David Lee a cheap option with upside on Thursday

David Lee a cheap option with upside on Thursday


David Lee a cheap option with upside on Thursday

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(Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports)
(Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports)

While the guard pool has options aplenty, including a certain stud who dropped a load of points on Wednesday, the center pool is the most difficult to assess Thursday.

Centers of attention

The position's top two options are limited due to injuries, and the midrange pool doesn't have much room for upside.

Hassan Whiteside's lacerated hand and ankle injury have kept him under 30 fantasy points the last three games he has played. At a $7,500 salary (15.0% of salary cap), it's hard to use him at his price.

Dwight Howard will suit up tonight after sitting out Wednesday's slate on the front end of a back-to-back. His minutes have been limited, and he has yet to reach 30 FantasyScore points since his return from a knee injury. Avoid dropping 14.6% of your cap ($7,300) on him right now.

It might be best to use Tyson Chandler. He's only averaging 26.6 fantasy points the last week, but he's much cheaper at $5,800 (11.6%) than the limited high-end options.

Stud of the day

G James Harden, Rockets at Mavericks
$9,300 salary | 18.6% of cap

Begin constructing your FantasyScore team with "The Beard". He's coming off a career-high 51 points Wednesday, and he has scored 40 fantasy points or more eight times in 10 games. Dallas is decent against the position, but Harden has been a top-five player the last week, averaging 54.4 fantasy points.


C David Lee, Warriors vs. Suns
$3,000 salary | 6.0% of cap

Lee's value tonight is contingent on Draymond Green's status. Green is questionable tonight with a shin injury and hasn't played since March 27. Lee posted 27.3 fantasy points against the tough Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday. If Green hasn't had enough time to recover, Lee needs to be in there at this price.

G Dwyane Wade, Heat at Cavaliers
$6,800 salary | 13.6% of cap

Using D-Wade is a little against the grain tonight because he has only produced 30 fantasy points twice in the last six outings. He gets up for playing against his best friend LeBron James, though. He is averaging 31.5 points, 3.5 boards, 3.5 assists and 3.5 steals in two games against the Cavs this season. This is a gut-feeling call worth listening to.

F Trevor Ariza, Rockets at Mavericks
$5,200 salary | 10.4% of cap

Ariza is one of those dependable, midrange options that occasionally busts out a big game, and he'll produce for his price. He has actually been a little better than that of late with 31.6 fantasy points per game over the last week. Dallas has ranked dead-last in defending small forwards over the last 10 games. Ariza has put up more than 33 points on FantasyScore in each of the last two games, and he has a chance to provide profit tonight.


G Brandon Knight, Suns at Warriors
$6,800 salary | 13.6% of cap

Knight was held to 12.5 fantasy points in his return from an ankle injury Sunday. Furthermore, he only topped 30 points once in March. His price is too high to risk his recent production against a tough defense.

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