With seven games on tap for Monday night, take the chance to prep for a World Championship qualifier Tuesday and the NBA $500K Slam Dunk going down on Wednesday night. Seven games is a bit of a sweet spot – plenty of choices, but not enough to be overwhelming. Good luck!
***UPDATE: The SAC @ NY AND the POR @ BKN games have been postponed due to weather. Please check your lineups.***
POINT GUARD TARGETS
- Chris Paul vs. DEN ($9,600) – This could end up being a pretty fast-paced game, and if there is anyone in the entire league who thrives in that environment, it’s Paul. And when you consider that he has gone over 40 seven times in his last ten games, including three over 50, now might be a good time to buy in.
- Damian Lillard @ BKN ($9,300) – I was all set to get behind him as the play of the night basically every time he played with Aldridge out, but the fact is, the guy has been playing great all season, so if Aldridge is limited in any way, and the Blazers lean on their PG for more scoring even a little, this price tag is going up. >> OUT!
- Darren Collison @ NY ($6,900) – For a serious value over the top guys, he is basically a lock for 30-35 points so far this season. If he gets you 28, it was an off night. There is no reason to expect that against the Knicks. >> OUT!
- Jarrett Jack vs. POR ($6,000) – He’s getting you 30 fantasy points, consistently. You really can’t ask for any more for $6,000, and at this point there is no reason to expect it to slow down until Williams comes back – we’ve seen enough of it. >> OUT!
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
- Tyreke Evans vs. PHI ($8,200) – Over 30 fantasy points in each of his past five, including three over 40. He’s had a nine assist game and a twelve rebound game, and he’s grabbing more than a steal a night over that span. And tonight, he’s got Philly.
- Victor Oladipo @ MEM ($6,800) – He is rounding into the form that made him a great value for much of last season, and it comes down to his percentages more often than not. If he has a good shooting night, he’s good for 35 fantasy points, and ups his value by having a floor around 25.
- Evan Turner ($5,300) & Avery Bradley ($4,200) @ UTA – They’re both listed as shooting guards, but with Smart out, this is the starting backcourt for the Celtics. Simply put, they are both going to get plenty of opportunities – probably more than they would have on any other team. Turner will play with the ball in his hands on offense a lot, and Bradley has a knack for getting fantasy points in several different categories, making them basically equal values for slightly different reasons.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
- Kevin Durant vs. MIN ($10,700) – Durant has gone over 50 fantasy points five times in his last eight (and was no slouch in the other three either). He’s once again starting to look like the kind of player who is the best fantasy option available, despite the cost.
- Gordon Hayward vs. BOS ($7,800) – The Celtics really don’t have anyone to guard a guy like this. Jae Crowder is really playing small forward for them right now, and Hayward is going to be able to get his shot in that matchup.
- Andrew Wiggins @ OKC ($6,800) – He has been playing like the #1 pick in the draft lately, at least in spurts. The issue is downside, because he might not get you 20 fantasy points, but he has shown the ability to do everything well, and if he puts it all together for a night, it could be the roster move that puts you over the top.
- Jeff Green vs. ORL ($5,000) – His role has certainly changed and he does not have the upside he had in Boston, but he is starting to find out how he can help the Grizzlies, and as he figures that out, he can start to help your fantasy lineup as well, when the matchup is right.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
- Anthony Davis vs. PHI ($11,000) – You can’t go wrong with this pick, especially in this matchup. He will be able to do what he wants on both ends of the court, and it will just come down to exactly how much he needs to do, especially on the offensive end. That is going to determine whether you get 40 or 60 fantasy points out of him.
- Zach Randolph vs. ORL ($8,100) – He has been a 40-fantasy point machine for a couple of weeks now, with double-digit rebounds in 10 straight games. Since he is a virtual lock for double-digit scoring, that double-double is quite a baseline to build from.
- Brandon Bass @ UTA ($4,400) – Boston continues to find themselves depleted by injuries, and Kelly Olynyk is now slated to be out for a couple of weeks, which is only going to open the door for even more playing time for Bass, Crowder, Sullinger, and Tyler Zeller. Crowder is going to start at small forward, so the C’s will be going with a much bigger lineup, but they basically have four guys they trust to rotate through three positions.
- Thomas Robinson@ BKN ($4,100) – This is just someone you need to keep on your radar. Apparently LaMarcus Aldridge is going to be day-to-day for the rest of the season, and if he is ever going to sit, you are going to want to immediately get Robinson in your lineup. He had one game without LA, and had 9 points, 12 boards, and a pair of bloth blocks and steals in 28 minutes. >> OUT!
- DeMarcus Cousins @ NY ($10,900) – Sometimes I feel like this guy gets overlooked out in Sacramento, but 50+ fantasy points in seven of ten, including three over 60, is indicative of someone demanding attention. The Knicks have no one who should be able to keep him off the glass, or really stop him in the post. There is no reason you should expect any less than 20-10, which is a great place to start. >> OUT!
- DeAndre Jordan vs. DEN ($7,800) – If Paul thrives in a fast-paced game, part of the reason is Jordan, who can be at his most effective as a finisher when he is not starting out in a set offense, trying to establish and keep position for a whole possession.
- Enes Kanter vs. BOS ($6,500) – Boston already couldn’t defend big men, and they are losing reinforcements by the minute. This is almost a no-brainer.
- Mason Plumlee vs. POR ($6,000) – Plumlee has had a couple of bad games in a row, running into a little bit of foul trouble, but he is a threat for a double-double every night. >> OUT!