Today’s NBA Targets will break down the 12-game NBA slate. We will have a look at the studs, sleepers and mid-range players you want to have rotating in your lineups.
POINT GUARD TARGETS
John Wall vs. PHI ($8,800) – It’s difficult to get through an NBA Targets piece without putting Russell Westbrook’s name here, but… I’m… gonna… do… it (the big dude writing this, the one with the sausage fingers, is now grinding his teeth). After suffering through some underwhelming performances last week, Wall has redeemed himself with three games in a row of at least 54 fantasy points (54.0, 54.25, 61.0). The impressive deal here is that Wall’s scoring has really shot up, averaging a bit over 30 PPG over those same three contests. Look for Wall’s run to continue facing the 76ers and their 27th OPRK matchup.
Reggie Jackson @ CHA ($8,700) – I was expecting a bit more from Jackson on Tuesday; although, it’s not like he laid an egg or anything. Still, look for Jackson to get back into the 40-plus point range on Wednesday facing the Hornets (25th OPRK), and if he doesn’t? I’ll take the lashes for you this time.
Ish Smith vs. PHI ($6,100) – Increased minutes, increased production and good consistent overall numbers gets Smith back into my lineups. Smith has certainly been one of my favorite late-season surprises. Lock him in for 25-30 fantasy points, and you’re going to do so more for his consistent production than his ceiling.
Jameer Nelson @ UTA ($4,500) – For the minutes that Nelson is playing, he is exceeding expectations. Nelson’s 3-point shot has been outstanding over the last couple of games (8-for-13), which adds to his overall scoring totals of course. The price tag is awfully attractive for the way Nelson has been playing.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
DeMar DeRozan @ MIN ($8,000) – I’m not expecting James Harden to earn his $11.3K price tag on Wednesday, which brings me to DeRozan. I’d much rather go with DeRozan at this price, with what he’s been doing (40.4 FPPG over the last six games) for owners. DeRozan may not have the one-day ceiling that Harden does, but I’m just not into paying the $3.3K difference. And, actually, DeRozan is a value in my mind here.
Victor Oladipo vs. SA ($7,700) – There’s a bad matchup here, so I should be avoiding Oladipo, right? Normally I might shy away if there were other top SG options that I felt confident in, so instead I’m looking at the level of consistency that I can get for the salary spent. Plus, you have to consider Oladipo’s propensity to go into big-time fantasy scoring runs. He’s done it all season, averaging 32.1 FPPG on the year, and that’s about what I expect from him on Wednesday.
Joe Johnson @ NY ($5,800) – Don’t look now, but Johnson has put up two 40-plus fantasy point games in a row. Johnson’s shot is falling, which is why we’re seeing the boost in fantasy production. How long will that continue? It’s tough to say, but I like hopping aboard runs like this, especially for a decent salary.
Gerald Henderson vs. DET ($5,700) – Henderson isn’t a super-value play or anything, but there is appeal here. I’ll take the 27.4 FPPG average that Henderson has been giving owners over the last seven games. Yeah, that’s right – seven games. Henderson’s minutes are up over his seasonal MPG average during the last seven played, as well as his PPG (17.0) and FG% (.511).
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
Kawhi Leonard @ ORL ($8,100) – I recommended Leonard for Tuesday’s DFS lineups (pat-pat) , and he did not disappoint (maybe I should check my other recommendations too, eh?). I’m leaving him in this spot with the same salary and with a fantastic-o matchup (25th OPRK) against the Orlando Magic.
Gordon Hayward vs. DEN ($8,000) – Hayward has been on fire over his last three games, averaging 40.5 FPPG. He’s scoring points, blocking, stealing and nabbing his usual rebounds and assists. I expect Hayward’s dominance as a real-life player to continue into next season, while we DFS’ers take advantage of his contributing fantasy numbers. There aren’t many players in the NBA that fill up a box score like Hayward does.
Andrew Wiggins vs. TOR ($6,600) – There are some solid players to look at in the $6.5 – 7K range, and I like Wiggins a bunch. Sure, Wiggins has games where he disappears, but isn’t that expected from youngsters now and then? Wiggins has been highly impressive to this point, and he’s someone to to work into your lineup if you’re looking to keep your roster at an even level salary-wise. The matchup is good, along with his potential for points scored. Just be wary of Wiggins’ turnover rate (11 turnovers over his last three games).
Chase Budinger vs. TOR ($4,900) – So how long does Budinger’s success continue? That’s the question, isn’t it? Budinger has one more game left in him, me thinks, mainly since I expect Kevin Martin to sit once more, as he’s still dealing with a hamstring injury. Budinger is averaging 26.7 FPPG over his last six games.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
Anthony Davis @ LAL ($11,400) – The New Orleans Pelicans are on the outside looking in as far as a playoff spot is concerned; however, if they squeeze away the 8th seed from the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Pelicans will surely bow down to Davis and his MVP-like skills, where he’s averaged 54.4 FPPG over his last four contests played. The consistency, while knowing that Davis could explode for a 70-point night against the Lakers, is worth shelling out the big bucks.
Pau Gasol @ MIL ($8,400) – The season may be wearing a bit on Gasol’s game-to-game production, although I’m not afraid to slot him into my PF slot facing the Milwaukee Bucks. The matchup is average at best (15th OPRK), but we should see some good rebounding and block totals from the star-studded power forward on Wednesday.
Andrea Bargnani vs. BKN ($5,900) – Every time Bargnani takes the court, I hold my breath wondering if he’ll make it through an entire game. You too? A-ha! I knew I wasn’t the only one. Still, Bargnani is an intriguing play, assuming you’re alright with his injury risk. At least with DFS play, we can use Bargnani to our benefit when he’s going strong. He’s been inconsistent of late, but the matchup is too enticing enough for me to overlook on Wednesday.
Marvin Williams vs. DET ($4,700) – Even if Cody Zeller returns to action on Wednesday, I still like Williams to get a good chunk of minutes at the PF slot. The Hornets will likely ease Zeller back into play, so what does that mean for those of us willing to take a calculated chance on Williams? Look for 25-30 fantasy points from the big guy, as the Hornets host the Detroit Pistons, who rank as a 27th OPRK matchup. Williams is averaging almost 28 FPPG over his last three played.
Rudy Gobert vs. DEN ($8,500) – I’m not crazy about DeMarcus Cousins’ status for road games from here on out, as head coach George Karl stated he may sit Cousins for some of them, so it boils down to Gobert as my favorite option on the night. Andre Drummond is tempting with his usual mad-man rebounding skills; although, I’m looking to Gobert’s matchup, which is better than Drummond’s. Plus, it’s hard to ignore Gobert’s 38.9 FPPG average over his last six played.
Enes Kanter vs. DAL ($7,500) – As of March 13th, Kanter’s salary has jumped up from $5.8K, which should tell you how well dude has played. Get a load of these numbers over his last six games: .569 FG%, 11.6 RPG and 19.4 PPG. Plus, he’s sprinkling in some blocks and steals as well. Even though Kanter is locked in at $7.5K, the value is pretty decent.
Zaza Pachulia vs. CHI ($6,100) – Don’t overlook Zaza and his 28th OPRK against the Bulls, but also realize that he’s got quite a range of points that he’s produced over the last couple of weeks (18.75 to 60.75). I like Zaza to settle around the 35-to-40 point mark on Wednesday. It’s also worth noting that his minutes have jumped up a bit of late (30.4 MPG over his last five games).
Justin Hamilton vs. TOR ($4,500) – With Gorgui Dieng out again with concussion symptoms, Hamilton will get the start. You’re not going to get miracle numbers from Hamilton, but I can dig 20-25 fantasy points for $4.5K. Not too bad for a guy that could see even more than the 24 minutes he’s been averaging over his last two games.
Good luck on Wednesday! Catch me on Twitter @TheRolyPolyBoy where I may sometimes answer your questions, but only if I really, really feel like it.