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Over the course of the last four games, Anthony Davis is averaging 38.0 points per game, 13.8 rebounds per game, 3.0 steals per game and 2.8 blocks per game. Now, he faces an elite matchup against the Suns and is a borderline must-start. Here are my picks for Monday, February 26:

cash-plays

Guards (G) Forwards/Centers (F/C) Utility (UTIL)
Russell Westbrook,
$21,400
Anthony Davis,
$20,300
James Harden,
$20,400
Stephen Curry,
$18,200
Karl-Anthony Towns,
$18,000
Andre Drummond,
$16,900
Kyrie Irving,
$15,600
Enes Kanter,
$13,900
Devin Booker,
$15,700
Jrue Holiday,
$15,200
Nikola Vucevic,
$13,600
Steven Adams,
$13,200
Jeff Teague,
$13,700
Clint Capela,
$12,900
Dennis Schröder,
$12,300
Kyle Lowry,
$13,500
Andrew Wiggins,
$12,000
John Collins,
$11,500
Evan Fournier,
$10,600
Lauri Markkanen,
$10,600
David Nwaba,
$9,600
Trey Burke,
$8,800
Nemanja Bjelica,
$9,000
Brook Lopez,
$8,500
Jamal Crawford,
$7,000
Mike Muscala,
$6,800
Emeka Okafor,
$6,400

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tournament-plays

Guards (G) Forwards/Centers (F/C) Utility (UTIL)
Russell Westbrook,
$21,400
Anthony Davis,
$20,300
James Harden,
$20,400
Stephen Curry,
$18,200
Karl-Anthony Towns,
$18,000
Devin Booker,
$15,700
Kyrie Irving,
$15,600
Enes Kanter,
$13,900
Julius Randle,
$14,400
Jrue Holiday,
$15,200
Nikola Vucevic,
$13,600
Steven Adams,
$13,200
Jeff Teague,
$13,700
Clint Capela,
$12,900
Marc Gasol,
$13,100
Kyle Lowry,
$13,500
Andrew Wiggins,
$12,000
John Collins,
$11,500
D’Angelo Russell,
$12,400
Lauri Markkanen,
$10,600
Brook Lopez,
$8,500
Trey Burke,
$8,800
Nemanja Bjelica,
$9,000
David West,
$7,200
Jamal Crawford,
$7,000
Mike Muscala,
$6,800
Noah Vonleh,
$6,100

preferred-play

Analysis:

Anthony Davis, Pelicans, $20,300 – The hottest player in the NBA right now is Anthony Davis which makes sense considering DeMarcus Cousins has been out of the rotation (and will remain out of the rotation for the remainder of the season). Over the course of his last four games, Davis has averaged 38.0 points per game (PPG), 13.8 rebounds per game (RPG), 3.0 steals per game (SPG) and 2.8 blocks per game (BPG) en route to 69.1 fantasy points per game (FPPG). Tonight, Davis will face a Suns team that both struggles in transition and against isolations (sixth worst in terms of points per possession allowed to the play type). Compared to opposing sites, Davis is cheap on FantasyDraft, so he is the superstar worth building around (especially in tournaments).

Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves, $18,000 – Not only do the Kings rank 28th in defensive efficiency versus opposing centers but Karl-Anthony Towns has also crushed them in the previous meetings. In two previous matchups versus the Kings this year, Towns has topped 56 fantasy points in each game, and now he will have to run a higher percentage of the offense with Jimmy Butler out for the foreseeable future. Towns has attempted 20-plus shot attempts just twice since Nov. 26 and one of those occasions was last game without Butler in the rotation. If he is going to eat up usage against one of the worst defenses against the position, Towns is worth using in all formats.

Trey Burke, Knicks, $8,800 – Over the course of the last 10 games, the Warriors have allowed by far the most PPG to opposing point guards (PGs). During that span, they have allowed 28.5 PPG to the position, whereas the Jazz rank second during that span at 26.9. Heading into Monday, Burke has scored exactly 26 points (PTS) in back-to-back games after Coach Jeff Hornacek said he was looking to find the PG some additional minutes. The Knicks are listed as double-digit underdogs at home but Burke comes off the bench and probably plays a near full allotment of minutes regardless of game flow. A fast pace should only lead to more scoring opportunities for Burke and the Warriors have been susceptible to players of his position lately. At this price point, there is very little downside to taking a shot on him.

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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