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
- Kyle Lowry vs. SAC ($8,900) – Over his last six games, Lowry has dipped below his seasonal fantasy point average of 40.7, although he’s still putting up a respectable 32.2 FPPG during the six-game run. Lowry is going to get better as the season moves forward, raising that FPPG average. The game should be an easy lead into a big scoring night for Lowry, with a 26th OPRK.
- Jeff Teague vs. BKN ($7,700) – I like that Teague doesn’t get too overworked in the Hawks offense, keeping him fairly fresh for the season. Plus, he’s very consistent as evident by his last six-game FPPG average of 35.3, compared to his seasonal 35.5 FPPG average. You have to love the price tag too, eh? Teague is a wonderful play on Wednesday.
- D.J. Augustin @ PHI ($5,800) – Love the matchup, love that Augustin is now starting and netting full-time minutes, and love the price tag. I recommended him for Tuesday’s games, there’s no reason to pass on him facing the 76ers.
- Patrick Beverley vs. DAL ($5,300) – You’ll take a 25-point night from Beverley for the price, right? It should be a good game for him facing the Mavericks and he’ll net 30 minutes or so. I’ve got Beverley pegged for a nice run on three-pointers.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
- Tyreke Evans vs. DEN ($8,200) – Evans has been doing a fine job of filling in for point guard Jrue Holiday, and should continue to be a solid option at the PG slot. He did have an off night on Monday, only scoring six points; however, Evans still managed to dish out 12 assists. Look for Evans to be a fantastic double-double option on Wednesday.
- DeMar DeRozan @ IND ($6,500) – I’m leaving DeRozan right here from Tuesday’s recommendations, mainly since he’s starting to put a nice run together and he’s got a solid personal 21st OPRK matchup facing the Kings. I knew it would only be a matter of time before DeRozan got his game together, and enjoying his sub-8K price tag won’t last long. Hop on the DeRozan Train! Choo, Choo! Chugga-chugga-chugga! Choo, choo! Sorry, that whole “Thomas the Train” thing will never leave me.
- Bradley Beal @ PHO ($6,200) – Over the last week, Beal has been inconsistent although the matchup provides a good opportunity for him to have a super-Dee-duper night. Working Beal into your lineup is a smart play, considering the overall options you’ve got to choose from around the 6K mark.
- Manu Ginobili vs. CHA ($4,600) – I like Ginobili for your lineup if you’re looking to take a chance on a homerun play. There are some issues to be concerned about, mainly Ginobili’s back and if he’ll get a full slate of minutes, although he’s worth the risk at this price.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
- LeBron James @ DET ($10,700) – Just about the entire upper echelon players at SF on Wednesday is fighting injury or questionable to play, so James makes a bunch a sense to build around. With Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and Kawhi Leonard all banged up James is the only true superstar offering. You’ll get what you pay for at least.
- Rudy Gay @ TOR ($7,700) – I sure hope Gay can keep himself on the court and avoid the technical fouls. I mean, dude, come on – you cost me big time last Friday! I figure Gay has nowhere to go but up from his 13 minute, 9.75 fantasy point performance. No, I’m not bitter.
- Wilson Chandler @ NO ($6,000) – Chandler has been red hot with his 3-point shot of late, going 7-for-17 over his last two games. Plus, Chandler has been a bit more aggressive under the boards snatching 19 total rebounds over those same two games. Chandler has had three games in a row now with 33 fantasy points or more.
- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist @ SA ($5,100) – You would think that MKG would’ve put up a few more double-doubles into the season, but he’s had a tough time netting rebounds and scoring points in the same game lately. Still, MKG has exceeded his seasonal FPPG average in three out of his last five games played. I also like the matchup.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
- Greg Monroe @ PHI ($8,500) – I wrote about Monroe the other day, saying he’s a bit undervalued… and that he doesn’t get the respect that’s due. Well, it looks like his consistency and production is starting to catch on with others. Monroe is a rebounding machine and throws up the points to go along with those rebounds.
- Paul Millsap vs. BKN ($8,100) – Millsap has been dominant over his last two games, averaging over 45 fantasy points as he’s gone 17-for-29 from the field. Millsap is filling the box score lately and his matchup against the Nets bodes well for another fantastic night.
- Jared Sullinger @ MIN ($6,600) – Sullinger is a mid-range play, but he does offer decent value at 6.6K. The matchup facing the Timberwolves presents a boom night for Sullinger – don’t be surprised if it’s one of his best games of the season. Yeah, I’m callin’ it!
- Thaddeus Young vs. BOS ($6,400) – Young is another mid-range play for you if you’re not convinced on Sullinger, or if you’re looking to save a couple hundred bucks. I’m not crazy about some of the lower-priced PF options, so I’m looking to penny-pinch at another position. And, with a name like “Thaddeus” you know he’s going to dominate.
- DeMarcus Cousins @ TOR ($10,900) – If you’re not going to use LeBron James as your build-around option, consider Cousins. Sure, he’s going to cost you but you’ll snag anywhere from 45-60 points on Wednesday from Cousins. If you think you can find solid enough values elsewhere, then Cousins makes sense. Dontcha think?
- Andre Drummond @ PHI ($8,200) – I’m suggesting Drummond again. He’s got the best matchup of the night facing the 76ers (30th OPRK) and he’s dominant under the boards. I see a 40-plus fantasy night out of Drummond, assuming of course the Pistons don’t blow out the Sixers in the first half.
- Gorgui Dieng @ MIN ($6,900) – Center is an interesting position on Wednesday, offering all kinds of options up and down including studs, mid-ranges and values. I would normally lean on finding the good value if I wasn’t going to build around DeMarcus Cousins, but Dieng adds to the “balanced lineup” approach where you pick good, solid players through and through. It’s a good approach for a 50/50 lineup, so if that’s your game consider Dieng who has averaged 9.8 PPG, 8.6 RPG and 1.8 BPG is just under 30 FPPG each night. I’ve got a big night marked for Dieng facing a weak Boston interior defense.
- Chris Kaman @ CLE ($4,500) – If you’re just not interested in going the mid-range way in Dieng above, then I’m a sucker for Kaman. As long as he gets his 20 minutes or so, he’s going to give 20-plus fantasy points. Kaman has actually been giving more minutes than his seasonal norm, so don’t be surprised if he hits 25-plus points facing the Cavaliers defense.
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.