There are only five games available to FanDuel players Thursday (Denver vs. Indiana in London is off the board), and immediately the status of the most expensive available player is what jumps out. New Orleans forward Anthony Davis, who has a cap value of $11,800 and is averaging 52.2 FanDuel points per game, hurt his left hip in Monday's win over the New York Knicks. Fouled hard by Kyle O'Quinn early in the fourth quarter, Davis tumbled into the stands and ultimately did not return to a game the Pelicans led by a comfortable margin. The good news for Davis and the Pelicans is that the X-rays came back negative, and he's listed as questionable for Thursday's game against Brooklyn.
The question: do you assume that Davis will play and build your FanDuel roster around him? Or do you look in another direction, with Golden State's Kevin Durant ($10,300) and Stephen Curry ($9,000) available as is San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard ($8,700)? Thursday shapes up as a night where, even with Davis' numbers this season, the better play would be to spread the salary cap money more equitably. There are some good matchups to be found, especially those involving poor defensive teams as Brooklyn (New Orleans), New York (Chicago) and Phoenix (Dallas) are all in action Thursday night.
Here are our FanDuel picks for Thursday, using the rules of a nine-player roster with a $60,000 salary cap. Stats used are from Basketball Reference and Rotowire. (Getty)