Today’s NBA targets break down the 12-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
- Damian Lillard vs. LAL ($8,700) – Lillard’s 30th OPRK gets him here, along with his 42.6 FPPG average over his last six games played. He’s starting to find his shot a bit these days and he’s stealing balls like crazy, to the tune of 16 steals over his last six games. Plus, he’s still doing his thing with rebounds and assists. It’s hard to find a better play on Wednesday at PG.
- Brandon Knight vs. SAC ($7,400) – It’s difficult passing on all the excellent PG options on Wednesday, but I’m not too keen on spending big bucks at the PG slot tonight not when I have nice matchup options in Knight and the previously mentioned Damian Lillard above. I’m forgiving Knight’s aberration of a night on Monday where he only shot 2-of-12, netting 21.75 fantasy points. He’ll get himself back into the mid-30’s on Wednesday.
- Ricky Rubio vs. GS ($5,500) – Ricky Rubio is here for us once again. Well, he did return over a week ago but it’s starting to look like his minutes are jumping up. I’m sure the Timberwolves are taking things easy with Rubio, although I’ve got a sneaky suspicion we’ll see 30 minutes from him on Wednesday assuming of course he’s given the nod to play. A bit of a gut-play, Rubio is, but the price is certainly right.
- Langston Galloway @ ORL ($5,400) – Galloway is averaging 30 minutes per game over the season, and he’s giving DFS owners something solid for a low range 5.4K price. I love his rebounding presence of late, snagging 24 over his last three games. Galloway isn’t an assist guy right now but is making up for it in other areas. Just be wary of his .379 shooting percentage this season.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
- James Harden @ LAC ($10,300) – The matchup isn’t great, but does it really matter when you’re locking in Harden? Well, maybe a bit. Harden only sees an 8th OPRK facing the Clippers, although when you consider the other options at SG with Monta Ellis and Dwayne Wade both out due to injury then I don’t mind forking over the dough for Harden. Unless, you plan on playing a value at SG.
- Klay Thompson @ MIN ($7,900) – Thompson’s 30th OPRK is quite enticing, so is his 35.7 FPPG seasonal average. The negative is Thompson’s production over his last two games, only averaging 22.5 fantasy points. Still, like I said under Harden’s write-up there isn’t a lot of top-notch options to choose at SG. If you don’t want to spend the bucks on Harden, snag Thompson for a stud option.
- Khris Middleton vs. SAC ($6,300) – I want to put Eric Gordon here, but his hot-and-cold ways drive me nuts. So, even if I have to pay an extra $400 for Middleton, I will – gotta make it work. Middleton is averaging 33.1 FPPG over his last six played and he’s shooting .506 from the field. What? .506? Yup.
- Danny Green @ DET ($4,700) – Green is stealing the ball at a nice rate, and his rebounding has been super-Dee-duper, but his shot has been awful. If he gets anywhere close to his 26.2 FPPG seasonal average you’ll jump for joy. Take the risk if you dare, although Green is a nice gut-play for me. What about you?
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
- LeBron James ($10,300) – There are only a handful of players that average close to 50 fantasy points a night, so if you’re looking to spend this kind of money then LeBron James makes perfect sense. Be happy with a 50-point fantasy night, although 45 fantasy points isn’t anything to get angry about.
- Giannis Antetokounmpo vs. SAC ($7,000) – Okay, short and sweet from here on out. This will be the second time I’m writing from this point down as there was a glitch when I went to publish Wednesday’s NBA Targets entry. Too bad, too… it was some really nice writing. Oh well. Antetokounmpo is turning into a superstar with his production of late and the matchup gets him this slot.
- Josh Smith @ LAC ($6,400) – I’m leaving Smith here from Tuesday night’s suggestions with the way he’s played ball of late. Love his 28th OPRK and that he’s facing a decimated Clippers club that is struggling to win games.
- Jeff Green vs. OKC ($4,700) – I had this nice tidbit written on where I went into Nicolas Batum (not doing that again), but Green gets the spot due to his consistent production at a sub-5K price tag.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
- LaMarcus Aldridge vs. LAL ($9,600) – It’s hard to get much better than Aldridge facing the Lakers in Portland and averaging 43.3 FPPG. Build around Aldridge if you’re looking to spend this kind of dough on a player.
- Paul Millsap @ BOS ($7,800) – Millsap and his 29th OPRK are the reason to roster him over Kevin Love or Chris Bosh on Wednesday. The consistent production versus a lesser opponent is something to take advantage of.
- Thaddeus Young vs. GS ($6,000) – LOVE the consistency that Young brings to the table at a very reasonable price. He’s playing much better than his surface numbers would indicate. Young is a great option for a solid lineup build, if you’re looking to stay away from the Studs-and-Duds strategy.
- Jason Smith @ ORL ($4,900) – For a player that’s running under the 5K mark, you could do a lot worse. Smith is giving enough that I’m willing to risk suggesting another Knicks player for Wednesday. Don’t expect miracles, but Smith is a sneaky under-the-radar play.
- Al Horford @ BOS ($7,900) – I did you the favor of not listing DeMarcus Cousins or Nikola Vucevic since they appear here quite often, so Horford gets the spot with his fantastic play of late and his 24th OPRK matchup.
- Hassan Whiteside @ CLE ($7,600) – Whiteside only played 19 minutes on Monday but I like his chances of snagging of at least 25 minutes, possibly 30. I don’t think I’ve seen a faster rising player when it comes to salary and production. Take the chance that Whiteside gets the minutes and scores and rebounds like crazy. Oh, and gets his normal blocked shots.
- Enes Kanter @ DAL ($5,800) – Kanter’s shot over his last two games, along with his 33-plus fantasy point production, get him suggested. Plus, you could do much, much worst for a similar price.
- Marcin Gortat @ TOR ($5,100) – Gut-play. Gortat is only a gut play, considering his inconsistent production on a night-to-night basis. Still, he’s got the potential to have a very big night and I like him to squeeze out a double-double on Wednesday.
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.