Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
A month remains in the drive to win your NBA fantasy championship. Now is not the time to get lazy or stay with a cold starter when you have a viable option on the bench or can pluck someone off the waiver wire. Remember, winners run through the finish line, not coast to it.
Goran Dragic, Houston - Dragic continues to take advantage of his starting opportunity and has more than doubled his scoring average from February to March (6.8 ppg to 14.2 ppg). As long as both backcourt starters, Kevin Martin (shoulder) and Kyle Lowry (bacterial infection), are out of the lineup, Dragic should continue to be a valuable fantasy commodity. Neither starter is expected back anytime soon, so keep Dragic in your starting lineup.
Jason Thompson, Sacramento - Thompson has been on fire over the past five games, averaging 17.6 ppg and 13.6 rpg. He rolled his left ankle late in the game against Utah last Thursday and did not play on Saturday, but is expected back in the lineup on Monday. There is about a 50/50 chance he's still available in your league and would make a good late-season pickup.
Klay Thompson, Golden State - Another Thompson who is playing well at the end of the season, Klay has thrived as the Warriors' starting shooting guard since the trade of Monta Ellis. Through 15 March games - nine as a starter - Thompson is averaging 16.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 2.5 apg. He's a little weak outside of his scoring touch and will need to work on that over the summer to become a solid fantasy option for next season. The good news is that the Golden State management appears to want to build around Thompson, Stephen Curry and David Lee.
LeBron James, Miami - This is the first time all season that James has shown up on the cold side of the ledger. He has averaged just 16 ppg over his last three games and it's possible the bumps and bruises are finally taking a toll on him. He's dealt with head, neck and elbow problems lately. James is still helping out in other categories, averaging seven rebounds and eight assists during the three-game span. Obviously, if he's in uniform you have to start him and simply hope that he's over his "mini" scoring slump.
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers - How many times in the last few years do you think that both James and Bryant made the "Who's Not" list? This is a first. Bryant is averaging 28.3 ppg this season, but over his last three games he's totaled just 51 points (17 ppg). His shooting has been awful for the three games - just 28.8 percent (15-for-52). Coach Mike Brown actually sat Bryant for four minutes in Sunday's fourth quarter - a 102-96 loss to Memphis. As with James, you have to continue to ride Bryant to the end of the season. Hopefully, there are no long-term ramifications from the late-game benching.
Ty Lawson, Denver - Lawson is averaging 15.1 ppg over the season, but hasn't hit that total in his last five games. He's still distributing the ball, but the lack of scoring is troublesome. You would think with Aaron Afflalo out and Andre Miller playing limited minutes due to a sore shoulder that Lawson would take over the offense, but it hasn't worked out that way. If you have another viable point guard option, you should consider going in that direction and wait until Lawson starts playing well again before putting him back in your starting lineup.