Orange Julius

With only two games on the slate, fire up Julius Randle against a team he has averaged at least 1.1 fantasy points per minute against in five consecutive meetings. Here are my picks for Thursday, February 15:

cash-plays

Guards (G) Forwards/Centers (F/C) Utility (UTIL)
Eric Bledsoe,
$14,500
Giannis Antetokounmpo,
$21,200
Nikola Jokic,
$19,900
Khris Middleton,
$13,600
Jimmy Butler,
$18,000
Karl-Anthony Towns,
$19,200
Isaiah Thomas,
$12,900
Andrew Wiggins,
$13,400
Brandon Ingram,
$12,800
Jamal Murray,
$12,800
Julius Randle,
$12,500
Jeff Teague,
$12,000
Will Barton,
$12,200
Taj Gibson,
$10,700
Josh Hart,
$10,200
Gary Harris,
$11,600
Wilson Chandler,
$9,900
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope,
$10,000
Tony Snell,
$7,300
Brook Lopez,
$8,400
Trey Lyles,
$8,900
Devin Harris,
$6,800
Thon Maker,
$8,100
Jabari Parker,
$8,200
Jamal Crawford,
$6,800
Gorgui Dieng,
$6,600
Tyler Zeller,
$7,500

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tournament-plays

Guards (G) Forwards/Centers (F/C) Utility (UTIL)
Eric Bledsoe,
$14,500
Giannis Antetokounmpo,
$21,200
Nikola Jokic,
$19,900
Khris Middleton,
$13,600
Jimmy Butler,
$18,000
Karl-Anthony Towns,
$19,200
Isaiah Thomas,
$12,900
Andrew Wiggins,
$13,400
Brandon Ingram,
$12,800
Jamal Murray,
$12,800
Julius Randle,
$12,500
Jeff Teague,
$12,000
Will Barton,
$12,200
Taj Gibson,
$10,700
Josh Hart,
$10,200
Gary Harris,
$11,600
Wilson Chandler,
$9,900
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope,
$10,000
Tony Snell,
$7,300
Brook Lopez,
$8,400
Trey Lyles,
$8,900
Devin Harris,
$6,800
Thon Maker,
$8,100
Jabari Parker,
$8,200
Jamal Crawford,
$6,800
Gorgui Dieng,
$6,600
Tyler Zeller,
$7,500

preferred-play

Analysis:

Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves, $19,200 – Brook Lopez cannot defend opposing dominant centers and the only evidence needed is Anthony Davis‘ performance last night. While Lopez did not even last 18 minutes, Davis’ first stint was just about his most productive, and he scored 18 points (PTS) in the first quarter alone. When all said and done, Davis nearly reached 80 fantasy points, and he scored 42 points (PTS) against this very Lakers team. Karl-Anthony Towns is a similarly dominant presence and the Lakers allow the second most points in the paint per game. Meanwhile, Towns averages the 28th most paint touches per game, and he has topped 47 fantasy points in four of his last five meetings against the Lakers. All of this makes too much sense, and while Jokic is not much more expensive, Towns may actually possess the higher floor of the two (since he leads the league handily in double-doubles).

Julius Randle, Lakers, $12,500 – The Timberwolves have allowed the third most points in transition this season and Julius Randle gets out in transition at a rather high frequency for a frontcourt player (19.2-percent or 0.2 percentage points lower than LeBron James). In five consecutive meetings against the Timberwolves, Randle has produced at least 1.1 fantasy points per minute (FPPM) in each, and Randle is averaging a season-high 31.6 minutes per game (MPG) in the month of February. Minutes equal fantasy production in daily fantasy basketball and Randle is one of the most efficient producers so he can do serious damage in 30-plus minutes of court time. In a fast-paced affair versus the Timberwolves, Randle should exceed 30 fantasy points with ease, and his ceiling stretches far beyond that.

Will Barton, Nuggets, $12,200 – Speaking of those playing a ton of minutes lately, Will Barton has topped 40 minutes in back-to-back games, and he is significantly cheaper on FantasyDraft tonight than he is on competing sites. Khris Middleton is one of the worst defenders in the league against spot up shooters and Barton has attempted 13 three-pointers in his last two games alone! At 0.93 fantasy points per minute (FPPM), Barton needs just 34 minutes in an average matchup to reach 3.0x value at this bargain cost, and he has been easily exceeding that minutes allotment lately. With the team having a week until this next game, Coach Mike Malone will likely not limit his minutes here. Start him.

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders

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