Today’s NBA Targets looks at a 2-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.
Wednesday’s Playoff Contests
POINT GUARD TARGETS
Damian Lillard @ MEM ($8,000) – Lillard racked up 46.5 fantasy points last game out on Monday, turning my roly-poly head. Lillard has game of course, he just hasn’t been able to form much consistency over the playoff series. Still, he’s the best PG option to choose from assuming salary is no object.
Jeff Teague vs. BKN ($7,000) – Teague is another player that’s been on-and-off during the first round of the playoffs, although he is settling in a bit. Look for Teague to land around 30-35 fantasy points on Wednesday, keeping his turnovers down.
Deron Williams @ ATL ($6,300) – Williams busted out for 60.25 fantasy points on Monday, which I’m sure blew most away. D-Will isn’t the player he used to be a few seasons back, but that’s okay – we don’t need him to be. In fact, I don’t need 60.25 from him again, I only need about 35 fantasy points to feel good about Williams’ $6.3 K salary. That’s within reach, right? Consider anything above 35 gravy.
Beno Udrih vs. POR ($3,800) – For the price, there isn’t a better value for me on Wednesday at the guard spots. With the Grizzlies suffering in the backcourt right now with injury, Udrih has stepped up nicely averaging 23.8 FPPG over three contests. Udrih won’t cash you out all by himself, but he’s certainly a big piece of the puzzle after you’ve locked in your stud options.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
Joe Johnson @ ATL ($7,500) – The Nets have a nice trio of players in Brook Lopez, Deron Williams and Johnson, all of which have given the Hawks fits, hence the series being tied 2-2 heading into Wednesday, but Johnson is an auto-lock. His $7.5 K salary is borderline to me, but if you want your SG slot filled with good, consistent production then look nowhere else.
Kyle Korver vs. BKN ($6,100) – Korver grabs the best OPRK matchup (22nd) at the SG slot, loving his ability to hit 3-point shots, but there’s obvious risk with this mid-range price. Considering the choices, however, I like Korver enough to roll with him in the right situation.
Bojan Bogdanovic @ ATL ($4,900) – Bogdanovic is getting hero minutes in the playoffs so far, and will continue to see 30-plus minutes a game. This will likely be the last time you can snag him for under $5 K, with his rising production value. Sometimes it’s just about the minutes played when locking in a player.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
Nicolas Batum @ MEM ($7,000) – I’m not a huge fan of the SF slot on Wednesday, and Batum has shown he can be inconsistent at times, although he’s clearly the best player to choose at SF. At least, with Batum, you know you’re going to get a good defensive effort, even if his shot is off.
DeMarre Carroll vs. BKN ($6,500) – It’s nice to see other facets of Carroll’s game popping up in the playoffs, like his ability to dish the ball off to his teammates when it matters. Add that in with the rebounds, his 3-point shot and overall points scored, then you’ve got a player that you can feel confident in. Carroll is 7-of-10 behind the 3-point line over his last two games played.
Tony Allen vs. POR ($4,300) – Blocks, steals and rebounds! That’s what you get from Allen. But, hey, fantasy points are fantasy points – give ’em to me in any fashion.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
LaMarcus Aldridge @ MEM ($9,600) – If there’s one player I’m hanging my hat on, it’s Aldridge. He’s the best bet to earn his stud-level price tag, although you do have to consider that half the field will likely use Aldridge. Still, that’s okay assuming you roster the right mix of players. Aldridge is a must-lock for me.
Paul Millsap vs. BKN ($8,100) – Saving $1.5 K at the PF slot by using Millsap instead of LaMarcus Aldridge is not a bad play at all, but I LOVE the idea of rostering both Millsap and Aldridge. Heck, let’s go with Millsap, Aldridge, Marc Gasol AND Brook Lopez, right? It’ll be tough to run with that quartet, but, wow, it would really sweeten that lineup of yours, wouldn’t it? There’s a few decent values out there that could lead to a nice Studs-and-Duds setup.
Thaddeus Young @ ATL ($6,500) – Zach Randolph is an option to run with on Wednesday, but I really despise how he’s faded away in the playoffs. Sour grapes, anyone? Yeah, I got hit hard with Randolph, so I’ll take Thad Young here in this spot. The price tag isn’t a real value, but Young does offer a solid mid-range play to fill your lineup as he’s averaged 40 MPG over his last two playoff contests, while netting a bit over 32 FPPG.
Marc Gasol vs. POR ($8,500) – If you’re thinking about spending $7.4 K on Al Horford, don’t do it. Sure, Horford has the better inside matchup of the three big center options to choose from on Wednesday, although he’s the one doing the least with his minutes played. I’d much rather see you spend the higher amount to lock in Gasol or the below Brook Lopez. Don’t get me wrong, Horford is capable of earning his tag, but you take on a greater risk. Gasol is averaging 43.3 FPPG over the playoff series with the Trail Blazers.
Brook Lopez @ ATL ($8,300) – Defensively, Lopez has been able to overcome the mismatch by giving DFS owners 43.4 FPPG over the playoff series. He’s certainly stepped up since the middle of the season for the Nets, and I don’t expect him to slow in this game. You should consider rostering both Lopez and Gasol in your lineup on Wednesday.
Meyers Leonard @ MEM ($3,600) – You’re not expecting Leonard to match Monday’s output, right? Good. But, for $3.6 K you’ve got to roster Leonard with the excellent value he provides in a shallow 2-game slate of games. Leonard should still net some decent minutes, while maxing out around 25 fantasy points.
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