Today’s NBA targets breakdown takes a look at tonight’s games, Saturday November 15th, and pinpoints some studs and sleepers you might want to target at each position.
POINT GUARD TARGETS
Chris Paul vs. PHO ($10,200)-Call me cheap, but I’m going to save the $100 and take Paul over Stephen Curry. Paul has been a model of consistency at a high-level throughout. His ceiling may not be as high as Curry’s, but Paul has yet to score under 35 fantasy points. The Suns have been allowing 50.3 fantasy points per game in the last five games. Paul was one assist away from a triple double in his last game. I’m expecting another big game out of the star PG.
John Wall vs. ORL ($9,300)-His ceiling is just about as high as Curry’s and Paul’s, but he is cheaper than both. Wall already has five double-double games this season. He gets multiple steals a game and in any given game can score 30+ points. The Magic are giving up 45.7 fantasy points to PG’s this season. Wall has scored over 45 fantasy points in half of his games this season. Despite playing a good defending PG, I’m still predicting Wall to take Payton to school a couple times this evening.
Aaron Brooks vs. IND ($3,000)-Kirk Hinrich is expected to get the start tonight with Derrick Rose out. However, Brooks should see some extra minutes tonight, and any time he’s seen over 20 minutes in a game, he’s scored over 25 fantasy points. He should see plenty of minutes and brings much more to the table than Hinrich when it comes to daily leagues.
Zach LaVine at DAL ($4,100)-I’ve liked what I’ve seen out of him thus far. He does a little bit of everything, in small quantities of course. He is getting plenty of minutes, which is huge in basketball. I know, he’s coming off of a poor performance, but has a decent matchup up ahead. Jameer Nelson and Devin Harris have never been known for their defensive expertise. Point Guards score 21.6 points on average against the Mavericks. My take is that LaVine will have his best offensive game tonight.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
Monta Ellis vs. MIN ($7,100) –It’ll be tough for Kevin Martin to cover Ellis tonight, and there’s no reason why Ellis should get in foul trouble early, as Martin is an outside shooter more than anything. In the last four games, Ellis has scored over 29 fantasy points. He has another good matchup ahead of him.
Klay Thompson vs. CHA ($7,000)-Only a couple days ago, Thompson was questionable to play in a game. He ended up playing and put up a great stat line. He scored 29 points, had five rebounds, four assists, and went 5-6 from beyond the arc. He’s proven that he’s a must start fantasy option on a daily basis.
Ben McLemore ($3,800)-He has scored over 20 fantasy points in the last five games. His price has gradually increased in the five game stretch, but based on his recent performances, it has not hit value. He is getting plenty of minutes, scoring points, making three-pointers, and even grabbing some boards. Take advantage of this discounted price while it lasts.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope @ MEM ($4,200)-It’s been a streaky season for the young guard, hence the price. He didn’t play too well last night, but has a solid matchup against the Grizzlies. You’re risking little here for someone who is consistently getting high minutes.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
LeBron James vs. ATL ($11,000)-Who’s paying for Lebron? This guy! Since Anthony Davis has the night off tonight and the Pelicans aren’t playing, I’ll splurge and take James. Lebron has scored over 30 points in three of his last four games. He fills up the stat sheets and is averaging 48.5 fantasy points per game. In his last three games he’s scored over 50 fantasy points. The guy is a beast and should have no trouble pouring it on the Hawks.
Gordon Hayward @ TOR ($7,700)-He put on a show last night in New York and now heads to Toronto to take on the Raptors who have been getting lit up by small forwards in the last five games. Hayward does it all which is something that helps get points in daily leagues. He’s $200 cheaper than he was yesterday, so why not plug him again today.
Mike Dunleavy vs. IND ($4,400)-With Rose out of the lineup tonight, all Bulls players get an increase in value. Dunleavy is averaging over 20 fantasy points in the last 10 days and has played over 30 minutes in three of the last four games. If you’re looking for a cheap small forward in a good situation, this is your guy.
Allen Crabee vs. BKN ($3,000)-He’s a minimum salary player that will get the start tonight for a banged up Portland team. His floor is low, but keep in mind you’re paying the lowest amount possible for a player. Plus, the Nets have been pretty vulnerable against SF this season.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
Blake Griffin vs. PHO ($9,400)-He is coming off of his first double-double of the season, and has a good shot to get another one against Phoenix. The Suns are giving up 18.5 points and 12.3 rebounds to Power Forwards this season. Griffin has gone over 45 fantasy points three times this season. He’s a beast and should be treated as such tonight.
Pau Gasol vs. IND ($8,500)-I feel like we are watching a rejuvenated Pau Gasol in Chicago. He has six double-double games this season and is playing lights out. He’s averaging 19 points and 11 boards on the year. He’s posted back-to-back 50+ fantasy point games. There’s no reason why he should slow down tonight against the Pacers.
Mirza Teletovic @ POR ($3,900)-Here’s a cheap price tag for a player that gets 20+ minutes a night and is playing a team that will be without some key players tonight. Teletovic has scored over 30 fantasy points in a couple games this season and could be a good tournament play at this price. It’s not costing you much, and can pan out.
Brandan Wright vs. MIN ($3,600)-The concern here is the lack of minutes. He hasn’t received over 20 minutes in the last three games. However, this is a game that Dallas can take an early lead in and provide some more minutes to bench players. Wright is pretty effective when he’s on the court and can put up over 20 fantasy points. He’s already done it four times this season.
Nikola Vucevic at WAS ($8,000)-This would be the second time this season that Vucevic faces the Wizards. The last time they played, he scored 23 points, grabbed 12 boards, dished out three assists, and had one steal. That was good enough for 45 fantasy points. He was the same price then as he is today, why not take advantage of this great value?
DeMarcus Cousins vs. SA ($9,800)-Cousins has played at a high level all season. He should be able to pick about Matt Bonner this evening under the boards and in the post-game. He’s pretty much a guaranteed double-double every game. There’s a reason why he’s the most expensive center today.
Chris Kaman vs. BKN ($4,300)-He’s expected to be in the starting lineup tonight for the Trail Blazers, so the minutes should be there. In the last three games he’s scored over 28 fantasy points in each game. He did that while receiving less than 20 minutes per game. This price is a steal for a player that can put up the numbers that Kaman has been putting up.
Miles Plumlee at LAC ($4,500)-Here’s a great price for a Center that gets minutes and is productive. Plumlee has received over 30 minutes in the last four games and has posted 20 or more fantasy points in each of those games. Tonight he plays a Clippers team that has given up an average of 58.7 points in the last five games. It’s not costing you much to get a starting Center with a good matchup in your lineup.