Fantasy Basketball: The Three S's for Success in March

John LorgeSenior Writer IFebruary 25, 2009

The Three S's for success are a star, starter, and sleeper that are in a great position to explode in March.

Star: Jason Richardson, Phoenix Suns

In the beginning of the season Larry Brown and injuries hindered Richardson's production.  The trade to the star-studded Suns reduced Richardson's numbers again.

In March, the absence of Amar'e Stoudemire and new coach Alvin Gentry will work in the favor of Richardson and his fantasy owners.

Since Richardson's one-game suspension, he has averaged 23.0 points and 2.75 threes per game.  The Suns are scoring more and J-Rich's production is up across the board.

The Suns play 16 games in March including matchups with Oklahoma City, Golden State, Washington, Denver, and Sacramento. 

Owners have reduced Richardson's value this season and you could try working him into a trade for a player with similar averages or a lesser center eligible player

Starter: Troy Murphy, Indiana Pacers

With Mike Dunleavy out for the season, again, Troy Murphy's role has increased, again, in the Pacers offense.  Now that Danny Granger is battling a partial tendon tear, Murphy is the man in Indiana.

In the month of February, the dynamic big man has averaged 18.9 points, 12.8 rebounds, and 2.6 threes per game.  He’s not a shot blocker, but a double-double average is rare to come by with all of the elite center injuries.

High-scoring March matchups will include Denver, Sacramento, Los Angles Clippers, Chicago (twice), and Washington.

It may be hard to trade for Murphy, but if you can identify an owner in need work a deal that will help your playoff run.

Sleeper: Francisco Garcia, Sacramento Kings

After the John Salmons trade, this fantasy sleeper has moved into the starting lineup and Garcia is going to shine in March. 

As a starting forward this year Garcia has averaged 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.2 blocks per game.  He is an accurate shooter and will get you at least one three per game. 

Since the trade Garcia has been playing well over 30 minutes per night and the Kings will have some high scoring matchups against Indiana, Oklahoma City, Washington, New York, Memphis, and Phoenix in March.

You can find Garcia on the waiver wire in a few leagues. If this is the case, pick him up immediately.  If he's rostered, try to work him into a trade for a player who peaked early on in the season.