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
- Rajon Rondo vs. ORL ($8,500) – Rondo’s shot has been failing him over his last six games played, and let’s be honest here – it’s not his shot that gets him into your lineup. It’s his assists and rebounds, and that he’s a heck of a defensive presence on the court with almost two steals a game.
- Kemba Walker vs. PHO ($7,900) – Walker puts up a bad game now and then like most players, although I feel pretty safe playing him against the Suns on Wednesday. The Suns allow almost 104 PPG on average, which ranks 26th in the league, so that bodes well for Walker and his well-rounded game.
- Brandon Jennings vs. DAL ($6,600) – Jennings gets arguably the best matchup on the night facing the 30th OPRK positional matchup, while his minutes are a bit sporadic of late due to his poor play. Still, I believe Jennings is going to snap out of his high-teen fantasy point funk. Look for a 25-30 point night out of him.
- Isaiah Thomas @ CHA ($5,800) – Be careful with Thomas. I would only slot him in if you’re going with a Studs-and-Duds lineup, that way you can make up for it if Thomas has a rotten night. I expect about 20 fantasy points as the floor, but 25-30 is the ceiling on Thomas Wednesday night.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
- Eric Bledsoe @ CHA ($8,900) – Bledsoe has been on absolute fire over his last seven games played as he’s been averaging 42 FPPG. I mean, what more can you ask from a guy? Aside from the obvious in James Harden, and if you’re just not prepared to spend 11.4K on him, Bledsoe is the razzamatazz play at the shooting guard slot. Razzamatazz… really.
- Monta Ellis @ DET ($7,900) – Ellis didn’t quite have the game that I expected on Tuesday night with is points scored. Still, he’s going to put up better numbers than he did against the Knicks. The Pistons are letting the SG position go nuts on ’em when it comes to three pointers and steals.
- Lance Stephenson vs. PHO ($6,400) – Hmm, I bet you’re wondering why Stephenson? I would say he’s been a tad disappointing over his last few games, but I do believe in his skill set enough to give him a shot on Wednesday facing the Suns, who again let far too many points in to teams defensively.
- Rodney Stuckey @ LAC ($5,500) – Stuckey has been a surprising force under the rim snatching 24 rebounds and dishing out nine assists in his last two games played. The matchup isn’t the greatest and the Clippers are one of the better clubs in the league, but I’m putting my chips towards a hot streak. You may not be willing to take that risk, although 5.5K isn’t too risky in my mind.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
- LeBron James vs. ATL ($11,600) – James is about the only for sure thing at SF on Wednesday’s docket. The rest are more mid-range plays than they are stud plays, so if you’re looking to lock up a top guy at SF then LeBron is it. A smart lineup strategy would be to build around LeBron considering the other options at SF. But, yeah, building around LeBron isn’t exactly news.
- Tobias Harris @ BOS ($7,200) – Harris gets mad minutes. Just basing his production on the minutes he nets, you should expect about 30 points from him. I’d take that from Harris at 7.2K, although don’t be surprised if he exceeds that number and rakes in a 40-point night.
- Nicolas Batum vs. MIL ($6,500) – As long as Batum displays his normal averages in rebounds, assists and steals you should expect him to meet his 27.9 FPPG average. It’s the nights when Batum’s shot hits that you can expect him to exceed that number. Considering the 30th OPRK matchup, Batum is a smart play to exceed his total average.
- Wilson Chandler vs. HOU ($6,000) – It’s all about the 3’s, about the 3’s, no blocks! It’s all about the 3’s, about…okay, you get it. When Chandler has big nights for DFS owners, it’s his 3-point shot that drives the points. But, Houston is one of the best teams in the league at defending 3-point shots, so why Chandler? It’s more gut than anything. So, feel free to look elsewhere, but on paper the matchup is good aside from the 3’s.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
- Tim Duncan vs. MEM ($8,600) – Duncan didn’t play on Monday, so he should be extra rested for Wednesday’s game. Right? Right. Sure, I could suggest obvious names like LaMarcus Aldridge and Blake Griffin, but not tonight. It’s all about Duncan, his extra rest, his 28th OPRK, his 38.4 FPPG average, his excellent chance at a double-double… and so on and so on.
- Jared Sullinger vs. ORL ($7,000) – For the money, Sullinger is a bit risky but I really dislike the other stud options with good matchups. He’s averaging 29.3 FPPG over his last six games, while shooting only .292 from the field! Doh! I still feel pretty confident about Sullinger facing the Magic even if his shot is still AWOL.
- Amir Johnson vs. BKN ($5,300) – Yep, I’m suggesting another guy with a neck tattoo. Maybe I should’ve suggested an all-neck-tattoo lineup? I bet I could’ve fielded a pretty solid group. Uh, maybe not. Johnson is all about the matchup and his ability to put up stats in other areas when his shot is off. But, really, if Johnson gets enough attempts he’ll score enough considering his .589 shot percentage. For the price, he’s worth the risk.
- Channing Frye @ BOS ($5,000) – No neck tattoo, but Frye shoots 3’s consistently and makes them (.409 3P%) and he averages over 32 minutes per game. For around the 5K mark, you’re not going to find a better option.
- Nikola Vucevic @ BOS ($9,200) – Maybe it’s not fair of me to keep piling on the Celtics, but it’s hard to pass up the matchup considering their defensive issues this season. Vucevic will get back into his double-double ways in this one. He’s the superstar center you want to build around on Wednesday.
- DeAndre Jordan vs. IND ($7,900) – This is a prime matchup for Jordan, who won’t be easy to stop. The Pacers are having difficulty defensively against big men in the paint and Jordan has been averaging 40.7 FPPG over his last six games. And, his FG% is .734 this season. Yeah, that’s right… .734. You just take a hit on free trips to the free throw line, but luckily those are few and far between.
- Mason Plumlee @ TOR ($5,600) – Yesterday I suggested Plumlee, but inadvertently left up Henry Sims’ name from a previous write-up. Ugh. Well, if you read me yesterday I’m sure you got the point and figured I was talking about Plumlee. At any rate, love what he did on Tuesday and I’m going to give him another whirl on Wednesday covering for injured teammates.
- Rudy Gobert @ MIA ($5,000) – Buying into Gobert is all dependent on Derrick Favors’ return to action. If he’s ready to come back Wednesday, then you may want to look elsewhere, but if not then Gobert is the best value you can find for tonight’s slate of games. In two games since Favors has been out of action, Gobert has put up over 33 fantasy points on average.
Good luck on Wednesday! Catch me on Twitter @TheRolyPolyBoy