With eight games on the schedule for Monday night, there are great options at every position. You not only need to pick between players, but you have to pick your spots and spend your salary cap wisely, which adds to both the challenge and the fun of it. Good luck.
POINT GUARD TARGETS
- Steph Curry @ PHO ($9,500) – He’s never a bad option, but against a team with a suspect defense that tries to win games by outscoring their opponent, the upside is virtually limitless.
- John Wall @ CHA ($8,500) – A night that has Chris Paul and these two obviously is giving you plenty of options, and if you happen to have the money left over, I can’t say I blame you for taking Paul over a guy like Wall on pure upside, but if you think there’s a chance you could use an extra $2,200 in cap room lying around on other positions, I think they end up separated by the slimmest of options tonight, given their respective match-ups.
- Mo Williams vs. WAS ($7,500) – Kemba Walker isn’t playing, and that is giving Williams tons of minutes and tons of opportunities, to the tune of 43 fantasy points per game over his last five. With a good matchup like tonight, he is a good candidate to go for 20-10.
- Jeff Teague vs. SAC ($6,600) – You’re going to have to wait and see what happens with his thigh injury. He might actually have to miss the game, but if he goes, expect his best. He’s known for his defense, and rightfully so. And that translates: he has at least one steal in nine straight, a stretch in which he has 16 total steals, and seven blocks. That’s good for five fantasy points per game on defense over that period. The Hawks, in case you haven’t noticed, are just good, and that team consistency is evidenced in the fantasy games of all their players: Teague scores between 22-30 fantasy points in almost all of his games, and when he’s out of that range, he’s over it.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
- Eric Bledsoe vs. GS ($7,900) – Someone is going to need to make sure Phoenix at least tries to score with the Warriors in this one, and if Bledsoe can’t do it, it’s not going to be from a lack of trying. And by trying I mean shooting. When Bledsoe gets up 15 or more shots, it’s a sign he’s just more involved in the game, in everything – as long as he gets those fifteen shots up, since he got to Phoenix, he is averaging over 40 fantasy points per game.
- Klay Thompson @ PHO ($7,000) – There are a pretty wide array of possible outcomes with this guy. But there may have finally been enough bad-ish ones that his price makes sense. You’re paying for a guy who is a good choice for 25 or so points, with some upside, but when you hit it right, that upside can be huge. And, just saying, he’s got a good matchup tonight…
- Khris Middleton vs. NO ($6,000) – He is just fun to watch, for starters. He’s athletic, and plays aggressively, and, most importantly, he produces. He is averaging over 30 fantasy points per game over his last ten, and he’s done that with a floor in the mid-twenties, not necessarily on the back of one or two awesome games.
- Ben McLemore @ ATL ($4,000) – He’s got sub-15 fantasy point downside. That’s real downside right there. But hue has shown an ability to do everything in spurts: rebound, score, pile up some steals. When he puts it together now he’s good for 25-35 fantasy points, and it is clear the potential is there for more down the road. Atlanta is not the best matchup for anyone, but someone is going to need to do something for Sacramento, and if there is a team that can make the Kings focus somewhere other than on Cousins, the Hawks are it.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
- Rudy Gay @ ATL ($7,700) – This, really is the same argument as the one for McLemore, pumped up a few notches. The Kings first and second option is usually the big man down low, but if any team can change that for a night, it’s Atlanta, which could leave a lot of the scoring responsibility to the wings in this one.
- Andrew Wiggins @ LAC ($6,800) – Two weeks ago he was $900 cheaper, but a fantasy point scoring average over 30 since then has changed things. And the way he’s done it, proving he is more than just a scorer, has changed the way he’s perceived around the league, the way that #1 pick is now valued, and maybe the thinking about whether Cleveland is really better off with Kevin Love, which is a long way for this narrative to have traveled in just a few short months.
- Giannis Antetokounmpo vs. NO ($6,600) – Still beating the drum. His price has been steadily rising for a month or more, and he shows up on this list every time he plays because it’s still not high enough. Over the last ten games, he’s averaging more than six fantasy points a night on nothing but blocks and steals. On certain nights, he’s also finally getting involved more on offense, with double-digit shot attempts in four of five, which is exactly the progression you want to see out of a young player.
- Andre Iguodala @ PHO ($4,200) – Speaking of young players, Iguodala was one once. And he is not as exciting now as he was then, but he is a valuable veteran presence for the Warriors, and he gets plenty of time out there to help produce some fantasy-relevant stats. He’s not exciting, but he gives you a real good chance at 20+ fantasy points and for a guy who costs right around $4K every night, that’s worth looking into.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
- Anthony Davis @ MIL ($10,700) –
- Pau Gasol vs. MEM ($8,800) – It’s not the best match-up, obviously, but what is Chicago going to do about it? They have no one left to try to pick up the slack from bad offensive games out of guys like Gasol and Noah, so they will be fed. You can expect close to 20 shot attempts for him, to go along with his average of a dozen boards, which puts him in the 40-fantasy-point conversation from thue get-go.
- Nikola Mirotic vs. MEM ($6,200) – He’s another guy seeing his opportunity increase with the injuries suffered by Chicago. He’s averaging 18 minutes a game for the season, but closer to 30 for the last two weeks, and he’s shown an ability to produce in limited action. I don’t love him in this matchup, but if you don’t spend for Davis tonight, you’re going to be pretty far down the list before you find a matchup you DO like.
- Markieff Morris vs. GS ($6,100) – Morris is not an exciting name, especially compared to a Mirotic who has suddenly provided fantasy owners with a fun new option to toy around with. But honestly, Morris is probably the safer play tonight based on nothing but matchup, and unlike Mirotic, his price is based more on upside. So, for one night he’s safer, and every night he has more upside? That’s $100 easily saved.
- DeAndre Jordan vs. MIN ($8,800) – Over the past two weeks, he is averaging more than 20 rebounds a game. TWENTY! Twenty rebounds is worth 25 fantasy points, which is a pretty damn good base to build from.
- Hassan Whiteside vs. BOS ($8,700) – We have to wait for definitive news on how his ankle is holding up, but if he is active, the Celtics have no one to defend him with – the opportunity is there for him to give you great value in this one. And once he’s back at full strength, he is looking like a player with the talent and opportunity to be considered for your lineup every single night.
- Marc Gasol @ CHI ($7,400) – Chicago has some really good defensive players, but as I mentioned before, they are just so thin. They don’t have the horses to hang with Gasol and Randolph all night, and Gasol has been on a roll lately, with over 30 fantasy points in each of his last five, and an average of about 38 per game over that span. Not bad for the price.
- Gorgui Deng @ LAC ($5,200) – Pekovic’s sore ankle is Gorgui’s gain. They both have potential on any given night, but over the past five, Deng has shown a consistently higher floor, with over 20 fantasy points in every game, and over 25 in four of five.