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
- Stephen Curry @ SAC ($10,300) – It doesn’t get much better than Curry right now with the 29th OPRK he’s got against the Kings, so if you’re building around a superstar Curry is your guy. In fact, he’s everyone’s guy over his last five games played with a 46.7 FPPG average.
- Ty Lawson @ PHI ($8,000) – Lawson is kind of a gut-play for me on Tuesday. The matchup is nice facing the 76ers, but Lawson has underperformed well below his seasonal FPPG average of 38.0 not even reaching 30 fantasy points in any of his last three contests. I like Lawson to pull out of his funk, and give DFS owners a 40-plus fantasy point night.
- Darren Collison vs. GS ($6,400) – For awhile there, Collison was playing some consistent ball. But most recently, he’s been a roller-coaster player. Still, I like Collison’s chances facing the Warriors especially with their run-and-gun style of play, which should give Collison a chance for plenty of shot attempts.
- Trey Burke @ POR ($4,600) – Is Burke starting again? Or, is he still coming off the bench? Either way, Burke is starting to become more reliable when it comes to production. Over his last three games, the youngster has averaged over 30 MPG. That’s starter minutes in my book, whether he’s officially starting or not. I really like what we’re getting here for the price tag.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
- Klay Thompson @ SAC ($8,500) – Thompson is the only no-brainer SG option in the “stud” category for Tuesday games. Don’t believe me? Just check out the options. To quote one of my favorite sports movies, Wildcats (1986): “U-G-L-Y, you ain’t got no alibi, you ugly! What-what! Yo’ mama says you ugly!” So, yeah, the SG position is ugly.
- Arron Afflalo @ PHI ($5,500) – Afflalo is a matchup based suggestion for the most part, as I’m not thrilled with his inconsistencies this season and with the remaining field at the SG position. You can get Afflalo for under 6K and I like the 76ers matchup enough to risk the inconsistent play.
- Tyler Johnson @ DET ($3,900) – Dwayne Wade is out and will be for awhile, so the idea is that Johnson will eat up a big chunk of Wade’s minutes for below 4K. Johnson is the sort of find/player that should be on everyone’s roster if you’re going Stars-and-Scrubs.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
- Carmelo Anthony vs. BOS ($8,800) – I actually consider Anthony’s salary reasonable, and the main reason he’s my favorite SF option. Anthony has put up 41.3 FPPG over his last four games played, so he’s playing a bit above his seasonal FPPG average. He’s certainly giving it his best, even within a season where you know Anthony would love to see an end.
- Rudy Gay vs. GS ($7,600) – Gay should have plenty of shot attempts facing the Warriors, which boosts his value in my book. He’s disappointed before, and very recently at that, but don’t worry about Gay hitting his 36.4 FPPG average.
- Draymond Green @ SAC ($7,500) – I’ve decided to list three stud options instead of the standard two, so Green makes the cut here even with his inability to shot the ball at times. Green does so well defensively with blocks and steals, while giving assists and rebounds, that it’s not the end of the world if his shot is off.
- Joe Ingles @ POR ($4,300) – I was tempted by Harrison Barnes and the minutes he gets each night, but you get a bit more for your minutes by locking in Ingles right now. Ingles may not have the ceiling peak that Barnes does, so that is something to consider. It does matter what your strategy is as you spend your 4.3K, although for recently consistent and reliable production I want Ingles.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
- LaMarcus Aldridge vs. UTA ($9,400) – Options are limited at PF as well on Tuesday, so here you go. Aldridge’s salary is building back up to the 10K range, so you’re kinda getting him for a reasonable price especially with what Aldridge can do on a nightly basis. He’s averaged 11.5 rebounds over his last three games.
- Greg Monroe @ DET ($8,400) – It seems like I’m circling around like a vulture over the same players all the time, but when there’s evidence to prove the choice? No problem. Monroe does not have a good matchup offensively, but we’re okay with that on Tuesday considering his mad rebounding skills to go along with seven double-doubles over his last 10 games.
- Kenneth Faried @ PHI ($6,200) – Looks like I’m picking on the 76ers some, but if Faried is ready to go after being sick over the weekend I want him in my lineup. He’s got one of the better OPRK (27th) matchups on Tuesday.
- Nerlens Noel vs. DEN ($5,200) – Noel has done a fine job this season for the 76ers, considering their season overall. You have to love Noel’s ability to steal and block shots, and over his last six games Noel has put up almost 29 FPPG. That’s nice return on a 5.2K investment.
- DeMarcus Cousins @ TOR ($10,500) – Cousins is averaging almost 55 FPPG over his last two played and there isn’t a better center option out there, assuming you’re willing to fork over the dough. If there’s a rub on Cousins it’s that his matchup is a bit tough.
- Hassan Whiteside @ DET ($7,700) – You’re on board now, eh? With 62 boards over the last four games for Whiteside, you better be on board. Haha, get it? Whiteside is playing like a superstar big man and is worth the salary with his 26th OPRK matchup.
- Rudy Gobert @ POR ($5,400) – Gobert is $800 less than teammate Enes Kanter and their production is close enough that I’d be just fine with Gobert if looking for a lower priced option. Gobert is one of the better values in my mind on Tuesday night, even against the Trail Blazers defense.
- Tyler Zeller @ NY ($4,100) – Zeller is the best low-priced center option on Tuesday, with the likelihood of getting 20-25 minutes with a good matchup… all for only 4.1K! Just keep in mind that he was starting last game out with Jared Sullinger missing the shootaround, so don’t expect him to match his almost 30 fantasy point day on Sunday. Still, I’d be happy with 20-22 fantasy points.
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.