Today’s NBA targets breakdown takes a look at tonight’s games, Saturday January 24th and pinpoints some studs and sleepers you might want to target at each position.
POINT GUARD TARGETS
Damian Lillard vs. WAS ($9,400) – Lillard is the most expensive point guard of tonight’s games. He is $200 more expensive than John Wall, who I also like this evening, but what makes him most appealing is that he’s playing at home. Lillard has been playing extremely well as of late, scoring more than 41 fantasy points in three of the last four games. The Wizards tend to play well against opposing guards, but have surrendered a tad over 50 fantasy points per game in their last five games. There aren’t many elite players tonight, but Lillard is definitely one of them.
Other Studs: John Wall $9,200, Michael Carter-Williams $8,400, and Mike Conley $7,200
Lagston Galloway at CHA ($4,100) – Galloway has played over 30 minutes in each of the last three games. He’s also scored more the 30 fantasy points in each of those games. At this price, this is a gift; assuming that he keeps performing like he’s been while getting the start. The value threshold is about 23 points based on his price. He should have no trouble crushing value. He’s my top value play of the day and can be played in both tournaments and cash.
Other Values: Jarret Jack $6,000 and Dante Exum $3,200
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
Bradley Beal at POR ($6,300) – The options for shooting guards tonight aren’t that great, hence why Beal is being considered a stud tonight. He’s actually the most expensive shooting guard tonight and his salary is one that won’t hurt your pocket. The matchup is also somewhat appealing as the Trailblazers have allowed 51.8 fantasy points per game to shooting guards over the last five games. This game also has the highest over/under of tonight’s game. I’m personally not paying up for this position today, but if you decide to, Beal is a solid option.
Other Studs: Wesley Mathews $6,100
O.J. Mayo vs. DET ($4,200) – Mayo has scored more than 21 fantasy points in six consecutive games. At this price, that’s just about hitting value. The Pistons give up 42 fantasy points per game, which makes this a solid matchup for Mayo. He’s good for 20+ fantasy points on most nights and playing him will give you some extra money to use in other positions.
Other Values: Giannis Antetokounmpo $5,300, Courtney Lee $3,800, and Jodie Meeks $3,500
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
Carmelo Anthony at CHA ($8,800)- There’s a chance the Melo doesn’t play tonight, so if you’re considering him, make sure you have time to check on his status prior to game time. The good news is that this isn’t because of an injury, simply just to give him some rest. Therefore, if he plays tonight, he’s a must play at this price. Anthony is usually priced at $10K+, but in recent games he’s been less than $9K, which is great value for him. He’s scored more than 40 fantasy points in the last three games. Give him a go, so long as he’s active.
Other Studs: Gordon Hayward $7,800
Jeff Green vs. PHI ($5,100) – Green has fit right in Memphis. He has scored more than 28 fantasy points in three of the last four games and is averaging 29 minutes over the last five games. Tonight’s matchup is a good one as he faces the Sixers who allow the third most fantasy points per game to small forwards. Green should get back on track after an off night against the Raptors on Wednesday. He should be able to hit value easily tonight.
Other values: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist $5,500, Khris Middleton $4,800, and Tony Allen $3,600 (GPP only)
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
Zach Randolph vs. PHI ($8,000) – As you can see, this Grizzlies offense is one that I’m rolling with tonight. Randolph’s price has been on an upward trend, but so has his game. He has scored more than his season average of 36.2 fantasy points per game in six consecutive games. Tonight he has a favorable matchup. He plays the Sixers, who are yielding 45.9 fantasy points per game to opposing power forwards, and have surrendered 49.1 fantasy points per game in their last 10 games.
Other Studs: Greg Monroe $8,400 and Derek Favors $7,500 (if he plays)
Thomas Robinson vs. WAS ($4,200) – With injuries to Chris Kaman, Nicolas Batum, and LaMarcus Aldridge, Robinson can see a good amount of playing time against the Wizards tonight. In the last game, he played 28 minutes and scored 33 fantasy points. He’s scored more than 19 points in three consecutive games and has only played more than 21 minutes once. He’s a good source of blocks and rebounds. Robinson is expected to get the start tonight, and at this price, he shouldn’t have trouble hitting value.
Other Values: Robert Convington $5,200, Nerlens Noel $5,100, and Jason Smith $3,900
Marc Gasol vs. PHI ($8,500) – By now you should know the Sixers are a terrible defensive team, but they are the absolute worse against centers. They allow 51.6 fantasy points per game to opposing centers. Gasol has scored 40 or more fantasy points in three of the last four games. He’s the most expensive center tonight, but has the best matchup and has both a high ceiling and high floor.
Other Studs: Andre Drummond $8,300 and Al Jefferson $7,200
Marcin Gortat at POR ($5,500) – Portland has two of their big men out today, as both LaMarcus Aldridge and Chris Kaman will not play today. This is a great opportunity for Gortat to have a big game. He scored more than 33 fantasy points twice in the last three games. The matchup, numbers wise, may not be appealing, but when you take the injuries into consideration, this becomes a very good matchup. He should be able to reach value and even exceed it.
Other values: Zaza Pachulia $5,300 and Meyers Leonard $3,300