With six games lined up for Monday night, the NBA is a great place to turn your attention when you get sick of reading about front office hirings and firings in the NFL . Here are a few of the fantasy options you can consider from all that action:
POINT GUARD TARGETS
- Chris Paul vs. UTA ($10,500) – He is just so good. And this is a matchup he can exploit. What you are paying for here is a consistent ten-point upgrade over every other PG available. Tonight might be an exception, but if you’re playing the odds, this is the play.
- Kemba Walker vs. MIL ($8,400) – He’s not going to get you 60 again, in all likelihood. but he’s consistently getting you 30+ fantasy points, which is really all you can say for John Wall lately too, and you can grab Walker at a pretty significant savings, comparatively.
- Derrick Rose @ IND ($7,100) – You can save another $1,300 from Walker, and still get the consistent 30+. I am saving you salary cap room left and right here.
- Darren Collison @ BKN ($6,400) – He has 40+ fantasy points in four of his last ten which is a good way to cost a lot more than $6,400 in a hurry. And whether Williams is healthy and playing or not, Brooklyn doesn’t exactly inspire fear on the defensive end.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
- James Harden vs. WAS ($11,500) – Here’s why: because if you don’t, someone else will. And that could be what beats you.
- Dwayne Wade vs. ORL ($8,400) – He’s been getting 35+ minutes in his last handful of games. Not only can that not last, it could end at virtually any time. But it hasn’t ended yet, so take advantage while you can.
- Victor Oladipo @ MIA ($5,700) – It’s nice to have this guy back. Anytime you get an option dropped in your lap who has enough of a track record to trust, but not enough to make him expensive, it’s something you have to consider for your lineup.
- Ben McLemore @ BKN ($5,300) – He’s getting all the minutes, still. He is cheap because he’s inconsistent, but he has upside. He has potential. But that upside and potential has a cap of about 35 fantasy points and a floor of about 20. Do with that what you will, but it’s reasonable for this investment.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
- Gordon Hayward @ LAC ($7,700) – Basically, he is exactly what you want – consistent 30 fantasy point scorer, with 45 point upside. And the Clippers can score, which means the Jazz are going to need Hayward to.
- Rudy Gay @ BKN ($8,300) – He’s second on my list despite being the most expensive option out there because Hayward just seems like the safer play. Gay can do more on the court, so he has more upside, but Brooklyn is exactly the wrong kind of matchup for that kind of game. The Nets might give up a good amount of points on the wing, but they are not likely to provide Gay with a bunch of opportunities for rebounds or defensive stats.
- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist vs. CHA ($4,800) – He doesn’t score enough to have a huge upside – you’d basically have to be rooting for a triple-double to get a 40 point fantasy game. But a double-double with some defensive stats is in range.
- Paul Pierce @ HOU ($5,300) – Pierce DOES have the upside associated with an ability to score, so for this one, you’re really just hoping for minutes. This could end up being a hard-fought, high-scoring game between a couple of top teams, where Washington could decide to really lean on a veteran like Pierce to score, handle the rock, and pitch in on defense. He might not be able to bring it every night, but he could bring it for this one.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
- Blake Griffin vs. UTA ($11,100) – Utah simply does not have the athletes to defend a guy like this. They’ve got the bigs to perhaps limit his rebounding totals, but he’s almost a lock for 35+ fantasy points tonight, with 45 easily in range.
- Pau Gasol @ IND ($9,200) – Mr. Consistent has been back in form lately, with a couple of 40+ fantasy point games in his last three, and enough of the offense runs through him that you can bank on 30+ no matter who they’re playing.
- David West vs. CHI ($6,300) – If efficiency was a fantasy category, he would be more expensive. He just doesn’t get enough opportunities to put up huge fantasy numbers. But he will get you 25, and he could easily get you 35, which is going to keep you in it – all you can expect for this kind of mid-range price tag.
- Taj Gibson @ iND ($5,800) – You’re really just hoping he makes it through the game. His ankles are an issue but when he’s healthy, he is another one who can get you that 25-35 point range easily, and he represents a savings over even someone as reasonably-priced as West.
- Al Jefferson @ MIL ($9,100) – He can score on anyone. Especially the Bucks.
- Nikola Vucevic @ MIA ($9,000) – On a night with a bunch of good options at center, he’s as safe as they come.
- Enes Kanter @ LAC ($6,700) – If he doesn’t prove to be a defensive liability in this matchup, he could outrebound anyone in the Clips’ front court.
- Zaza Pachulia @ CHA ($4,000) – With Larry Sanders out, he has not only been getting minutes, but opportunities. He’s going to be a candidate for double-digit rebounds anytime he spends more than 20 minutes on a basketball court, but you’ve got to love seeing him get eight or nine shots a night as well. A double-double for four grand isn’t going to hurt your chances, that’s for sure.