The NBA has a full slate of action scheduled for Saturday, March 5th. While this might make it so some people have a tougher time putting together their daily fantasy basketball rosters, you should use it to your advantage and make the strongest team possible. Here, we will preview some of the top players at each position and let you know whether you should draft them or not.
Who to Start atGuard
Reggie Jackson of the Detroit Pistons is a strong fantasy pick as of late in the guard slot. His 19.4 points per game and 6.2 assists have secured him a spot in the top three true guards in the NBA, and although the players ahead of him are formidable (Steph Curry and C.J. McCollum), Jackson has been quiet enough all season to keep his fantasy price low. Without the Trail Blazers or the Warriors playing on Saturday, though, Jackson is likely to be a top performer, and be at a reasonable price.
Picking a Point Guard
There’s a great list of PGs available for Saturday. Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics, Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers, and John Wall of the Washington Wizards are all good picks for this game. Thomas is likely to be the most expensive, but because the Celtics are playing the Cavs, there’s a chance that his performance could drop, especially if Cleveland has a full squad. Paul and Wall are both going to be good picks, with Wall looking to outperform Paul by a tiny bit. Which you choose should depend almost entirely on what you’re willing to spend on them.
A good sleeper pick for this game is Rajon Rondo of the Sacramento Kings. He is just slightly above average when it comes to shooting, but his supporting game boosts his fantasy value a lot. He is averaging 12.0 assists and 6.2 rebounds per game, both of which make him a competitive fantasy choice. If you need a cheap, yet productive, PG, Rondo’s your man.
You Need Some Forwards
It’s unclear whether or not LeBron James will be playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday. He was given some rest time earlier, and if he’s ready to come back or not is still up in the air. If he plays, he will be one of the top picks at forward, although he’s likely to be one of the more expensive. The Cavs are playing the Boston Celtics, who have been playing well lately, so there’s a chance that if James isn’t fully healthy, he will not play at an above average strength. For these reasons, it’s best to come up with an alternative to him.
Viable choices at forward for Saturday include DeMarcus Cousins of Sacramento, Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, and Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks. Cousins will be the most expensive of these three since his point scoring average is so much higher at 27.3. However, George has better assist and steal numbers than Cousins, and his points per game isn’t that far behind at 23.4. Anthony is another strong choice, but he’s a bit behind on stats with 21.5 points per game. His assists number stand the same as George’s, and his rebound number is better than George’s with 8.0. He’s behind on steals and blocks, but his much lower turnover rate keeps him at or above the same level, which is an attractive feature if you can get him cheaper.
Bring a Center
At center, there are a few good choices, all of which will contribute to your roster. Marcin Gortat of Washington, DeAndre Jordan of the Clippers, Kelly Olynyk of Boston, and Robin Lopez of the Knicks all have potential for Saturday. Gortat will be the most expensive on this list, but the price difference at center should not be a huge concern. Still, if you want cheap yet still effective, Olynyk should probably be avoided because the Celtics are playing a strong team in the Cavs.
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