The injury bug has popped up all around the NBA causing major concerns for daily fantasy owners. That was the case on Tuesday Night as many FanDuel owners looked to cash in with Stephen Curry but an ankle injury from over the weekend caused him to miss the game.
Now that same injury will be a major concern for us heading into Thursday Night as we all get excited for the rematch of the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder that took place over the weekend. That was the game Curry not only hurt his ankle but hit 12 threes including the game winner and finished with 59.6 fantasy points.
While we strongly believe Curry will play on Thursday Night we can also understand why Steve Kerr would rest him a second straight game. Kerr isn’t thinking about the daily fantasy impact of resting him is for FanDuel owners but he does however understand how important a healthy Curry is for the team come the playoffs.
Since we aren’t 100% sure if Curry will suit up we have elected to go a different route on Thursday Night. That route starts with the other top point guard on the market Russell Westbrook. Westbrook has been as good as Curry over his past three games posting no fewer than 50.9 fantasy points.
Along with Westbrook we have a few other top options we could also consider include Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis. That being said we only have a four game NBA slate to build our entire lineup around so if we do go with another expensive option we need to find a few cheap options as well.
One of those options is the Dallas Mavericks point guard Jose Juan Barea who cost only $3,700. Barea might not be the top option on the Mavericks roster but he is a solid fantasy option that has posted back to back games with over 20 fantasy points.
Here is our NBA FanDuel lineup for Thursday March 3rd, 2016.
PG – Russell Westbrook ($11,000): Westbrook is a no brainer especially if Curry is a no go for a second straight game. That being said the Thunder point guard is as close as a guarantee for a 50 point fantasy performance than anyone in this NBA.
PG – Jose Juan Barea ($3,700): Now Barea is a high risk high reward type of fantasy play that has shown at times he can post a 30 plus fantasy night. For us all we are looking for is a 20 plus fantasy performance while providing us with a cheap FanDuel bargain under $4k.
SG – Eric Gordon ($5,300): We suggest everyone jump on the Gordon bandwagon while he sits at under the $6k mark. Gordon who has been out for a while returned to score 31 points in route to a 40.6 fantasy performance for his fantasy owners.
SG – Wesley Matthews ($4,500): Matthews continues to be a solid fantasy option under the $5k mark. The Mavericks shooting guard has posted at least 22 fantasy points in five straight games including 34 in his last outing.
SF – Luol Deng ($6,000): We had a few solid options with this spot including going with Kevin Durant while going cheaper than Draymond Green at the power forward position. In the end we elected to go with Deng who posted at least 20 fantasy points in seven straight games including four games with at least 30 fantasy points.
SF – P.J. Tucker ($4,700): Sticking with cheap options landed us with the Phoenix Suns small forward. Tucker is an interesting option as he is a high risk reward player that delivered a 42.7 point fantasy performance just a few nights ago.
PF – Mirza Teletovic ($4,700): Teletovic is another one of those solid fantasy bargains option on a thin slate of power forwards. The Phoenix Suns power forward has not seen less than 20 minutes in a game since the start of February and it has shown up in his fantasy line as he has posted over 20 fantasy points in seven straight games.
PF – Draymond Green ($8,600): If Curry is a go we might consider going cheaper than Deng at the small forward position to allow us to go with Anthony Davis. That being said Green is the second best option at the position on Thursday Night.
C – DeMarcus Cousins ($10,900): How can we pass up Cousins any night of the week at the center position? The Sacramento Kings center has posted at least 55 fantasy points in four of the last five games including a 68 point fantasy performance. Another option we considered is going with Alex Len or Tim Duncan here to allow us to use Durant at small forward.