Today’s NBA targets break down the 5-game NBA slate we have with a look at the studs, sleepers and mid-range players you want to have rotating in your lineups.
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POINT GUARD TARGETS
- Ty Lawson @ LAL ($8,000) – Lawson gets the best OPRK (30th) matchup of the night facing the Lakers, who allow 106.3 points per game each night on average which ranks 30th in the NBA overall – dead last. Lawson has bumped up his production of late and will see plenty of open shots. On this night, Lawson is worth every dollar of his 8K price.
- Derrick Rose vs. SAC ($7,500) – Rose has averaged 30.9 FPPG over his last five games played, which is right on target with his seasonal 31.1 FPPG total. I love the consistency of late, and I’ll take it. I mean, it’s starting to look like Rose may never be the player he was three seasons ago. But you’ve got to love the 11-assist outburst on Sunday, eh?
- Mike Conley vs. BKN ($6,900) – Is Conley finally back? He had a stretch of games where it made me never want to use him in my DFS lineups again, but I’m a sucker for Conley. I like the matchup he’s got facing a struggling Nets club and although I’m not happy about the 6.9K price, it’s still not a bad salary. Keep in mind that Conley is a mid-range play.
- Patrick Beverley @ PHO ($4,300) – If you’re digging around in this salary neighborhood then Beverley represents the best value play of what’s out there. And, really, it’s all about the minutes that Beverley gets. If he gets enough time on the court then he’ll have a shot of reaching 20-25 fantasy points.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
- James Harden @ PHO ($10,300) – Man, I wish Harden would put up another 72-point effort on Tuesday like he did last game out, although I’m a pretty realistic dude. Still, he’s about the best sure-fire player to build around on even with his 10th OPRK matchup facing the Suns. DeMarcus Cousins is the only other player on Tuesday that I’d rather have to build around, and that’s because his individual matchup is ridiculously good.
- Jimmy Butler vs. SAC ($7,800) – Butler came through for me the last time I recommended him with 41.5 fantasy points – gimme that every night! Butler’s assist totals have bumped up of late, which is nice, although his rebounding has taken a hit. If he can just hit his averages (5.9 RPG and 3.3 APG) along with what he does on a nightly basis with his shot, then Butler will make owners very happy for the price.
- Eric Bledsoe vs. HOU ($7,700) – Take advantage of Bledsoe’s salary – he’s missed some time due to personal reasons and we’ve seen his price tag drop. Bledsoe just might be the best value on Tuesday night as he’s expected to return to action for the Suns, where’s averaging 36.2 FPPG.
- Gerald Henderson vs. DET ($5,100) – Henderson is a risk, but who isn’t at this price tag? Henderson has been playing great ball over his last four games averaging 35.5 fantasy points. I’m not sure how long this production will last, but with Kemba Walker out and Henderson’s assist totals skyrocketing he’s worth the risk.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
- Josh Smith @ PHO ($6,400) – You’ll notice that there aren’t any stud recommendations at SF in this write-up, since Rudy Gay is questionable to play with a foot injury and no one else comes close to being considered a stud. Not in my book anyway. Smith is finally stringing solid games together after struggling majorly after the Pistons released him. I say, “Good for Josh Smith!”. I admit, I was worried, but Smith is someone I don’t mind recommending once again. He’s averaging 35.7 FPPG and netting 28.6 MPG over his last five played.
- Trevor Ariza @ PHO ($5,700) – Okay, maybe I lack originality suggesting another qualified SF facing the Suns, but it’s not like there are bountiful options to go with in this group. Plus, Ariza has had a good run with 33 FPPG over his last five games played.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
- Pau Gasol vs. CHI ($9,400) – Gasol is the most reliable PF to roster in your DraftKings.com lineup on Tuesday, as he’s reached the 50 FPPG mark four times out of the last six games he’s played. The other two games? He gave his owners a 40-point night, which is just a smidge below his seasonal 42.8 FPPG average.
- Zach Randolph vs. BKN ($8,300) – Randolph has been doing exactly what he’s supposed to do – score points and snag rebounds. Of late he isn’t netting both consistently, although normally Z-Bo is always a nice double-double guy to put in with when building your lineup. Love the matchup and what Z-Bo has been bringing this season.
- Kenneth Faried @ LAL ($5,900) – This is a matchup based suggestion only, since I’m not crazy about the salary. But again we’re left with limited options on this evening if you’re not locking in a stud PF like Pau Gasol, Greg Monroe or Zach Randolph. Faried has at least bumped up his production over his last two games averaging almost 32 FPPG.
- Carlos Boozer vs. DEN ($5,500) – Boozer’s minutes fluctuate all over on a night-to-night basis, so the risk is there, but if you can get past the minutes risk then the reward is a boom night with a great individual OPRK (30th) matchup. The 5.5K price tag could be a tad lower for my tastes, although I’m fine locking Boozer in with the expectation that he at least gets 20-25 minutes on the floor with Jordan Hill still out.
- DeMarcus Cousins @ CHI ($10,500) – I’m being “Captain Obvious” suggesting Cousins, but that’s okay – you’re not offended. The 28th OPRK matchup for Cousins makes me salivate, even though the Bulls aren’t a bad team overall defensively. Most teams can’t stop Cousins, so I don’t see how the Bulls will. Look for a 50-point night out of Cousins, as he’s the best build-around option of the night.
- Al Jefferson vs. DET ($7,700) – Jefferson has the best OPRK (30th) ranking at center on Tuesday, but dude has been playing quite beastly of late – I really hate describing something as “beastly” as it’s so overused – as he ran up 52.25 fantasy points against the Pacers on Sunday. I don’t expect that kind of night facing the Pistons, even with the fantastic matchup but we’ll still see a 35-plus night out of the powerful center.
- Joakim Noah vs. SAC ($6,600) – Noah has certainly cooled off from the end of January, while giving owners a bit of inconsistency here of late. I like the matchup and the slight value with him facing the Kings. Noah is always good defensively, it’s the point scoring that pushes up his fantasy points. Unfortunately, he’s only averaging 7.8 FPPG this season. Still, I’ve got him pegged for double-digit points.
- Robert Sacre vs. DEN ($3,700) – Hitting on Jordan Hill being out again (my Carlos Boozer suggestion), Sacre is a nice value play at 3.7K. He’s been giving us owners almost 23 FPPG over his last five played and I would definitely jump on that production for under 4K. Don’t be surprised to see another big night out of him like he put up at the end of January against the Bulls (30.25).
Good luck on Tuesday! Catch me on Twitter @TheRolyPolyBoy where I may sometimes answer your questions, but only if I really, really feel like it.