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 (since there are only two games to choose your NBA targets from on Tuesday, only one stud and one value option will be listed at each position).
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POINT GUARD TARGETS
- Damian Lillard @ PHO ($9,500) – Lillard turns the ball over a bit too much, although he’s a pretty active point guard so I’ll let the turnovers pass considering he’s averaging 37.9 FPPG over his last six games. You can count on Lillard, while other Trail Blazers really burn you at times. Take LaMarcus Aldridge on Monday night, for example. Yes, you can tell I’m highly irritated as I would’ve cashed out if Aldridge didn’t leave the game early on Monday. Argh.
- Jeff Teague vs. IND ($8,200) – Brandon Jennings was tempting for me due to the matchup, but his shot is way off right now which leads me to Teague, although his shot last game out wasn’t anything special either; however, I trust Teague to right himself fantasy points-wise even if his shot is off. Teague is averaging more than seven assists a game and almost two steals, which puts him up in great company. It’s hard to beat the price for what you’re getting.
- Jarrett Jack @ SAC ($6,300) – Jack is more of a mid-range option. He’s been incredibly hot with his shot over his last two games (22-for-36), and while I do expect him to slow down some he’s got a fairly high ceiling with the minutes he’s been playing. Jack has scored double-digit buckets in seven out of his last eight games, and while Deron Williams is fighting injury Jack remains a decent play.
- Elfrid Payton @ DET ($5,400) – Payton is one of the hottest players in the game right now and I don’t expect his production to suddenly disappear. He’s getting every opportunity with minutes played to succeed for the Magic, and his 44 FPPG average over his last two games has been pure gold for those smart enough to lock up the value. He’ll slow from that pace of course, but a 30 FPPG average is not out of the question here on out.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
- Kobe Bryant @ NO ($8,500) – Bryant is questionable to play on Wednesday as of my writing on Tuesday evening, but if he’s ready to go I want him in my lineup. His salary has dropped $1,000 since the beginning of the month, but the key to Bryant is obviously his health and ability to shoot better than .40%. The 37-year old Bryant was playing very well before he needed to rest due to wear and tear, so if he’s ready to go take a chance on him facing the Pelicans defense.
- Tyreke Evans vs. LAL ($8,400) – Evans will likely get another start at point guard for the Pelicans with Jrue Holiday questionable to return, but we’re okay with that aren’t we? It just means more opportunity for Evans to boost his numbers. He’s done wonderfully of late, averaging 36.9 FPPG over his last six games.
- Eric Gordon vs. LAL ($5,500) – What about Bradley Beal? Or Rodney Stuckey? Nah, not on Wednesday. Beal is tempting as usual, but gives me worry considering his inconsistencies. Gordon is doing just the opposite since his return to the court, averaging 27.3 FPPG over his last six. Check out Gordon’s 10-game log and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
- Nick Young @ NO ($4,300) – I know, I know, I’m getting a bit suggestive-crazy in the Lakers/Pelicans game, but there’s value here. I had Young in my lineup on Monday night and was thrilled with what he gave me – 37.5 fantasy points. I know he’s very inconsistent game-to-game, although Kobe Bryant could miss another game (see above). If that’s the case, I like Young even more but I’m still willing to slot him in my lineup if Kobe does go. Young’s shot has drastically improved over his last two games played as he’s gone 11-for-21 (.523), but he’s been drawing fouls driving to the basket and made the most of his free throw attempts (19-for-20) over the same two games.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
- Carmelo Anthony @ PHI ($8,800) – The 27th OPRK matchup is fantastic-o for Anthony as he’s been on fire since he returned to action last Thursday. The price tag is solid considering Melo’s absence from the game, but it will jump back up around the 10K mark very soon. Take advantage while you can.
- Gordon Hayward @ CLE ($7,800) – I could list Kevin Durant or LeBron James in this slot, but I’m looking for a bit more value, so to speak, on Wednesday. I don’t want to spend my money at the SF slot, or certainly get close to the 11K anyway. I’d rather go with Anthony or Hayward, spend my dollars elsewhere. Hayward will give you about 30-35 fantasy points and he’s worthy of the 7.8K price.
- Chandler Parsons @ MIN ($5,900) – Even with Parsons’ 3-point shot slowing down of late, he’s still putting up the fantasy points for us DFS owners. He’s filling the box score nicely most nights, hitting double-digit points scored, snatching a steal and grabbing rebounds, all while dishing the ball a few times each night.
- Jeff Green vs. TOR ($5,000) – I’m tired of getting sucked into Nicolas Batum, so I’m boycotting him for at least the next day or so. Okay, the next week or so. Dude drives me to do bad and hurtful things, like watch tennis or golf on TV. I don’t do tennis or golf on TV, just so you know. So, instead of Batum I’m going with Green. I think it’s a smart move anyway, not holding onto the the expectation that Batum will do more than he has over the last month or so. Green is making the most of his minutes and showing DFS owners that the move to Memphis has been quite beneficial for him. Green has been averaging exactly 30 FPPG over his last three contests. Green is one of the better values on Wednesday.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
- Kevin Love vs. UTA ($9,500) – I wavered back-and-forth on Love, but in the end I’m going with the idea that he’s breaking out of his mini-slump where we saw his production dip below 30 fantasy points against the Lakers and the Suns last week. Things picked up a bit facing the Bulls on Monday, and I think they’ll continue to climb against the Jazz on Wednesday. The beneficial side to Love struggling? His salary dumped a bit, so now we’re getting him on the upswing at 9.5K, eh?
- Greg Monroe vs. ORL ($8,100) – Monroe just doesn’t get enough respect. He’s been putting up lovely numbers for quite some time now and his salary has only just bumped up over the 8K mark? I guess I shouldn’t complain, and either should you, so take advantage of the decent value in Monroe who has been a rebounding machine of late (33 rebounds over his last two games).
- Channing Frye @ DET ($5,000) – Okay, so you don’t have Frye in your lineup because dude can shoot. You have him in there because he can do a little bit of everything else. Frye draws a 24th OPRK against the Pistons, so we should see good things from him on Wednesday. And, you never know… his shot just may find the bucket about half the time. You can’t ask for more than that from Frye.
- Luis Scola @ ATL ($4,900) – Scola is a deep, deep option for your lineup. Keep in mind right away that he doesn’t get more than 20 minutes per game normally and he put up a stinker of a game last week against Charlotte, but he’s normally good for 15-20 FPPG at a below 5K price. We want the 20-plus night out of him, of course, but Scola is only a fill-out option for your lineup.
- DeMarcus Cousins vs. BKN ($11,100) – There just aren’t many players worth this kind of coin, but Cousins is obviously one of them as he’s averaging almost 50 FPPG on average this season. He’s battled injuries, but you can’t complain about he production he gives on average. If there’s one superstar I want on Wednesday, it’s Cousins.
- Nikola Vucevic @ DET ($8,700) – I dig the 29th OPRK matchup that Vucevic has facing the Pistons, and I like that Vucevic is normally a double-double machine. His last two games he’s been underwhelming but expect a turnaround game out of Vucevic tonight facing the Pistons.
- Rudy Gobert @ CLE ($6,300) – Gobert is no longer a hidden little secret as his salary is starting to climb up steadily, and deservedly so considering his massive 40-point fantasy games over the last couple of weeks. Gobert has had four 40-point games since January 3rd and that’s why you want him in your lineup – the potential to really have a boom night.
- Omer Asik vs. LAL ($4,600) – I know I’m piling on the Lakers again, but when the matchup is there it’s there. Asik has been a rebounding fool over the last week, snatching down 65 rebounds in five games while actually giving DFS owners some points too. Throw in some blocks, and sure… you’ve got a solid center in Asik for less than 5K.
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.