Today’s NBA Targets will break down the 13-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 @ PHI ($8,800) – Wall’s 30-point nights are a thing of the past, as he’s cooled way down from the end of March; however, he’s still putting up fantasy points. That’s the key. Wall should be good for 35-40 fantasy points, but I know, I know… you want more than that if you’re spending $8.8 K. Wall is still the best and most secure option for your lineup at PG on Wednesday facing the 76ers.
Update: John Wall has been downgraded, and he is expected to miss tonight’s game against Philadelphia.
Kemba Walker vs. TOR ($7,800) – Walker had an 11.75 fantasy night last Friday, but he’s put that behind him. I see no issue with Walker meeting his 34.2 FPPG season average on Wednesday facing the Raptors (23rd OPRK).
Deron Williams vs. ATL ($6,800) – Williams isn’t a major value, and he’s really not a stud option, but he does qualify as a slight value for a mid-range price. Plus, dude has been playing like wildfire for the Nets averaging 40.0 FPPG over his last six games played. You gotta love Williams’ late-season resurgence.
Dante Exum vs. SAC ($3,200) – Are you brave? Do you need a player around the $3K range? Exum isn’t a bad play with the massive minutes he gets. I’m not saying you get a superstar night out of him, but is 20 fantasy points bad for the price? I don’t think so, not if you’re dragging the bottom for a “reach” player.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
DeMar DeRozan @ CHA ($8,100) – I never get tired of listing DeRozan here. Even when he’s put up stinker-games, I know he’s going to bounce back and give us DFS owners what we’re paying for. DeRozan is actually pretty hot right now, averaging 44.5 FPPG over his last four contests; plus, he’s been an animal with his shot, knocking down a .524 FG% (44-for-84) during the same period.
Eric Bledsoe @ DAL ($7,600) – There’s one thing I’m positive about: Bledsoe will have every chance to fill the box score with his all-around contributing game. Look for points, assists, rebounds, and a steal or two from the superstar shooting guard, with the excellent 25th OPRK matchup against the Mavericks.
Bradley Beal @ PHI ($6,000) – Beal is finally bouncing back from two dreadful performances towards the end of March, where he only combined for 29.0 fantasy points. Yikes. Beal is showing he’s fairly resilient off poor runs, not letting them get him down for long. Over Beal’s last four games, he has averaged 3.6 more fantasy points over his seasonal 27.3 FPPG average – not bad for the $6K you’ve got to fork over.
Eric Gordon @ MEM ($5,100) – I’m tempted by O.J. Mayo, but his minutes are just so inconsistent of late, so that leads me to Gordon. The Pelicans are giving Gordon steady minutes (28.6 MPG over his last five games), and he’s putting up decent production. The value isn’t tremendous by any means, but the options at SG for Wednesday’s games are quite putrid when you get around the $4K or less range. I’d make sure to spend the added money to lock in a stud SG, but if it won’t work out for some reason, then Gordon isn’t a bad play at all.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
LeBron James @ MIL ($10,100) – There’s a chance that LeBron rests on Wednesday in Milwaukee, so keep your ears peeled. In case LeBron is a go against the Bucks, I’d seriously consider rostering him for $10.1K. I’ve said it many times during the course of my writings: LeBron is the perfect player to build around.
Kawhi Leonard vs. HOU ($8,000) – Yep, here I go once again recommending Leonard. Leonard had 35 fantasy points before the second half even started in Tuesday’s game. If you’re not running with LeBron, then Leonard is your man facing the Rockets.
P.J. Tucker @ DAL ($5,000) – I was tempted to go with DeMarre Carroll again off Tuesday’s write-up, but Tucker offers a bit more savings in salary. You get a bit more for your buck spent as well, even with the lesser matchup for Tucker. Still, I’m confident enough in Tucker to go with him over Carroll on Wednesday.
Rodney Hood vs. SAC ($4,400) – After missing a game last week due to a concussion, Hood got right back into action for the Jazz averaging 34.5 fantasy points over his last two games. Hood is affordable and a solid value, and he’s pulling a 22nd OPRK against the Kings.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
LaMarcus Aldridge vs. MIN ($8,800) – It looks like Aldridge will play on Wednesday, at least according to the latest reports on Tuesday evening. Don’t worry, he’s not injured. Aldridge is just getting some added rest before the playoffs. Expect Aldridge to take advantage of his 22nd OPRK matchup.
Nerlens Noel vs. WAS ($7,900) – There are other options you could go with here, mainly Pau Gasol ($8.2 K with a 21st OPRK), but Noel intrigues me on Wednesday. His matchup isn’t anything special (10th OPRK); however, Noel is netting 32.0 FPPG in 31.1 MPG over his last five games.
Thaddeus Young vs. ATL ($5,900) – You have to wonder how many of the Hawks’ starters will sit in this game. Young is a good play regardless, with his .578 FG% over his last five games. Young is also snagging 7.0 RPG and 1.4 STLPG, while averaging 30.6 FPPG.
Luis Scola @ NY ($4,800) – Scola’s minutes are a risky proposition for DFS owners, but he’s averaged 11.5 rebounds over his last two contests. His scoring is a bit sporadic, so you have to take that into consideration. The value isn’t bad, with the idea that he’ll put up 25 fantasy points. A 30-point night would be out of this world, just don’t lock into that when you roster him.
Andre Drummond vs. BOS ($8,500) – I know Drummond is over the $8K mark, but I actually consider him a solid value for the price, considering what he gives overall. Rebounds, points, blocks? What more do you want from you center, and at a consistent rate. Lock him in!
Nikola Vucevic vs. CHI ($7,800) – Vucevic has been up-and-down over his last three games, but he’s still averaging 47.6 FPPG for the Magic. Again, we find another value at the C slot even with the salary at hand.
Tyson Chandler vs. PHO ($5,500) – With Chandler, you’re capped around 30 fantasy points, so be aware that he’s not a “boom” player that will land you 40 or 50 points. If you’re okay with a 30-point max, but will be happy with 25, then Chandler fits the bill.
Bismack Biyombo vs. TOR ($4,600) – Biyombo is similar to Chandler above, with the likelihood you’ll land 25 fantasy points. He’s been averaging a bit more than that over his last three games played, even fighting through a busted nose.
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.