Once again, Friday’s slate of NBA games features 12 contests. So, you will have plenty of options with which to build your teams tonight. Here are the players I like in tonight’s slate of games:
POINT GUARD TARGETS
- Kyle Lowry vs. CLE ($9600) – While Cleveland has been a little better defensively recently, they still struggle against opposing point guards. Opposing PG are averaging 54.4 fantasy-points per game against Cleveland in Cleveland’s last five games. Lowry has averaged 48.3 fantasy-points in his last six games, so is worth the high price-tag tonight.
- Jeff Teague @ PHO ($7900) – On the season, Brooklyn is allowing opposing point guards to average 50 fantasy-points per game. Teague is coming off a 48.75 fantasy-point game at Miami, so he should have no problems having a nice game against a defensively-challenged Nets team.
- Jose Calderon @ CHA ($5600) – Speaking of the Nets, Calderon put up 38 fantasy-points in his last game against those same Nets. Charlotte has actually been worse against point guards this season than Brooklyn, which makes Calderon a nice bargain tonight.
- Trey Burke vs. ORL ($5400) – Orlando has allowed the fifth most fantasy-point per game to opposing points guards this season — 51.4 per game. Burke has been streaky, but is coming off a nice game against Toronto. Tonight he is at home against a weaker defense, making him a nice bargain.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
- Monta Ellis vs. PHO ($8200) – Ellis is just plain hot. His matchup Friday is not bad — Phoenix has been slightly below average against shooting guards — but I like him more because he has averaged 42.94 fantasy-points per game in his last four contests.
- Dwayne Wade @ MIL ($7500) – Wade is one of the most frustrating players to own in “traditional” fantasy leagues since he misses so much time. But, this is daily fantasy. He is healthy now, and is playing well lately, making him a niece bargain for $7500 tonight.
- Kyle Korver @ BKN ($5600) – Brooklyn ranks 23rd against opposing shooting guards this season. Korver is averaging 26.9 fantasy-points per game this season, 27.2 over his last six games, and just put up 33 fantasy-points against Miami. Given Korver’s price, I like him more than Wade in their game.
- Avery Bradley vs. LAL ($4400) – I usually shy away from guys coming off a bad game — and like guys who have been hot. Bradley managed only seven fantasy-points in his last game, and is only averaging 19.8 in his last four games. But, he has played some pretty good defenses lately. Tonight he is at home against the Lakers who should not be confused with a good defensive team.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
- Kawhi Leonard @ MEM ($7500) – Time to list some numbers: 33.75, 42.25, 43.0, 24.0, 40.5 and 33.75. Those are Leonard’s fantasy-point totals in his last six games. By my count, there are three games with over 40 fantasy-points, another two with at least 30 and only one game with less than 30. Seems to me — you can call me captain obvious if you want — Leonard is playing well.
- Trevor Ariza @ MIN ($6500) – This season Minnesota has allowed the third most fantasy-points per game to opposing small forwards — 42.0 per game. They have been even worse lately, allowing 43.7 fantasy-points per game in their last five contests. Ariza has averaged 30.6 fantasy-points in his last five games, so should be in line for a nice game against the Timberwolves.
- Donatas Motiejunas @ MIN ($5200) – Yes, that is another Houston small forward, what can i say? If you lose to Philadelphia, your team has issues. Motiejunas has average 29 fantasy-points per game in his last five contests, and could see some extra playing time in what should be a blow out.
- Solomon Hill @ SAC ($4800) – Sacramento is weak defensively against small forwards, Hill has been better on the road than at home, and had 33 fantasy-points in his last game.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
- Tim Duncan @ MEM ($8400) – It is always a little scary using Duncan since Greg Popovich can decide to rest him at any time. The chances of that happening tonight are slim given the matchup, and the fact that Duncan just had a “day off”. Duncan has topped 30 fantasy-points in each of his last five games and Memphis ranks 26th against power forwards this season.
- Jared Sullinger vs. LAL ($7600) – The Lakers are allowing the most points per game to opposing offenses this season, on the road they are even worse allowing over 112 points per game. Against power forwards, they ranks 25th this season. As for Sullinger, he is averaging 34.6 fantasy-points per game at home.
- Amir Johnson vs. CLE ($4700) – The best comparison for Johnson is an ex who broke things off with you. You tend to like him/her a lot more than they like you. Johnson is great when he is not on my teams; he does nothing when he is on them. He is not on any of my teams now, which explains why he has averaged 22 fantasy-points per game in his last six contests. Cleveland has struggled against opposing power forwards, and I am just not brave enough to put Johnson on any of my teams; in other words, Johnson is in line for a monster game against the Cavaliers.
- Cody Zeller @ NY ($4700) – This one is pretty simple. The Knicks are not very good, Zeller is cheap, and is averaging 23.6 fantasy-points per game in his last five games. Unlike Johnson, I have no issues adding Zeller to my teams tonight.
- Chris Bosh @ MIL ($8600) – Bosh has been slightly better on the road than at home this season. Milwaukee has been slightly below average against opposing centers. Bosh has been slightly better lately than for the season — 40.4 fantasy-points per game his last four games compared to a season average of 39.9. No, there is not one thing that screams start Bosh, but there are a lot of small things that say he is a nice play.
- Marcin Gortat vs. DEN ($7300) – Despite having improved against opposing centers, Denver still has allowed centers to score 47.9 fantasy-points per game against them this season. Over his last three games Gortat has averaged 43.83 fantasy-points per game.
- Anderson Varejao @ TOR ($5500) – Toronto is having a nice season, but they are still struggling defensively against big men. Varejao is not going to get a ton of actual points, be he will give you a lot of rebounds, probably a block, a couple of steals and as an added bonus, he does not turn the ball over as much as most big guys.
- Zaza Pachulia vs. MIA ($3000) – Love Pachulia for $3000 I do. Obviously, he is priced so low because he is a risk. The upside is that in his last game, he returned over seven times value; if he just gives you his season average, he will top five times value. Seems like a very good deal for as cheap a player as you can add to your team.