Today’s NBA targets break down the 4-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
- John Wall vs. GS ($8,700) – Wall is averaging 36.2 FPPG over his last couple of games, which still falls a bit short of his seasonal 42.1 showing. Still, I trust Wall at the 8.7K price tag if I’m looking to spend bucks at the PG slot. I expect to see Wall put up 20 points scoring and give out 10 assists, which makes for a lovely night assuming he snags a steal or two as well.
- Kyle Lowry @ DAL ($7,000) – Lowry has the best individual matchup of the night with a 27th OPRK against the Mavericks, who struggle to defend against PG’s. This is the time to take advantage of Lowry being undervalued. He’s struggled some of late with awful showing against Houston on Saturday, but Lowry is not that this bad.
- Reggie Jackson vs. CLE ($4,500) – The matchup isn’t ideal, but Jackson is getting starters minutes now with the Pistons and he represents fantastic production for the bucks you’d be spending to lock him in. I’m loving Jackson right now, at least until his salary starts to catch up with his production. We’ve already seen a $1,000 bump just from Sunday’s game. There won’t be many more games where you’ll be able to enjoy the value here.
- Shaun Livingston @ WAS ($3,500) – I’m only suggesting Livingston based on the assumption that Stephen Curry misses Tuesday’s action. If Curry sits, Livingston should net close to 30 minutes and have a good shot at being a solid facilitator dishing the ball off. The matchup is attractive for Livingston – 21st OPRK – with his price tag being low enough to fit into any DFS lineup. If I get 25 fantasy points out of Livingston, I’m dancing a jig.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
- DeMar DeRozan @ DAL ($7,300) – DeRozan is the only stud SG that I like on Tuesday, considering the limited options to choose from with Klay Thompson and Monta Ellis showing tough individual matchups. DeRozan’s shot can be downright horrible at times, although I like his chances against the Mavericks even just based on the pure volume of shots I expect him to toss up.
- J.R. Smith @ DET ($5,000) – Smith has averaged over 33 FPPG since the move to the Cavaliers, doing just about everything from rebounds, assists, blocks and steals. And, he’s sinking 3’s and scoring double-digit points. Look for Smith to continue his solid play, taking advantage of his 5K price tag.
- Iman Shumpert @ DET ($3,800) – I may as well continue the Cavs SG suggestions, eh? Shumpert will likely only net 20-25 minutes on Tuesday, although I’m fine with that if he gives me 20-25 fantasy points for the 3.8K price tag. The matchup is good and Shumpert is impressing with his play in Cleveland. If you’re bargain shopping, Shumpert fits the bill.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
- LeBron James @ DET ($10,300) – With Kevin Durant out of action, James is the only true stud option at SF on Tuesday. Seems to be the theme of late with these shallow scheduled nights of play, but I’m sure we’ll get by okay. If you’re looking for that one superstar stud muffin to build around, then LeBron is it.
- C.J. Miles @ OKC ($4,500) – It’s starting to look like a Stars-and-Scrubs lineup approach would be the best bet for Tuesday, considering all the injuries to major stars that would normally be playing. And, the poor matchups at hand for some. Miles isn’t anything special, although he is averaging almost 21 FPPG this season and is netting decent minutes right now. Miles is risky, but who isn’t at this price?
- Paul Pierce vs. GS ($4,000) – Pierce has been a favorite of mine all season long, usually coming through for me most nights. His consistency has been sporadic over the last few weeks of play, although that’s sort of expected from Pierce considering his age and inconsistent minutes. Still, I like Pierce facing the Warriors who will spend too much time looking after John Wall, leaving plenty of open shots for Pierce.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
- Greg Monroe vs. CLE ($8,100) – Monroe is one of my favorite players this season, almost always giving owners a double-double threat with his points and rebounds. We’ve seen Monroe’s price tag dive a bit with some sub-par performances, but I like a 35-40 point night out of him facing the Cavs.
- Serge Ibaka vs. IND ($7,600) – Someone has to put up points for the Thunder while Kevin Durant is out, right? I’m sure Russell Westbrook will do his part, but I like Ibaka to play the secondary role on Tuesday night giving DFS owners plenty to smile about. Ibaka is 18-for-32 over his last two contests, while netting over 40 FPPG over his last three played.
- David West @ OKC ($6,700) – West is a mid-range play, not a huge value. I like the mid-range options a bit more at PF on Tuesday, so West makes the cut for me. He’s coming off two games where he had less-than-stellar production, but West is going to bounce back facing the Thunder who aren’t exactly 100 percent right now. I see West exceeding his 29.6 FPPG average.
- Nene Hilario vs. GS ($4,700) – As long as you’re okay with Hilario giving you 20-25 fantasy points, then he’s worth locking up in the sub-5K range. Hilario is my favorite value PF option on the night, although David Lee is tempting considering what he does with his limited minutes.
- Andre Drummond vs. CLE ($7,800) – I’m digging Drummond’s 27th OPRK, and add that in with his incredible rebounding skills you’ve got a player that you can count on for points. The best part? Drummond is under the 8K mark – not a bad value considering. Don’t look anywhere else for a stud option at center, because there are none.
- Enes Kanter vs. IND ($6,000) – I know I was tooting Serge Ibaka’s horn just a bit ago as the best secondary option to Russell Westbrook with Kevin Durant ailing again, but Kanter is a very strong option to Ibaka if you want to cut some salary. Sure, they play different positions but you can make it work even with the limited options on Tuesday. Since Kanter has joined Oklahoma City, he’s averaged about 36 FPPG giving owners a double-double edge.
- Timofey Mozgov @ DET ($5,200) – Mozgov is a decent play for the salary, getting very close to his seasonal FPPG average of 23.2 over his last few games. Mozgov has been playing consistent basketball and has been bumping up his average over the last few weeks or so.
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.