High Value C
Players costing $6,667 or under
Jordan Bell (vs OKC, $5,400): Needs 22.3 fantasy points. It’s not confirmed that Bell will be the starter next to the four All-Stars, but there’s a good chance of it happening. It’s unknown just how much Bell will play, but starting alongside four of the best players in the league is certainly a nice luxury for the sophomore. Bell has the talent to make an impact and he’ll likely get rebounds and easy lobs as a result of the attention Curry, Thompson, and Durant draw. Diagnosis: Played well as a starter last season and has the chance to step up this season while DeMarcus Cousins is out. A tough first matchup against Adams.
Nerlens Noel (at GS, $4,000): Needs 16.5 fantasy points. Steven Adams is listed as questionable, and while I fully expect him to play, in the chance that he doesn’t, Nerlens Noel is going to get a big chance. Even if Adams plays, Noel is going to get plenty of minutes and a chance to contribute off the bench. Noel has been disappointing in his NBA career, but he’s in the best situation he’s had thus far and playing alongside a couple of talented point guards who know how to get the bigs involved in the pick-and-roll. Diagnosis: Might his value, will certainly have a chance to make an impact.
Aron Baynes (vs PHI, $3,500): Needs 14.5 fantasy points Baynes is going to end up with at least 50 fantasy points on blocks alone. Or he’s going to get embarrassed by Embiid every time he’s on the floor. I’m convinced that there is no in-between. Baynes doesn’t offer much in terms of fantasy value, but if you want to punt on the center position in order to load up elsewhere, he’s by far your best option. He’ll get minutes if nothing else. Diagnosis: Add only if you’re expecting to drop his score. Personally, I hate wasting the center position.