Thursday, March 10th, has a handful of NBA games scheduled. As you start to think about your daily fantasy basketball roster, here is our breakdown of the different positions. We’re diving a bit deeper in the positions this week than we normally do, trying to uncover cheaper, high value players for you. Hopefully, this will give you a bigger edge than normal as you draft your team.
Shooting Guard are Key
Devin Booker isn’t a name that you see on a lot of fantasy lists as a highly sought after fantasy player, but his recent success has made him a pretty good choice. He’s averaging just 11.4 points per game right now, but put up 27 on Sunday, giving the Phoenix Suns a nice victory. He also had four three-pointers, making a strong case for his improvement. Booker is also averaging 2.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.
You can also consider Danny Green of the San Antonio Spurs. He’s taken some time off, but if he’s scheduled to start on Thursday, he could be a good choice. His points per game total is pretty low at 7.4, but he’s putting up decent fantasy totals right now. Plus, he’s likely to be very cheap, which is always nice.
Premium Point Guards
Kyle Lowry is a big name on Thursday. The Toronto Raptors star is putting up an average of 21.6 points per game, and has 6.4 assists and 4.9 rebounds. Derrick Rose is another consideration, but he’s been questionable over the last several games. If he plays on Thursday, he could be a valuable addition thanks to his average of 16.5 points per game this season and a strong fantasy contribution. You should definitely avoid Rose if he’s expensive, though, as his bouts of injuries make him a higher risk threat.
Tony Parker of San Antonio is another good choice here, if you need someone cheap. He’s averaging 12.4 points per game and 5.1 assists right now.
The Great Forward
The best forward scheduled for Thursday is LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers. James is going to be expensive, though. He’s averaging 24.8 points per game, 7.3 rebounds, and 6.6 assists. The Cavs are playing the Lakers, who have been playing surprisingly well the last few games. If the Lakers keep up their hot streak, James might be playing below average, which would hurt his fantasy worth a bit. Looking for value elsewhere, just in case, is a smart move.
Paul Millsap of the Atlanta Hawks is a strong secondary choice with 17.5 points per game and 8.7 rebounds, as is LaMarcus Aldridge of San Antonio. He’s averaging lower on points with 17.1, but he’s a strong contributor in terms of his higher shooting percentage at 50.1. He’s also putting up 1.1 blocks per game, which is pretty nice in some leagues. Aldridge has been questionable, so keep an eye on him and make sure he’s going to play before you make your lineup official.
If you don’t want to go with James, but want to stick with the Cavs, Tristan Thompson is a strong PF. He’s putting up really good fantasy numbers this year, and thanks to his subtle 7.9 points per game, he’s not widely used. His strength is in his 9.3 rebounds that he’s averaging each night.
Center is Power
If your league allows you to draft Tim Duncan at center, he will be your most valuable player here. He’s going to be a bit more expensive than some other centers, but he should prove to be worth it. San Antonio is playing the Chicago Bulls, who are having a weak season thanks to injuries and other setbacks. Nikola Jokic, of the Denver Nuggets, is a good sleeper choice here. He’s had a pretty quiet season, but is a decent fantasy contributor. He’s averaging 9.7 points per game, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.0 assists. Because of this, he’s going to be cheap, but that doesn’t mean he’s not capable of contributing to your team.