Apparently, there is some sort of big football game today. That means only two NBA games, and early games to boot. With such a small selection of games, I will be covering fewer players than normal. Here are the players I like in Sunday’s slate of games:

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POINT GUARD TARGETS

Studs

  • No One – The options at point guard today are less than impressive. I am not willing to call any of the PG available a stud.

Values

  • Mario Chalmers @ BOS ($5800) – Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the most expensive point guard on Sunday, Mario Chalmers. Chalmers is actually a pretty nice option. He has averaged 23.2 fantasy-points over his last six games after all. If you need further reassurance, he had 31.0 fantasy-points the last time he faced Boston.
  • Jose Calderon vs. LAL ($4800) – Calderon has actually been slightly better over the last ten days than Calderon has been — 23.4 fantasy-points per game compared to 23.2. He also has the benefit of facing a weaker defense against point guards. A case can be made for Langston Galloway over Calderon, but Galloway did not even manage 10 fantasy-points in his last game, making Calderon the better Knicks point guard option in my opinion.
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SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS

Studs

  • No One – With Dwayne Wade injured, there are no stud shooting guard options in this slate of games.

Values

  • Wayne Ellington @ NY ($5700) – Once upon a time a game between the Lakers and Knicks was a game between two good teams. The only good that comes with said game now is the fantasy goodness that comes from a player facing a bad defense. Bad defense is what the Knicks provide for opposing shooting guards, allowing the fifth most fantasy-points per game to opposing SG this season. Ellington, for his part, has averaged 29.6 fantasy-points per game over his last five games.
  • Avery Bradley vs. MIA ($4200) – Bradley does not have a very favorable matchup today, in fact, he actually has a pretty tough one. But, he did manage 21.6 fantasy-points the last time he faced Miami, and has averaged 22.4 over his last six games. His price more than makes up for his disadvantageous matchup.
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SMALL FORWARD TARGETS

Studs

  • Carmelo Anthony vs. LAL ($9400) – Finally, a stud! Better yet, a good player playing against the very defensively challenged Lakers. The Lakers are not as bad against small forwards as they are against some other positions, but they are still very bad. They have allowed the sixth most fantasy-points to small forwards this season. Carmelo has averaged 43.3 fantasy-points over his last four games, in case you needed another reason to add him to your teams.

Values

  • Danny Granger @ BOS ($3900) – Granger is only a good play if Luol Deng is a no go again. Boston has struggled against opposing small forwards lately — allowing the 9th most fantasy-points per game to the position over their last ten games. Even with the good matchup and with Deng out, Granger is far from a sure thing, but he does provide the potential for a huge profit; you just have to also be prepared for him to score fewer than ten fantasy-points.


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POWER FORWARD TARGETS

Studs

  • Jared Sullinger vs. MIA ($7100) – With a small slate of games, getting four times value out of players will be, at the very least, acceptable. That is what you should expect from Sullinger. His matchup is bad for sure. Yet, he has been playing well lately — 31.3 fantasy-points per game over his last six games. Sullinger has also been considerably better at home than on the road this season.

Values

  • Jason Smith vs. LAL ($4900) – The Lakers rank 23rd against opposing power forwards this season, and Smith is playing well right now. He has averaged 27.5 fantasy-points over his last five games. He has also been playing over 30 minutes a game, which also makes him a pretty safe option.
  • Louis Amundson vs. LAL ($3800) – If you just cannot afford Smith, his teammate Louis Amundson, is a solid second option. Amundson does not have as much upside as Smith, plus is more of a risk. But, he is facing the Lakers, and has averaged 22.5 fantasy-points over his last five games.
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CENTER TARGETS

Studs

  • Chris Bosh @ BOS ($8300) – It would be oh so easy to suggest the red-hot Hassan Whiteside here. But, I do not love Whiteside’s price, and worry about his production tailing off. Bosh has as much upside as Whiteside does — if not more — comes with less risk, and has the same very favorable matchup. Bosh will likely also be on fewer teams than Whiteside.
  • Jordan Hill @ NY ($6600) – I am not sure that bad is strong enough of a term for the Knicks “defense” against centers lately. Over their last ten games, the Knicks have allowed 63.8 fantasy-points per game to the centers lucky enough to face them. That lucky center on Sunday is Hill. Hill probably will not match the 52.0 points he had against Chicago — though it is not out of the question — but, he should surpass the 29.2 fantasy-points per game he has averaged over his last five games.


Values

  • Chris Anderson @ BOS ($3200) – With such a low asking price, it will be very easy for Anderson to provide five time value or more. If he just managed his average game over the last five games, he would top five times value. If he could manage to do what he did the last time he faced Boston, he would provide over six times value, which is huge with such a small player pool.
  • Tyler Zeller vs. MIA ($4300) – Zeller has been playing well lately. More importantly, the last time he played against Miami, he had 35.0 fantasy-points.

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