Today’s NBA Targets will break down the 3-game NBA slate. We will have a look at the studs, sleepers, and mid-range players you want to have rotating in your lineups.
Note: Keep in mind there are only three games today. For some positions, there will only be one, and even none (SF position), in the studs section due to the shallow field of players.
POINT GUARD TARGETS
Chris Paul @ PHO ($9,700) – There aren’t many PG’s I feel confident about on Tuesday, so I’m willing to pay the big-time price to lock in Paul and his 25th OPRK against the Suns. Paul is averaging 44.8 FPPG this season, certainly one of the premier DFS players in the game.
John Wall @ PHI ($8,400) – Before Wall returned to action on Sunday – he racked up 44.5 fantasy points – his last game played was on April 4 against the Grizzlies. So, it was a bit of a layoff for the Wizards’ superstar, although he didn’t lose a beat upon his return. Wall can easily score as many points as the above Chris Paul, and he provides a better return value overall.
Evan Turner vs. TOR ($6,300) – We’ve got a mid-range value play here in Turner. The Celtics are using him as a point forward, but the key here is that Turner gets to touch the ball frequently. He nets a 22nd OPRK matchup facing the Raptors and I expect him to match his 31.5 FPPG average over the last five games.
Marcus Smart vs. TOR ($4,300) – Smart is a boom-or-bust player, although worth the risk to me considering the other Tuesday options. Over the last couple of weeks, Smart has either been on fire or he’s been in la-la land picking flowers. That’s the risk you take, however, so keep that in mind when you lock in Smart for $4.3 K.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
DeMar DeRozan @ BOS ($8,100) – DeRozan is hands-down the best option at SG on Tuesday, and worth every single dollar of his $8.1 K price tag. DeRozan is averaging 42 FPPG in 38.3 MPG over his last five games played.
Eric Bledsoe vs. LAC ($7,100) – The matchup stinks, but I really don’t care. I like Bledsoe to rise up in this game, giving the Clippers a tough time of it. Bledsoe is playing much better over his last two games, coming off two weak-sauce performances. Look for his good run to continue.
Bradley Beal @ IND ($6,500) – Beal is a mid-range and I love the consistency from since April 1, giving DFS owners about 30 fantasy points a game since then. Beal also draws one of the better matchups of the night at SG, with an 18th OPRK rank.
Gerald Green vs. LAC ($4,000) – I’d love to see another 30-point fantasy night out of Green, who helped me secure $200 on a $12 entry league (2nd place) last week, but I’d settle for 25 points. Okay, 22.5 points.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
C.J. Miles vs. WAS ($5,400) – The matchup is usually something I’m looking to avoid (3rd OPRK), but, again, with the limited options on Tuesday you’ve got to give up something. And, I’ll give up the good matchup for Miles and his 31.9 FPPG average over his last five played.
P.J. Tucker vs. LAC ($4,800) – The best thing about Tucker is his matchup (29th OPRK) and the minutes he averages each night, but his shooting sure stinks (averaging .346 FG% over his last six games). I’m okay sucking wind at the SF slot today, and it’s obvious you’ll be building up other positions, but Tucker does give you a decent shot at 25 points.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
Blake Griffin @ PHO ($8,700) – You know the story: bad matchup, great player. Lock Griffin in with his 41.5 FPPG seasonal average AND that he’s the only stud PF on the Tuesday docket.
Markieff Morris vs. LAC ($6,000) – The value on Morris isn’t bad, as he’s averaging 7.8 RPG, 3.3 APG and 13.0 PPG over his last six contests. Morris will toss in a 3-point shot now and then and he’s got a solid FT% for a power forward.
Tyler Hansbrough @ BOS ($4,300) – Hansbrough disappointed me on Saturday with his 16.0 fantasy effort, only scoring two points the entire day. I like a comeback out of him facing the Celtics. The price is right and Hansbrough strung three good 30-plus fantasy point games together prior.
DeAndre Jordan @ PHO ($8,000) – Jordan can’t hit free throws, but as long as he keeps rebounding and blocking shots he’s a solid play and the only true stud at center on Tuesday. I’d be sure to get him in your lineup.
Marcin Gortat @ IND ($6,500) – Here we go again – a borderline mid-range value guy with TONS of potential. I love Gortat, as much as I love leftover Easter candy. Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs rank right up there with the big guy, who is averaging 35 FPPG in 29.1 MPG over his last six contests.
Kelly Olynyk vs. TOR ($3,800) – If you can brave through Olynyk’s 18.0 MPG average over his last five games, then you can at least rest easy knowing he’ll give you a fantasy point per minute. Not bad, right? For the salary, that is. If you’re loading up at other positions and looking to play light at center, Olynyk’s a solid play.
Good luck on Tuesday! Catch me on Twitter @TheRolyPolyBoy where I may sometimes answer your questions, but only if I really, really feel like it.