High Value SG
Players costing $6,250 or under
Klay Thompson (vs OKC, $5,900): Needs 26 fantasy points. Thompson averaged 24.4 fantasy points in four games against the Thunder last season. Not great numbers, but keep this in mind heading into opening night: he won’t be chased around by Andre Roberson. The Thunder will throw Alex Abrines and Terrance Ferguson at him. Neither are known for their defensive prowess, which should free up Thompson. He can be hit-or-miss when it comes to reaching value, which is simply what happens when you’re the third option despite being one of the two best shooters in the league. With no Roberson to bother him, I love Thompson at this salary. Diagnosis: The circumstances are good and the salary is right. You should find a place for him in your lineup on Tuesday
JJ Redick (at BOS, $4,900): Needs 21.6 fantasy points. Redick was one of the most reliable DFS players last season, hitting value in 70 percent of games. Here’s the thing with Redick and the Sixers: they get him shots. They make a conscious effort to get him at least six 3-point attempts a night. Given his shooting ability, there’s a good chance he’s going to knock them down. He’ll also chip in with assists in Philadelphia’s heavy movement offense. The Celtics are very good defensively, but Redick is in a position to thrive and does more often than not. Diagnosis: A guaranteed producer with some upside if he gets hot beyond the arc.
Marcus Smart (vs PHI, $4,400): Will chip in defensively, but won’t be a strong offensive option with the Celtics returning to full health. If Philadelphia’s penchant for turning the ball over carries into this season, Smart might be worth a flier.