,600 – Do not look now but D’Angelo Russell and his 30-plus percent usage is back to playing minutes in the mid-to-upper-20s and that means trouble for the rest of the league. Russell has attempted at least 17 shots in each of his last two games and this was a player averaging nearly 1.3 fantasy points per minute (FPPM) in both the months of October and November (pre-injury). At 25 minutes, Russell should be destined to take nearly 20 shot attempts once again in a fast-paced game tonight, and the Pacers bench ranks 22nd in defensive efficiency over the course of their last 10 games. With Russell coming off the bench and dominating the usage versus a poor defensive usage, this price point is simply way too cheap.

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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