High Salary PF
Players costing over $6,667
Draymond Green (vs OKC, $8,000): Needs 31.8 fantasy points. Green isn’t much of a scorer, but he makes an impact with his rebounding and assist numbers. Plus, you know he’s going to come up with a defensive play or three. He performed just up to value in three of the four games against the Thunder last season. With defense playing a bigger role in FanDuel, Green is able to hit his value a bit easier. The Thunder like to try and turn him into a scorer and are willing to leave him open, which throws him off his game because who doesn’t want to take wide open shots? Diagnosis: He should hit value and the potential for more is there. But this has been a tough matchup for him due to OKC’s personnel and game plan.
Dario Saric (at BOS, $6,400): Needs 25.4 fantasy points. Saric performed well against the Celtics in the playoffs. He’s a well-rounded fantasy contributor who can make up for his lack of scoring with rebounds and assists. With the Celtics operating on full health, they’ll be able to throw different looks at Saric to throw him off his game, but I still expect him to provide solid numbers across the board. Don’t count on him to deliver a big game on Tuesday. Diagnosis: Reliable and trustworthy. He hit value in 71 percent of games last season.
Jayson Tatum (vs PHI, $6,200): Needs 24.6 fantasy points. Tatum is a scorer at heart and it’s fair to wonder how much scoring he’ll be able to do with Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward back in the lineup. Hayward is the big question mark here. If he plays well, Tatum is going to see less scoring opportunities. I suspect Brad Stevens will get Tatum some favorable matchups and allow him to do what he does best, but I need to see it in practice before I buy into anything with the Celtics. He helps his value with his ability to rebound. Diagnosis: A slight risk at the salary and with the uncertainty in Boston. But he won’t forget how to score and should see plenty of good looks against the Sixers.