POINT GUARD TARGETS
- Damian Lillard vs. OKC ($8700) – The matchup is pretty good for Lillard considering his ability to throw up three’s. Hard to believe, but Lillard tossed up 624 three-point attempts last season making almost .400 of them. Lillard is a money-in-the-bank play averaging almost 40 FPPG last season.
- Stephen Curry vs. SAC ($10100) – You may as well open your season up with one of the best PG options in the game, if not the best right now. Curry averaged 46.1 FPPG last year and if you’re going to spend the big bucks he’s about as reliable as they come, regardless of the matchup.
- Mike Conley vs. MIN ($7200) – I know $7200 isn’t exactly a value price when you consider the options on Wednesday, but the undervalued Conley deserves to be listed. I don’t really consider him “stud” material opening up the year, and we’ve established that he’s not a tremendous value. Conley is sort of floating in the middle right now, but worth adding if you want a top-tier PG without paying 10K.
- Darren Collison vs. GS ($6000) – Collison will be coming off the bench most nights, but he’s someone you can count on to put up points (21.3 FPPG in 2013-14) under moderate minutes. Collison is a player to add to your roster if you want to build an even mix across the board while staying away from spending upper dollars.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
- James Harden vs. LAL ($10200) – I’m going with Harden two nights in a row here. I know, I’m really going out on a limb, eh? In the early part of the season you’ve got to stick with players you know will put up points. There’s no sense in taking risks if you’re willing to spend more than 9K on a player.
- Kobe Bryant vs. PHO ($7800) – Kobe is going to see an increase this season over production from last year. Why? Well, he’ll play more than six games. Ha. Yeah, I couldn’t spin that any other way. Putting my cheesy humor aside, it’s nice to see Kobe back in action this season. Don’t expect outrageous totals early on, but good enough for the bucks your tossing out.
- Kevin Martin vs. MEM ($5500) – Martin will be ready for the start of the season on Wednesday. While we’d all love to see him do more on the defensive side, he’s good for points, steals and free throws. For the price, Martin isn’t a bad play at all. Let’s hope he’s overly aggressive and snags a few more rebounds than usual.
- Bojan Bogdanovic vs.BOS ($5000) – I usually don’t like to toss out questions marks like Bogdanovic so early in the season, but I’m confident he’s going to put up good numbers this season for a NBA rookie. Look for him to take plenty of shots while he’s in the game on Wednesday.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
- Carmelo Anthony vs. CHI ($9400) – Anthony is the top man for Wednesday’s games at SF, so if you’re willing to spend the big bucks lock him in. Anthony averaged 46.3 FPPG contributing in all facets of the game. He’s a perfect Stud-and-Dud strategy guy to get locked in.
- Josh Smith vs. DEN ($7600) – It’s tough to decide if I want Smith or Anthony as my SF, since I normally wouldn’t employ both. You get quite a drop in salary if you go with Smith, saving almost 2K, but you also lose the point advantage that Anthony has. Tough call, but if I’m looking to build a more rounded lineup then Smith is my man.
- Trevor Ariza vs. UTA ($6200) – I like the matchup far too much to ignore Ariza. I know I suggested him yesterday as well, but consider the options on a limited slate of games played. Wednesday’s games represent a wider berth of options to choose from, although I’m fixated on what Ariza can do defensively facing a weak Jazz team.
- Donatas Motiejunas vs. UTA ($4000) – Look-y here, look-y here! Another SF I can suggest against the Jazz? Sure, why not? But, take into consideration the difference in salary between Ariza and Motiejunas. This is a fill-out roster suggestion only, hoping that you can scrounge 20 minutes or so out of the third-year man. D-Mo will see a bump up in production this season, but from here on out he’s a game-to-game consideration at the low salary.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
- Lamarcus Aldridge vs. POR ($9200) – Aldridge averaged 45 FPPG last season and is an elite player at an elite position. Okay, I just like the PF slot for some reason a bit more than other slots. Oh, and PGs are cool dudes too. Seriously though, Aldridge is it at he PF slot if you’re going the big-money route.
- Serge Ibaka vs. POR ($7500) – I’m not crazy about Ibaka just coming off an ankle injury and that he’s facing the Trailblazers, but I do love his 32.9 FPPG average from last season in 97 games played including the playoffs. Ibaka is someone you can count on to anchor a roster without spending uber-bucks.
- Zach Randolph vs. MIN ($7300) – I consider this a decent value, even though the price tag may not represent so. The matchup is good and Z-Bo isn’t going to hurt you in this one. If you don’t want to spend the bucks on him, I’m sure you can find lesser options for a lesser price. I have Z-Bo here because I trust him.
- Patrick Patterson vs. ATL ($4000) – It’s all about the minutes with Patterson, but assuming he can get 25 minutes or so he’s going to give owners nice production each night. I like him facing the Hawks on Wednesday, getting points and rebounds for an outstanding price.
- Demarcus Cousins vs. GS ($10000) – Did you know that Cousins averaged 46.7 FPPG last season? Yow-za. There’s only a handful of players that I’m willing to go 10K on, and Cousins is one of them.
- Andre Drummond vs. DEN ($8700) – Drummond averaged a 13 PPG and 13 RPG double-double last season, which puts him atop as one of the best centers in the game. Let’s not forget about his defensive skills, in which he excels. If there’s a knock on Drummond it’s his FT%, but we really don’t care about that. Do we?
- Robin Lopez vs. OKC ($6100) – You have to love what Lopez did last season for the Trailblazers. I know I do, and I expect more of the same this season. This game is a solid matchup for Lopez, where he could have an advantage as a big man.
- Miles Plumlee vs. LAL ($5500) – The Lakers are not going to be a very good club this season, so Plumlee could see a good minute chunk immediately in this one. The price is decent for a guy that can get close to 10 points and 10 rebounds a game.
Good luck on Wednesday, and if you’re interested in the Twitter thing you can catch me here: @TheRolyPolyBoy