Today’s NBA targets break down the 6-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 @ LAL ($9,200) – The 30th OPRK for Wall is attractive enough alone facing the Lakers to slot him in, assuming you can get your head wrapped around the 9.2K price tag. There are plenty of values for Tuesday’s games where you should be able to go with Wall and not feel like you’re shorting other positions.
- Mike Conley @ DAL ($7,100) – Conley’s personal matchup should help him get over his recent struggles over the last couple of games he’s played. Well, at least that’s the hope anyway as Conley is currently averaging 33.2 FPPG. Look for Conley’s assists to creep back up to a respectable level. NOTE – CONLEY IS OUT TONIGHT. BENO UDRIH WILL START IN HIS PLACE AND IS A STRONG VALUE PLAY
- D.J. Augustin vs. CLE ($5,800) – With Brandon Jennings’ season ending to an Achilles tear, Augustin gets a chance for full-time minutes. While some of us were extremely on top of things and took advantage of his $3,200 salary on Sunday (53.5 fantasy points), you won’t find him that cheaply again this year. But, even a 5.8K price is still a decent lock-in salary even if Augustin nets 30 fantasy points.
- C.J. Watson vs. TOR ($5,000) – Even with George Hill being worked back slowly (20 MPG since returning), Watson still offers value at the 5K range. I see at least an even split in minutes for Watson and George facing the Raptors, but with a slight lean towards Watson getting the most at PG.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
- Monta Ellis vs. MEM ($7,100) – Ellis is 23-for-45 over his last two games from the field and he gives DFS owners a solid choice for the price at the shooting guard slot. Ellis has been known to disappear at times in games – too much recently – although he will be on top of his game slightly exceeding his 33.6 FPPG average on the season.
- DeMar DeRozan @ IND ($6,500) – It was a pitiful three-game slide for DeRozan to be locked into, but his 43 fantasy point outburst on Sunday against the Pistons helped wipe the slate clean. The matchup isn’t anything special for DeRozan so he’s not going to gain much of a boost there, but I expect him to get plenty of chances to shoot the ball facing the Pacers. DeRozan’s salary has dropped so much due to injury and inconsistency in play, that he’s a mid-range guy right now.
- J.R. Smith @ DET ($5,000) – Smith gets the minutes, but his issue has always been inconsistent production so you’ve got to play the matchups on him particularly close. Smith draws a 29th OPRK, and since January 13th he’s actually put up very good numbers.
- Lou Williams @ IND ($4,700) – Surprisingly, Williams has been very consistent over the last couple of weeks for fantasy owners. He’s not going to have many nights above 30 fantasy points, but 20-25 FPPG is not out of the question for less than 5K.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
- LeBron James @ DET ($10,700) – I’ve got to list James here regardless of his matchup. LeBron has put 50-plus points in seven out of the last 10 games he’s played. If you can figure things out with his salary, LeBron is a about as good of a guarantee as you’re going to get.
- Draymond Green vs. CHI ($7,500) – There just aren’t any stud SF options you can count on aside from LeBron James. Green is as close as it gets to James, although there’s quite a difference in what you’ll end up with – hence the salary climb from Green to LeBron. If you just can’t squeeze LeBron into your lineup, then Green isn’t a bad alternative.
- Luol Deng vs. MIL ($5,900) – It’s hard to believe that Deng has climbed his way out of the high-teens fantasy point rut he was in a bit ago, and now he’s giving us some mid-30’s games of late. Enjoy it while it lasts? Yeah, probably, but Deng has one more good 30-plus fantasy point night in him facing the Bucks on Tuesday. NOTE – LUOL DENG IS OUT TONIGHT
- Paul Pierce @ LAL ($4,700) – Pierce has had three games in a row now where he’s received 30 or more minutes, while averaging almost 33 FPPG game. He’s a fantastic guy to look at when you’re trying to fill out your roster .
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
- Pau Gasol @ GS ($9,200) – The matchup isn’t the best for Gasol, although I do like that he’s the double-double king of he NBA right now. You can count on Gasol to get you points and rebounds, and of course blocks too. Gasol has been on a roll lately with three 40-plus fantasy point games in a row.
- Zach Randolph @ DAL ($8,100) – Over his last five games, Randolph has averaged 40.3 FPPG – not bad for an aging veteran. If Z-Bo can keep himself healthy he’s going to get you points and rebounds on a nightly basis.
- Nene Hilario @ LAL ($5,000) – Hilario doesn’t rebound enough for my tastes, especially for a power forward, although all is forgiven assuming he can keep scoring double-digit points and scattering other contributing stats against the woeful Lakers. I just don’t see the Lakers stopping Hilario – I’ve got him pegged for a 30 fantasy point night.
- Marc Gasol @ DAL ($8,400) – From where Gasol’s salary has been not long ago in the month, this is a decent value overall for one of the better big men in the league. I actually consider 8.4K on Gasol a steal, with his game back on track now for a bit and with the massive potential he’s got in what I expect to be a tight game.
- Andre Drummond vs. CLE ($8,200) – There aren’t many center options you can count on completely on Tuesday, but Drummond is a money-in-the-bank play with his 25th OPRK matchup. Drummond’s bout of inconsistent play of late may give you cause for concern, but ignore that feeling.
- Jonas Valanciunas @ IND ($5,900) – Did you know that Valanciunas is averaging almost 27 FPPG? He’s one of those under-the-radar types, and to be quite honest – yes, I’m honest from time to time – I’m surprised that he’s been averaging close to a double-double each night of play. Jonas is a sneaky play for the 5.9K price tag.
- Hassan Whiteside vs. MIL ($5,800) – If you’re looking to save more dough than this, Andrew Bogut isn’t a bad play at all at center, but I’ve got to list Whiteside here in this slot since he’ll be making the start for the Heat on Tuesday after his incredible triple-double night on Sunday where he scored 14 points, snagged 13 rebounds and blocked 12 shots. That’s right, 12 blocked shots. Wow-zers!
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.