Welcome to Saturday’s Targets article and hopefully you guys are ready to make some money with this very beautiful 12 game slate! We have a handful of games that are expected to be extremely competitive and only a couple teams that are at the mid-major level. Generally when we end up with a slate full of power conference teams we have a tough time locating real value plays so that is going to be the toughest part of today’s slate, but I think I have found a few for you. Without further ado let’s take a look at the plays for this Saturday, December 12th!
Tyrone Wallace (9,100) – Wallace is the most expensive play of the slate and for that reason I think he is going to be under owned as the slate offers a number of solid, high priced plays. Wallace has basically gone for 40+ in his last 3 games and I expect this game to be extremely competitive as St Mary’s is a very efficient offensive team.
Buddy Hield (8,300) – Buddy Hield is generally one of my favorite DFS plays no matter the slate and that is the case again for today, even though I am very afraid of a blowout in this one. Oklahoma has the highest projected team score of the slate so there is going to be a ton of fantasy points from them. The question is who is the one to target? The favorite is Hield as he offers us 60 point upside. Hield’s teammate, Cousins, has been playing excellent ball and I think more people will look at him for $600 less.
Daniel Hamilton (8,700) – Hamilton is another one of my favorites as he does everything on the court for UCONN. Hamilton offers us 50+ fantasy point upside while being a triple-double threat every time he takes the court. I do not think that Ohio St has anybody that can really match up with Hamilton’s athletic ability.
Kevin Punter (7,900) – Looking at Punter’s game logs from over the last 3 weeks has my mouth watering with anticipation of plugging him into all of my lineups. The guy has been a scoring machine and if Tennessee wants to pull out a win they are going to need Punter to continue his excellent play.
Emmett Naar (7,700) – Like I said under Wallace, St Mary’s is an extremely efficient offense and Naar basically never leaves the court while chipping in stats in every category. He offers us mid-40’s in terms of fantasy upside and seems to have a pretty solid floor around the 30 fantasy point mark which is always attractive.
Other Options – Isaiah Cousins (7700), Trevon Bluiett (7600), Obi Emegano (7500), Justin Edwards (7300)
Troy Caupain (5,700) – Caupain has taken double digit shot attempts in 3 of his last 4 games and offers us 30+ fantasy point upside. We also get Caupain at a $700 discount from where his salary was recently and I feel like that’s a perfect situation to take advantage of. I think Caupain should be safe for a 24+ point performance.
Jabari Bird (5,300) – I really like Bird in this game as he seems to go under the radar as he is the cheapest starter on Cal however he might be the best shooter on the team as he is not afraid to fire up nearly double digit three point attempts. He has scored 24+ fantasy points in 3 of his last 4 games and I am going to say he makes it 4 of his last 5 by the time this one is over with.
Traci Carter (5,100) – Carter has really turned in some excellent performances since joining the starting lineup for Marquette and normally I would be afraid of a team going into Madison to play the Badgers however the Badgers were just dominated by a PG from UW-M which is Marquette’s neighbor in the city of Milwaukee. Carter has basically gone for between 25 and 38 fantasy points in 6 straight games. The excellent thing is the fact that he doesn’t have to score game points to put up fantasy points.
J.P. Macura (3,900) – Macura has been one of my favorite punt plays this season as he offers us 30 fantasy point upside at such a depressed price. Macura has put up 49 fantasy points over his last two games and should be able to easily pay off his 3.9K price tag.
Other Options – Tim Bond (4900), Raven Lee (4600), Kamau Stokes (4500), Dinjiyl Walker (3700), Jordan Price (3600), C.J. Bryce (3600), Kris Martin (3200), Stefan Gonzalez (3000)
Jakob Poeltl (8,500) – I think Poeltl is my top overall play of the day as he should be able to dominate the paint against Wichita St and he has been putting up monster stat lines all season long. He has put up 201.25 fantasy points over his last 4 games, that should be all you need to hear! Plug Poeltl into your lineups and move onto the next spot as he is just too under priced for this match-up.
Nigel Hayes (8,400) – With Hayes being just $100 less than Poeltl I do not see his ownership being very high and add in the fact that Marquette has some legit size inside and people may shy away and that is fine with me as Hayes has really turned it on over his last 4 games as he is averaging nearly 42 fantasy points per game in those 4. He does it all for Wisconsin and they are going to need him if they want to hold off a hot Marquette team.
Ivan Rabb (7,600) – Rabb is more of a gut call than anything as his most recent game logs have been pretty pedestrian, especially given his $7.6K tag. This match-up intrigues me as St. Mary’s lacks any type of size on the inside to battle with Rabb. He should be able to clean up on the glass as well as get some easy put backs. I am going to go out on a limb and predict a big double-double for Rabb and he is going to 6x his salary in this game!
James Thompson IV (7,500) – This is an extremely tough match-up for Thompson as Louisville has some legit size to throw at him however it is almost impossible to ignore what Thompson has done over his last 5 games as he has averaged 21 points and 14 rebounds per game which has lead to a total of 226.5 fantasy points in those 5 games. He is certainly going to find his way into a number of my lineups.
Luke Fischer (7,000) – I actually prefer Fischer to Ellenson in this one as he is $1K cheaper and has been more consistent so far this season. Ellenson has the brighter future, however Fischer is the veteran and Marquette is going to need him to assert himself down low in this match-up with the Badgers. The Badgers lack the size to compete with Fischer and Ellenson on the inside.
Other Options – Henry Ellenson (8000), Armani Moore (7800), Alex Poythress (6900)
Kelan Martin (5,600) – Martin has put up over 73 fantasy points in his last 2 games and has managed to put up double digit shots in three straight. At just $5.6K it is hard not to love the 45 fantasy point upside that Martin offers us in this game. Butler should be able to run against Tennessee while taking advantage of their lack of defense.
Sandy Cohen III (4,900) – Cohen is coming off of a 45.25 fantasy point game and while that may be more of an aberration than anything we do have to remember that Cohen was a highly recruited Wisconsin high-school star and seems to be figuring things out during his sophomore season. In the two games prior to the 45.25 point outing, Cohen put up 49.25 fantasy points which is good enough for over 24.5 per game which is all we need for him to hit 5x on his price.
Zach Brown (4,500) – Brown has been my favorite punt F play on any slate that Wichita St is a part of as he fills the stat sheet and the next thing you know he has 20+ fantasy points. His price has jumped up a bit, which I am not so crazy about however I am just not ready to discard him as a play. The match-up is tough, however Wichita St is going to need his size and athleticism against the big Utah front court.
Trevor Thompson (4,400) – Thompson has played 50 minutes over the last two games and has managed to put up 50.5 fantasy points in those two games. If he continues that run in this game we can expect him to put up 25 fantasy points which is nearly 6x and would make my GPP lineup look very good considering I would be surrounding him with guys like Poeltl, Punter and Thompson IV.
Calvin Hermanson (4,200) – Hermanson is somebody to look at as he is getting between 20 and 30 minutes every game and at just $4.2K it is tough to find guys getting that many minutes every game. He has put up 55.75 fantasy points over his last 3 games and is coming off of a 30 minute game the last time out. Hermanson lacks a ton of upside, however he is a good bet to see around 25 minutes while putting up 5+ three point attempts.
Other Options – Stephen Hurt (4900), Willie Atwood (4900), Javan White (3800), Chuck Ogbodo (3500), Coreontae Berry (3500), Jock Landale (3500), Devontae Cacok (3400), Marcus Bryan (3100)