Tuesday, March 15th, is another exciting night in the NBA. Your daily fantasy basketball team shouldn’t get swept away in the excitement, though. Having a strong team can help you to dominate your fantasy league, no matter what stakes you are playing for. Here, we’ve looked at some of the more popular choices when it comes to the players slated for Tuesday, letting you know whether they are worth drafting, or if you should pass on them.
Shooting Guards are Pure
J.J. Redick of the Los Angeles Clippers is one of the best true shooting guards in the game. His stats and his fantasy value back this statement up. He’s averaging 16.7 points per game, but the problem with drafting Redick in this slot is that he has low rebound and assist numbers. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on Redick, you do have alternatives. Consider DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors instead. His stats are better all-around with 23.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game. He’s not considered a “true” shooting guard, but he sees more than enough time in the position to qualify in most fantasy leagues. He will have a much better points per dollar turnout for you, too. He’s going to be a bit more expensive than Redick, but he’s also a safer choice and a better contributor to your roster.
A Good Point Guard
Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics is a strong choice at PG on Tuesday. The Celtics are playing decent ball right now, and Thomas is leading the charge for them. His 21.9 points and 6.6 assists per game are going to be strong in any league, but he could use some improvement in his rebounds per game, where he’s putting up just 2.9 per game.
A player like Toronto’s Kyle Lowry is a more than qualified substitute. He is behind Lowry in points, but only by a small margin. He has 21.6 points per night, but 6.5 assists and 4.8 rebounds. The rebounds, compared to the other two stats, make him a stronger fantasy choice than Thomas, on average.
Working in a Solid Forward
Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks is a great fantasy choice at the forward slot. He’s not the greatest point scorer in the game with his 16.5 points per night average, but his other stats boost him up. He has 7.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game, both of which are very competitive at this position. The downside to Antetokounmpo is that the Bucks are playing the Raptors, and the Raptors, even though they will be playing in Milwaukee, are favorites here.
If you don’t like that probable deficit, your best alternative is Paul George. He has 23.6 points per night, 7.0 rebounds, and 4.2 assists. His supporting numbers are comparable to Antetokounmpo, and his scoring ability is better. There’s a decent chance he could score more fantasy points, even. Go with the player that fits your roster best. That will usually be the cheaper of the two.
Center is the Closeout
With Nikola Vucenic probably being out for Tuesday, there’s not a lot of competition at the upper levels on Tuesday night for the center position. Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets is a good choice with his 20.8 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. His 1.8 assists per game are a little weak, but that’s not too far below what you should be looking for at this position. Another strong choice here is DeAndre Jordan of the L.A. Clippers. He’s having a decent season, and his 12.5 points per game have been pretty regular in their occurrences. The Clippers are playing the San Antonio Spurs, so this could be a decent game, and there’s a decent chance that Jordan could be pushed to go higher than his average, especially with Blake Griffin not ready to come back yet. It will be interesting to see if Griffin does come back this season, but for now, we can expect Clippers players to work hard to make up for his absence.