James Harden scored a career-high 50 points last Thursday at home against the Denver Nuggets, but followed it up with a big of a clunker the next time out on Saturday against the visiting Phoenix Suns, tabulating just 16 points at 25 fantasy points.
The less-than-usual effort left the Rockers start short of his fantasy production at most projection sites, and has given him below-par performance in four of his last six outings.
Harden and the Rockets are scheduled to face the Indiana Pacers tonight in a game that should be contested at a decent offensive pace with a total of 203. Not to mention, Harden’s desire to follow up from his worst outing in over a month.
That is the situation we like when taking a high-priced, roster-starting player on a medium-sized DFS card.
To make room for The Beard, as well as, some other modestly priced talent, we are going to look for the best values overnight. There will be a few injuries to check on as lineup lock approaches on Monday night.
Shane Larkin (pictured) – With fellow guard Alexey Shved (ribs) injured on Sunday, Larkin becomes a value punt. He already was seeing some steady minutes of late and now should approach 25 fantasy points at home against Memphis due to the playing time alone. Larkin will likely be widely-owned should Shved be sidelined, but we may be forced to take the bargain along with everybody else. He is listed at 3.5k at DK.
Luis Scola – Scola is good for cash games with a likely 20-point fantasy effort. You are not paying a lot, but you know you are getting value because of how quickly he can score points and grab rebounds when he comes in. He is averaging over 13 points over his last three games.
Bojan Bogdonovich – The price of 4k at FanDuel is great considering that Bojan has been straight money this month. He should make well over most observers’ projections. He is 3.7k at DK, so still an undervalued commodity to be sure. SF is just awful in general, leaving Trevor Ariza as the best small forward on DK if Gordon Hayward (Shoulder) can’t go. You can get away with using someone like Draymond Green on FanDuel.