Out-of-Towns-ers

In his previous six meetings agaisnt the Rockets, Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 31.0 points per game, 17.5 rebounds per game and 64.0 fantasy points per game, so do not even dream of fading him tonight. Here are my picks for Friday, February 23:

cash-plays

Guards (G) Forwards/Centers (F/C) Utility (UTIL)
James Harden,
$21,000
LeBron James,
$20,600
Anthony Davis,
$20,300
Damian Lillard,
$15,800
Nikola Jokic,
$17,700
Karl-Anthony Towns,
$17,200
DeMar DeRozan,
$14,900
Andre Drummond,
$17,100
Jimmy Butler,
$16,500
Devin Booker,
$14,700
LaMarcus Aldridge,
$14,100
Julius Randle,
$13,700
Lou Williams,
$13,600
Danilo Gallinari,
$13,100
Hassan Whiteside,
$12,800
Kyle Lowry,
$13,200
Tobias Harris,
$12,800
Nikola Mirotic,
$12,100
Austin Rivers,
$11,000
Otto Porter,
$12,500
Tomas Satoransky,
$10,100
J.J. Barea,
$10,100
JaMychal Green,
$8,800
Brook Lopez,
$8,900
Dwyane Wade,
$9,100
Dillon Brooks,
$8,700
Jabari Parker,
$7,800

preferred-play

tournament-plays

Guards (G) Forwards/Centers (F/C) Utility (UTIL)
James Harden,
$21,000
LeBron James,
$20,600
Anthony Davis,
$20,300
Damian Lillard,
$15,800
Nikola Jokic,
$17,700
Karl-Anthony Towns,
$17,200
DeMar DeRozan,
$14,900
Andre Drummond,
$17,100
Jimmy Butler,
$16,500
Devin Booker,
$14,700
LaMarcus Aldridge,
$14,100
Julius Randle,
$13,700
Lou Williams,
$13,600
Danilo Gallinari,
$13,100
Hassan Whiteside,
$12,800
Dennis Schröder,
$13,100
Tobias Harris,
$12,800
Lonzo Ball,
$12,300
Austin Rivers,
$11,000
Nikola Mirotic,
$12,100
Tomas Satoransky,
$10,100
J.J. Barea,
$10,100
JaMychal Green,
$8,800
Brook Lopez,
$8,900
Dwyane Wade,
$9,100
Dillon Brooks,
$8,700
Jabari Parker,
$7,800

preferred-play

Analysis:

Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves, $17,200 – Always play Karl-Anthony Towns versus the Rockets because he always delivers. In each of his six meetings against the Rockets since the beginning of last season, Towns has managed at least 59.50 fantasy points, and he is averaging 31.0 points per game (PPG), 17.5 rebounds per game (RPG), 3.7 assists per game (APG) and 64.0 fantasy points per game (FPPG) in those contest over 37.8 minutes per game (MPG). The Rockets struggle to defend the paint and they also are a 24th percentile defense versus spot up shooters. Thus far, Towns leads the Timberwolves in three-pointers per game, and stepping out on shooters is not Clint Capela‘s specialty defensively. In a game expected to be one of the highest-scoring on the slate, Towns is a lock.

Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers, $15,800 – Looking for an advantage on an overwhelming 11-game slate? Look no further than Damian Lillard against the worst spot up defense in the league (on a point per possession basis). The last time these two teams squared off (less than two weeks ago), Lillard dropped 39 points (PTS) on the Jazz, and it was the third straight game in which Lillard has managed at least 33 PTS against this very team. In fact, Lillard is averaging 43.7 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 4.7 APG and 64.4 FPPG in his last three meetings against the Jazz. What more needs to be said? Start him and move on.

Brook Lopez, Lakers, $8,900 – With Lonzo Ball on the floor this season, Brook Lopez leads all active Lakers in fantasy points per minute (FPPM), edging out Julius Randle. It makes sense that the presence of Ball would enhance Lopez’s offensive game because he has become heavily reliant on three-point shooting. With Ball creating open looks for him, he naturally will knock them down at a higher rate than when he has to create the shots for himself (or when he is playing alongside inferior passers). At this price point, and in a matchup against a small Mavericks team that struggles to contain centers, there is no reason to fade Lopez.

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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