The playoffs continue and so do daily fantasy leagues. If the players in today’s contest look familiar, it is because this is the exact same player pool we had Friday. Here are the guys I like this time around:

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POINT GUARD TARGETS

Studs

Chris Paul @ HOU ($9200) – Chris Paul is back. While he played only 23 minutes in his first game back, he managed 12 points, seven assists, three rebounds and two steals in that time. He will see more playing time on Sunday which should mean a bump to his stats. Paul is a bit of a risk, but consider that despite missing two games, he has averaged: 11.6 points and 5.6 assists per game over the last five games, so when he has played he has been great.

Derrick Rose vs. CLE ($8100) – As I mentioned the last time around, Roses like playing against Cleveland and Friday just reenforced that assertion. Compared to his average game this season, Rose has had: 5.3 more points, 3.1 more assists, .5 more assists and .2 more three-pointers per game against the Cavaliers. So far in this series, Rose is averaging 23 points, 7.3 assists, 6.3 assists and two three pointer-per game. Derrick Rose looks like The Derrick Rose against Cleveland so far.

Values

Austin Rivers vs. HOU ($4700) – Rivers is no longer a great value, and his playing time is likely to decrease with Chris Paul back. But, Paul is not going to play 35 minutes on Sunday, and Rivers has been at his best when Paul has played. Rivers is not going to have another 25 point, 6 rebounds game Sunday, but he is a pretty safe, value-priced point guard option.

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SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS

Studs


James Harden @ LAC ($9900) – I was a bit apprehensive about putting Harden in Friday’s column, but Harden proved me right. Harden has not upped his scoring in the postseason — he has averaged the same 27.4 points per game that he did in the regular season — but he has been dishing out 1.6 more assists per game. No, that is not a huge improvement, but it is an improvement on top of already studly numbers.

Jimmy Butler vs. CLE ($8300) – No I did not just copy and paste what I wrote on Friday to today’s column; I just happen to like a lot of the same players — and these guys did nothing on Friday to dissuade me from targeting them again. You know that Butler can score, he also is a good rebounder, will hit three-pointers and dish out assists. What he has added in the playoffs is steals. He has averaged 2.8 steals per game in the playoffs, 3.3 per game so far against Cleveland.

Values

Corey Brewer @LAC ($4100) – Pretty safe with decent upside, if that is what you are looking for from an inexpensive shooting guard, then Brewer is the player for you. Brewer has been a little better in the playoffs than he was in the regular season. He has scored 11 points in each of his last two games and did manage 22 points against Dallas so there is upside with him too.

J. R. Smith @ CHI ($4900)Iman Shumpert played 37 minutes in game two, he managed only eight point, one rebound, one assists, one steal and one block with all that playing time. Thus, I expect more of Smith on the court today. Smith is a good fantasy player when he is shooting well; he was five for nine from the field in his last game.
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SMALL FORWARD TARGETS

Studs

LeBron James @ CHI ($11300) – What a hack! No not me, LeBron James who had seven turnovers and missed six out of seven three-pointers in game two. He also had 27 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds so was once again a fantasy stud. Somehow, James has been better in every category during the playoffs — and against Chicago — than he was during the regular season. In short, James is a value no matter his price during the playoffs.

Values

Trevor Ariza @ LAC ($5900) – So, I probably should not be going with Ariza again considering he was not very good on Friday. Despite that bad game, Ariza has been better in every category that counts against the Clippers than he was during the regular season so far in this series. Better yet, the bad game on Friday helps depress his price today.

Mike Dunleavy vs. CLE ($5100) – If nothing else, you can count on Dunleavy spending a lot of time on the court, he has averaged 29 minutes a game in the playoffs. He has also enjoyed facing Cleveland this season averaging: 14.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 3 three-pointers, a steals and only 1.3 turnovers per game against the Cavaliers this season.

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POWER FORWARD TARGETS

Studs

Blake Griffin vs. HOU ($10700) – Nothing that Griffin did or did not do Friday has changed the fact that Blake has been the best fantasy player in the playoffs so far. In ten playoff games, Griffin has averaged: 25.1 points, 13.5 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. Better yet, he has had at least a double-double in every playoff game, and three triple-doubles.


Values

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CENTER TARGETS

Studs

Dwight Howard @ LAC ($8600) – As the playoffs continue, Howard continues to demonstrate the fact that the reports of his demise were greatly exaggerated. Sure, he still cannot hit a free throw to save his life — and somehow has gotten worse at them in the postseason — but that is the only blemish on his game in the playoffs. Howard’s postseason averages: 17.9 points, 13.6 rebounds, 3.3 blocks, 1.5 steals and only 1.9 turnovers per game.

DeAndre Jordan vs. HOU ($7700) – You should not expect Jordan to have a huge scoring game today since he has not topped 16 points in his last five games. Where Jordan provides his fantasy points is through his rebounds and blocks. He has also had a double-double in half of his playoff games. Jordan is not Howard, but if you cannot afford Howard, Jordan is a solid fall back option.

Values

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