Today’s NBA targets break down the 13-game NBA slate we have with a look at the studs, sleepers and mid-range players you want to have rotating in your lineups.
POINT GUARD TARGETS
- John Wall vs. CLE ($9,900) – The Cavaliers are having a difficult time defending of late, so DFS owners should be licking their chops as Wall is an excellent player to build around for Wednesday’s matchups. Wall sees his salary bump up by $500, although for what he gives owners the bump is reasonable. With almost 3 STLPG and 9.1 APG, along with Wall’s 19.4 PPG, he’s a no-brainer option if going PG heavy.
- Reggie Jackson vs. UTA ($7,700) – Here I go again recommending Jackson, but the value is just too hard to pass on. Aside from Stephen Curry’s 45.5 FPPG, Jackson gets the second highest FPPG with 40.1. The five point difference between the two does not dictate a $1,700 difference in salary. Curry is money-in-the-bank, but Jackson is darn close even with his 16th OPRK against the Jazz.
- Tony Wroten vs. BKN ($5,600) – If you’re willing to take the risk on Wroten’s game-to-game inconsistencies then I’d take advantage of the value at 5.6K. Wroten will be facing a fairly weak Nets team on defense, plus he gets them at home where he’s a much better player than on the road. For instance, Wroten averages 21.9 PPG at home compared to 13.9 PPG away from Philadelphia. I’m buying in on Wednesday for sure.
- Isaiah Canaan vs. SAC ($4,000) – With Patrick Beverley out for the foreseeable future, Canaan will see a nice bump in MPG. I’m not expecting superstar numbers of course, but until his salary catches up with the production he’ll give while Beverley’s out Canaan is worth rostering if you need to fill out with a value player under 5K.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
- Monta Ellis vs. NY ($7,900) – Ellis has been on fire over his last four games averaging over 38 FPPG. The matchup is nice. I mean, real nice. Like, really, really nice. The Knicks can’t rebound, they don’t score points, they’re just not very good. Ellis will have a prime-time game, and I even like him to hit the 40-point mark on Wednesday. Don’t pass on Ellis.
- DeMar DeRozan vs. ATL ($7,100) – The Raptors just keep on rolling and a lot of their success early in the season is due to DeRozan and his ability to contribute across the board with assists, rebounds and points. Aside from two lesser outings over his last 10 games, DeRozan has been pretty consistent. Jump on the 7.1K salary.
- Joe Johnson vs. PHI ($6,500) – It’s hard to beat the 30.6 FPPG that Johnson provides for the 6.5K salary. Johnson is one of the better values on Wednesday, although he can put up a stinker now and then. I’m banking on a “no-stinker” game facing the 76ers, and if Johnson is able to get more than 30 MPG? Look out. The only reason I’m worried he won’t get the minutes is if the Nets jump out to a huge lead and Johnson gets rested a bunch over the second half.
- Jamal Crawford vs. DET ($5,400) – You gotta love that Crawford is giving us DFS owners consistent production following up last season’s numbers. Take advantage while you can. Netting almost 28 FPPG for under 5.5K? I’ll take that every night. I want to believe he’ll keep things up all season long, but we’re not that concerned that he will in DFS leagues, eh?
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
- LeBron James vs. WAS ($11,400) – The SF position is a tough play on Wednesday, with Carmelo Anthony and Rudy Gay likely out due to injury issues. Then you have Kevin Durant in la-la land. Tobias Harris? Yeah, maybe him too. So, that takes a ton of excellent matchups away. It just makes sense to spend the bucks on LeBron to get the auto points at SF, or look to one of the values below. In fact, I’m not even going to list another stud option at SF since I don’t like any of the other options.
- Jabari Parker vs. MIN ($5,700) – I like Parker to bounce back from his last outing, considering his shot was way off and his other contributing stats were off par. The rookie will continue to get the minutes and the trust factor alone from coaching is worth slotting him in. Parker will give you 20 fantasy points at least, but his ceiling facing the Timberwolves defense, which is giving up 110.3 PPG (29th overall), is 30 points.
- Tony Allen vs. LAL ($4,500) – The Grizzlies/Lakers game is quite a mismatch and I expect Tony Allen to get some extra minutes when the Grizzlies jump out to a big lead. The price on Allen is borderline, but he’ll be worth it in the end. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Allen put up his best point total of the season.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
- Paul Milsap vs. TOR ($9,200) – Aside from being a double-double threat each game and that I always want to spell “Millsap” with one “L” instead of two, you get 38.7 FPPG from the Hawk’s power forward. The other cool thing about Millsap is that he can knock down 3-point shots from time-to-time. The guy does it all, and gets a decent matchup too facing a Raptors team that likes to run-and-gun with teams rather than play stout defense.
- Serge Ibaka vs. UTA ($7,000) – I almost went with Zach Randolph in this slot, but I’d rather save the $900 bucks and slot Ibaka in considering there’s only a 4-point difference in FPPG between the two. Ibaka offers up consistent production whether he’s at home or on the road and I love that he’s exceeded his 31.4 FPPG average over his last three games with 34.0, 34.0 and 39.75.
- Mirza Teletovic vs. PHI ($5,500) – Teletovic has seen his fantasy-point production climb in each of his last four games played. I like him on Wednesday for the same reasons I like Tony Allen facing the Lakers, mainly with Teletovic seeing additional minutes with the Nets jumping out to a big lead and resting some of their starters.
- Brendan Wright vs. NY ($4,700) – How many players in the league do you know that have an .800 FG% in 15 games to start the season? Yeah, not many. And, I mean players that are getting decent minutes. Wright is averaging over 20 minutes a game and taking about six shots a game, while going 68-for-85 on the season so far. What’s even more impressive is that Wright is 23-for-25 over his last four games. Wow-zers. He blocks shots and pulls down rebounds, like a big man should, but he has built incredible consistency to this point. What a great value here, and one that you can really count on.
- DeMarcus Cousins vs. HOU ($10,500) – I’m still okay not adding Cousins into yesterday’s “Targets” piece, but I’ll slap him up there for you on Wednesday. Cousins hasn’t had a game fall below the 40-FPPG mark since November 11 against the Mavericks. Okay, I’m tired of trying to find totally bitchin’ things to say about Cousins. He’ll cost you, but he’s so worth it.
- DeAndre Jordan vs. DET ($7,200) – Jordan almost always gives you the rebounds needed for a double-double, but he’s hit-or-miss when it comes to scoring points. I sure wish he’d stop all this inconsistent nonsense with his scoring and just block 10 shots a night, then I’d get my double-doubles. I jest, obviously, but it’s interesting to remember back that Jordan did block seven shots against the Suns just over a week ago. Maybe I’ll get my 10 blocks? Seriously, though, even when Jordan doesn’t have his shot his rebounds and blocks combined will get you solid fantasy production.
- Robin Lopez vs. CHA ($5,800) – Lopez’ consistent production steadies his salary, so there isn’t a tremendous value here but it’s enough to slot him into your lineup. The matchup is decent enough and Lopez has a smart shot at reaching the 30-point fantasy mark again like he did on Monday. The Hornets are one of the poorer rebounding teams in the league, so Lopez has a nice chance at picking up a few extra over his 7.1 RPG average. I hate to jinx anything here, but a double-double sighting might just be in the works for Lopez on Wednesday. It would be his third of the season if he can lock it down.
- Chris Kaman vs. CHA ($4,900) – See Robin Lopez. Did you see? Well, the same matchup thing applies, but for an amazing $900 discount you can lock in Kaman instead of Lopez; however, Kaman doesn’t quite get the minutes that Lopez does so you do risk things there. Still, Kaman is one of the most productive players in the game considering his fantasy points per minute. Quite impressive, actually.
Good luck on Wednesday! Catch me on Twitter @TheRolyPolyBoy