High Salary C
Players costing over $6,250
Joel Embiid (vs CHI – $9,700): Needs 42.3 fantasy points. Embiid was fine against the Celtics, but not the fantasy monster he needed to be. His salary is up due to the matchup. Obviously, the talent is there. And this is a great matchup for him to bounce back against. I still have no doubts with Embiid. He’ll split some numbers with Simmons, but scoring and rebounding won’t be an issue for him. Diagnosis: Do the Bulls have Aron Baynes? No? Embiid will be just fine.
Hassan Whiteside (at WAS – $7,000): Needs 30.6 fantasy points. Whiteside had 41.5 fantasy points against the Magic on Wednesday. He’s still a rebounding monster and a double-double threat. Dwight Howard potentially playing will hurt a big because no one loves grabbing rebounds more than Howard. And I still don’t know how long Whiteside can be trusted, especially if the Wizards go small. Diagnosis: There are things working against him (back-to-back, being Hassan Whiteside), but he’ll always get rebounds and points as long as he plays.
Jusuf Nurkic (vs LAL – $6,300): Needs 27.5 fantasy points. I love this matchup for Nurkic. The Lakers have no real center (sorry, JaVale), and Nurkic is great at using his size and strength to dominate the paint and boards. If the Lakers try to throw Kuzma or Beasley at him, he’ll feast. And this salary seems almost too good to be true. There’s just a lot to love with this matchup. Diagnosis: Hammer Nurkic. If it doesn’t work, then the Lakers have things figured out quicker than I thought and the Blazers will be bad this season.