Today’s NBA targets break down the 11-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 @ ATL ($8,900) – I know Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry are out there, however, I’m just not crazy about spending 10K or more when there are excellent values at PG on Wednesday. Wall is below the 9K mark and has a good OPRK matchup. This should be a competitive game as well, with big game-breakers like Wall making a huge difference.
- Kyle Lowry vs. BKN ($7,600) – I’m looking at Lowry’s game on Monday as a tiny blip on the lineup radar, considering he left the game due to a tight hamstring. Lowry did come back into action on Monday, but we see a $400 dip in salary since he only put up 13.25 fantasy points. I smell big bounceback facing the Nets.
- DJ Augustin @ IND ($6,200) – It looks like Augustin has forgotten about last Wednesday’s game in Philadelphia where he lost track of his ability to shoot a basketball. Dude has bounced back nicely now for a couple of games and is a must-lock player heading into Indiana to face the Pacers.
- Tony Parker vs. ORL ($5,000) – Parker isn’t going to provide you the boom numbers of yesteryear, which is why his salary hasn’t bumped up over the 6K mark for a bit now. There’s a bit of value in Parker though, but I’m more attracted to his 29th OPRK matchup. Parker is averaging a bit under 29.0 minutes per game over his last four played, so there’s still a chance for him to really take advantage of the minutes being given to him.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
- Tyreke Evans vs. OKC ($8,000) – It doesn’t get better than Evans for me at the SG slot on Wednesday. Monta Ellis isn’t a bad play either, I just think Evans has more of a “big-night” game in him. Over his last five games played, Evans has averaged 35.2 MPG, while giving DFS owners something to smile about with his 38.8 FPPG average over the same period of play. Yeah, baby.
- Jimmy Butler @ HOU ($7,500) – Butler is 17-of-35 over his last two games from the field, as he’s averaged over 45 FPPG. Butler’s salary hasn’t changed since last week, even with his production increasing of late. It could be a sign of doubt that he’ll string up a good third game, but I expect Butler to avoid the omen. The personal matchup is a stout one and Butler will gain confidence early with his shot.
- Bradley Beal @ ATL ($6,000) – Beal bothers me sometimes, raising my hopes up too much. That’s my fault, but when I get into this salary range there aren’t that many solid values at the SG slot for Wednesday’s games. Beal gives you that value and he’s playing good ball right now.
- Kevin Martin @ MIN ($5,500) – Martin is now three games back into action since coming off injury back in November. Take advantage of Martin’s good play of late and that the salary represents nice value. Martin has registered 27.3 FPPG in 33.5 MPG since his return.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
- Kawhi Leonard vs. ORL ($7,700) – Leonard just continues to impress for the most part since returning from injury in the middle of January, doing some of everything for the Spurs. Like I’ve said a million times before, I dig players that can fill up a box score. Yuck-o on the one or two stat contributors.
- Draymond Green vs. DAL ($7,500) – I usually don’t suggest players on back-to-back nights with poor individual matchups, so the risk is a tad higher than I’d like. Still, the SF slot is a bit thin on Wednesday making Green a decent play. You can pat me on the back later when Green comes through for you!
- Andrew Wiggins vs. MIA ($6,900) – I’m doing the mid-range thing with Wiggins, so I don’t consider him a tremendous value or anything, but he does give DraftKings owners that special rookie flavor – one that is evolving into a future superstar. I love the boom potential with Wiggins tonight.
- Jared Dudley vs. LAL ($4,500) – This is an opportunity for DFS owners to take advantage, assuming Dudley gets the start again. Or, at least the minutes. With the injuries that the Bucks are dealing with, and the matchup facing the Lakers, Dudley is a smart value play as a fill-in to your lineup.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
- Pau Gasol @ HOU ($9,300) – I’d rather spend more on Gasol than Zach Randolph on Wednesday, although Anthony Davis sure is tempting me. I just can’t get over his almost 11K price tag. You can get Gasol for less and there’s a very, very good chance he’ll net you 45 fantasy points. Plus, I can make up the difference between Davis and Gasol statistically at another position in my lineup.
- Derrick Favors vs. MEM ($7,400) – It’s all about the consistency right now with Favors, who is finally starting to earn DFS owner’s trust back. Well, he’s earned my trust back anyway, which, to be completely honest, isn’t all that tough to do. Favors for about 35 fantasy points on Wednesday is what I see in his future.
- Dirk Nowitzki @ GS ($6,200) – Big Dirk still has it, although not quite like he did a few seasons ago. Still, you’re not paying too much for his services considering his 31 FPPG average this season. He can still put up double-digit points and snag six rebounds a night. I like it for 6.2K. You could do much worse considering Nowitzki’s consistency.
- Donatas Motiejunas vs. CHI ($5,600) – With Dwight Howard done for about a month now, it gives opportunity for players to step up – Motiejunas specifically. It’s a good time to hop aboard while his salary is this low. I see the Rockets continuing to look to him underneath in high percentage situations.
- Nikola Vucevic @ SA ($8,200) – If you want consistency at the center slot, then Vucevic is your guy. He hasn’t had too many bad games this season and is always an excellent double-double candidate. Surprisingly, you can get Vucevic for around the 8K mark.
- Andre Drummond @ IND ($7,800) – Drummond has been going through a rough patch, where one game he’s money and then the other he’s… not money. The “not money” thing has been happening far too often lately, so there’s risk with Drummond at this price. I’m willing to take the risk since I’m expecting him to improve and level off again.
- Brook Lopez @ TOR ($6,300) – Wow. Look what Lopez has done over his last two games: 27-of-48, 19 rebounds, three blocks, four steals and 59 points scored. I say ride him out, take the chance on him and hope he continues his resurgence from the days of old.
- Roy Hibbert vs. DET ($5,400) – I list Hibbert here for his uptick and consistency in minutes played over his last handful of games. It would be nice if the minutes were more, but you’ve got a shot at a double-double for 5.4K. Hibbert’s streaky play can bite you here, but I’ll assume you’re going with a balanced lineup throughout.
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.