Today’s NBA Targets will break down the 6-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
Chris Paul vs. LAL ($9,800) – Paul is about as hot as they come at the PG position, averaging 50.6 FPPG over his last six contests, while shooting .544 over the same period. Paul also draws the best OPRK matchup (30th) of the night facing the Lakers.
Tyreke Evans vs. GS ($7,900) – If you’re looking to save a bit at the PG position, but still want a stud option to build around, then Evans is an excellent play. It’s hard to believe Evans is shooting .594 right now (38-for-64) over his last five games played, eh? Well, believe it. Don’t be afraid to roll with Evans for the rest of the season, or until he fizzles out.
Zach LaVine @ SAC ($5,900) – I like LaVine to bounce back from Friday’s average performance, with at least a 30-point night facing the Kings and their lackluster defense. Look for LaVine to continue his all-around production – scoring points, rebounding and dishing the ball for assists.
Shaun Livingston @ NO ($3,400) – I’m only suggesting Livingston for those of you seeking players for $3.5 K or less. Livingston will get about 20-25 minutes and should net you 15-20 fantasy points. It’s not a ton to expect; although, in this range, I like the value and top-ceiling potential that Livingston offers.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
Eric Bledsoe @ ATL ($7,600) – Even with Bledsoe’s inconsistencies over the last couple of weeks, he still offers DFS owners the best talent at the SG slot. The Hawks aren’t exactly sticking with an All-Star lineup these days with the conference locked up, so Bledsoe does have a nice shot of hitting his 36.6 FPPG seasonal average.
Dwyane Wade vs. CHA ($6,800) – Wade is a borderline stud option on Tuesday; although, I dig the price on him and what you’ll land in fantasy points for the $6.8K. Wade’s just not my typical stud recommendation. However, we all know by now that he’s capable of sinking 35-40 points on the night, which means a lovely turnout for fantasy production. Take the risk on Wade.
Kevin Martin @ SAC ($6,000) – Martin qualifies as a mid-range play and a slight value. He pulls in a 28th OPRK matchup facing the Kings, but, more importantly, he’ll take the court for the second time since coming off an injury layoff. Expect Martin to more than earn his price tag and improve greatly from his last game out.
Anthony Morrow vs. SA ($4,500) – The key with Morrow’s game is his 3-point shot. Over the last five games, Morrow has drained 18 of his 31 shots from beyond the arc for a .581 percentage. Yeah, wow-zers! Will Morrow stay hot? For $4.5 K, I’ll take the chance he will. Morrow has averaged a smidge over 35 FPPG over his last three games.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
Kawhi Leonard @ ORL ($8,100) – Yep, Leonard’s here again. I mean, what the heck do you expect on a Tuesday with limited SF options? Just keep in mind that Leonard’s minutes have been limited of late, so the Spurs may cap him for the remaining schedule. The good thing? Leonard is still putting up great fantasy points for the minutes he’s averaging (36 FPPG in 22 MPG over his last three played).
Rudy Gay vs. MIN ($7,500) – Yes, it’s possible Gay doesn’t play on Tuesday; although, I’m putting him up in lights because I expect him to play. If I’m wrong, and Gay doesn’t play, you’ll have investigated before your lineups lock anyway, right? Aside from Leonard, Gay is the only other stud option I’m securing in my lineups for the night.
DeMarre Carroll vs. PHO ($5,500) – Come on, now, you have to admit that Carroll is one of the most unassuming players in the game. And, for the price? Gimme. Carroll is giving DFS owners 33.9 FPPG over his last four contests, while shooting an incredible .707 FG%.
Matt Barnes vs. LAL ($4,900) – The matchup is decent facing the Lakers, you can get Barnes for less than $5K, and you can expect a 25-30 point night from the veteran forward in at least 30 minutes of play.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
Anthony Davis vs. GS ($11,200) – We haven’t seen a monster game from Davis in a few weeks now. I smell one tonight, with the Pelicans playing at home and without the Warriors needing to win this game. The mental edge certainly goes to New Orleans in this one, and I like Davis to dominate.
Blake Griffin vs. LAL ($8,800) – If you’re not buying my logic above with Davis, then Griffin would be a stellar choice for your PF slot. And, the best part? You’ll save $2.4K and net yourself a 24th OPRK facing the lowly Lakers.
Marvin Williams @ MIA ($5,400) – I’m tossing the matchup out the window here, with a 1st OPRK for Williams. Why? I love that Williams has thrived in Cody Zeller’s absence. Even if Zeller is ready to go on Tuesday, I still like Williams at this price. Williams is netting a bit over 28 FPPG over his last six played.
Brandan Wright @ ATL ($5,200) – The 28th OPRK matchup catches my eye, but it’s the serious minutes that Wright is getting now that Alex Len is dealing with a facial injury that really stand out. Take advantage of Wright’s added minutes and the just-shy of 36 FPPG he has averaged over his last two contests.
DeMarcus Cousins vs. MIN ($10,300) – Is there a better DFS player in the game right now than Cousins? Um, nope. Cousins is averaging 18.3 rebounds per game over his last four contests, while putting up 72.3 FPPG. Incredible, huh? Cousins is worth every bit of his salary.
DeAndre Jordan vs. LAL ($8,200) – I’m going heavy on Clippers players Tuesday, and rightfully so, with the Clippers still fighting for playoff seeding. Jordan is an excellent play for the dollars spent considering his seasonal numbers (.706 FG%, 14.8 RPG, 2.2 BLKPG and 1.0 STLPG). Jordan is certainly in line for a double-double on Tuesday.
Al Horford vs. PHO ($6,000) – Horford is worth monitoring for the valued salary range he’s sitting at, so keep your ears open in case he sits again for another rest day. If Horford plays and snags 25-30 minutes, we should see about a point per minute from him. I’ll take that for $6K, especially when Horford is capable of so much more.
Aron Baynes @ OKC ($3,300) – Okay, so Baynes isn’t DeMarcus Cousins. Still, dude has been playing good ball with his limited minutes. If you’re digging way deep, Baynes fits the bill at the C slot, as he’s averaged a little under 24 FPPG over his last three played.
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.