Coming off of the first full week of the 2020-21 NBA season, fantasy managers are still searching for answers as to what's real and what's not. The sample size continues to grow, but it's still small enough that most managers in weekly leagues are forced into some difficult lineup decisions.
That rings true again in Week 3, when 22 of the league's 30 teams have four games on the schedule. As such, the eight teams on a three-game week are at a distinct disadvantage – and that's especially the case for those whose slate includes a back-to-back.
Let's take a look at some players to consider starting – or leaving on the bench – in most standard leagues.
Three games: Atlanta, Dallas, Indiana, Memphis, New Orleans, Phoenix, Portland, Washington
Four games: Brooklyn, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, LA Clippers, LA Lakers, Miami, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma City Orlando, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Sacramento, Toronto, Utah
Start: Eric Gordon, Rockets
After being forced to sit the Rockets' first two games, Gordon returned with 17 points, two steals and three three-pointers in a New Year's Eve win over the Kings. In Saturday's rematch, Gordon had 21 points, four assists, two steals and three three-pointers on 12 attempts. Granted, James Harden's absence was a contributing factor to Gordon's increased role – he moved into the starting five in Harden's place – but the veteran will continue to be a key contributor whether or not Harden is