Fantasy Basketball – Boston Celtics 2017-2018
Thirty points per game is what it’s going to take from Kyrie Irving for the Celtics to retain the top seed in the East and still be taken seriously as a contender. With the unfortunate, unexpected loss of Gordon Hayward in the first game of the season, the C’s will need everyone to step up. Irving wanted a team to put on his back–now’s his chance to shine.
No matter if Uncle Drew is up for the task or not, it’s next man up in Boston. That next man is Jaylen Brown. He should be the primary beneficiary in wake of the Hayward injury. His usage was already primed to take a leap as the starting 2 guard for this talented Celtics roster. Now they’ll need to lean on him early and often. Marcus Smart should also see an uptick in usage, especially as a ball handler.
About the game itself: Are the Celtics really this good to make game 1 as competitive as they did and almost steal one on Cleveland? Or are the Cavs worse than we had thought. Don’t write off the Celtics this early in the season.
Golden State Warriors
My quick 2 cents on the other game on opening night, Warriors v. Rockets. Patrick McCaw should be a sneaky play periodically throughout the season. He’s expected to fill in for Andre Iguodala when out (like opening night), and in for a larger role at times, this season. McCaw has earned his when filling in admirably for Kevin Durant last year. Someone to keep an eye on in deep leagues, daily fill-in or DFS. Nick Young should also offer sporadic value as a 3-point specialist.
Late in the game, Draymond Green also suffered an injury to his left knee. Severity of the injury is unknown so keep tabs on Green.