High Value PF
Players costing $6,250 or under
Serge Ibaka (at WAS – $5,400): Needs 24.4 fantasy points. Ibaka is off to a strong start this season and had 33.5 fantasy points on Friday against the Celtics. He’s a streaky player, but he’s hot right now. Always ride the hot hand of Ibaka until he cools off. The Wizards are a great matchup and Ibaka can play multiple positions against them and torch them with pick-and-pop ability. Diagnosis: When Ibaka is hot, he’s hot. And he’s hot right now. The matchup is good as well.
Jabari Parker (vs DET – $5,000): Needs 23 fantasy points. Parker looked fine in his first game as a member of the Bulls. Nothing spectacular, but he did good enough to hit value and his salary has dropped. The Pistons are a much easier matchup than the Sixers were for the Bulls. Parker is going to have a big game early in the season that puts into question him coming off the bench. It may as well be opening night against a rough Pistons squad. Diagnosis: A little bit of a risk, but the reward is high and he seems to be reliable at this salary.
Markieff Morris (vs TOR – $4,900): Needs 22.5 fantasy points. Much like Parker, Morris is a reliable option at this salary. His ceiling isn’t quite as high because of the guys around him, but you know Morris is going to take his shots and come up with numbers in other categories. The Raptors are on a back-to-back and Morris will do his best to make an impact, even if it doesn’t work out. Diagnosis: He’s a risky player because it can go south quickly, but he’s going to do his best to put up numbers.