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
- Chris Paul @ HOU ($10,200) – The price is steep but you’re getting outstanding production for the big bucks spent. Paul is coming off a stellar game on Monday against the Grizzlies where he just fell short of 60 fantasy points. Plus, Paul has averaged 46.3 fantasy points since the All-Star break. I’m riding Paul’s hot hand into the sunset.
- Ricky Rubio vs. WAS ($7,000) – So how do you average over 40 FPPG over three games, while only shooting 11-of-35? Easy. You rebound and dish the ball like nuts. If Rubio can get his shot to sink on Wednesday night, he’ll make DFS all squishy inside. I love Rubio against the Wizards, where he’s carrying a 20th OPRK matchup. Cha-ching!
- Goran Dragic @ ORL ($6,300) – Yes, you’ve got to spend more than 6K to lock in Dragic but he is SO worth it right now. In fact, I think the value is so good that anyone that doesn’t take advantage is a fool! Okay, not really, I was just making an emphatic point. Dragic is coming off a spectacular game, one that followed up a poor debut with the Heat, and I see more groovy goodness to come as he continues to get comfortable with his teammates. Chris Bosh is out. Someone needs to score. And, really, do we expect Luol Deng to be that guy? Alright, alright, alright!
- Trey Burke vs. LAL ($4,500) – A few things attract me to Burke on Wednesday, and, no, it’s not his looks: 1) The salary is a decent value 2) Burke has exceeded his FPPG seasonal average over his last three games played 3) He’s getting full-time minutes, averaging a bit under 28 per game after the All-Star break. If Burke can contribute in other areas besides his shot, I see a 30-plus fantasy point night facing a decimated Lakers club.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
- Eric Bledsoe @ DEN ($7,900) – It’s actually not a bad night for the SG slot on Wednesday, but Bledsoe has a wonderful 28th OPRK matchup and he’s just the bee’s-knees. There’s only one SG I’d rather have and that’s James Harden, but with the solid SG options in the 7K range I’m not going to spend the 11K needed to lock him in.
- Victor Oladipo vs. MIA ($7,000) – At the minimum, you’re going to get close to 30 fantasy points from Oladipo although I like him to exceed that mark on Wednesday facing the Heat. Look for a 40-point night from Oladipo, as he fills the stat sheet for DFS owners. If I’m wrong? You still get 30 points, which isn’t horrible for 7K.
- Khris Middleton vs. PHI ($6,400) – Middleton hits the mid-range mark for DFS owners and provides good value as well. With Brandon Knight out of Milwaukee now, Middleton should see a slight increase in numbers from here on out even with Michael Carter-Williams in town now. Don’t be surprised if Middleton nets a 35-point fantasy point night against the 76ers, who have a tough time against shooting guards.
- Avery Bradley vs. NY ($5,500) – Bradley has been on fire since the All-Star break, sinking almost 24 points and over four steals a game. We won’t see Bradley’s salary staying below 6K for long, and with the Celtics fighting injury (Jared Sullinger) and going through structural turmoil I like Bradley to really soar from here on out.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
- Gordon Hayward vs. LAL ($7,700) – With the limited options at SF on Wednesday, Hayward represents the “safest” option. I wish the price tag was a bit lower, even though it has dropped $500 since the last game before the All-Star break. Hayward will do enough to get close to his seasonal 35.4 FPPG average, although I don’t expect him to exceed it. I know, not really a great sell job, eh? Again, keep in mind the other options available at SF (read below).
- Rudy Gay vs. MEM ($7,400) – The matchup sucks for Gay, but beyond Hayward I’m not confident in any other SF above the 7K mark. So, that leaves out Carmelo Anthony, who is not playing anyway, and Giannis Antetokounmpo. And, go ahead and put Josh Smith in that group too even though he’s at 6.8K. Same with Kawhi Leonard. There’s something not right here in the land of the SF on Wednesday, considering recent poor performances and my personal, secret, for-my-eyes-only algorithm. So that leaves Gay, who I know will get close to his 35.5 FPPG seasonal average… even with a 3rd OPRK matchup.
- Trevor Ariza vs. LAC ($5,800) – As long as Ariza keeps getting major minutes and playing his masterful defensive game, I’m willing to put him in my lineups. Ariza’s 30th OPRK matchup against the Clippers is a huge bonus.
- Luol Deng @ ORL ($5,700) – Okay, so maybe I still have a little bit of faith in Deng who only saw a $100 increase after his 37.25 fantasy outburst on Monday. No way he shoots 11-of-14 like he did against the 76ers, but I’ll settle for a 25 fantasy point night for the salary.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
- Pau Gasol vs. CHA ($9,800) – Gasol has been sliding a bit, showing DFS owners that he’s actually human. Gasol was on an incredible run for quite some time, so it’s not a huge surprise to see him slow down some. He’s still the best option option at PF with Anthony Davis out of action, and I like a bounce-back night so to speak. I mean, is anyone going to be surprised if Gasol has a 50-point showing?
- Derrick Favors vs. LAL ($7,600) – I keep picking on the Lakers and I’m, like, totally fine with that. Favors isn’t quite the double-double threat I thought he’d be this season but he’s not far from being that kind of guy. The salary is fair on Favors – not a tremendous value or anything. Still, I like the matchup enough to take him over Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki.
- Jae Crowder vs. NY ($4,100) – Averaging over 33 FPPG over his last two games, Crowder is getting full-time starters minutes now at the expense of injury and some lineup changes. You have to love the take-a-chance value. I sure do, expecting close to 30 points again out of him facing the Knicks.
- Nikola Mirotic vs. CHA ($4,000) – Mirotic has a solid matchup facing Charlotte and will likely get another chance to get big minutes with Taj Gibson ailing from an illness. Gibson could play, which means Mirotic isn’t a good option then, so if you decide to lock him in make sure you pay close attention to Gibson news. Mirotic should get a chance for heavy rebounds yet again, along with some excellent 3-point attempts, assuming he starts over Gibson.
- Al Jefferson @ CHI ($7,800) – Jefferson’s 28th OPRK gets me revved up, along with his wonderfully consistent production. I still consider Jefferson a highly underrated player, and most nights a decent value for the salary spent to lock him into your lineup. Jefferson has tallied 52 rebounds over his last four games, which makes him a great double-double option on Wednesday.
- Hassan Whiteside @ ORL ($7,800) – Whiteside is being suggested here yet again, but can you blame me? He’s an automatic double-double threat from here on out each night and his game is only going to get better. Nikola Vucevic is always a great play, but he’ll cost you another grand.
- Jusuf Nurkic vs. PHO ($5,000) – There’s a consistency risk with Nurkic, but the reward is pretty good considering his massive potential. Nurkic put up 44.25 fantasy points for DraftKings owners last Friday and that’s the kind of boom night that he’s capable of giving again with his ability to play defense.
- Alex Len @ DEN ($4,900) – Since returning from injury, Len has been magnificent. He’s averaging over 33 MPG, 11 RPG and slightly over 4 BPG. Plus, he’s hitting the double-digit mark with points scored. Get Len into your lineup if you’re looking to save bucks at the center slot.
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.