So, is it just me or are the players we have to choose from in this contest starting to look very familiar? With only four teams worth of players to chose from, our choices are getting slim, and it would not be much of a competition if we could just stock our teams with studs. But we like a challenge, which is why we are still playing basketball this time of year. Speaking of playing, here are the guys I am looking at on my teams for the Friday/Saturday contests:

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POINT GUARD TARGETS

Studs

Stephen Curry @ HOU ($10500) – When you invest over $10000 in a player, you want him to give you 50+ fantasy-points. Chances are, Curry will do that Saturday. He has topped the 50-fantasy-point threshold in three of his last four games, has averaged 52 fantasy-points per game against Houston this season, plus put up 55.5 fantasy-points against the Rockets in game one.

Jeff Teague vs. CLE ($7300) – Sure only two Atlanta players did much against Cleveland in game one, but Teague was one of those players. He will likely also be defended by a hurting Kyrie Irving again Friday. Teague is not going to give you a monster game, but you can count on at least 30 fantasy-points with an upside in the low-40 range.

Values

Dennis Schroder vs. CLE ($4800) – There are two ways to go with a value play. You can either go with a safe option who is not likely to have a monster game, yet also not like to hurt you. Or, you can go with a guy who might have a monster game, but also might cost you a contest. Schroder is the former, the player you can count on to give you 15 or so fantasy-points.

Shaun Livingston @ HOU ($3200) – Livingston is the other type of value player. He could could give you 30+ fantasy-points like he did in game one; he could also not even get you 10 fantasy-points which has been the case in five of his last ten games. He has averaged 18.5 fantasy-points per game against Houston this season, so I think he is more likely to boom rather than bust this time around.

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SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS

Studs

James Harden vs. GS ($9800) – You really do not need me to explain Harden too much. He has, after all, been a monster all season. He also just missed a triple-double in game one and game two, he has also topped 57 fantasy-points in three of his last four games. Harden actually might qualify as a value given his price.

Klay Thompson @ HOU ($7000) – Game one was not Thompson’s best night. For whatever reason — possibly early foul trouble — Thompson just could not get in a rhythm. Despite the off night, Klay has averaged 36.7 fantasy-points per game against Houston this season so you should expect a better game from him this time around. It is also not like 27 fantasy-points is a disastrous game, that is a pretty high floor even for a $7000 player.

Values

J. R. Smith @ ATL ($4900) – Is Smith a safe play? Not even close. Can Smith put up a big game? Well, he did just have a 49.5 fantasy-point game. No, odds are not very good you can expect him to be that good again. But, Smith does tend to be streaky, and has been pretty hot lately — 33.6 fantasy-points per game over his last three games.

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SMALL FORWARD TARGETS

Studs

LeBron James @ ATL ($11400) – The fact that James “only” scored 50 fantasy-points in game one is a bit of a shock. It was actually James’ second worst performance in his last ten games. In those ten games, he has topped 75 fantasy-points once, 60 fantasy-points another two times and failed to reach 50 only once. Safe with a lot of upside, even with a high price, is what LeBron is.

Trevor Ariza vs. GS ($6600) – Let’s face it, not every team can afford LeBron James. You still need a small forward, and having one you can count on for an at least solid game is important. Ariza is no LeBron, and he is not going to give you a 76 fantasy-point game. Still, he is likely to give you 30 fantasy-points or more with 40+ fantasy-point upside.

Values

Harrison Barnes @ HOU ($4900) – I have to admit, I am a bit trepidatious about recommending Barnes. I thought the last time I did so he had a poor game, but I was mistaken. Barnes remains one of the more consistent fantasy options this postseason. He has had between 20.25 and 25.25 fantasy-points in his last five games. He has also averaged 20.9 fantasy-points per game against Houston this season. Houston also was the worst of the playoff teams defensively against small forwards this season.

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POWER FORWARD TARGETS

Studs

Draymond Green @ HOU ($7900) – Unlike the other positions, there are really no sure thing studs at power forward. Green is the closest we get this time around. He does have a favorable matchup and did put up 46 fantasy-points in game one against Houston.

Values

Tristan Thompson @ ATL ($6000) – I suppose I could justify putting Thompson in the stud section, he has produced stud-like numbers lately after all. He has averaged 33.6 fantasy-points per game over his last three games, plus topped 30 fantasy-points in three of his last five games. Thing is, after looking at all of those numbers, Thompson looks like a good bet to top-five times and even flirt with six times value, which makes him, well, a value selection.

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CENTER TARGETS

Studs

Al Horford vs. CLE ($7900) – Horford’s 27.3 fantasy-points in game one was one of the better performances or Atlanta in that game; it was also Horford’s worst game in his last ten. In that same span, he has topped 50 fantasy-points three times. Horford is a bit more of a risk than my other stud selections, but also has the potential to provide the best value.

Values

Timofey Mozgov @ ATL ($4800) – Perhaps Mozgov is a little easier to go with if you are myopic. You need to ignore what he has done in the playoffs and instead look at how he has played against Atlanta. In game one, Mozgov had 24.8 fantasy-points, in three games against the Hawks this season, Mozgov has averaged 24.3 fantasy-points per game.

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