What can get a veteran NBA star worked up out of his case of the Mondays for us in daily fantasy basketball? How about a little bit of a friendly rivalry as LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers travel to face a resurgent Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat? We pick those two against each other as we help you make your picks for the ideal March 16 lineup at DraftKings.
PG Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets ($7,700)
Walker has returned from his knee injury and was healthy enough to play 28 minutes in his second game back Friday. He even flirted with a triple-double. He should be considered a bargain right now, so try to catch him before his price goes back up to the $9,000 or $10,000s. We aren't saying Walker will be a Russell Westbrook-like performer, but Walker is a fraction of the cost.
- Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors ($9,600)
- Jeff Teague, Atlanta Hawks ($6,700)
- Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder ($12,600)
SG Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat ($7,500)
Wade is playing good basketball of late, and there are few things that light him up more than a good playoff race and playing his former teammate LeBron James. Wade put up 51.3 DraftKings points the last time the teams met, and we expect another spirited effort out of him at home, especially since he is rested and James' Cavs are playing on a back-to-back.
- Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors ($7,300)
- Avery Bradley, Boston Celtics ($5,400)
SF LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers ($10,900)
It might not be wise to roll the dice on James over Westbrook if you had to pick one big-ticket item, but the depth at the small forward position is a lot thinner than point guard. James is one of the few trustworthy options here, especially if you consider he will be traveling back to Miami to face the Heat in what should be a heated and well-contested game. James is playing on a back-to-back, but he held himself to 35 minutes Sunday and should be able to give 40-plus as needed Monday night.
- Michael Beasley, Miami Heat ($4,300)
- Jerami Grant, Philadelphia 76ers ($3,400)
PF Jae Crowder, Boston Celtics ($4,900)
You have to love the way Crowder plays basketball like a junkyard dog. He and his upstart Celtics have some fight in them, even if they don't have much in the way of size down low. Crowder and his Celtics face the lowly 76ers, who are just 26th at DraftKings against power forwards, assuming you even consider Crowder that. What he is, however, is a fantastic buy if you need a decent producer at a reduced cost so you can slot the Westbrook and James types into your lineup.
- Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors ($7,200)
- Derrick Favors, Utah Jazz ($8,300)
C Steven Adams, Oklahoma City Thunder ($3,500)
You are never buying a monster when you slot a $3,500 player in your lineup, but you might be getting a starter who can fill a position for cheap as you slot the stars elsewhere. Adams started Sunday and was productive in 33 minutes. His double-double might not be able to be duplicated, but he has earned his playing time and can make good at this vastly affordable price.
- Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz ($8,300)
- Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies ($7,300)
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.