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Zach LaVine keeps scoring, sticking it to coach Jim Boylen

Bulls guard has responded since being benched, leads Chicago to upset win over the Kings on Monday.

Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine goes up for the shot against Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield during the second quarter at Golden 1 Center. Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

It was Nov. 22 when Chicago Bulls coach Jim Boylen decided to bench his leading scorer early in what would be a blowout loss to the Miami Heat. It was after that game that LaVine questioned whether Boylen trusted him or not. Well, it’s been five games worth of LaVine putting on an offensive display, so I’d hope that trust has been restored.

LaVine responded in the next game against the Charlotte Hornets with a career night, scoring 49 points in a 116-115 win. He set the Bulls 3-point record and drained the game-winning shot all in one night. The 13 treys helped him score a season-high 60.5 fantasy points.

Needless to say, the Bulls would be in even more trouble this season if it weren’t for LaVine. He’s since been on a scoring binge, most recently highlighted by 28 points in an upset win over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night. Sure, LaVine has been scoring and the Bulls are 3-4 in their past seven games, but the guard is also distributing a bit, with at least five assists in three of the past four games.

How should you approach Zach LaVine in fantasy basketball?

I think you need to ride the hot streak, to be honest. LaVine is one of the streakiest scorers in the NBA and the Bulls are an enigma this season. But one thing is for sure: As long as LaVine is confident, he’s going to keep scoring. If you have him in season-long, fantastic, he should keep this up for at least another two games (MEM, GSW). This means in DFS you’ve got to consider him in GPPs for those slates. This also might not be a bad time to sell high on LaVine. Or keep him around and see what happens. As Captain Planet says, “The choice .... is yours!”