Kant Stop the Feeling

Only the Timberwolves have yielded more offensive rebounds per game to opposing centers this season than the Magic and Enes Kanter has been rolling since the injury to Kristaps Porzingis. Despite the rising price point, he is a player to build around on FantasyDraft tonight. Here are my picks for Thursday, February 22:

cash-plays

Guards (G) Forwards/Centers (F/C) Utility (UTIL)
Russell Westbrook,
$21,400
LeBron James,
$21,300
Kevin Durant,
$19,000
Ben Simmons,
$17,400
Joel Embiid,
$17,500
Stephen Curry,
$18,900
Bradley Beal,
$16,900
Paul George,
$16,400
Draymond Green,
$14,500
Lou Williams,
$12,800
Dwight Howard,
$15,400
DeAndre Jordan,
$14,100
Spencer Dinwiddie,
$12,800
Otto Porter,
$13,500
Enes Kanter,
$13,900
Klay Thompson,
$12,100
Lauri Markkanen,
$11,900
Steven Adams,
$12,200
Tomas Satoransky,
$10,800
Danilo Gallinari,
$11,500
Allen Crabbe,
$10,500
D.J. Augustin,
$9,800
Tristan Thompson,
$8,900
Emmanuel Mudiay,
$9,500
Buddy Hield,
$8,800
Cristiano Felicio,
$6,300
J.R. Smith,
$8,800

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tournament-plays

Guards (G) Forwards/Centers (F/C) Utility (UTIL)
Russell Westbrook,
$21,400
LeBron James,
$21,300
Kevin Durant,
$19,000
Ben Simmons,
$17,400
Joel Embiid,
$17,500
Stephen Curry,
$18,900
Bradley Beal,
$16,900
Paul George,
$16,400
Draymond Green,
$14,500
Lou Williams,
$12,800
Dwight Howard,
$15,400
DeAndre Jordan,
$14,100
Klay Thompson,
$12,100
Otto Porter,
$13,500
Enes Kanter,
$13,900
D’Angelo Russell,
$11,900
Bobby Portis,
$11,900
Steven Adams,
$12,200
D.J. Augustin,
$9,800
Danilo Gallinari,
$11,500
Allen Crabbe,
$10,500
Buddy Hield,
$8,800
Quincy Acy,
$8,500
Emmanuel Mudiay,
$9,500
David Nwaba,
$6,800
Cristiano Felicio,
$6,300
Justin Jackson,
$7,700

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Analysis:

LeBron James, Cavaliers, $21,300 – Over the course of his last three games alone, LeBron James has garnered a ridiculous 35.4-percent usage rate (USG%). By comparison, the only player (min. 10 minutes played) who owns a higher USG% this season is James Harden. Otherwise, James would reign supreme with that outrageous level of usage, even surpassing the likes of Russell Westbrook, D’Angelo Russell and Joel Embiid. Due to the crazy usage, James is nearly averaging a triple-double over the course of the last three games: 27.7 points per game (PPG), 9.3 rebounds per game (RPG), 12.3 assists per game (APG) in 36.1 minutes per game (MPG). Dating back two seasons, James has topped 51 fantasy points in each of his last five meetings against the conference rival Wizards, and he has topped 60 fantasy points in three of his last four meetings versus this squad. In competitive games, Coach Tyronn Lue looks to extend the minutes of his regulars, and that certainly includes James. He is slightly cheaper than Westbrook and yet he is my highest projected player of the slate. Use him.

Enes Kanter, $13,900, Knicks – Since Kristaps Porzingis went down with a knee injury, Enes Kanter has essentially been a lock for a double-double. In fact, since the injury, Kanter has missed a double-double just once and he grabbed nine boards (REB) in that outlier performance. On Thursday, Kanter and company will square off against a Magic squad that has allowed the second most offensive rebounds per game (ORPG) to opposing centers. Oh, by the way, the Magic rank 21st in defensive efficiency versus opposing centers and 27th in overall defensive efficiency. Kanter is averaging nearly 40 fantasy points per game (FPPG) since Porzingis went down (38.7) and a similar output should be on the horizon in this contest.

Cristiano Felicio, Bulls, $6,300 – According to the Bulls front office, Cristiano Felicio will move into the starting lineup in advance of Thursday night’s contest and the lineup will remain in tact “for a significant time.” Starting does not necessarily equate to a significant minute allotment, but Felicio is worth the shot for $6,300, especially for a player averaging 0.84 fantasy points per minute (FPPM) throughout the course of his career. Depending on how many minutes he is alloted, he certainly has a chance to flop, but his price allows fantasy owners to easily fit some of the expensive players on the slate. Combine that with the fact his upside is a double-double at nearly minimum price and it is easy to see why he is worth locking into cash game lineups (at the very least).

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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