As usual this time of the year, we have only two games tonight. That means limited options, but there are still values to be had. Here are the guys I like in Friday’s games:
Wednesday’s Playoff Contest
POINT GUARD TARGETS
Stephen Curry @ MEM ($10400) – Coming off a bad game, it would be understandable if you were a bit apprehensive to invest in Curry. He has not been as good against Memphis as he was in the regular season, but the difference has not been all that much. More important, Curry is averaging 23.0 points, 5.8 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 3.6 three-pointers and 2.6 steals per game against Memphis so far in this series. All those stats add up to a good fantasy option, and also the safest point guard available on Friday.
Jeff Teague @ WAS ($7200) – Consistency has not been Teague’s forte in the playoffs, but he has had a good series in general, and when he has had a good game, it has been a pretty good game. Most importantly, his two big games in this series have been at Washington, and the game tonight is at Washington. Obviously Teague is no Curry, but he is averaging 16.6 points, seven assists, 3.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals and a three-pointer per game against Washington thus far.
Dennis Schroder @ WAS ($4600) – Schroder is not going to win you a league by himself. What he does do is allow you to add a reliable, lower priced player to your team so that you can afford a stud at another position. No, he is not exciting. But, he has averaged 11.2 points, 5.6 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game against Washington which are good numbers from a guy who only costs $4600.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
Bradley Beal vs. ATL ($8400) – Beal is for real! Beal had a solid season, improved in the first round of the playoffs, and has been even better against Atlanta than he was in round one. Better yet, Beal does more than just score. Against the Hawks so far, he has averaged: 24.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 2.2 three-pointers and 1.8 steals per game. His worst game in this series featured 17 points, eight assists and a couple of three-pointers, so he is also a pretty safe play too.
Klay Thompson @ MEM ($7400) – Say yeah to Klay? Thompson has not been as good as Beal has been, nor even as good as he was in the regular season. What he has done, is start contributing more assists and rebounds against Memphis than he did in the regular season. That means Thompson is a little safer option than he was in the regular season, yet still does have the same upside since he could explode for a big game.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
DeMarre Carroll @ WAS ($6700) – Washington has been able to cool Carroll off a little bit so far, but he has still been considerably better against the Wizards than he was in the regular season. Despite struggling in the last two games, Carroll has averaged 15 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.6 three-pointers and 1.2 steals per game against Washington so far in this series. It is also pretty unlikely that he has a third consecutive game where he shoots under 36.5% from the field.
Paul Pierce vs. ATL ($5800) – It would be nice if Pierce would dish out more assists, but there is little else to find fault with in Pierce’s performance against Atlanta so far. He is, after all, averaging 3.8 three-pointer per game, along with 16 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Better yet, he has had at least two three-pointers and 11 points in every game of this series, so he has a pretty high floor.
Otto Porter vs. ATL ($5700) – Porter has been averaging 33.6 minutes per game against Atlanta so far. In the five games thus far he has a double-double and barely missed one in three of the other four games. It has taken a while, but Porter is finally starting to show why he was such a high draft pick.
Harrison Barnes @ MEM ($4800) – Reliable, that is the best way to describe Barnes. Barnes has scored between 11 and 16 points in every game in his series against Memphis, he has also had between three and six rebounds in every game. Sure, his upside is very limited, but there is something to be said for knowing what you get when you buy a player; you know what you are getting when you add Barnes to your team.
Andre Iguodala @ MEM ($4200) – I remember the good old days when Iguodala was a very good fantasy player. Those days are gone, but Iguodala still has his uses. In this case, it is as a cheap, pretty safe pick who allows you to spend money elsewhere. Sure, Wednesday’s game is probably about the best you can expect out of him, but given his price, that would be a nice return on your investment.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
Zach Randolph vs. GS ($7600) – While Z-Bo has not been great in the last two games, he has managed a double-double in both. He has averaged 17.4 points, nine rebounds and 2.6 assist per game so far in the five games against Golden State so is having a solid series. Great is not a word that comes to mind, but Randolph is a solid, safe pick tonight.
Paul Millsap @ WAS ($8400) – Millsap has been a bit of an enigma during the playoffs. He has not been bad really, just not as good as he was during the regular season — and he has already had a pretty bad game in this series. That said, he had a nice line the last time he played at Washington — 19 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals — plus has had two double-doubles in this series already. In other words, Millsap is a risk, but one with some nice potential.
Nene Hilario vs. ATL ($4800) – Add Nene to the list of guys I like mainly due to their price tonight. Like the other guys I have already mentioned, Nene is not likely to have a monster game. Like the other guys, he is also likely to not hurt you while also provididing solid value. Eight points and 5.4 rebounds — Nene’s averages so far against Memphis — are not spectacular, but I will take that give Nene’s price.
Marc Gasol vs. GS ($8500) – Gasol has stepped up his rebounding game in the playoffs. During the regular season, Gasol averaged 7.8 rebounds per game, so far in the playoffs that average is up to 9.8 per game. Against Golden state Gasol is grabbing 10.4 boards per game. Along with those 10.4 rebounds per game, Gasol is chipping in 18.8 points, four assists and 1.6 steals per game in this series. He also has three consecutive double-doubles.
Al Horford @ WAS ($8200) – Coincidentally, Horford is also averaging 10.4 rebounds per game in his playoff series. While Horford is not scoring as much as Gasol is — “only” 17.6 points per game — he is dishing out more assists — 4.4 per game — and blocking 2.4 shots per game. Horford has managed a double-double in four of his five games so far against Washington. As an added bonus he is only turning the ball over an average of 1.6 times per game so far.
Andrew Bogut @ MEM ($5300) – The Bogut pick is all about the rebounds. Bogut has had at least six rebounds in every game against Memphis so far while averaging 8.8 boards per game. I suppose the 1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals per game are worth noting too. Just do not expect much scoring, Bogut’s highest scoring game against Memphis so far was eight points. Still, the rebounds, blocks and steals make Bogut a decent value tonight if you need to save some money on your center.
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