With eight teams in action on Monday night, you’re in a bit of a sweet spot – plenty of options to fill out your roster, without being SO many you don’t even know where to start, or which way to turn. Good luck!
POINT GUARD TARGETS
- Kyle Lowry vs. DET ($10,300) – The only guy on the board averaging more than 35 fantasy points, and he’s averaging 42. There is a reason he’s so much more expensive than the next guy on the list. This is not a great matchup, but Lowry has been doing a lot more than scoring.
- Brandon Jennings @ TOR ($7,900) – It’s an off night for point guards, and Jennings is a guy with a floor near 30 fantasy points, 50 point upside, and a good matchup. Go for it.
- Patrick Beverley @ BKN ($5,100) – He’s known for his defense, but he can seriously shoot. And with Harden and Howard out there, it’s no surprise he’s getting plenty of open looks. Plus, Brooklyn can’t play defense against bad teams.
- Marcus Smart vs. NO ($4,400) – Smart scores most of his points on penetration, so it’s hard to trust him against a team with an elite shot-blocker, but the fact of the matter is, you’re not even hoping for more than a dozen or so more points out of him, anyway. His value comes from his ability to do everything, and the key to that is getting minutes. You can’t pile up stats without them. But all the warm bodies left on this roster are getting plenty of run, and Smart has seen 30 minutes each of his last two times out there, a definitely step in the right direction.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
- James Harden @ BKN ($10,500) – This is getting boring. But if you don’t start him, you’re going to worry all night about him beating you. The choice is yours.
- Jimmy Butler vs. ORL ($8,800) – After missing a game last week, he’s come back and played his usual almost-forty minutes a night. During that stretch, he hasn’t been scoring much, but he never really does – but he had ten assists and eight rebounds two nights ago, he had 11 rebounds against Utah last week, and he is constantly getting you at least a couple of steals and a block. The value is always there, to some extent.
- Eric Gordon @ BOS ($4,500) – Boston gets involved in some high scoring games, and Gordon has looked good in the three games since his return, taking some minutes away from Tyreke Evans. But now with all the personnel changes for the Celtics, Bradley and Smart are spending a lot of time out there together, and that is a nightmare for the opposing backcourt. Good luck getting comfortable against those two.
- Avery Bradley vs. NO ($4,600) – With Evan Turner playing the small forward now that Green is gone, Bradley is the best scoring option the Celtics have in the backcourt right now. He’s getting 15 shots a night, and hitting at least a couple of threes most nights, all while playing lock-down defense. This kid is a good player, getting some run, and as a result, he is a very solid play if you’re looking for a high floor and low ceiling – he could very easily get you 25 fantasy points. $4,600 is not much to pay for that, when it happens consistently. Now that Green (and everyone else) is gone, consistent might be in play.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
- Josh Smith @ BKN ($5,700) – There are not a lot of top options to run out there tonight, huh? Smith is coming off the bench, which makes him unpredictable. For example, he had 9.25 fantasy points in 20 minutes last Thursday. Now, that is what I call downside. But he is also a beast, which you know, who can produce stats in a hurry – we’re talking about a guy who put up 20 shots in only 26 minutes three games ago.
- Trevor Ariza @ BKN ($5,600) – There are solid options at small forward tonight, just not flashy ones. Ariza qualifies. It is weird recommending multiple teammates at the same position though. They all play, on the bright side – they’re just not all really small forward.
- Evan Turner vs. NO ($5,200) – It’s a trend. The Celtics traded everyone, and now the guys who are left see an uptick in value. Turner had been playing a lot at the shooting guard spot with Jeff Green playing forward, but with Green gone, Turner is in line to see more minutes. He is inconsistent – no question. But given the playing time, he can and probably will get you more than 20 fantasy points. The fact that he is playing and shooting as much as he is might not be good news for the Celtics, but it is good news for you.
- Donatas Motiejunas @ BKN ($5,000) – I just couldn’t bring myself to recommend Josh Smith and not mention the guy starting over him who costs $700 less. Smith is getting good minutes off the bench.. when Donatas sits. Motiejunas is getting MORE minutes, certainly, and he is doing well with them, rebounding and scoring. 30+ fantasy points in three or four is more than Smith can say, at least.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
- Anthony Davis @ BOS ($11,000) – You really just couldn’t ask for a better match-up. A double-double is basically a given, and you have to wonder how many blocks he could end up with against this undersized roster with unathletic bigs… 5? 10?
- Pau Gasol vs. ORL ($9,700) – Can you say 46-18? This guy is a beast. He’s the best offensive option on the Bulls, and one of the best offensive bigs in the entire Eastern conference. With Vucevic around, 18 boards is probably not happening, but Pau can get his shot from the high post against anyone, and Orlando does not offer any challenges that would make it seem like that’s about to change.
- Channing Frye @ CHI ($4,300) – He looks like he’s going to have a starting role again tonight. Last time he did, a couple nights back, he played 30+ minutes and still only scored 3 points, so you’re not looking at huge upside. But if he’s feeling more comfortable, obviously more than three points is on the table (as it should be for anyone playing that much), and he DID have eight boards, three assists and two steals. That’s not nothing for $4,300.
- Ryan Anderson @ BOS ($5,400) – Again, the matchup. And he plays a lot at the same time as Davis, which makes sense. And Boston is not the lineup that’s going to scare them into going big in this one, so Anderson should see plenty of time on the floor.
- Nikola Vucevic @ CHI ($8,500) – No matter who Orlando is playing, the fact of the matter is that the Magic don’t have anyone else to get the job done down low, ever. If someone is going to score on the post, or defend in the paint, or grab weak-side rebounds, it’s Vucevic. He gets ignored because the Magic are terrible, but if this guy was on a contender, he’s be in commercials. He’s really, really good.
- Andre Drummond @ TOR ($9,100) – With Brook Lopez and Dwight Howard canceling each other out, Drummond is the other top option on the board. His team is not great, but he is averaging 13-13 and he seemed good on Friday after dealing with an illness previously.
- Jonas Valanciunas vs. DET ($7,100) – Because he plays a lot? The matchup is average. The playing time is average. Frankly, the talent is average. But there aren’t a ton of other options, and he will probably get you 20+ fantasy points, and after the top three or four guys on this list, he’s the only one you can really say that about.
- Omer Asik @ BOS ($4,000) – The Pelicans might not play him much. That’s the risk. He could easily have a double-double. That’s the upside.