High Salary SG
Players costing over $6,667
Bradley Beal (vs MIA – $8,200): Needs 33.7 fantasy points. Beal should pick up where he left off last season with his ability to score. He doesn’t always offer much in other categories, especially with Wall in the game, but he’s a proven scorer who does just enough in other categories to make him a valuable addition. I’m still not sure what to expect out of the Wizards this season, but things are in their favor. Diagnosis: Could get hot and a good matchup due to circumstances. Heat do have a reputation for making games a slog, which could be trouble for Washington’s basic offense.
CJ McCollum (vs LAL – $7,200): Needs 29.6 fantasy points. McCollum was an extremely reliable play last season, hitting value in 71 percent of games. His salary is fair and the matchup is good as the Lakers have a lot of question marks on defense. His ceiling can be limited with Lillard in the lineup, but he does have the ability to get hot. His value is largely tied to his scoring, which hurts a bit. Diagnosis: I’m baffled by this game for a number of reasons, which I’ll explain in the final slide. But McCollum’s track record speaks for itself.
Zach LaVine (at PHI – $6,800): Needs 27.9 fantasy points. I still have no read on LaVine. The ACL tear took a lot out of him and the Bulls are an odd mix of players that I’m not sure will work out too well. And the Sixers are very good, at home, and probably angry at the way they played on Tuesday. All of those things point to a rough time for the Bulls. Diagnosis: Not really worth it as his ceiling isn’t all that high and the matchup is pretty tough. But maybe you’re feeling risky.