Today’s NBA targets break down the 13-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
1) Chris Paul vs. POR ($10,200) – The matchups at PG are not anything to be happy about on Wednesday, especially with Russell Westbrook fighting injury and most top options having question marks. So, that leaves Paul. I mean, really, am I mad that I’m suggesting Paul? Not at all, just not fully excited about his 10.2K price facing the Trail Blazers. Still, he’s the best PG option to go with if salary is not an obstacle.
2) Mo Williams @ BKN ($7,000) – I’m leaving Williams right here from Tuesday’s suggestions. The price is still the same at 7K and with his 23rd OPRK facing the Nets you really can’t go wrong. Okay, well, you can go wrong but you know what I mean. Williams’ game is elevated right now – take advantage.
1) Deron Williams vs. CHA ($6,600) – It’s just going to be a “Williams Kinda Night”, eh? This Williams – Deron Williams – is showing his old self now that he seems to be on the healthy side of things. Williams has put up over 35 points a night over his last three games played, with his 3-point shot on fire right now (8-for-13 over his last two games). Yes, Williams is a mid-range guy not a super-Dee-duper value.
2) D.J. Augustin vs. PHI ($5,500) – If Russell Westbrook plays, then Augustin isn’t the best idea for big-time points, so the situation is worth watching closely. If Westbrook sits one more game, then I like a huge night from Augustin giving 35-40 points facing the 76ers shallow defense.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
1) Klay Thompson vs. MIL ($7,400) – Thompson can be inconsistent at times, but the SG slot offers limited top-tier options on Wednesday. It seems like I write that more often than not with the SG slot, so slotting in Eric Bledsoe with his tough OPRK matchup is fine by me. Thompson is at least staying close to his seasonal 35.2 FPPG average by giving DFS owners 33.6 FPPG over his last seven played.
2) Victor Oladipo vs. PHO ($6,600) – Oladipo is a mid-range guy when you consider his salary but if you look at his production and the limited options at SG, he’s a stud. Rebounds, assists and points scored gets the fantasy points for Oladipo, who has been averaging a bit above his seasonal 30.3 FPPG average.
1) Danny Green vs. SAC ($4,200) – It’s rare to see Green’s minutes and production stay consistent, which is why his salary is in the $4K range. The matchup intrigues me on Green, who lands a 24th OPRK against the Kings. Green can have exploding nights at times, even in games where he nets less than 30 minutes. He’s more of a 20-25 minutes guy but as long as he gives me a point a minute on Wednesday I’m good.
2) Quincy Pondexter vs. DET ($3,600) – Love the price, love the added minutes Pondexter is getting and more importantly love that dude has the chance to put up decent points overall for the low, low price of $3,600! Get your Pondexter while while he lasts!
Note: Pondexter has added risk if Anthony Davis is able to return to the lineup tonight
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
1) Gordon Hayward @ BOS ($7,600) – You know you’re tempted by LeBron James, and so am I! Every time I write this piece I want to slap his name up in lights. It’s just too easy, though, so I like Hayward under the stud category with his 26th OPRK. I’m not crazy about his level of play over his last four games where Hayward hasn’t been able to his seasonal 34.8 FPPG average. That’s going to change on Wednesday facing the Celtics, so look for nice return for the dollars spent.
2) Kawhi Leonard vs. SAC ($7,400) – I’ve been slotting Leonard here quite often of late although deservedly so. We see a jump of $400 just from his last game out, but it’s what Leonard has done over his last three games (41.25 FPPG) that’s really caught my attention. He may not reach that three-game average, but expect 35 points facing the Kings defense.
1) Tobias Harris vs. PHO ($6,300) – Harris is a risk considering his injury situation, although he has been getting through games of late. I dig the 27th OPRK matchup and that he’s giving DFS owners 31.0 FPPG on average. The value isn’t bad, although I consider Harris more of a mid-range play. Look for the Suns to have a difficult time keeping Harris corralled. Yeah, I like totally just used a cool word and all – corralled.
2) Wilson Chandler @ MIN ($5,100) – As one of my favorite neck-tattoo players in the NBA, Wilson drives a decent bargain facing the Timberwolves with his 29th OPRK matchup. The key to Chandler having a huge night is his 3-point shot, and I like him to really take care of business as the T-Wolves give up 2.4 3PG to shooting forwards. I won’t be surprised to see Chandler net four or five on the night.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
1) Serge Ibaka vs. PHI ($8,000) – Ibaka gets one of the better matchups of the night with a 26th OPRK facing the 76ers. He’s giving owners 39.6 FPPG over his last six games played, which puts him into “superstar” category right now as far as DFS is concerned. Since February 19, Ibaka has put up 40-plus fantasy nights in five out of his last seven games. Gimme!
2) Derrick Favors @ BOS ($7,400) – It’s difficult to ignore these matchup-based plays like Derrick Favors, so, again, I’m going with a player and a high OPRK (29th); however, I’m all about trends, mainly positive trends, and Favors is trending WAY upward in my book with a total of 86 fantasy points over his last two games. Consistency, you ask? Yep, as he’s chalked up 43 per game over last two played. Over Favors’ last five played, however, he’s averaging 38.5 FPPG. Me like-y. Me like-y a lot.
1) Jae Crowder vs. UTA ($4,900) – The matchup is not good (10th OPRK) by any means, but sometimes you just have to run with the hot hand. Crowder’s salary is only going up slightly for the solid production (28.8 FPPG over his last six played) he’s putting up for DFS owners, but keep in mind that the Celtics will get healthy in the middle at some point with Kelly Olynyk due back sometime soon. Still, I don’t expect Olynyk back in action on Wednesday.
2) Amir Johnson vs. CLE ($3,900) – I don’t know about you, but sometimes, with the way I build my lineups, I’m scrounging and looking for gold in the $3,500-4,000 range. Johnson is almost always around 20 fantasy points, and while he may not be a good value, really, you can at least expect those 20 points for a low price. Again, Johnson is only someone I’m looking to roster if I’m diggin’ deep.
1) DeMarcus Cousins @ SA ($9,700) – As I write, Cousins is playing in Tuesday night’s game and is putting on a pretty good showing midway through the second quarter. The price tag is just too much of a no-brainer for me considering the massive return that’s possible. Plus, Cousins is seemingly healthy right now. He should be in everyone’s lineup on Wednesday with his 9.7K salary.
2) Hassan Whiteside vs. LAL ($8,300) – There aren’t many centers I want in my lineup more than Whiteside, considering his ability to rebound and block shots. Whiteside can put up points as well at times with a .612 FG% over his last seven games played. If you’re not willing to go with Cousins, then Whiteside is a legitimate secondary option.
1) Enes Kanter vs. PHI ($5,900) – Since being traded to Oklahoma City, Kanter has impressed. His consistency is in question still, but he’s certainly capable of putting up 35-point nights the bulk of his weekly games. With his 29th OPRK, Kanter is a nice double-double candidate facing the 76ers.
2) Alexis Ajinca vs. DET ($4,900) – With Anthony Davis out of action, this is a wonderful opportunity for you under the 5K mark. Ajinca, since he’s been getting added minutes for the Pelicans, has averaged a bit over 33 FPPG over his last three played. I see that sort of production continuing with a solid shot percentage and good rebounding, along with some blocks and steals potential.
NOTE: Check to make sure Anthony Davis is out tonight, he’s listed as questionable right now
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.