You might have missed James Harden's bid to steal the crown Sunday from King LeBron James, but there is an opportunity to capitalize on the aftermath at DraftKings on Tuesday, March 3. We present rankings and picks, with a special mention to the payback James is due to levy on whomever is in his path and the beneficiaries of Harden's one-game absence due to suspension.
PG Mo Williams, Charlotte Hornets ($7,000)
We love this guy right now and not only because his name sounds like he is one of the Harlem Globe Trotters. Williams is serving as the Hornets starting point guard since the trade and until Kemba Walker (knee) returns, which won't be Tuesday night, according to Tom Sorensen of The Charlotte Observer.
Williams also happens to be playing some of the best basketball of his career and is playing host to the Los Angeles Lakers, who are dead-last against point guards at DraftKings. Williams won't get you a 50- or 60-point night, but he should be good for 40.
- Williams, Hornets
- Michael Carter-Williams, Milwaukee Bucks ($6,900)
- John Wall, Washington Wizards ($8,600)
- Trey Burke, Utah Jazz ($4,500)
- Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics ($6,200)
- Aaron Brooks, Chicago Bulls ($4,600)
- Evan Turner, Boston Celtics ($5,500)
- Ray McCallum, Sacramento Kings ($3,700)
SG Corey Brewer, Houston Rockets ($4,000)
This pick is not based on talent as much as opportunity. The league has announced Harden will be serving a one-game suspension Tuesday night, so Brewer might go from sixth man to starter at shooting guard. Jason Terry ($3,200) might also be called upon for more minutes.
Harden is a scorer, so the Rockets will need Brewer to step forward offensively. He comes from a position of value. We really like Terry as a lineup filler, too.
- Brewer, Rockets
- Terry, Rockets
- Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks ($6,200)
- Wayne Ellington, Los Angeles Lakers ($4,700)
- Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards ($5,500)
SF LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers ($10,400)
OK, so this pick is not a real creative one, but get this: James is coming off that dismal loss Sunday against Harden's Rockets, where the initial King James was literally kicked in the groin. Um, pity the upstart (not to mention, undersized and overmatched) Boston Celtics in this one.
James is going to levy some payback on the league to the tune of 60-plus fantasy points. You will want to find a way to afford him for this. A motivated James is dangerous.
- James, Cavaliers
- Tony Snell, Chicago Bulls ($3,600)
- Trevor Ariza, Houston Rockets ($5,900)
- Rudy Gay, Sacramento Kings ($7,700)
- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte Hornets ($6,100)
PF Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers ($4,200)
We are a game late on Thompson's 37-minute, 14-point, 19-rebound effort against the Rockets, but Thompson is still a solid price against the undersized Celtics. This should be a rebound game for the Cavs, literally.
Jae Crowder ($4,900) is a grinder, but he is more of a 3-man playing up with the biggest boys. Thompson should be able to clean up the misses on both ends of the floor. Ride this red-hot bargain one more game.
- Thompson, Cavaliers
- Derrick Favors, Utah Jazz ($7,400)
- Paul Gasol, Chicago Bulls ($9,500)
- Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers ($7,900)
- Crowder, Celtics
C Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz ($6,700)
Gobert has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of the trade deadline. Without Enes Kanter sucking up minutes for the Jazz, Gobert has gone from 15-25 minutes per game to 30-40. It has made him a 35- to 50-fantasy-point scorer at DraftKings. If the Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins ($9,800) doesn't suit up against the New York Knicks, Gobert is your best bet at center.
- Gobert, Jazz
- Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies ($7,500)
- Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls ($7,000)
- Al Jefferson, Charlotte Hornets ($7,800)
- Marcin Gortat, Washington Wizards ($5,700)
- Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks ($7,300)
- Jordan Hill, Los Angeles Lakers ($5,200)
Eric Mack, one of the giants among fantasy writers, is the Fantasy Football Lead Writer for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter, where you can ask him endless questions about your team, rip him for his content and even challenge him to a head-to-head fantasy game.