Today’s NBA targets break down the 7-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
- Kyrie Irving vs. BOS ($7,600) – Irving is set to return to action on Tuesday, as he sat out with a shoulder injury missing two contests. The matchup isn’t ideal for a top-tier PG but we are talking about a player that is averaging 37.1 FPPG on the season. Look for Irving, who has a 12th OPRK facing the Celtics, to come back with a solid night. Expect 35-40 fantasy points from the young Cleveland player.
NOTE: Kyrie Irving is questionable tonight. Be sure to check injury reports to make sure he is in the lineup
- Mo Williams vs. LAL ($7,000) – Williams has the best matchup of the night facing the Lakers, who can’t stop PGs on the season. With the trade to Charlotte, Williams is turning into a premier DFS player averaging 41.2 FPPG in 35.3 MPG. Sure, Williams won’t stay this hot, but he’s a reasonable option for 30-35 fantasy points at a 7K price. You gotta love his 19-for-45 action from the 3-point range over his last five games played.
- Langston Galloway vs. SAC ($4,900) – With Jose Calderon (Achilles) fighting injury, it looks like Galloway will benefit as the starting PG for the Knicks. Galloway was a starter anyway at the SG slot, but with the slide over to PG look for his assist totals to boost some while Calderon is out of action. The matchup is excellent facing the Kings and Galloway has been producing wherever he starts, with 28.1 FPPG over his last five played.
- Jordan Clarkson @ CHA ($4,700) – Clarkson is putting up decent numbers for the 4.7K price, although he’s not going to be a superhero for you. But, that’s okay assuming he puts up his 25 FPPG average over the last five games he’s played. Clarkson is 31-for-55 for a .564 field goal percentage over those same five games.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
- Khris Middleton @ DEN ($6,200) – Unfortunately, James Harden is out of action on Tuesday after being suspended for a game for a flagrant foul, as he kicked LeBron James in the groin. Yeah, I’m still shaking me head over that one. And, Jimmy Butler is out of action now with a sprained elbow, so that means the stud category at SG is very limited. I’m slotting Middleton here since he’s my favorite of the night on Tuesday, but he’s definitely more of a mid-range play. I like Middleton’s 28th OPRK and that he’s giving owners excellent consistency over his last 10 games or so.
- Wayne Ellington @ CHA ($4,700) – Believe it or not, Ellington has averaged over 30 FPPG over his last three games by scoring double-digit points, giving solid assist totals and proving that he’s a fine rebounding guard. The steals have been nice too, and the best part about the last game he played is there were no turnovers on his end. Yeah, we all hate those pesky turnovers, eh? Ellington isn’t going to light up the DFS world, but if he gives me 25 fantasy points I’m a very happy man.
- Tim Hardaway, Jr. vs. SAC ($4,200) – Hardaway has really pushed up his minutes totals of late compared to his seasonal 23.5 MPG average, and he’s shot a smooth 15-for-29 over the last couple of games. His shot has pushed towards Hardaway’s PPG numbers as he’s hit 22 and 18 points, driving up his FPPG average to 30 over the same two games. I dig the 4.2K price on Hardaway, enough to load him in my lineups on Tuesday night.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
- LeBron James vs. BOS ($10,400) – The worry with slotting James into your lineup on Tuesday is that he could see his minutes drop if the Cavaliers pull out to a massive lead by half. Still, if I’m going with a Studs-and-Duds approach, I want James in my lineup.
- Giannis Antetokounmpo @ DEN ($7,100) – Antetokounmpo has been inconsistent of late, although his matchup is decent enough with a 20th OPRK that I’ll take my chances that he’ll outplay the likes of Josh Smith who has a much tougher matchup, albeit at a 6.5K price. Still, give me Antetokounmpo even with the difference in salary.
- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist vs. LAL ($6,100) – If you’re shooting .542 over your last five games, you’ve got to say that you’re pretty hot, right? Right. MKC is smokin’ right now and he’s one of the better values on DraftKings.com, so I’m loading him into my lineups for sure with his 31.6 FPPG average over his last five games played. MKC has three double-doubles in a row now!
- Danilo Gallinari vs. MIL ($5,200) – Gallinari is another player that has benefited from the NBA trade deadline as he’s averaged 29.3 MPG since Arron Afflalo was moved to Portland. Gallinari’s shot suffers with only a .357 FG% on the season, but he can make up for it with total shot volume. Over Gallinari’s last six games, he’s put the ball up 84 times.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
- Kevin Love vs. BOS ($7,900) – Love gets a 29th OPRK against the Celtics and he ends up being the third big name out of Cleveland I’m suggesting for Tuesday night. Come on, when you see a good thing you see a good thing, right? Love has a multitude of talent to deal with on his club, so each night he’s fighting for production. Keep that in mind if you roster him, although with what he’s done of late I’m confident he’ll be the one (compared to LeBron James and Kyrie Irving) that suffers least points-wise if the Cavaliers jump out to big lead.
- Terrence Jones @ ATL ($7,000) – Sometimes I just like riding the hot hand and Jones is that guy for me right now at the PF slot. As of February 21st, Jones’ salary has jumped from 3.8K – that’s almost double. As long as Jones keeps getting the minutes, he’ll net high-percentage shots and give owners heavy rebounding totals. He’s a double-double candidate on a nightly basis now.
- Ed Davis @ CHA ($4,800) – While Davis rarely nets more than 30 minutes a game, he does make the most of his minutes played. For what the Lakers are giving him regarding minutes, Davis is an animal when it comes to his shot (.758 FG% over his last five games played). The Lakers’ power forward is exceeding his seasonal RPG average of late and has also jumped up his block production.
- John Henson @ DEN ($4,600) – It’s tough to predict the minutes Henson will get and I should point out that he’s a major risk, but you have to consider that if you’re looking around this price range anyway. Henson is more of a “I got a feeling” player on Tuesday than me backing him up with stats or trends. The matchup is super intriguing as Henson holds a 30th OPRK against the Nuggets. Again, risky is Henson (Yoda voice).
- DeMarcus Cousins @ NY ($9,800) – Watch the news on Cousins closely, since he may not play on Tuesday evening but if he does? BOOM! This is the first time we’ve seen Cousin’s salary drop below the 10K mark in quite some time, so I’m taking advantage if he manages to clear himself as a healthy-play.
- Al Jefferson vs. LAL ($7,800) – The matchup is good for Jefferson and he’s starting to show life again after a 43.0 fantasy night against the Magic on Sunday. We should see a 30-plus night from Jefferson, with the potential to give us much more. His block totals have bumped of late, with six over his last three games played.
- Joakim Noah vs. WAS ($7,000)– I’ve decided to list another stud option for Tuesday’s games, rather than list a value option I don’t really feel I can 100 percent stand behind. I LOVE what Noah has done of late, dominating the boards with a 12.7 RPG average over his last six games. Plus, dude is dishing the ball like crazy with 6.0 APG, while still managing to toss up some points scored (8.2 PPG over the same six games). Noah seems to have found his game and I expect it to stay for awhile, even with the matchup not being the best for him.
- Marcin Gortat @ CHI ($5,700) – Gortat is a bit underrated in my book, as he’s providing owners with excellent rebounding totals. He’s still providing a block a game for the most part, but the big difference lately is that Gortat is staying consistent with his production.
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.