Today’s NBA targets will break down the 13-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 @ SA ($13,200) – There’s no sense taking Westbrook down from this spot, with his 65.3 FPPG average over his last six games. You know the story: If you can build around Westbrook and are prepared to spend the big bucks… fantastic!
Elfrid Payton vs. ATL ($7,700) – Even though Payton’s mini triple-double streak was busted on Sunday, I’m still willing to give him a whirl at 7.7K. Payton is a premier player and is a decent value under 8K for what he’s been giving of late. It’s possible the Hawks rest some players in this game considering they locked up the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
Aaron Brooks @ TOR ($5,800) – Surprisingly, Brooks is averaging almost 30 FPPG over his last three contests. Yeah, right? The minutes he’s averaging and the production he’s giving lately make me want to roster him against the Raptors, considering his 21st OPRK matchup.
Zach LaVine vs. LAL ($5,100) – We should see enough from LaVine facing the Lakers to make him well worth the 5.1K he’s going to run DFS owners. I just don’t see the negative here, and LaVine almost makes me want to avoid top-tier PG’s on Wednesday altogether. If you’re not brave enough to do that, then think about LaVine for your guard slot.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
Eric Bledsoe vs. SAC ($8,200) – You’re just not going to find better SG options than Bledsoe, unless you’re snagging James Harden for your lineups. Bledsoe is averaging 36.2 MPG, .453 FG%, 7.4 RPG, 6.4 APG, 2.6 STLPG and 20.2 PPG over his last five contests. I know, you just want to hug him. All that translates into a 44.2 FPPG average over the same five games.
Victor Oladipo vs. ATL ($8,000) – The stud level at SG drops significantly after Oladipo, Dwyane Wade and DeMar DeRozan, all around the 8K range, but Oladipo has the best matchup of the three sitting with an 18th OPRK advantage. Oladipo has averaged 40.1 FPPG over his last five games. I’m all about who’s hot and who’s not, and Oladipo qualifies.
J.J. Redick @ NY – Redick is a mid-range guy, although he does provide a bit of value at the SG slot. Over Redick’s last four games he’s averaged about 24 PPG, while giving DFS owners a bit of help in other supporting stats. But, let’s face it – Redick is a scorer and he adds in with his 3-point shot. Still, considering his production of late he’s well worth rostering.
Danny Green @ DAL ($5,800) – I’m not sure how Green played on Tuesday (as of this writing), but I’m leaving him right here – my second player to stick with from Tuesday’s recommendations. The SG slot is always a bit short, and when you can find a player that’s running hot? You have to take advantage.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
LeBron James @ MEM ($10,100) – Did you know that just about every top SF listed is questionable for play on Wednesday? Yikes. Just to run through the names of those questionable SF’s: Rudy Gay, Gordon Hayward, Tobias Harris, Nicolas Batum, Josh Smith, and let’s not forget about Kevin Durant being OUT. I hate the SF slot this Wednesday, so that means LeBron gets special attention from me. Sure, you have to pay quite a bit more for him than you do other options but I’m so totally okay with that considering.
Rudy Gay vs. PHI ($7,700) – Gay is going to play, even though he’s still listed as questionable. He came back for Tuesday’s game, although I don’t know the outcome just yet. With all the question marks for playing time on Wednesday, Gay is a nice play facing the Suns.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist vs. BKN ($5,900) – Defensively the Nets are falling apart, and there aren’t many options below the 6K mark that I trust on Wednesday. Kidd-Gilchrist shines through enough for me in this game that I want him active if I’m looking for lower-tier options at SF on Wednesday. Consistency is an issue at times, however, so keep that in mind.
DeMarre Carroll @ ORL ($5,800) – The matchup is good with a 26th OPRK for Carroll and I really like what he’s done over his last bunch of games, exceeding his FPPG seasonal average by almost five points over the last five games Carroll has played.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
Anthony Davis vs. HOU ($11,200) – Yay! Anthony Davis is back… again. To be fair, he did return last Sunday. Davis will be lucky to play 65 games this season considering his injury history, but it’s hard to ignore his massive game-play potential each time you roster him. Feel free to go with Davis on Wednesday with his 49.6 FPPG seasonal average.
Nerlens Noel @ DEN ($7,800) – Noel has the best OPRK matchup on the night with a 30th OPRK, so it’s a solid time to run with him. Paul Millsap (21st OPRK) and Kenneth Faried (26th OPRK) are good options as well if you’re looking for someone else besides Noel. Dude is a double-double candidate on Wednesday, while also being a wonderful steals/blocks option.
Thaddeus Young @ CHA ($5,900) – Young is all about the matchup for me. He’s running right on par with his 27.7 FPPG average over his last six contests, but it’s the potential with the matchup and with the competition at hand facing the Hornets that gets my motor runnin’.
Robert Covington ($4,500) – Covington has been getting the minutes, but his production has slipped a bit of late. That’s okay, though, because all I want is 25 fantasy points from him on Wednesday. He can give that to me considering the matchup facing the Nuggets, even with his recent slow-down pace.
DeAndre Jordan @ NY ($8,300) – DeMarcus Cousins is obviously the best option at center on Wednesday, assuming he’s ready to go, but if you don’t feel like spending 9.6K on him then Jordan is a nice play at $1,300 less. Jordan pulls in an average 16th OPRK matchup, as he’s averaged almost 18 rebounds per game over his last six played. Add in his blocks, steals and points and you’ve got a 41.6 FPPG average over that time frame.
Rudy Gobert vs. POR ($8,200) – I usually want better OPRK matchups for my centers, but Gobert is a special guy even holding a 9th ranking. Sure, he slumped some last week, but he did bounce back with a bang on Monday racking up 55.75 fantasy points. I see Gobert putting up the points against an injured Portland club. If you want a better matchup, then Marc Gasol and Hassan Whiteside make excellent options.
Joakim Noah @ TOR ($6,400) – Okay, so Noah missed Monday’s game with “general soreness” but he’ll be back for Wednesday’s game against the Raptors. Noah doesn’t take many shots, but it’s his rebounding and assists over his last four games or so that have really boosted his numbers for DFS owners. Noah has averaged 35.8 FPPG over his last four played, a bit of a bump up from his 30.1 FPPG total on the season.
Jusuf Nurkic vs. PHI ($4,200) – Nurkic’s minutes have slowly started to increase since he came back from injury (27.5 MPG over his last two games), and the price is certainly right if you’re looking to save bucks at the C slot. Look for a 25-30 point night from Nurkic, but don’t be surprised if he puts up more than that with his returned strength.
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.