Wednesday, March 30th, has nine games scheduled in the NBA, making it one of the biggest nights possible. There are 18 teams worth of players to select from when it comes to selecting your daily fantasy basketball roster, and even for the most highly skilled of fantasy managers, this can be a bit much to try and take in. For that reason, we’ve compiled some of our recommendations for you. Hopefully, this will help you to form a much stronger team and dominate your league.
Shooting Guard on Fire
DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors is going to be the strongest player at this position on Wednesday, but he might be out of the price range that many people have set aside for SG. This is understandable as there are typically many more points available at PG and forward. Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat is probably your next best choice. Although he’s been contributing consistently lower when it comes to fantasy point production, Wade is noticeably cheaper and he has a high ceiling when it comes to potential. 19.0 points per game, 4.1 rebounds, and 4.7 assists are pretty decent averages, but on a good night, he’s capable of far better. And even if he has an average night, you know that you will get a decent fantasy showing out of him. That makes him a great supplementary pick.
Point Guard are Key
Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors is our best pick of the night. Rather than pay DeRozan’s salary for the best SG, save it for Curry. He’s currently averaging 30.0 points per game, has a phenomenal 3 point shot, and has 6.6 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game. He’s almost a shoe-in for the MVP this year, especially if the Warriors go to the NBA Finals again this year. As of right now, that looks like a given. Yes, Curry is going to be expensive in every single league that you are in, and usually you wouldn’t want to spend too much. In this case, Curry is definitely worth paying too much for. Even if he has a low value factor, he will be your best and most consistent fantasy contributor whenever you draft him. Just ensure that you save salary money in other spots on your roster.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been giving LeBron James rest lately, and there’s a slight chance that he might not be in the game on Wednesday. When something like this happens, it’s always best to plan as if here were not playing, and build a team without him. If he plays, that’s great. But if he doesn’t, you already have a backup plan in place that is optimized to win without James on your roster.
Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks is a strong choice here. His second half of the season has been strong, and his average of 22.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game make him one of the better forwards in the game right now, and he’s been doing better than this as of late thanks to a slow start to the season. The Knicks are not that strong right now, but Anthony is great and worth a look. You may also want to consider Atlanta’s Paul Millsap.
It’s good to note that Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers has now been medically cleared for play. He has some suspension time that he needs to sit out for, but he will be a viable choice at this position in the future. If you can get him cheap and he’s playing, he’s worth it.
Center for the Score
At center, your number one goal should be to obtain points, but by spending as few of your salary dollars as possible. Thanks to the weakness that this position typically shows, you can often find a decent player here for very cheap. Players like Hassan Whiteside of the Miami Heat and Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves are great choices, but they’re bound to be out of your price range at this position. Focus on players like Brook Lopez of Brooklyn and Al Horford of Atlanta instead. They are both strong fantasy players, but they tend to fly a little bit under the radar, and this has made them a lot cheaper than what they are actually worth in quite a few fantasy leagues. Great players for fewer dollars is what center is all about, and both of these centers fit the bill perfectly. Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz will be a decent backup if you don’t wish to draft either of the others.