Today’s NBA targets will break down the 6-game NBA slate. We will have a look at the studs, sleepers and mid-range players you want to have rotating in your lineups.
POINT GUARD TARGETS
Russell Westbrook vs. LAL ($13,200) – I’m not sure how many of you are prepared to go $13K+ for the services of Westbrook, but if you’re willing to spend the dough you’re just not going to get anything better in total points from one player. Westbrook has a 30th OPRK matchup facing the Lakers, which is the best, while he is averaging 65.3 FPPG over his last six contests.
Stephen Curry @ POR ($9,400) – Curry is the other top option to go to if you’re looking to roster a stud PG option, although getting him for almost 4K less than Russell Westbrook isn’t as enticing as it would seem. Still, I like the matchup Curry has and I expect him to hit the 50-point fantasy mark. You can still get a super-stud PG option, without paying over 10K.
Tony Parker @ DAL ($6,000) – What will you get for your 6K? That’s the problem with any DFS owner that decides to roster Parker, although I like his 26th OPRK matchup even though he’s been more down than up of late. Why Parker? The value is solid and worth the risk at 6K, with him averaging 31.4 MPG over his last six games.
Ish Smith @ SAC ($5,900) – What a nice little surprise, eh? Although Smith’s shot is quite putrid (29-for-76, .382 FG%) over his last six games, he’s giving owners 7.3 APG, 1.5 STLPG and 12.3 PPG. I would keep rolling along with Smith if you’ve been the cool dude that’s been taking advantage of him over the last couple of weeks or so.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
DeMar DeRozan @ DET ($7,700) – Since I last recommended DeRozan (Thursday), his salary has jumped up $700. DeRozan has been one of the most consistent players in the game of late, and with his 26th OPRK facing the Pistons we should see another 35-to-40 fantasy point night.
Khris Middleton vs. MIA ($6,500) – Middleton gets the call here as a mid-level option, one that you lean towards because of the lack of options at the SG position on Tuesday. I wish Middleton’s consistency would eek back into his game, but if you roster Middleton you’re expecting his shot to keep improving. Middleton’s rebounds and assists totals have jumped up over his last couple of games as well, which is the real reason I’m running with him. I love writing “Middleton” by the way.
Danny Green @ DAL ($5,800) – Green knows how to fill out a boxscore, huh? Rebounds, assists, blocks, steals and points? Sign me up! I’m not sure there’s a better value for Tuesday, so what you’re missing out on the stud-end of things you can make up with Green. Rock on!
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
Kawhi Leonard @ NY ($8,100) – With only six games on the docket, options are limited at the SF slot too in the stud range. You’re catching Leonard at a good time: his salary has dropped $500 since the end of last week while he’s been averaging almost 46 FPPG over his last two games. Expect his salary to climb back up after Tuesday, but take advantage of Leonard now while you can, even with his 12th OPRK on Tuesday.
Rudy Gay vs. PHI ($7,700) – Gay is averaging 42.3 FPPG over his last four played. He’s expected to play with his injury (knee) on Tuesday, in case you were wondering, but keep an eye on his status leading up to the start of the game. The Kings don’t have a lot to play for down the stretch, although Gay is not a quitter and I expect at least 35 fantasy points from him.
Harrison Barnes @ POR ($4,600) – I could recommend Luol Deng here but I’ve already done that once this season. Well, maybe more than once (ahem). Barnes has been pretty lively of late for the 4.6K you’re paying for him, and I like his matchup enough and that idea that he can reach the 25-30 point mark with the minutes he’s getting.
Andre Iguodala @ POR ($4,400) – I guess I don’t expect the Trail Blazers defense to do much against the Warriors on Tuesday, with Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge now injured and unlikely to play. I don’t expect Iggy to rack up the fantasy points, but putting up almost 23 FPPG over his last five played? Not bad at all for 4.4K.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
Nerlens Noel @ SAC ($7,800) – Noel’s consistency has been slipping of late with two sub-20 point games over his last three played. One of those games is because he only nabbed 22 minutes against Detroit, but the other game? Noel just didn’t get that many shot opportunities (4-for-9) against the Lakers last game out but he’ll get back on track facing the Kings.
Tim Duncan @ DAL ($6,900) – With the Piston’s Greg Monroe possibly out of action on Tuesday, I’m going with Duncan. He’s been playing much better of late, with two 40-plus point fantasy games over his last three played. Keep in mind that Duncan could find his way to the bench for a rest, so be wary of that situation and watch for late-day announcements.
Dirk Nowtizki vs. SA ($5,800) – By now you know that Big Dirk has quite a range for fantasy points scored in any given day. We can’t expect his skills to remain elite considering his age, although he’s still certainly capable of hitting a 40-point fantasy night like he did last week. I’m perfectly fine if Nowitzki gives me 30 fantasy points considering the 5.8K price.
Patrick Patterson @ DET ($4,200) – I’m not crazy about Patterson’s inconsistencies, but what the hell do you expect for 4.2K? Dude could give you 30 points for that price with the solid matchup he’s got, yet he could still give up a stinker of a game and land you well below his 20.7 FPPG average. I’m taking the chance that Patterson comes through for me if I’m rostering players like Russell Westbrook in my lineup.
DeMarcus Cousins vs. PHI ($9,600) – As of Monday night (my writing), Cousins is considered probable for Tuesday’s game against the 76ers. You have to love Cousin’s 49.0 FPPG average over the season and that he’s been quite beastly – I hate that word – as a DFS stud muffin. I won’t be surprised one bit if Cousins gives us a 60-point fantasy night.
Andre Drummond vs. TOR ($8,400) – It looks like Drummond has found his game again after suffering a concussion a little over a week ago, as he is coming off a 58-poing fantasy performance against the Celtics on Sunday. Drummond’s salary has risen almost a $1000 since the injury, and although I don’t expect another 58 points I see a 40-point showing for owners that decide to roster Drummond.
Enes Kanter vs. LAL ($7,200) -If you don’t want either Cousins or Drummond, both bigger names, then Kanter is a nice fit on your roster. The Thunder’s center is averaging 42.6 FPPG in 34.3 MPG over his last five played. Can you say cha-ching? I’m almost tempted to discard the idea of Cousins or Drummond altogether for Kanter. Almost.
Steven Adams vs. LAL ($5,900) – Now, let’s say you don’t want a stud center at all and you’re looking for another super value option (i.e., Danny Green above), and you’re wondering which body to plug into your DFS lineup. Well look no further than Adams, who is averaging 31.5 FPPG over his last six played. Why? Injuries to Serge Ibaka and Kevin Durant are more than likely the culprit, but we don’t care… right? Lock Adams in as a fantastic value option, especially facing the Lakers decimated club.
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.