High Value SG
Players costing $6,667 or under
Gary Harris (at LAC – $6,500): Needs 26.7 fantasy points. As mentioned in the Jamal Murray blurb, I love the Nuggets offense against a Clippers defense that I can’t see being very good this season. Harris had a disappointing end to the season due to injury, but he is often credited for making Nikola Jokic so good. Truthfully, it’s a bit of both, but as long as they are playing together, you may as well benefit. He’s also one of the few guys on the Nuggets who chips in with defensive numbers. Diagnosis: The Nuggets-Clippers game is going to be a high scoring affair. You’ll want to grab at least one player from the game. Harris is one of the more affordable options.
Eric Gordon (vs NO – $5,700): Needs 23.4 fantasy points. Gordon might end up starting for the Rockets, which would be pretty big for his fantasy impact. He won’t be tasked with as much ball-handling responsibility, but he’ll get easier looks alongside Paul and Harden. And I suspect he’ll continue to play against second units to maximize his offense. The Pelicans had trouble guarding the perimeter last season, and while they might be better this season, Elfrid Payton isn’t it. Diagnosis: Always seems to bring it against his former organization. It certainly helps that he’s on an offense heavy team and gets open looks and playmaking chances.
Malcolm Brogdon (at CHA – $5,400): Needs 22.2 fantasy points. Much like Gordon, he’s going to start next to some excellent offensive players, thus opening up the floor for him to contribute. Throw out the playoffs against Boston because that series was weird. Brogdon was very good as the starter in the regular season for Milwaukee. I can’t stress enough how high I am on the Bucks. They have the best player in the East, a competent coach, and roster waiting to burst. Diagnosis: You’re either grabbing Giannis or you’re getting a player or two around him. Brogdon is your cheapest beneficiary.
Tim Hardaway Jr ($6,300): Because someone has to score for New York.