An NBA player doesn't have to start to be effective in fantasy basketball -- but it sure helps. Just being on the floor for the game's first six minutes opens up a world of fantasy scoring possibilities that reserves never have a chance to experience. A hot start can cause a coach to play a starter more minutes, too, further limiting the chance for the sixth and seventh men of this world to make a positive impact in the game. The point is, starting players are better options than bench players. The Fantasy Lab is here to analyze a few players who were anointed as starters sometime in the past week. Feel free to thank us later.
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The former No. 1 overall pick has a new home in Detroit this year, and as of this week, another chance to prove that he can a serviceable NBA starter. Perhaps the only player in the league with broader shoulders than
Defense earns you playing time when
The Spurs first-round pick from palindromic basketball powerhouse IUPUI was thrust into the starting five after
As rookie coach
The brash youngster was suspended the first couple games of the season because of an offseason weapons charge and found himself on the pine when he returned. Undaunted, Telfair worked hard, and as incumbent PG
Like Telfair, Thomas appears to be nothing more than a nominal starter at best. His best years are behind him and he's really only being used to warm up the PF spot for
The rookie from Rider has looked very impressive on the offensive end with his ability to handle the rock at nearly 7-feet tall and polished jump-shooting to 18 feet. However, his hold on his newfound starting gig is tenuous at best.
Carroll's presence in the starting lineup is only temporary, but if you need threes for the week ahead, he could be of service to you. Doubtful, but he could be. He's only out there with the starting unit thanks to exploratory surgery on
Another injury has opened the door for a rookie to contribute, and Lopez is doing his damnedest to hold the starting spot. The question is, did he beat out
That's all for this week, fantasy fiends.