Today’s NBA targets break down the 10-game NBA slate we have with a look at the studs, sleepers and mid-range players you want to have rotating in your lineups.
POINT GUARD TARGETS
- John Wall vs. ORL ($10,400) – Come on now, you didn’t expect to read through this target piece without seeing Wall’s name did you? Wall, Wall, Wall! I’m sure there are some of you out there that prefer Stephen Curry for an extra $300, but his matchup facing the Rockets isn’t nearly as good as Wall’s is against the Magic. They just won’t be able to stop Wall.
- Rajon Rondo vs. CHA ($8,100) – Okay, we’re all still recovering from Rondo’s fourth quarter benching on Monday night, which also kept him out of both overtime periods. I mean, the tears are only just now drying up off my cheeks. Consider that game a thing of the past, because what the hell else can we do about it? Who would’ve thought the Celtics bench would’ve caught on fire like that? Rondo bounces back against the Hornets, count on it, while getting his usual count of minutes. Take advantage of the matchup and the $500 salary drop due to Monday’s game.
- Derrick Rose vs. BKN ($6,900) – Is there a more frustrating player in the NBA than Rose? What was that you say? Shabazz Muhammad? Oh, stop it. Rose is the epitome of inconsistency, looking at his minutes played and fantasy points scored this season. Sure, the Bulls are taking things slowly with Rose, taking it easy on the guy by not overplaying him, but enough is enough. Look for his production to increase in this game, with the hope that Rose gets more consistent with his playing time and fantasy points scored.
- Mario Chalmers vs. DEN ($6,000) – I’m not thrilled with any of the super low-priced PG options on Wednesday, which is why you’re seeing more mid-range options in the value section. Chalmers bounced back nicely from two pitiful performances on 11/30 and 12/01 where he tallied 7.5 and 15.5 fantasy points respectively. Over his last three games played, Chalmers has averaged almost 35 FPPG. The Nuggets are allowing 105.8 points a game, which ranks 27th in the league. You get where I’m going with this, eh?
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
- Tyreke Evans vs. DAL ($7,400) – With James Harden as a questionable play on Wednesday, the SG slot becomes a bit more interesting. Well, if you weren’t ready to pay over 11K for Harden then it really doesn’t matter, but Evans is the next best “for sure” bet for me. Evans will at least score 25 fantasy points for you, but the ceiling on him is pretty high overall. Better than Lance Stephenson, and a slightly better value too.
- Jimmy Butler vs. BKN ($7,300) – Butler is continuing his dominance in 2014, which lightens the sting of the Derrick Rose drama this season for DFS owners. Over his last four games played, Butler has averaged 37.6 FPPG while shooting .475 from the floor. Oh, and lets not forget about his rebounding talents. And, his ability to dish the ball. And, that he can steal balls. The only things Butler can’t do? Block shots and raise the dead, although he might have a pretty good grasp on the whole dead-raising thing if he tries a smidge harder.
- Kyle Korver vs. PHI ($5,900) – Is that right? Is Korver really 59-107 (.551) shooting 3’s this season (Double take. And, again)? Yep, that’s right. Korver has been a shooting machine and he gets an excellent matchup facing the 76ers on Wednesday. The 76ers let shooting guards go ballistic normally, as they give up an average of 28.9 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 6.4 APG, 2.5 STLPG and 3.0 3’s a game to ’em. Boo-ya!
- Manu Ginobili vs. NY ($5,000) – Listen up, all you lucky DFS’ers! Ginobili’s salary drops $200 just because he was rested last game and did not play. Ginobili gets a 29th OPRK facing the Knicks and although he was 2-for-yucky from the floor on Tuesday night, I like him to bounce back.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
- Carmelo Anthony vs. SA ($10,000) – Anthony is in quite a groove of late. His shot is more about volume of late, but that’s okay – we’re not worrying about that, right? Just keep shooting the ball, Mr. Anthony, regardless of your 38 field goal percentage over your last five games. To make up for that though, Anthony is averaging 41.7 FPPG over those same five games.
- Nicolas Batum vs. MIN ($6,900) – Batum’s game revolves around his defensive presence on the court, but wouldn’t it be rad to see him score some points now and then? Imagine if Batum was just a tad more selfish, but not at the expense of his defensive numbers. I guess I shouldn’t wish for a player’s make-up to change, but it is an intriguing thought. Batum draws the Timberwolves on Wednesday, who have been awful at defending small forwards. We may see an all-time high in points scored from Batum tonight.
- Draymond Green vs. HOU ($6,300) – I like what Green has been doing for the Warriors, and he’s a major reason why the club has a dominant win-loss record. I don’t see a 61.25 night like he put up against the Bulls, but if he hits his 32 FPPG seasonal average I’d be cool with that. I like using the word “potential” for this write-up for some reason, but Green does have a ton of it to outweigh his average game numbers.
- Solomon Hill vs. LAC ($4,400) – Remember my Shawn Marion suggestion from last night? Oy vey. I think I got a little too cute in my recommendation of him, so I’ll go a bit “safer” tonight and tell you to go for Hill. There’s been a decent uptick in Hill’s rebounding numbers over his last few games. Now, don’t expect a double-double or anything but a 30-point night is not out of the question.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
- Pau Gasol vs. BKN ($9,000) – You can lock in Gasol with a 43.1 FPPG average at 9K, or LaMarcus Aldridge with a 41.9 FPPG average at 10.2K. Who you got? I got Gasol myself. I’m guessing the difference in salary is due to Aldridge’s popularity right now. Maybe not. I don’t really care, actually, I just want points. I don’t care if “Pippi Longstocking” is putting up the numbers for a lesser price…just give me the points.
- Paul Millsap vs. PHI ($8,700) – I’ve got to take advantage of the 76ers matchup, don’t I? Millsap could use a good matchup as he’s coming off a game in Indiana where he only sank two baskets in 33 minutes. Sheesh. That’s one to forget. Don’t be afraid to lock onto Millsap.
- Taj Gibson vs. BKN ($5,500) – Expect a minutes jump for Gibson on Wednesday. He’s going to get the time and put up the numbers with Joakim Noah already ruled out due to injury. I really like the value on Gibson with the 23rd OPRK matchup he’s got.
- Cody Zeller vs. BOS ($4,800) – Alright, here’s another gut-feeling guy for you. We know how they work out sometimes, so buy at your own risk. Zeller is a long shot for double-digit rebounds and an even longer shot for double-digit points scored. Still, he’s starting to show some life again for the price.
- Chris Bosh vs. PHO ($8,500) – Guess what? Bosh missed another double-double by one stinkin’ rebound. So much for my prediction on him Tuesday night, but, man, I sure came close. By one rebound. So much for my double-double machine. The Nuggets don’t have a chance against Bosh, so expect another wonderful night less the double-double of course. Now I have a craving for an In-N-Out burger.
- Marcin Gortat vs. ORL ($7,300) – I was tempted by Al Jefferson, and maybe it will come back to bite me in the tail, but I dislike his recent numbers. I’m one of those guys that’s all about the “now”, current streaks, etc., especially in the NBA when things change so quickly from night-to-night at the drop of a dime (Haha, get it? Drop of a dime? Thank you, thank you very much. I’ll be here all week). So, since I’m avoiding Jefferson tonight that leaves me with Gortat. Actually, it leaves me with some other decent options, but Gortat turns me on the most as the Magic are giving up 2.8 blocks per game to go along with 14.1 rebounds per game to centers this season. Doesn’t that get you excited?
- Timofey Mozgov vs. MIA ($5,700) – It looks like Mozgov will be holding onto the gig at center, but make sure you don’t get too worked up over his overtime contributions against the Raptors on Monday. Sure, it was nice to see but a more realistic output for him is 25 fantasy points. I’m good with that if I’m going bargain-hunting for a center.
- Henry Sims vs. ATL ($5,300) – For the salary, Sims is highly consistent. Like I’ve alluded to many times, I get thrilled over low-priced salary guys that put up consistent FPPG. Sims’ minutes are consistent too, and he’s a solid filler at center if you’re looking to avoid high-priced big men.
Good luck on Tuesday! Catch me on Twitter @TheRolyPolyBoy