Today’s NBA targets will break down the 4-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
Reggie Jackson vs. ATL ($8,700) – It would be criminal not to list Jackson for Tuesday’s games, right? He’s been doing his best Russell Westbrook impersonation, and if you’re in the DFS world and haven’t noticed, then go ahead and give yourself 10 lashes. And, don’t you dare use one of those wimpy-whips either. Jackson has racked up a .542 FG%, 10 APG and 6.8 RPG over his last five games played. I don’t see Jackson slowing down, not against an Atlanta Hawks club that could rest some of their starters yet again.
George Hill @ BKN ($7,500) – Rebounds, assists, points – what more do you want from Hill? Okay, maybe some steals and blocks? Well, steals at least. Hill’s shot has been incredible over his last five games, shooting 51-for-93 for a .548 FG%, but his 38.5 FPPG average is what really gets me, especially when you consider he only scored 29.0 fantasy points in his last game on Sunday.
Goran Dragic vs. SA ($6,900) – Considering the options in the value range on Tuesday, I’ve decided I’m going to list one more stud-muffin option. And, being real here, Dragic isn’t exactly a stud but more of a mid-range play. The gap between him and the other options after? Too big, with all the awful match-ups at hand at the PG position. Dragic won’t give you 50 points on the night, but 30-35 is what I’m looking for facing the San Antonio Spurs (14th OPRK).
C.J. Watson @ BKN ($4,400) – There are other options in this salary range that you could use; although, Watson has been quite impressive over the last week or so. Granted, his game on Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks sure left DFS owners in a pickle (I’m actually eating a dill pickle right now – no lie), but I like Miles to recovers against the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday. For 4.4K, he’s worth the risk, I’d say.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
Rodney Stuckey @ BKN ($6,400) – I’m not listing any stud options at SG for Tuesday’s games, since none appeal to me, so consider these options values and mid-range plays. Stuckey, who was on fire earlier in the month and is a mid-range option, has been dealing with a calf injury; however, the calf isn’t an issue anymore – it’s his wrist. Stuckey is worth watching as the day’s news wears on, but if he can go, I like him to give owners a much better showing than what he’s given over his last couple of games.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope vs. ATL ($5,900) – Pope is another mid-range play for DFS owners on Tuesday; although, I love his “boom” potential. KCP is getting mad minutes, in case you were wondering, to the tune of 39.4 MPG over his last five games played. Yeah, that’s a crap-ton of minutes for one measly shooting guard, eh? Again, I like the bulk of the Pistons’ starters to grab good stats facing a Hawks club that is looking to rest for the playoffs.
John Jenkins @ DET ($3,400) – Now, Jenkins is only a recommendation if you are totally, totally desperate for a player near the $3K range. Like, like, like, totally. I’m sure there are some of you out there that love to employ the “Studs-and-Duds” lineup, and Jenkins qualifies nicely. He has surprising value if the Hawks play the same lineup as Saturday, or if they at least limit minutes for their far-out starters.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
Kawhi Leonard @ MIA ($8,100) – I’m not thrilled about the 9th OPRK match-up facing the Heat, but Leonard is the best they come at the SF slot on Tuesday. It’s not a bad strategy to build value at the SF slot and grab other stud options at other positions. What say you, you say? Well, I’ve got to list Leonard here because of his excellent play over his last six games (39.0 FPPG average), but if you’re one of those dudes that insists on perfect match-ups, then Leonard may not be your guy. Still, I dig him.
Harrison Barnes @ LAC ($4,900) – This four-game slate of games on Tuesday gets in my craw, like way in there. There just aren’t the options I’d like to fill out a DFS lineup, so it makes things challenging. I do love a challenge, however, so looking at match-ups in this range is key to me. Barnes brings a 30th OPRK match-up to play and gives owners over 25 MPG. Not bad for the $4.9K price.
Tayshaun Prince vs. ATL ($3,900) – I’m pretty sure I haven’t recommended Prince all season long. Don’t quote me on that, though (ahem), but, you know, I gotta be as honest as I can be. Prince carries a 14th OPRK ranking into the night, but it’s his ceiling in a game like this that attracts me.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
Greg Monroe vs. ATL ($7,500) – Okay, so the options to choose from at PF are pending injury news. Yeah, not too exciting, huh? Blake Griffin, Draymond Green, and Paul Millsap are all options that may not play on Tuesday. Still, I like Monroe enough to give him a whirl (assuming he plays). The 28th OPRK is enticing, isn’t it? You know this because you’ve scoured the Tuesday options, haven’t you? Okay, maybe not, but Monroe has been out for a couple of weeks now and isn’t shut down for the season as of yet. Maybe this is more of a “faith” play on my end, but considering the options to choose from, I’m okay with that. Just be cautious, and use your stellar news-reading skills prior to locking in your lineup.
David West @ BKN ($5,400) – West’s minutes have been more consistent of late, which is always nice. And with that, West is averaging almost one fantasy point per minute played (24 FPPG per 25.4 MPG over his last five contests). West may not be the player he once was, but he does offer some value at a tough position. Look for West’s rebounding numbers to pop up a bit.
Anthony Tolliver vs. ATL ($4,000) – Another player here that I’m pretty sure I haven’t recommended all season long, but Tolliver gives you reach-value. The main reason I like Tolliver is the minutes he’s getting of late, averaging 26.2 MPG over his last five games. Plus, Tolliver does have a wonderful 28th OPRK match-up that begs attention. You’ll need to consider Tolliver on a weak 4-game slate of games.
Andre Drummond vs. ATL ($8,900) – Drummond’s match-up is about as bad as it gets with a 1st OPRK facing the Hawks. Still, Drummond is a top option at center, and he will give you 35 points on a night where you want consistency. Drummond is averaging 46.9 FPPG over his last five games played.
DeAndre Jordan vs. GS ($8,400) – Jordan is the other stud center option for Tuesday’s games. His OPRK ranking sucks, too, but he’s another option that I’m not worried about playing, not with his crazy rebounding skills and his ability to sink shots. Plus, add in Jordan’s shot blocking, and you’ve got a stellar C option.
Roy Hibbert @ BKN ($5,200) – I’m not a big fan of the value options at center, but Hibbert is sorta cool in my mind. The $5.2K price is nice, but it’s his potential to put up 30-plus points on Tuesday facing the Nets that grabs ya! Right?
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.