Today’s NBA targets break down the 13-game NBA slate we have with a look at the studs, sleepers and mid-range players you want to have rotating in your lineups.
POINT GUARD TARGETS
- Russell Westbrook @ SAC ($10,200) – Westbrook has slowed some of late, but he’s still averaging 47.9 FPPG. I mean, you’re not going to find a better point guard, and with his recent three day 30-game performances his salary has actually dipped some. It was at the 12K range just last week! Jump on Westbrook facing the Kings.
- Chris Paul vs. LAL ($9,700) – You can get Paul for $1,500 less than Westbrook, although I don’t necessarily consider him a better value. Paul has a fantastic matchup facing the Lakers, who give up mad points to point guards, so that’s the real reason to go with Paul over Westbrook. Sure, saving some salary is nice, but it’s these numbers that should “wow” you: 25.6 PPG, 9.3 APG, 4.6 RPG, 1.7 STLPG and 2.3 Three’s. That’s what the Lakers give up to PG’s each night on average.
- Brandon Knight @ PHI ($7,500) – Yes, the 76ers picked up their first home win of the season the other night, and while they may be getting a bit feistier as the seasons wears on, I still expect Knight to have an easy game of it with his defensive matchup at play. I know the price on Knight is anything but extraordinary, but he’s still a decent value considering the other options and matchups. Knight is currently netting a 32.2 FPPG average over his last six games played.
- Patrick Beverley @ CLE ($5,200) -With the Cavaliers missing some parts to their starting lineup, Beverley is a good risk option for DFS owners. The OPRK matchup lists 25th for Beverley, so add that tidbit in with the Cavaliers suffering defensively and you’ve got a solid deep play in the Rockets young point guard.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
- Eric Bledsoe @ MIN ($9,100) – This is the second day in a row I’m recommending Bledsoe, as I love his 30th OPRK matchup and that he’s arguably the best value in the entire stud category on Wednesday. I love how Bledsoe continues to step up his game, although I’m not thrilled about his turnover ratio of late. Still, it’s hard to find a better player right now at SG unless his name is James Harden.
- Tyreke Evans @ CHA ($7,800) – Evans has his shot going at a good rate right now, as he’s gone 43-for-97 for a .443 FG% over his last six games played. Evans isn’t this good of a shooter, so he’s going to slow down some, but I do like him enough to play against the Hornets. Evans is currently averaging 35 FPPG in 33.4 minutes a night.
- Bradley Beal vs. NY ($6,300) – Look for Beal to bounce back off his poor performance against the Pelicans on Monday. I got hurt by Beal, did you? The price is affordable for a guy that gives almost 28 FPPG. Why was Beal so putrid on Monday? Tough to say, but he was 3-for-10 from the floor with ZERO three’s made. He hasn’t goose-egged at the 3-point line in quite some time. Again, Beal is a major bounceback play.
- Victor Oladipo @ DEN ($5,800) – Wait a minute. Oladipo is sitting at 5.8K right now? Okay, and I’m not just saying this to be dramatic or anything, but Oladipo should be in every single DFS lineup on Wednesday. Although, we know that’s not going to happen. Over his last six games played, Oladipo is shooting .487 from the floor, while averaging 2.5 steals per game. And, let’s not forget about his rebounding and assists at roughly four per game. Lock him up.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
- Kevin Durant @ SAC ($11,100) – He’s back. He’s dominant. He’s going to bounce back from Monday’s 3-for-16 performance against the Warriors. Even when Durant is horribly off game, he manages to do something productive via fantasy point performance. The $400 salary drop isn’t great from his last game out, but it is noticeable.
- Draymond Green vs. IND ($8,500) – The personal matchup isn’t great for Green, but he’s playing incredible basketball of late when it comes to DFS production. LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony are both expected to miss Wednesday’s play, so that doesn’t leave a lot of dominant SF options. Green is next in line for me after Durant, considering his current streak of play. Rudy Gay merits argument, but I like the idea of riding Green’s hot streak.
- Wilson Chandler vs. ORL ($6,000) – Chandler is inconsistent, so you’ve got to be wary of him when filling out your lineup. I suggest Chandler as he has one of the better matchups in the NBA on Wednesday and I like him to have some high-level success with his 3-point shot.
- Khris Middleton @ PHI ($4,700) – I looked past Middleton (not sure what I was thinking) for Tuesday’s suggestions and wish I hadn’t, and I especially wish I had used him in my personal lineup instead of Marcus Morris (at least as of early fourth quarter in the PHO/MIL game). Middleton is a nice value, a great value actually right now with his price so low, with Jabari Parker done for the season.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
- Pau Gasol vs. UTA ($9,400) – Gasol has to be one of the hottest players in the game right now, eh? Of course he is. The guy has been dominant over his last three games played, and he’s someone you can count on night after night. Gasol has averaged 56.75 FPPG over his last three contests, and is taking a ton of the scoring load right now for the Bulls. The matchup suggest Gasol is line for another 50-fantasy point night.
- Paul Millsap vs. MEM ($8,700) – Millsap is a safe play. You know what you’re going to get from the guy, and he usually meets or gets very close to his average fantasy point production. Millsap doesn’t have the peak rise that Gasol has, but he’s a good play for under the 9K mark. I’d have no issue slotting in Millsap over Gasol if I was looking to save a few bucks to fit another dominant player in at another position.
- Tristan Thompson vs. HOU ($7,000) – Since the end of December, Thompson has seen his salary jump $1,500, so that should tell you how well he’s been playing lately. He’s been extremely consistent with Anderson Varejao done to injury, and with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving hurting as well? Someone has to pick up the slack for the Cavaliers. I’d keep slotting Thompson in there, even with his salary hitting the 7K mark.
- Nikola Mirotic vs. UTA ($5,300) – Take advantage of the matchups with Mirotic, since his playing time depends on it right now. He’s going to get a ton of bench action for the Bulls, especially if he keeps playing this well in games. The Jazz matchup is quite nice and Mirotic should net about 22-24 minutes on Wednesday. Maybe more, but that’s the minimum range I expect.
- Marc Gasol @ ATL ($9,300) – Gasol has had a couple of letdown games over his last two starts, which leads to a salary drop. It’s not huge, but significant enough that I’m locking Gasol up in my lineup considering his massive skill set. Look for him to at least get back to his 40-point FPPG average.
- Nikola Vucevic @ DEN ($8,400) – Here I go again, right? I mean, come on, it’s Vucevic we’re talking about here, eh? The 8.4K price tag? It’s what you get when Vucevic has two crappy games, which he had last week. He bounced back nicely last game out, so I expect Vucevic to continue his normal productive ways and get back into the double-double range we’re all used to seeing.
- Tyson Chandler vs. DET ($6,800) – I like Chandler’s consistency and that he’s a good buy under 7k. You won’t find many better buys, considering what Chandler gives with points and rebounds on a nightly basis. He’s way underrated in my book, so take advantage of his value and his 31.5 FPPG average.
- Zaza Pachulia @ PHI ($5,800) – Another name from yesterday, and he didn’t quite perform the way that I thought, although Pachulia’s matchup today is much nicer than it was against the Suns. Yesterday we were so limited, but today the matchup makes sense to get Pachulia back in your lineup.
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.