Today’s NBA Targets looks at a 2-game NBA playoff slate. We will have a look at the studs, sleepers, and mid-range players you want to have rotating in your lineups.
Wednesday’s Playoff Contest
POINT GUARD TARGETS
Kyrie Irving vs. CHI ($8,800) – With Chris Paul doubtful for Wednesday’s game, Irving becomes the top point guard. Look for the Cavaliers to bounce back in Game 2 with Irving scoring 20 points and doing what he does everywhere else to fill the boxscore. I see a 40-plus fantasy night from Irving.
Derrick Rose @ CLE ($7,500) – Rose is the only other choice at PG in this range aside from Kyrie Irving, but I feel more confident spending the added $1.3K to get Irving rostered. Rose is just a big gamble for me, and while I do like him to net about 30 fantasy points, he doesn’t have the ceiling that Irving does on Wednesday.
Pablo Prigioni vs. LAC ($2,500) – Do you have the guts to roster Prigioni? Well, it may not take as much guts as you think with the way salaries end up filling out your lineup. If you have just a bit of salary left to fill your G or UTIL slot, Prigioni won’t hurt you. In fact, with Patrick Beverley done for the season, Prigioni has averaged 14.3 FPPG in 20.3 MPG over his last three played.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
James Harden vs. LAC ($10,200) – If you roster Harden, Blake Griffin or LeBron James, it’s likely going to be very difficult for you to roster another of the three. I like Griffin as the best value of the three superstars, although I’ve got nothing against Harden if you want to go that route. Harden provides security for your lineup.
Jimmy Butler @ CLE ($8,700) – Butler has averaged 45.4 FPPG in 40.4 MPG over his last four contests, with his 3-point shot percentage seeing a significant bump over those games (11-for-22, .500 3P%) compared to his seasonal 38.1 3P%. Butler will see the 40-point mark yet again on Wednesday.
Iman Shumpert vs. CHI ($4,700) – Okay, if you haven’t noticed that Shumpert is out there for this price then give yourself a good knock upside the head. Shumpert sees an immediate bump in value, with his new starting role replacing the suspended J.R. Smith. Shumpert is a candidate for another 30-point fantasy night.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
LeBron James vs. CHI ($11,200) – The salary is a bit high for my tastes, but I can work around this if I have the right mix of players to build around. Heck, if I can do it with a $12K-plus Russell Westbrook, I can do it with James. He’s been an animal to this point in the playoffs, and I have the utmost confidence that IF you do spend the dough on LeBron. He’ll do his part at least.
Trevor Ariza vs. LAC ($5,600) – I like the price and I like that Ariza is starting to come around a bit with his shot; plus, his surrounding contributions are improving too. We’ve seen a steady slide in Ariza’s salary in the playoffs, so take his last game played as a good sign for better things to come.
Matt Barnes @ HOU ($4,400) – Barnes has averaged 38.75 FPPG over his last two contests, but the added minutes and production is likely coming from Chris Paul’s absence on the court due to injury. Paul is doubtful for Wednesday’s game and Barnes remains heavily on my radar as a fantastic value.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
Blake Griffin @ HOU ($10,300) – Defensively, Griffin has one of the best matchups on the night with his 28th OPRK, although he’s been putting up mad fantasy points (57.8 FPPG over his last three games) regardless of who is guarding him underneath the basket. Griffin is worth every dollar of his $10.3K salary.
Pau Gasol @ CLE ($8,400) – You can get Gasol for about $2K less than Blake Griffin, but you’ll also lose roughly 15 FPPG with the way Griffin has been playing. I have no problem using Gasol at PF, assuming I can make up those fantasy points elsewhere at another position for a better overall point-to-salary value.
Taj Gibson @ CLE ($4,000) – I’m not interested in slotting either Tristan Thompson or Terrence Jones into my lineups, not with what they’ve been giving lately for the $5K prices. Gibson has been putting up about 20 FPPG over his last four played, and his salary is much more appealing.
Dwight Howard vs. LAC ($8,200) – Howard continues his playoff dominance, now only giving DFS players one poor game. In four out of the last five games for Howard, he has hovered right around the 50 fantasy point mark. His price tag is actually a value, so I really want him locked in on Wednesday.
DeAndre Jordan @ HOU ($7,700) – Jordan represents another good value at the C slot, while remaining a stud-player to roster. We see Jordan’s salary dip below the $8K mark, which hasn’t happened in quite some time. Jordan should get his seasonal 37.9 FPPG average for you.
Joakim Noah @ CLE ($6,300) – Noah was sick on Monday, which is why we saw him lay an egg on the court with his DFS production. I guess that’s good that the Bulls can rely upon Noah, sick and all, but I expect him to be back to full strength on Wednesday. Look for big bounceback numbers from Noah, enough that I wouldn’t even think of rostering Timofey Mozgov in his place. Give me Noah here.
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