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
- Stephen Curry vs. PHI ($11,000) – Along with Curry, you can have John Wall at $10,300 or Ty Lawson at $10,000, although getting all three in your lineup will be impossible – and even getting two in your lineup will be tough unless you really bargain shop. All three have fantastic matchups, but if I’m leaning towards only one of these PGs and I’m okay spending the big bucks, it’s Curry and his 45.7 FPPG that I want. But, yeah, that’s why he’s the most expensive option of the three, so you may need to cut some salary building up your lineup, so don’t feel bad if Wall or Lawson is your PG to build around.
- Jrue Holiday vs. PHO ($8,600) – Over Holiday’s last six games played, he’s averaged 33.6 fantasy points even though his shooting has been on the weak end (37-90, .411 FG%) of late. Holiday is one of those special point guards that does just about everything for you, however, so it’s okay if his shot isn’t on. Plus, the real selling point is that Holiday has a cool looking first name on paper.
- Brandon Jennings @ ORL ($6,800) – Jennings is underrated in my book, although his inconsistency to this point is what keeps him at a reasonable salary. With three 40-plus fantasy point performances over his last four games played, Jennings did recently come off a stretch in mid-December where he put together four games of only high-teen fantasy points. So, yeah, that’s pretty yucky considering Jennings’ skill set and potential each night. But, you see my point with the inconsistency? Still, I like Jennings and his 27th OPRK against the Magic on Tuesday and I promise that I was trying to sell Jennings to you, not steer you away. Sometimes I get too fancy with my back-and-forth stuff, so ignore the negatives here on Jennings facing the Magic.
- Aaron Brooks vs. BKN ($5,000) – Remember when Brooks was a household name that DFS owners could truly get their panties in a wad over? Yeah, I don’t really remember those days either. Okay, maybe 2009 is the year I’m thinking about, but since then Brooks has been nothing more than a complimentary guy, someone that you want filling out your roster, not someone you want to build around. So, what that means is that you’re okay with a 20-25 fantasy point night out of him for 5K – you won’t get more than that.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
- Eric Bledsoe @ NO ($9,200) – Since December 9th, Bledsoe has seen has salary jump $1,000 but that’s for a good reason – dude has been playing lights-out basketball, especially over the last week or so. What’s funny though, and maybe it’s just pure coincidence, is that Bledsoe’s 3-point shot has suffered, while everything else statistically has ballooned. I’m okay with that, aren’t you? Maybe Bledsoe should park his 3-point shot in one of those long-term New York garages, only to come out on rare occasions.
- Kobe Bryant @ DEN ($9,000) – I consider this price actually pretty good for Bryant, who is just coming off a lackluster performance against the Suns where he only took 10 shots on the night. Yeah, what? Bryant only takes 10 shots? I better let the L.A. Times know about this maddening occurrence. Bryant’s age may be catching up with him of late, but I do like him to bounce back facing Denver. Expect Kobe to take at least 20 shots in this game and to get owners around 40 fantasy points, which is much better than his December 28th performance against the Suns.
- Victor Oladipo vs. DET ($5,800) – Over his last five games played, Oladipo has really been picking up his game. He’s no longer giving us 11-point performances in 32 minutes of play, or 18.5 points in 37 minutes. Sure, everyone has a bad game from time-to-time, but Oladipo should never see those skanky teen numbers again. He’s here to stay for us, and don’t be surprised to see Oladipo’s salary start to climb ever so slowly over the next few weeks.
- Manu Ginobili @ MEM ($4,900) – You have to watch out for Ginobili sitting out due to added rest this season, but as long as you don’t lock him in super early you can avoid that pitfall. I love what Ginobili gives us at this price. As of December 5th, he’s put up three 40-plus fantasy point games, while also averaging over 30 FPPG over his last five played. He is so underrated right now that, well, I should be slapping myself for not having him in my lineups more often. Fiddlesticks!
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
- Draymond Green vs. PHI ($7,600) – You have to love the matchup, eh? I said, EH? Green gets a 29th OPRK matchup and brings 32.7 FPPG into this contest, and with LeBron James iffy for Tuesday’s game due to injury someone has to fill the stud SF slot for my write-up. Green certainly fits the bill, even though most of his fantasy contributions come from other sources than points scored. We love all-around contributing players, especially ones that block shots and steal the round, orange rock. By the way, if you call the basketball a “rock” please go ahead and punch yourself right in the gizzard. Don’t do that. Don’t call it a rock. I only wrote it because I hate it so much.
- Gordon Hayward vs. MIN ($7,600) – Hayward is one of those players that I think plays better than he actually does, but that’s on me and my perception of him. It’s not a knock on Hayward at all. The main reason I list Hayward here is the matchup he’s got on tap against the Timberwolves. Did you know that the T-Wolves allow 46.7 FG% to SF, while also allowing 6.3 RPG, 3.9 APG and 2.8 3’s per game? In other words, they’re not very good at keeping SF quiet.
- Wilson Chandler vs. LAL ($6,500) – Chandler has averaged 41 minutes per game over his last two games, while netting owners about 37.5 fantasy points during the same two contests. And, Chandler gets an ideal matchup facing the Lakers to push his chances up of netting another over-the-top game performance. Look for Chandler to take a good amount of shots from beyond the arc, with the Lakers giving up 2.7 three-pointers to the small forward position (2nd worst in the NBA – good for Chandler owners).
- Terence Ross @ POR ($4,400) – Ross has been getting almost 33 minutes per game over his last five played, which is a nice bump up from his seasonal average of 28.3 MPG. A minute increase usually means a fantasy-point increase, and that’s exactly what has happened. Ross is 12-36 from the 3-point line over the same last five games played, which isn’t bad overall considering what you’re getting for his 4.4K price tag.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
- Tim Duncan @ MEM ($9,000) – It’s possible that Duncan gets a day of rest on Tuesday, but I don’t expect that to happen against the Grizzlies. Maybe against a lesser opponent, but expect to see Duncan flying high in this one. Other than Anthony Davis, Duncan is the guy I want in my lineup at PF (assuming salary is no object…haha) with 16.1 PPG, 10.7 RPG and 2.2 BPG. And, let’s not forget about his 3.1 APG and that Duncan steals the ball quite often for a bigger man.
- Pau Gasol vs. BKN ($8,900) – Ditto (see above). Okay, I won’t let myself off that easy, but Gasol and Duncan have almost identical numbers in salary, FPPG production, matchups, and they are very similar in individual seasonal statistics. I prefer Duncan just a smidge more, but I’d be fine with either in my lineup at power forward.
- Greg Monroe @ ORL ($7,300) – Monroe is more of a mid-range play and he can certainly disappear at times in games, but with Josh Smith no longer with the Pistons we should continue to see Monroe’s numbers increase as a whole. It may take him some time to level off, but I really dig Monroe’s matchup in Orlando.
- Ed Davis @ DEN ($5,200) – There may not be a better value right now at PF than with Davis. Since taking over for starter Carlos Boozer, Davis has seen an almost 30 FPPG average over his last six games played. Unfortunately, his salary is starting to climb as he stays consistent with his production. There may not be many more days of a sub-6K Ed Davis to roster.
- Nikola Vucevic vs. DET ($8,800) – Mr. Double-Double is at it again, as he secures the middle of your lineup with a 39.2 FPPG average. Vucevic gets one of the better matchups on the night, as the Pistons will have a very difficult time stopping the big man.
- Al Horford vs. CLE ($8,100) – Even facing the Cavaliers, I don’t see Horford missing out on his 30.8 FPPG average. The individual matchup shows good things for Horford and I do like the salary for what you can expect to get from him. Marc Gasol is a monster right now, but I’m not sure I want to pay an additional $1,400 for his services… not with how deep the C slot is on Tuesday.
- Jordan Hill @ DEN ($5,300) – This is a matchup based suggestion only (30th OPRK), considering that Hill can be highly volatile at times. For the price though, I’d take my chances with Hill on Tuesday if I’m looking to stay lean at center. You could do a lot worse than Hill, with his 27.4 seasonal FPPG average.
- Chris Kaman vs. TOR ($4,700) – It’s sort of scary rostering Kaman when you consider that he only averages 19 minutes per game, but when you consider that he scores one fantasy point per each minute played then Kaman is a sneaky round-out roster guy. Expect Kaman to stick to what he knows – points, rebounds and an occasional block.
Good luck on Tuesday! Catch me on Twitter @TheRolyPolyBoy where I’ll entertain you for hours on end with my witty and informative Tweets.