Today’s NBA targets break down the 11-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
- Stephen Curry @ LAL ($10,900) – You have to wonder if Curry will receive a full slate of minutes if the Warriors jump out to an early lead, but I would still consider building my team around him at this price tag with what he can do even in a limited 25 minutes of play. I mean, I don’t have to tell you how good Curry is, right? And, if I do then maybe you’re an NHL guy, or an NFL guy, but that’s okay – I still love you.
- Ty Lawson @ BKN ($9,500) – As I write this, Lawson is a game-time decision for Mondays’ game but I’m fairly convinced he’ll be ready for Tuesday’s game against the Nets. By the time this shows on the Playbook, we’ll know much more. Lawson’s 27th OPRK gets him in my PG suggestions, along with his 35-plus FPPG over his last three games played.
- Brandon Knight vs. CHA ($6,800) – Knight is sinking his 3-point shot of late, which is always nice to see. And, he’s doing just fine-and-dandy at the free-throw line, while also averaging 31.1 FPPG over his last five games played. Now, take a look above at Lawson. See? His price tag is almost 3K higher than Knight’s. Interesting, eh? See, party people, that’s what we call “value”! Of course, Lawson has the better shot of reaching his recent three-game average than Knight does his five-game average, but still – that’s the kind of thing you’ve got to peg for in a value-based lineup attempt. Well, you do what you want but you do have plenty of options on Tuesday night.
- Isaiah Thomas vs. DAL ($5,400) – Thomas tanked his last game out against the Wizards, while Goran Dragic also remains a thorn in his side. The salary is affordable enough to take a chance on the matchup, which is a 29th OPRK for DFS owners. Thomas will get enough minutes to be worth taking a shot on.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
- Kobe Bryant vs. GS ($9,500) – Bryant is another build-around guy, although his shot has been putrid of late (.292% over his last five games played). So, even if Bryant doesn’t sink his shot he still manages to put up fantasy points via volume, rebounds, blah, blah, blah. BUT, imagine if his shot IS on against the Warriors on Tuesday? Eh, eh, eh (side elbow into your ribs)?
- Jimmy Butler @ WAS ($7,700) – Warning! This is not a good matchup for Butler. Warning! Now that we got that out of the way, you just have to figure that it doesn’t matter with some guys. Butler is smokin’ hot right now, so hot that I would feel awful not putting his name up in lights. I mean, every NBA player dreams about having their name suggested by the famous DFS writer Dave Hunter. Butler is averaging 44.2 FPPG over his last five games played, while going 38-of-80 from the floor. Plus, dude is stealing balls like crazy at a 2.2 STLPG clip.
- Kyle Korver vs. LAC ($5,200) – For some reason Kyle Korver gets a shiny gold star sticker from me, just like the ones that my first grade teacher Mrs. Dunn used to give me. Maybe it’s because I love his ability to shoot 3’s? I just wish he shared with the other kids a bit more, dishing out assists. Still, Korver is a smart play. The Clippers allow 1.7 three-point shots to shooting guards, which is actually pretty good overall defensively, but they haven’t run into Korver yet this season. Look for the rainbows.
- Jamal Crawford @ ATL ($4,900) – Crawford seems to make my value list more times than not, as he usually manages to score points and steal balls as that’s his game. He’s been playing well of late for the most part, and I’ve got him pegged for a solid game against the Hawks in about 20-25 minutes.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
- LeBron James vs. MIN ($11,600) – Remember the players I’ve said to build around so far? Stephen Curry, Kobe Bryant and now… LeBron. You obviously can’t build around all of them, so you’ll need to choose. James is the safest play, with Curry being your next best option. As far as position is concerned, there are certainly more options at PG to rely upon over SF, which always pushes LeBron’s value up in my mind.
- Tobias Harris vs. BOS ($7,500) – Keep in mind I’d normally put Kevin Durant here (duh), but with his injury situation I’m staying away. I suggested Harris against the Celtics last week and he fell short of his 33.9 FPPG average (he scored 29.5), but he’s one of the most consistent players in the game and Rajon Rondo won’t be defending Harris. A-HA! Okay, Rondo wasn’t on him (almost had you!). Look for Harris to hit his average of almost 34.0 FPPG – he won’t dip below 30 again facing the Celtics. Also, I’m sure you’re aware that Harris is more of a mid-range guy and not necessarily a stud.
- Luol Deng vs. PHI ($6,500) – Deng is a matchup based suggestion (29th OPRK), plus dude has been getting mad minutes averaging 35.2 per game over his last six games played. And, Deng has been on fire with his shot over those same six games hitting 35-of-67 buckets for a .522 FG%.
- Andre Iguodala @ LAL ($4,900) – With Andrew Bogut missing time, Iguodala has been getting extra minutes in the Warriors bench rotation. Over his last four games, Iguodala has pushed up his FPPG average to almost 25 a game. That’s not bad, considering he normally hovers around 18 FPPG wish his salary hardly adjusting at all.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
- Kevin Love vs. MIN ($9,600) – I like Love facing his old club and that he’s got a 22nd OPRK. We should see good things from him on Tuesday after having two horribly unproductive games where he didn’t even get double-digit points scored. Yikes. The matchup is good enough, and Love’s finger should feel a bit better with a day of rest in between games.
- Pau Gasol @ WAS ($8,800) – Gasol is one of those players that’s almost matchup proof – almost. Still, he’s about as good as it gets in that regard. I know he’s dealing with a mild chest injury, although I don’t think it’s going to affect him enough to where I wouldn’t want to pay for his services. The matchup isn’t good, but I don’t care. Gasol is going to bounce back facing the Wizards.
- Serge Ibaka vs. POR ($6,800) – With Kevin Durant possibly missing this game, Ibaka is going to be heavily relied upon. I don’t expect a 39-point night like last week facing the Lakers, although 30-35 fantasy points is not out of the question. Two things you can count on: Ibaka getting rebounds and blocking shots.
- Kenneth Faried @ BKN ($5,400) – If you’re looking for a homerun double-double play, Faried isn’t a bad risk considering his price tag and that he’s averaging almost 11 PPG and 7 RPG. Just a shot-in-the-dark here, but Faried does fairly well against weaker defenses.
- Nikola Vucevic vs. BOS ($8,900) – Who do I love? Nikola Vucevic! I’m seriously thinking about leaving a standing spot for him in every one of my NBA Target write-ups, of course when he’s got a game. The last time Vucevic faced Boston (last week) he netted 38.25 fantasy points in 31 minutes played.
- Joakim Noah @ WAS ($7,000) – This is a decent price for Noah, as his salary starts to climb after being injured. Noah doesn’t usually have too many poor performances, so you can lock him in for his usual defensive stat averages. Consider it a bonus if he can get you double-digit buckets.
- Tyson Chandler @ PHO ($6,700) – Chandler isn’t a great value price, as he’s more of a mid-range option, but I do like what I’m getting with the 6.7K I’m spending. So, Chandler is an acceptable value for me. What about you? He’s a rebounding machine and has the skills to run off a string of double-double’s. I like the 26th OPRK matchup and that Chandler dumped $400 in salary since his last game out.
- Chris Anderson vs. PHI ($5,000) – This is the last chance to get a great buy on Anderson with Chris Bosh out due to injury. Bosh will be back on Christmas Day, most likely, so jump on Anderson if you’re looking to stay lean at center. Also, Anderson just might have the best neck tattoo in the game, so obviously that’s another deciding factor for favorable points, eh? You know how I feel about players with neck tattoos.
Good luck on Tuesday! Catch me on Twitter @TheRolyPolyBoy