Today’s NBA targets break down the 7-game NBA slate we have with a look at the studs, sleepers and mid-range players you want to have rotating in your lineups.
*With most of Wednesday’s leagues separated as early or late, I’ve suggested one set of players from the early games and the other from the late games.
POINT GUARD TARGETS
- Chris Paul vs. NY ($10,600) EARLY – With Carmelo Anthony listed as probable for the early New Years Eve matchup, you have to consider Paul as a player that will take advantage. Anthony isn’t 100 percent right now, even if he does play. Paul is the best at his position in the early games, although his OPRK matchup (6th) is not the greatest. Still, I trust Paul too much for him to tank this game facing the Knicks.
- Russell Westbrook vs. PHO ($12,100) LATE – Again, there’s only so much I can say about Westbrook. He’s a perfect build-around guy in the late games and he faces the Suns who are a 23rd OPRK matchup. I’ll be surprised if Westbrook scores less than 55 fantasy points on Wednesday.
- Darren Collison @ BOS ($6,900) EARLY – Collison is a mid-range play, but he’s averaging 33.0 FPPG for the price tag – not bad at all. The matchup is solid, but not worth getting all giggly about, as Collison likely won’t see more than his fantasy point contributing average. Funny, but I’m almost wanting to put Collison in the stud area above, but there’s just limited options on Wednesday.
- Reggie Jackson vs. PHO ($5,300) LATE – Jackson is a much riskier play these days than when Westbrook was out with injury earlier in the season, but for 5.3K he’s worth the risk. I like him to get enough action against the Suns to give him the start over similar options like Patrick Beverley or even Jerryd Bayless, who is $1,100 less in salary.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
- Dwayne Wade @ IND ($8,800) EARLY – For lack of any other stud option, I put Wade here. I’m not against starting Wade in my lineup, but I’d rather use a lesser salaried player and go the value route here than being pigeon-holed into Wade just because he’s the only stud option. Don’t be afraid to use Wade, I just think you can build a better lineup not using him.
- Eric Bledsoe @ OKC ($9,300) LATE – The late games offer so much more at SG, by way of total options to choose from and values. James Harden is the easy way out on Wednesday as a suggestion, but he’s a no-brainer build-around option, while Bledsoe is a bit less obvious. Over his last five games played, Bledsoe is averaging almost 45 FPPG. Giggity-giggity, to quote a famous cartoon airline pilot that loves women. I mean, really loves women.
- Jamal Crawford vs. NY ($4,900) EARLY – Crawford just doesn’t get the respect that he deserves. Maybe it’s because he really only contributes fantasy-wise when his shot is on, or when he’s sinking baskets. Maybe it’s because his playing time can fluctuate too much. Either way, I like the guy and dig what he’s done over his last seven games played, where he’s averaged 28.2 FPPG.
- Manu Ginobili vs. NO ($5,000) LATE – There’s a very good chance that Ginobili sits out this game, since he’ll be following up Tuesday with a back-to-back run, but I just can’t keep him off my NBA Targets list – not at this price, not with what he’s doing of late with his play.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
- Rudy Gay @ BOS ($8,700) EARLY – Gay has been really revved up of late, averaging 39.5 FPPG over his last five played, where he’s giving rebounds, assists and points scored. He’s also averaged two steals per game over his last three, which is what really gets me going. Gay has a solid matchup and should continue his dominant ways.
- Kevin Durant vs. PHO ($10,400) LATE – Hey, hey, hey! It looks like Durant may be back in action on Wednesday, and just in time to calm all of us DFS owners down who undoubtedly would’ve cried if he missed, since it’s possible that LeBron James may also miss. So, don’t cry, dry your eye, as Durant will be ready to go (at least that’s the expectation after a full practice).
- Jeff Green vs. SAC ($6,000) EARLY – It’s difficult to trust any Celtics player on a night-to-night consistent basis, but if you’re going to dig your talons into someone wearing the Luck-of-the-Irish green, then Green is a smart play on Wednesday. Green is a very nice value, assuming you don’t get a 5-point night out of him like he put up a few games ago. I think you’re safe in avoiding a nightmare game.
- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist @ HOU ($4,600) LATE – Inconsistency is MKC’s game right now, which is why he’s sitting at 4.6K. You know how I get those massive gut feelings from time-to-time? Well, here you go – I got another. The matchup is good for MKC and he’s been shooting the ball well enough over his last seven games played (24-55, .436 FG%) for me to take a chance.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
- Blake Griffin vs. NY ($11,200) EARLY – By now I’m sure you’ve figured out that there are only three games to choose players from in the early matchups, so it’s not like I’m trying to load up on any one club. Griffin has been playing beast-like, averaging 47.4 FPPG over his last seven games played. He’s certainly worth every penny spent to lock him in, and if I was going the Studs-and-Duds route on Wednesday then Griffin would be leading the way for my lineup.
- Anthony Davis @ SA ($11,600) LATE – Funny, but none of the power forwards in the late games have particularly good matchups. Some have decent matchups, but not good. And, that means Davis is sort of matchup proof anyway – meaning you can count on him for points regardless of the opponent. That’s why he’s here, although the price is a bit inflated considering Wednesday’s market. I’m tempted to pass on Davis and go with a more valued play at PF, but he’s certainly the best stud play with one of the best OPRK matchups (16th) in the late games.
- David West vs. MIA ($6,400) EARLY – For the price, you can’t expect to get much more than what West has been giving DFS owners. He’s been damn consistent with his fantasy point production and in other contributing stats. I’d like to gift you a double-double with West on Wednesday, but I wouldn’t expect it. Still, we should see a 30-35 fantasy point night out of him facing the Heat.
- Cody Zeller ($4,100) LATE – Zeller is a deep, deep snag for your lineup. He gets decent minutes with 23.2 MPG, and he’s scored 17.5 FPPG to this point, and surprisingly Zeller is consistent for the most part. Call it another gut feeling if you will, but I see surprising outcome facing the Rockets on Wednesday – a 25-point fantasy day would be groovy, but I’d be happy with 20 fantasy points.
- DeMarcus Cousins @ BOS ($11,100) EARLY – It doesn’t get much better than this as far as matchups are concerned, and that you’ve got a premier player in Cousins doing the fantasy point scoring for you. Cousins is healthy, or as healthy as one can expect him to be (thanks Al Horford for ruining my night on Tuesday!). If you’re not building around Blake Griffin, then Cousins should be your man.
- Dwight Howard vs. CHA ($8,900) LATE – Other than fighting off a nagging shoulder injury recently, which hurt his output in a couple of games, Howard is one of the most reliable options in the DFS game. I consider 8.9K a decent value for Howard, actually, so he would be an excellent option in a balanced lineup approach with his salary being your highest on the night. I love Howard on Wednesday.
- Lavoy Allen vs. MIA ($4,300) EARLY – Allen is a deep suggestion, although have you seen his minutes increase of late? He’s starting to get more time and in turn he’s rewarding those that have been brave enough to plant him in their lineups. Allen has averaged 25 FPPG over his last two games and averaged 29 minutes over those same two games. Expect more of the same on Wednesday? I’d say be happy with 25 minutes and 20-25 fantasy points at 4.3K.
- Steven Adams vs. PHO ($4,800) LATE – Even if Kevin Durant is back in action on Wednesday, Adams still provides a good opportunity for fantasy points per minutes played – sometimes that’s what you’ve got to look at when filling out your roster. Adams is averaging 29.2 FPPG over his last six played.
Good luck on Wednesday! Catch me on Twitter @TheRolyPolyBoy where I may sometimes answer your questions, but only if I really, really feel like it.