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
- Brandon Jennings vs. BOS ($7,700) – Jennings is pretty reasonable with his production on a nightly basis. I’m not going haywire for him, but, still, compared to what you have to pay for other big names on Wednesday? Nice. Plus, you can’t complain about the 107.6 points a game that the Celtics allow on average each night. Your welcome.
- Brandon Knight vs. DAL ($7,000) – Knight’s salary has slipped this far due to his sub-par play over his last couple of games, but normally a very consistent player I like Knight to bounce back against the Mavericks with his 28th OPRK. I’ve got Knight pegged for 30-plus points.
- Greivis Vasquez vs. UTA ($4,300) – Hurry, hurry, hurry! Step right up, snag your bench role player who just became a starter! That’s right, for tonight only, you can rent the services of Mr. Vasquez for an amazing low price of 4.3K! Hurry fast, as this price won’t last. And, if that sales job isn’t enough for you? Vasquez, who has averaged 29 FPPG over his last three contests, will continue to get quality starter minutes in place of the injured DeMar DeRozan.
- D.J. Augustin vs. BOS ($4,100) – Just a hunch here, but with the matchup at hand facing the Celtics, I think Augustin could get enough minutes to make him worth the start even with Jennings back in action now.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
- Monta Ellis vs. MIL ($7,800) – Ellis has been hot-and-cold with his shot, some nights he’s money… others he’s not. And, you do have to worry about him sitting late in games where the Mavericks blow clubs out, although I like the Bucks to stay close enough to keep Ellis in for 30-plus minutes. I love that Ellis has been thieving the ball with gusto of late with 12 steals in his last nine games.
- Dwayne Wade vs. ATL ($7,000) – This is a steal, for what Wade can do potentially each night on the court. Wade still has plenty of skill and is averaging over 31 MPG. But the real attraction is Wade’s .535 FG% on the season and his ability to take over games with his shot and overall contributions to the stat box.
- Bradley Beal vs. LAL ($5,700) – Beal is more matchup based as a suggestion, especially after coming off a poor showing on Monday. I don’t have a problem locking him in with the matchup and the 23.8 FPPG he’s giving DFS owners since returning from injury. Just use him wisely in your lineup, he’s certainly NOT a must-add option.
- Avery Bradley vs. DET ($4,100) – Bradley can be a very empty player at times, but he does get the minutes and can score in double-digits on a consistent basis. Bradley is a last-player add for owners who are looking to lock in one more guy around the 4K mark. Don’t expect anything more than 20 fantasy points.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
- Kawhi Leonard vs. BKN ($7,600) – No, I don’t expect another 49.5 fantasy night from Leonard, since he’s not facing the 76ers again like he did on Monday with Tim Duncan and Tony Parker resting, although I do see a 30-to-35-point night that’s worth taking a shot on.
- Josh Smith vs. BOS ($7,500) – We see a $200 rise in price from Tuesday’s write-up, but it’s still okay in my book which is why I’m leaving Smith right here with his matchup facing the Celtics. Yes, there’s a theme here with Smith being my third Pistons player so far. I know the Pistons are not a good club in general this year, but there is still talent to be exploited in the right situation. Smith is one of those players. Just seeing what Smith does as he fills up the box score gets me excited.
- Chandler Parsons vs. MIL ($6,100) – Parsons has really improved his overall production, although he’s a bit flaky with his shot at times. You have to love the consistency with his rebounding at least, plus Parsons does enough for the Mavericks to fill the stat sheet across the board. He’s no Josh Smith, but he’ll do if you’re looking to budget.
- Shabazz Muhammad vs. PHI ($4,000) – Great matchup facing the 76ers, wonderful production over his last two games played, and increased minutes makes Muhammad a nice play on Wednesday. Muhammad is another player I expect to see a salary hike from, with his average of 37 FPPG over his last two played, so take him up on the 4K right now with the fantastic matchup.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
- Pau Gasol vs. CHA ($8,200) – Over his last four games played, Gasol has averaged 44.3 FPPG. There just aren’t many players in the league with Gasol’s fantasy scoring potential, with the likelihood of him getting a double-double every night he plays. Gasol is easy one of the best values, getting top points for a reasonable price.
- Thaddeus Young vs. PHI ($7,100) – There are plenty of other PF names to choose from, but I don’t like their matchups as much as I do Young. I don’t think you have to worry about Young having a stinker-night, not facing the 76ers. Young will do enough defensively to make him worth the start, but he’ll score 15-20 points with a good percentage shot.
- Kris Humphries vs. LAL ($4,700) – Smart money has Humphries getting at least 25 minutes, with the potential for more. That’s not bad considering where you’d be slotting Humphries in and for the matchup facing the Lakers. Be happy with a 20 FPPG showing from Humphries.
- Patrick Patterson vs. UTA ($4,700) – Patterson has been a rebounding machine over his last few games, as he’s also seen a jump up in minutes. It looks like the coaching staff is trusting his skill set a bit more so don’t be surprised to see his minutes stick around the 30 MPG mark here on out.
- Al Jefferson vs. CHI ($8,600) – Jefferson falls a bit short with his rebounds from being a true double-double threat each night, but what he gives in other ares still makes him a top-tier option in your lineup. Jefferson will get his numbers regardless of the opponent, where he’s got a .492 FG% on the season.
- DeAndre Jordan vs. ORL ($7,200) – Gawd, I love what Jordan does with his shot, blocks and rebounds on a nightly basis. There aren’t many centers in the game that I feel confident about regardless of the matchup, but Jordan is one of them. Expect more of what he’s known for… rebounds and blocks, and consider yourself fortunate if he can score double-digit points.
- Joakim Noah vs. CHA ($6,700) – What Noah doesn’t provide with his scoring abilities, he does give owners something to get excited about with his defensive prowess on the court. I’m not concerned about the matchup, but it would be nice to see Noah wrestle some offensive rebounds and turn them into quick scores. The price puts Noah in the borderline field between studs and values, so since I’ve got those two slots filled already I’ll slide Noah into the value section.
- Kelly Olynyk vs DET ($4,800) – If there’s a game where Olynyk could break his slump, this could be it. He went from a reliable producer early on to not being able to locate his shot over his last few games. But, I like Olynyk enough to take a chance on facing the Pistons.
Good luck on Wednesday! Catch me on Twitter @TheRolyPolyBoy