High Salary PG
Players costing over $6,250
James Harden(vs LAL – $10,900): Needs 49.4 fantasy points. Harden was down to 39.25 fantasy points against the Blazers on Dec. 11. The Rockets actually looked good in that game and Harden didn’t have to do quite as much. He’ll probably have to do more in this game with the way the Lakers are playing. We know what Harden is capable of and this feels like one of those games where he delivers in a big way. Trust him to bounce back after a rough outing against the Blazers. Diagnosis: High ceiling and typically reliable. He’ll have a strong game.
Chris Paul (vs LAL – $8,600): Needs 39.2 fantasy points. Paul had the big game against the Blazers, delivering 51.75 fantasy points. Paul is always a mixed bag because Harden is the star of the show and Paul takes a back seat on most nights. But he’s capable of big games and the opportunities are always there for him. I trust him to at least hit value in this one. Diagnosis: Reliable with a good ceiling.
Zach LaVine (at ORL – $7,400): Needs 33.5 fantasy points. You’re not going to read much about the Bulls in these upcoming slides, so pay attention now. I don’t know what to expect from the Bulls. For a number of reasons. First, they are getting healthy, which means their rotations are all over the place. Dunn and Portis are back, Markkanen has been back for a few games. Inconsistent minutes leads to inconsistent numbers and more players means fewer opportunities. That’s what LaVine fell victim of against the Kings. And for that, I can’t confidently recommend him. Diagnosis: Good ceiling, but the Bulls are just a mess in more ways than one.