Stephen Curry's talent and high ceiling make him worth every penny

Stephen Curry's talent and high ceiling make him worth every penny

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Stephen Curry's talent and high ceiling make him worth every penny

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(Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports)
(Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports)

With just two games on the schedule Monday, true sleeper options are few and far and between.

However, New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans ($6,500 salary, 13.0% of cap) is questionable with a knee injury, and after he exited early in Game 1 against the Golden State Warriors Saturday. Forward Quincy Pondexter ($2,300, 4.6% of cap) stepped up and finished with 44.25 fantasy points. If Evans sits again, Pondexter could make a valuable fill-in option.

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Featured stud

F Anthony Davis, Pelicans at Warriors
$8,500 salary | 17.0% of cap

The Warriors didn't have an answer for Davis during the regular season, and he continued his dominance in Game 1. "The Brow" finished with 52.75 FantasyScore points, and he is now averaging 57.17 in three meetings with Golden State. If you are only going to pay up for one star, make sure it's Davis.

G Stephen Curry, Warriors vs. Pelicans
$8,100 salary | 16.2% of cap

Despite an uncharacteristically poor shooting performance from beyond the arc, Curry still piled up 51.00 fantasy points in Game 1 of the series. New Orleans doesn't have a lockdown perimeter defender capable of containing Curry, and on a light night, his safe floor and high ceiling make him worth every penny.

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F Draymond Green, Warriors vs. Pelicans
$6,500 salary | 13.0% of cap

After Green had his minutes monitored down the stretch of the regular season, head coach Steve Kerr unleashed the versatile forward for 42 minutes in Game 1. Green finished with 49.00 fantasy points as he stuffed the stat sheet and flirted with a triple-double. Expect another heavy workload in Game 2.

G Derrick Rose, Bulls vs. Bucks
$5,400 salary | 10.8% of cap

His health is always a concern, but Rose looked 100% in Game 1, attacking the rim early and often on his way to 37.50 fantasy points. You won't find many players available in this price range with as much upside as Rose.

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C Andrew Bogut, Warriors vs. Pelicans
$4,200 salary | 8.4% of cap

The Warriors took it easy on the oft-injured big man during the regular season, and Bogut averaged just 23.6 minutes per game. However, he played 30 minutes in Game 1 — something he did just 13 times all year. More importantly, Bogut used the extra court time to record a double-double and 44.50 fantasy points. The center spot is thin tonight, and he offers solid upside without breaking the bank.

F Khris Middleton, Bucks at Bulls
$5,200 salary | 10.4% of cap

Middleton was the best player on the court for the Bucks on Saturday, and he finished with a team-high 18 points and delivered 31.50 fantasy points. There is also a substantial drop-off in reliability at the forward spot when you dip below Middleton's price tag.

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F Ryan Anderson, Pelicans at Warriors
$4,200 salary | 8.4% of cap

He has looked lost on the court since returning from a knee injury, and despite failing to reach 20.00 fantasy points in six straight games, Anderson is actually the seventh most expensive forward in play. Don't waste your money.

F Nikola Mirotic, Bulls vs. Bucks
$4,100 salary | 8.2% of cap

He has flashed his offensive upside throughout the year, but with Joakim Noah (hamstring) and Rose (knee) both back from injury, Mirotic played just 13 minutes in Game 1 and managed just 12.25 fantasy points. As long as the Bulls are at full strength, Mirotic isn't worth owning.

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