Today’s NBA targets break down the 6-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
- Russell Westbrook @ SAC ($11,000) – I know, I know, spending this kind of change on one player puckers my bum too, but when was the last time Westbrook had a bad game? Um, let’s see – that would be NEVER… in 2014. Sure, you may be the unlucky owner that gets a bad game out of him but I think you’re safe on Tuesday as 40 fantasy points has been his lowest output so far. Give Westbrook a whirl, why dontcha.
- Jrue Holiday vs. UTA ($8,300) – Holiday is much more inconsistent than the above Westbrook, but that’s why he’s almost 3K less in salary. You get what you pay for, right? If you’re wanting a stud PG but don’t want to go all-in on Westbrook, then Holiday is a nice snag. I like his 21st OPRK matchup and that the Jazz are pretty awful defending point guards, which is what the OPRK means in case you were wondering. The Jazz are allowing 21.4 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 7.3 APG, 2.2 STLPG and 2.1 3PM to point guards on a nightly basis. We’ll take a similar line from Holiday, won’t we?
- Deron Williams vs. MIA ($7,500) – Williams doesn’t really have the best matchup on Tuesday, but it’s not like he’s a risky play or anything. Williams is averaging 33.7 FPPG, while filling up the boxscore most nights. I like him to reach his average.
- Mario Chalmers @ BKN ($5,400) – I’m a Chalmers-kinda-guy and I don’t apologize for it. He’s coming off a poor string of games dating back to his December 9 game at Phoenix, where he only scored 10.5 fantasy points. He’s starting to pick things up again, and I like the heavy drop in salary we’ve seen of late on Chalmers. I’d take then chance on him with his solid matchup facing the Nets.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
- Monta Ellis @ NY ($8,000) – Ellis bounced back nicely from a disaster showing last Tuesday where he shot 1-11 and only posted 4.75 fantasy points. Since then, Ellis has put up games of 42.5 and 38.25 fantasy points. I’ve got him pegged for about 35 points or so facing the Knicks.,
- Klay Thompson @ MEM ($7,000) – There are some players that you just ignore tough matchups on, and Thompson is one of them. He won’t have it easy against the Grizzlies, but he’s been on a solid run over his last three played averaging over 40 FPPG. Plus, Thompson has been rockin’ it with his shot going 20-for-43 over his last two games.
- Bradley Beal vs. MIN ($6,000) – This is all about the matchup for me, with the Timberwolves giving up 25 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 5.1 APG and 1.8 STLPG to shooting guards. Beal has played great basketball over his last two games out, but the thing you’ve always got to worry about with him is his shot; however, it looks like things are back on track there.
- Alec Burks @ NO ($5,400) – What a fantastic value in Burks. I mean, why the entire DFS world isn’t taking advantage of this price, I don’t know. Okay, maybe Burks isn’t that great of a value, but he’s certainly someone that sticks out to me. I’ll take 25 FPPG at 5.4K every night of the week. The Jazz need Burks to keep things going from the outside, so expect a good amount of three-point shot attempts.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
- Rudy Gay vs. OKC ($10,000) – I like Gay’s salary compared to Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony, but you don’t get the big-game potential like you do with either Durant or Anthony. Still, the 1K drop is worth it to me on Tuesday with how well Gay has been playing. He’s racked up a 40.7 FPPG average over his last six games played.
- Gordon Hayward @ NO ($7,300) – Even when Hayward has been off with his shot, he still does enough to help DFS owners. Rebounds, assists and steals… there isn’t much that Hayward can’t do for the Jazz. Unfortunately, he doesn’t get much help from his teammates so a lot of the pressure falls upon his shoulders. Still, Hayward makes my lineup most nights when I’m looking to balance salaries.
- Paul Pierce vs. MIN ($5,600) – Pierce is averaging over 27 MPG, while giving DFS owners a bit over 25 FPPG – not bad at all for an aging forward. His price may be a bit inflated though, considering his 46.75 outburst in the overtime game facing the Celtics. Considering the other options at SF on Tuesday, Pierce is worth overpaying for.
- Shabazz Muhammad @ WAS ($4,300) – Are you into taking chances? Do you like guys named “Shabazz”? Well, Shabazz Muhammad is your man. He’s been playing insane basketball of late, while averaging slightly over 27 MPG over his last three contests. I’m not saying Muhammad will put up another 40-point night, but I’d be way happy with 25 points at this price. Take a chance.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
- Zach Randolph vs. GS ($7,400) – With Anthony Davis and Derrick Favors questionable for Tuesday night, it sort of limits your top-tier options at the PF slot. While I like Randolph most nights, I’m not crazy about his matchup facing the Warriors even with his excellent play over his last three games. Randolph is 23-for-44 in those three games, so I’m relying on his shot being on target and that he’s a great double-double risk.
- Serge Ibaka @ SAC ($6,600) – Ibaka is more of a mid-range play, but, again, I’m taking into consideration that Anthony Davis and Derrick Favors may not play. Ibaka has been up-and-down of late, so you do take a slight risk with him. I like that he’s at least someone you can count on for blocks, rebounds and points scored.
- Dirk Nowitzki @ NY ($6,300) – Nowitzki is not the premier option he once was,which makes him more of a mid-range play at the salary he’s at now. Big Dirk has been meeting his 31.7 FPPG average over his last three games played, and he draws the Knicks who aren’t known for holding back PF play.
- Ryan Anderson vs. UTA ($6,200) – It’s the eve of mid-range options to choose from at PF. Does it get you’re DFS juices flowing? It’s really not a bad strategy going with a more balanced approach, and gives thought to staying away from the Stars-and-Scrubs approach. Anderson may find himself starting once again for Anthony Davis, so that’s the real reason I’ve got him listed here. If he goes 35 minutes or so we could be looking at a nice value play as he brings in 35 points or so against a weak Jazz club.
- Marc Gasol vs. GS ($8,700) – If you thought the PF slot was rough on Tuesday, the C slot is about a gazillion times worse. The matchup is not good for Gasol, but the choices are slim and Gasol is averaging almost 40 FPPG. If you’re looking to build around your C slot then Gasol is the man, but that may not be the best choice on Tuesday considering the better matchups you’ll have at other positions.
- Marcin Gortat vs. MIN ($7,200) – Gortat has had a rough go of it over his last three games, but I like him to get back on track facing the Timberwolves. In fact, I’m calling Gortat as my double-double play of the night. Why? The guy is too good to keep playing the way he has been of late, and he’s always been a solid bet for a double-double.
- Enes Kanter @ NO ($6,600) – For the price, Kanter is about as good as it gets at center on Tuesday. Love the value, love the consistency of late, love his double-double love for DFS’ers. Kanter has been averaging over 33 FPPG over his last three games, while notching 34 rebounds. It’s just too bad the big man doesn’t block shots.
- Henry Sims vs. ATL ($5,300) – Plumlee gets the call here due to recent injuries the Nets have been suffering in the paint. It just goes to show you that if you give a guy playing time he just may produce. Lock him up for a great 5.4K price as he’s been averaging over 33 minutes per game since he’s been starting.
Good luck on Tuesday! Catch me on Twitter @TheRolyPolyBoy