Today’s NBA Targets looks at a 3-game NBA playoff slate. We will have a look at the studs, sleepers, and mid-range players you want to have rotating in your lineups.
Tuesday’s Playoff Contests
POINT GUARD TARGETS
John Wall @ TOR ($8,600) – Wall’s 22nd OPRK ranking is something to be considered, but it’s his ability to take over a game that grabs me. I’m not expecting Wall to get 42.1 fantasy points, his seasonal FPPG average, but somewhere around 35 fantasy points is fine by me. I can make it up elsewhere.
Kyrie Irving vs. BOS ($7,900) – Irving is the PG you want if you’re looking for the ultimate “BOOM”. He was 11-of-21 on Sunday facing the Celtics, racking up 42.75 fantasy points. Do I expect the same? Yes, I actually do. Irving is a bit more intriguing to me than Wall.
Isaiah Thomas @ CLE ($6,700) – Sure, Thomas is not your typical value-play on Tuesday, although he’s a guy that can fill your PG slot while you build elsewhere within your DFS lineup. He’ll get plenty of minutes yet again in the Celtics second playoff game, and provide most of the excitement (45.25 fantasy points in Game 1 against the Cavaliers). Keep in mind Thomas is more of a mid-range play.
Evan Turner @ CLE ($6,300) – Turner? Yeah, he’s Isaiah Thomas-lite for me, to steal a fantastic saying from friend and colleague Matthew Berry at the ol’ ESPN. Turner fed his teammates well, grabbed some rebounds and even snagged a steal for the Celtics in Game 1 against the Cavs. I like the value here, even with the mid-range salary.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
James Harden vs. DAL ($10,500) – This is a no-brainer play if you’re wanting to run the Studs-and-Duds lineup. You can’t get much better than Harden, who has dominated this season. I want 60 fantasy points, but I’ll be fine with Harden’s seasonal 50 FPPG average.
DeMar DeRozan vs. WAS ($7,800) – DeRozan is one of the best values on the day. I mean, look at what he’s done this season and you can can roster him for below $8 K? Gimme. The Raptors’ superstar SG brought in 39.75 fantasy points in Game 1 of the playoffs facing the Wizards.
Avery Bradley @ CLE ($4,800) – You’re not going to get fantastic production for the salary spent, but Bradley is going to get the minutes which is half the battle in the playoffs. The key with Bradley will be if he can get hot with his 3-point shot.
Jason Terry vs. DAL ($3,700) – This price is unreal. Take advantage… STAT! Okay, well, you know what I mean. For what Terry is giving DFS owners of late, and for the sub-$4 K price? I’m all-in here. Terry has 22-25 FPPG potential throughout the playoffs.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
LeBron James vs. BOS ($10,600) – There’s never really a time where you can discount James, not enough to where you want to ignore him anyway. The price isn’t the best value really, so if you lock James in it’s for his “guaranteed” numbers.
Trevor Ariza vs. DAL ($6,200) – Wow, we got a nice contribution from Ariza in Game 1, eh? He gave points, rebounds and assists and steals, doing everything for DFS owners. Don’t expect the assists again, although everything else is within Ariza’s game.
Paul Pierce @ TOR ($5,200) – Pierce’s 3-point shot was sinking and he brought in the minutes in Game 1 against the Raptors. I love the price on Pierce, especially since I’m a big Pierce guy this season overall. He’s far outweighed my initial projections.
Al-Farouq Aminu ($3,900) – I used Aminu in Game 1 for my lineups and got stung pretty bad. He doesn’t get a lot of chances to shoot the ball, so his value lies elsewhere with his rebounding and grinding contributions. For the price at $3.9 K, Aminu is worth the risk building a Studs-and-Duds lineup.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
Kevin Love vs. BOS ($7,400) – Love is the only player I consider a stud on Tuesday at PF, so don’t get worked-up if you don’t like my other suggestions at PF. Yuck, they are, way yuck. After some crappy showings as the season ended, Love redeemed himself against Boston. I see at least 30 fantasy points, but 40 is a nice ceiling.
Terrence Jones vs. DAL ($5,800) – You’ll see that I don’t have Dirk Nowitzki located anywhere here at the PF slot. Why? It’s not that I don’t like Dirk, it’s that he’s limited in the fantasy points he gives based on his particular set of skills. That’s right, his particular set of skills. Jones is a better all-around contributor for a lesser price.
Tristan Thompson @ BOS ($4,400) – Thompson got the minutes in Game 1 for the Cavs, and that’s the ONLY reason I list him here over Jared Sullinger and Dirk Nowtizki. The price is nice, in case you haven’t noticed. Thompson carries a 22nd OPRK into the game.
Dwight Howard vs. DAL ($7,000) – Howard ran into foul trouble in the Game 1 matchup against the Mavericks, so his minutes we’re a bit limited. Plus, you have to figure that the Rockets were saving Howard a bit considering the ending of the game. Look for Howard to get more minutes, at least 30, in a game where he may prove to be one of the better values on the night. I like Howard for 40 points on Tuesday.
Tyson Chandler @ HOU ($6,600) – I’m going to list Chandler in the stud section, although usually I’m not doing so with his salary below the $7 K mark. But, can a player be a stud and a good value? Of course. Chandler is exactly that, and a 35-to-40 point night is way within reach here. Chandler’s rebounding ability alone gets him here.
Marcin Gortat @ TOR ($6,000) – Sort of a gut feeling here, but I like the Wizards to get Gortat involved a bit more in the offense. As a club, the Wizards will need to be a more well-rounded club overall when it comes to playoff victories and Gortat is a perfect guy to take advantage of in the middle, where 25 points are a low on Tuesday with 35 as a high. Keep in mind this is not really a value play, but more of a mid-range option with a giant ceiling.
Kelly Olynyk @ CLE ($4,000) – Olynyk is another gut-play option for me. If Olynyk gets you 20 fantasy points, then okay… you take it. I like him to give a bit more, however, topping out around 25 or so.
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