Friday features an 10-game slate. That means there will be a lot of players to chose from tonight. Here are the studs and value plays I like for tonight’s games.
POINT GUARD TARGETS
- Rajon Rondo vs. CLE ($8500) – Rondo has had 50 or more fantasy points in two of his last three games, he is averaging 41.9 fantasy-points per game on the season and 44.3 per game at home. He is at home tonight, and facing a Cleveland team that has ranked 28th against opposing point guards this season.
- Ty Lawson @ IND ($7400) – Sure, it is a small sample size — three games — but Lawson has been better on the road than at home — 35.8 fantasy-points per game on the road versus 30.3 per game at home. He is on the road Friday against Indiana which ranks 26th against opposing points guard this season.
- Donald Sloan vs. DEN ($5200) – Sloan’s pricing makes my job easy. The guy is healthy, is averaging 28.1 fantasy-points per game on the season, and has a nice matchup. Over the last five games, Denver has allowed opposing PG to score 51.5 fantasy-points per game.
- Isaiah Canaan vs. PHI ($4200) – You will want to make sure that Patrick Beverly is out before picking up Canaan. If Beverly is out, Canaan is a great pick. Philadelphia has allowed opposing PG to score 52.1 fantasy-points per game this season, and Canaan will be in line for 25-30 minutes in this game.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
- Kobe Bryant vs. SA ($8800) – Generally, I am not a big fan of Kobe, but given his price tonight, I do like him as a fantasy selection. He is averaging 42.9 fantasy-points per game, is at home, and San Antonio has struggled against opposing shooting guards this season — they rank 25th against the position thus far.
- Tyreke Evans vs. MIN ($7700) – Minnesota is pretty bad defensively and Evans is off to a nice start this season. Evans has a nice price tag for a guy averaging 37.7 fantasy-points per game facing the 29th ranked defense against his position.
- Gerald Green vs. CHA ($4600) – Green is a bit of a risky pick. He has been producing lately — including some big games — and has a nice matchup. The one red flag is he has not been getting consistent playing time — he has played anywhere from 14 – 27 minutes in his last five games. But, he has also had three games over 20 fantasy-points, two over 30, and one over 40 fantasy-points in those same five games. Green is a bit of a risk, but there is also some nice potential for reward with him too.
- Eric Gordon vs. MIN ($4100) – Gordon has the same favorable matchup that Evans has. He is also much cheaper because he is off to a horrible start to the season. I think that makes a nice buying opportunity this week. Gordon is not going to shot as poorly all season as he has thus far, and Minnesota seems like a great team to start getting hot against to me.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
- Carmelo Anthony vs. NY ($8700) – Hey look, it is another player who I am not a big fan of as a fantasy player! But, we are playing to win, not to make teams out of players we like. Anthony is priced such that he is a nice value. There is nothing wrong with his matchup tonight, and he is hot — averaging 40.42 fantasy-points per game his last three games.
- Trevor Ariza vs. PHI ($6600) – Any player who gets consistent playing time who is facing Philadelphia is worth considering. With Ariza. you get the added bonus of a player averaging 30.6 fantasy-points per game, and is barely priced above the amount allotted per roster spot.
- Chris Copeland vs. DEN ($5900) – There is a large grouping of solid small forwards right near the median roster price tonight. I usually do not go with a bargain player so close to the average player price, but I like Copeland. He has been playing well, has a nice matchup, and put up 30.25 fantasy-points in his last game.
- K. J. McDaniels @ HOU ($4800) – Quietly, McDaniels has been a consistency solid fantasy-option the last few games. Going into Thursday Night’ action, McDaniel has scored between 20.5 and 24.25 points his last four games. That was before he got his first start; he also is facing the 27th ranked defense against SF this season.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
- Derrick Favors @ NY ($7300) – Looking at the power forwards on Friday, I am not loving the matchups of the highest priced guys. Matchup is not an issue at all for Favors. He is facing the team that has struggled the most against PF this season.
- Jared Sullinger vs. CLE ($7000) – Sullinger has topped 32.25 fantasy points in five of his last six games, had 37.75 in his last game, and is up against the 26th best defense against power forwards. Oh, and he only costs $7000 tonight. There is a lot to like here.
- Ryan Anderson vs. MIN ($5000) – Really, I was not planning on loading up on Pelicans tonight. Minnesota has actually not been bad against power forward thus far. I like Anderson for the consistency. He has had less than 20 fantasy-points only one time this season — and over 40 only once. Sure, you are probably not getting a monster game here, but there is nothing wrong with getting 25-30 fantasy-points from your $5000 players.
- Boris Diaw @ LAL ($4200) – Boring but consistent would be the best terms to describe Diaw as a fantasy player this season. Diaw has scored between 16.75 and 24.75 fantasy-points in every game this season. He is a great choice if you will be fine getting quadruple value from a cheap player, yet also are fine with the upside of six times value.
- Dwight Howard vs. PHI ($8600) – Philadelphia is really, really bad — in case you have not heard. As I am writing this, they are losing to Dallas 30-73 at half time. The only danger in using Howard tonight is Houston gets out to a huge lead and rests guys. Still, if that happens, chances are Howard would have gotten you 40+ fantasy-points already, so I do not think the risk is worth worrying about.
- Chris Bosh @ ATL ($8300) – Atlanta has given up an average of 51.5 fantasy points per game to opposing centers this season. Bosh has average 45.1 fantasy points per game on the road. If you asked a “magic eight ball” if Bosh is going to have a good game tonight, I am pretty sure it would say something like “signs point to yes“.
- Lavoy Allen vs. DEN ($3900) – Denver has major issues against centers this season. On the average, opposing centers are scoring 58.5 fantasy points per game against Denver — seven more than against any other team. Over its last five games, Denver is allowing centers to score 67.2 fantasy points. Allen is a great pick up for $3900 tonight.
- J. J. Hickson @ IND ($3500) – Hey look, it is one of the reasons Denver allows so many points to opposing centers! Good thing we do not care about bad defense, we only care about fantasy-points. While Hickson has only played two games this season, he has had 20.5 and 34.75 fantasy-points in those games, and Indiana ranks 27th against centers this season.