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
- Tyreke Evans @ BKN ($7,300) – With the way Evans has played of late, he’s an excellent value at 7.3K. We’ve seen his salary drop $900 since February 21st, but I expect it to start climbing back up to the 8K range shortly. Take advantage now, especially with the good matchup (23rd OPRK) he has facing the Nets. Evans has averaged 38.5 FPPG over the last six games.
- Reggie Jackson @ LAL ($7,000) – If the 30th OPRK doesn’t sell you on Jackson, then Jackson’s 35.5 FPPG average over his last five games should lock you in. Not convinced? Jackson is hitting that FPPG average with a .360 FG%. Yep, true story. The matchup and the recent history on Jackson is enough for me to get happy. Real happy.
- George Hill vs. ORL ($6,400) – Hill is an intermediate option, although he does provide some slight value considering the potential that he offers in his game. Hill is slowly working back into things since the end of February, but he’s starting to build consistency of late. Look for Hill to have a big game against the Magic with the 27th OPRK matchup he’s got on hand.
- Deron Williams vs. NO ($5,800) – Just when I thought Williams was climbing back to his former self, I get blindsided with some crappy performances. Still, I have enough faith in Williams to pull out of this recent funk, where he’s shot 7-for-30 over his last three games. Look for Williams to bounce back against the Pelicans on Tuesday, breaking his weak shooting ways.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
- Victor Oladipo @ IND ($8,400) – Remember when Oladipo used to float around in the 5-6K range? Well, those days are long gone as Oladipo has now solidified himself as one of the best shooting guards in the NBA. Just over his last three games played, Oladipo has taken 65 total shots. Wow-zers! The total shot volume alone should be a push towards your lineup, but it’s what Oladipo does with his minutes and shots. Plus, dude can rebound and dish the ball while snatching steals (10 steals over his last three games).
- Monta Ellis vs. CLE ($6,900) – Ellis isn’t a bad option under the 7K mark. He’s been inconsistent of late, so you take on the risk of him falling flat. The matchup is okay, but the SG options on Tuesday are pretty weak overall. Consider Ellis if you’re not convinced you want to spend the dough on Oladipo.
- Wayne Ellington @ CHA ($4,700) – The last time I recommended Ellington he gave a mid-20’s fantasy point performance, and that’s about what I expect from him on Tuesday. Ellington doesn’t do much with his shot, but he does contribute enough across the board to make him a solid play below the 5K mark.
- Jodie Meeks @ LAL ($3,200) – Look, Mom, value! Okay, now this is a diggin-deep value, but I’m sure you realize Meeks isn’t someone you’re going to build around. If you need someone around the 3K range because you’re going Stars-and-Scrubs, then you could do worse than Meeks. At least the guy is getting good minutes, averaging 25.3 MPG over his last five contests.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
- LeBron James @ DAL ($10,500) – Don’t look now, but LeBron James finds his way into my recommendations again. If you’re rostering James, you expect him to meet his 47.8 FPPG average at least right? He’s fallen short of that figure his last couple of games, although I expect James to lock it in with a big bounceback game against the Mavericks.
- Kawhi Leonard vs. TOR ($7,700) – There’s quite a difference in salary between the above James and Leonard, so the better overall value is actually with Leonard who is shooting 44-for-80 (.550 FG%) over his last five games played. Leonard’s steals remain on par with his seasonal average of 2.1 per game and the same with his rebounds, but it’s the buckets he’s sinking that are pushing his worth up some.
- Wesley Johnson vs. DET ($4,300) – Even if Johnson comes off the bench on Tuesday, after starting on Sunday, he’s worth loading into your lineup with the minutes he’s getting (25.4 MPG over the last six games ). I love that Johnson is making the most of his 3-point shot, which is an added bonus on night’s where he’s super hot. I’m pretty stoked if Johnson gives me more than 20 fantasy points, which he’s certainly capable of doing.
- Terrence Ross @ SA ($4,000) – Ross has put up some good games over his last two played, most notably a 37-point showing against Oklahoma City on Sunday. Even if Ross gives you 25-30 fantasy points, consider that a coup for the 4K you’re paying.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
- Anthony Davis @ BKN ($10,700) – It’s just too easy to let Davis pass without listing him here. Davis nets the Brooklyn defense, which does not defend power forward’s very well. And we all know what Davis does to weaker defensive clubs, eh? Expect at least 50 fantasy points on Tuesday, but don’t be shocked if Davis nets you 60-70.
- Greg Monroe @ LAL ($8,100) – Monroe gets one of the better matchups of the night (24th OPRK) as he faces the Lakers, who are in an abysmal slump right now having lost five games in a row. The Lakers also rank dead last in the NBA in points allowed (105.7), so unless the Pistons jump out to an incredibly large lead early on we should see good things from the highly underrated power forward. Monroe has gone 37-for-67 (.552 FG%) over his last five games played, while averaging 43.4 FPPG. That sure as heck gets my motor runnin’!
- Derrick Favors vs. NY ($7,400) – The matchup isn’t good for Favors (6th OPRK) but I dig him too much considering the other options available to choose from. I’ve got Favors listed in the “Value” section even though you’re going to have to fork over 7.4K to lock him in. As it is with all values it’s what you get for the salary, and I love what Favors has been doing over the last bunch of games where he’s stayed pretty consistent. I don’t mind paying the money for Favors on Tuesday night.
- Andreas Bargnani @ UTA ($5,600) – Over his last two games, Bargnani has shot a cool 20-for-31 for a total of 45 points. He’s averaging a bit above 35 fantasy points over those same two contests and giving DFS owners solid rebound and block totals. Bargnani isn’t an automatic option for great fantasy points, although I like the risk for 5.6K. The one thing that could bite you in the bum if you roster Bargnani? His turnovers. Still, you can be brave and slot him into your lineup.
- Nikola Vucevic @ IND ($8,300) – It’s “Obligatory Vucevic” day. Come on, now, every time Vucevic plays you know he’s a high-chance candidate to be listed in my write-up. Pay attention to the news on Vucevic, since there’s a chance he may still sit out, although I do expect him to make the Magic’s starting lineup on Tuesday. Vucevic is currently averaging 39.3 FPPG on the season.
- Andre Drummond @ LAL ($7,900) – Drummond pulls a 25th OPRK facing the Lakers, giving owners almost 40 FPPG over his last five games. Drummond is averaging a double-double over those same five games, although he can be feast or famine at times. Still, the center position doesn’t offer a ton of top-shelf options on Tuesday so that makes Drummond even more attractive.
- Jordan Hill vs. DET ($5,000) – Hill nets the matchup of the night at center, with a 30th OPRK against the Pistons. Although Hill likely won’t bring you more than 30 fantasy points, be happy with a 25-point night with his 5K salary at hand. Hill is at least consistent, averaging 25.8 FPPG over his last six played.
- DeWayne Dedmon @ IND ($4,300) – Dedmon has received a minutes-bump of late and provides excellent value if those minutes stay the same. I expect them to for now, netting anywhere between 25-30 MPG, while providing a double-double threat for DFS owners moving forward.
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.