Sunday, February 28th, is another full slate of games for the NBA, and in order to help you make the most of your daily fantasy basketball roster money, we’re here to help you pick out some of the top choices as you draft your team, breaking things down by position.
The good news for those that are trying to save on salary dollars this weekend, but still want a great team, is that Steph Curry is not playing on Sunday. The bad news is that this leaves a big hole in your roster. Players that you should consider using to fill it include C.J. McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers and Reggie Jackson of the Detroit Pistons. McCollum is the number two true guard in the NBA when it comes to points scored, averaging 21.1 per game. He also has been averaging 4.3 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game, too. When it comes to three pointers, he’s averaging a make percentage of just over 40 percent, which translates to 2.5 three pointers a game. Jackson is right behind McCollum in points with 19.4 per game. He is doing better in many other categories than McCollum, namely assists, where he is putting up 6.1 per game. He’s a bit behind on the threes, with only 1.6 per game, though.
If you are focusing on Portland for this game, you need to draft Damian Lillard this weekend. Lillard is the number one PG in the NBA right now with 25.5 points per game and 7.1 assists. Portland is playing the Indiana Pacers this weekend, who are quite good, but Portland is on a hot streak, having recently taken down the best in the NBA when they played Golden State last week.
Another PG to consider is Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors with his 21.0 points per game and 2.1 steals. Also, keep in mind that of the top ten PGs in the game, Lowry has the best three-point completion percentage with 39.0. If you’re looking for a tiny edge that could pay off in your favor, this is it.
There are some great forwards playing on Sunday, most notably LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers. James is putting up 24.7 points per game, despite not seeing as much playing time as he used to. He also is averaging 6.6 assists and 7.2 rebounds per game, which are very competitive numbers in this position. James is past his prime, but still one of the top players in the game.
You might also want to consider Paul George of Indiana. But because Indiana is playing the red hot Trail Blazers, George’s projected value is down a bit for this game. If you can get a good price on him, great. If not, pass on him this weekend. There will be other opportunities to use him with better outcomes later in the season. You also need to take a look at Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks for this one. Anthony is still a relevant force, averaging 21.4 points each game. And because the Knicks are playing the weakened Miami Heat in NYC, Anthony has a decent chance of playing an above average game on Sunday.
Jahlil Okafor of the Philadelphia 76ers hasn’t gotten much recognition this season because Philly is playing so awfully, but when it comes to C, he’s one of your top choices for Sunday. His 17.3 points per game tie him for 2nd best in the NBA at this position, and his other stats are all pretty decent, too. The only other name you may want to consider ahead of him for this night is Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves. He’s also putting up 17.3 points per game, but thanks to his slightly better team, has better rebound and assist stats than Okafor. Towns will be slightly more expensive, but should pay off more handsomely on Sunday if you can afford the elevated price by the time you get to this position.
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