Today’s NBA targets breakdown the 6-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
- Stephen Curry vs. SA ($10,200) – Curry may turn the ball over a bit too much at times, but there aren’t many players in the league that are going to get you 3.5 steals a game which is what the young superstar point guard has done to this point. Actually, there is no one in the NBA right now stealing the ball like Curry. Sure, he’ll slow down a bit in that department but he contributes across the board in a dominant fashion everywhere else. I don’t have a problem forking out the dough for Curry on Tuesday.
- Kemba Walker vs. POR ($7,800) – Walker is shooting .478 on the year, although he’s been a bit sporadic with his 3-point shot and staying consistent with his shot in general. Still, he gives assists, steals and points scored for a solid stud-option assuming you’re not willing to go the 10.2K for Curry.
- Reggie Jackson vs. MIL ($6,500) – You can find a lower priced point guard option for Tuesday, but you won’t find a better value. For the 6.5K tag, Jackson is giving DFS owners incredible return as he’s averaging almost 38 FPPG while netting over 40 minutes per game. The Thunder need production to help cover all of their injuries, so don’t expect Jackson’s minutes to slow any time soon.
- Devin Harris vs. SAC ($4,600) – I like Harris to bounce back on Tuesday considering his No. 30 OPRK and that he had a poor showing last game out facing the Heat. Harris gives you about 25 minutes a game and I like his chances of getting at least 20 fantasy points. I don’t see Harris hurting owners.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
- Lance Stephenson vs. POR ($6,700) – I actually don’t mind paying this price for Stephenson given the 29 FPPG average he’s putting up so far. Considering the other options out there on Tuesday, Stephenson makes the “stud” category. Most of his production comes from the defensive aspect of his game and his ability to dish the ball, but we’re okay with that.
- Kobe Bryant vs. MEM ($8,400) – Bryant is really the only player you can count on to give you 35-plus points at the SG slot. The Lakers can’t seem to do anything right this season, but Bryant is the bright-light for DFS owners at SG on Tuesday. It may take some maneuvering to get Bryant in your lineup if you’re also locking up another player at another position at a similar price.
- Wesley Matthews vs. POR ($6,100) – I like Matthews and his 3-point ability. I love taking advantage of players that are shooting well from the outside and that you know won’t be afraid to take shots either. Look for Matthews to have his shot on, and expect a big night from him as he’ll also get some solid rebounds and maybe even a steal.
- O.J. Mayo vs. OKC ($4,000) – Luckily for Mayo, he’s been contributing elsewhere in the box score to make up for his abysmal shooting this season. His shot will improve, and I expect him to get some excellent looks on the perimeter as well today. Look for him to correct his shot against the Thunder, exceeding his 22.8 FPPG average.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
- Rudy Gay vs. DAL ($7,700) – Gay was questionable for Sunday’s game but was able to give DFS owners 50 dominant points. He did just about everything right for a guy that was fighting off an illness. Gay has been shooting the ball very well and he’s been playing solid defensive basketball. Lock him up as your SF stud on Tuesday.
- Tobias Harris vs. TOR ($6,900) – Harris is giving mad-rebounding production from the SF slot. Actually, he’s the best SF-rebounder in the league right now. Combine his defensive abilities with his shot and you’ve got a 31.4 FPPG average this season. Harris is still slightly underrated in my mind, both as a real player and DFS contributor.
- Kawhi Leonard vs. GS ($5,900) – At this price, I’m willing to take the chance that Leonard’s shot will start improving on Tuesday. He’s playing the game well everywhere else, he just needs to get his groove back. If you’re looking for a gamble, go with Leonard against the Warriors.
- Marvin Williams vs. POR ($3,900) – I guess I’m going all-in on Hornets players today, eh? Let’s remember, I am in no way suggesting to load your team up with all Hornets, but a nice lineup with a couple of Hornets stingers mixed in is fine by me. Just be smart about it. Williams is the guy you want if you’re searching for a round-out player type. I wish he did a bit more with the minutes he’s been given so far, but for 3.9K I shouldn’t complain.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
- Tim Duncan vs. GS ($7,500) – I could take the easy way out and say spend the big bucks on LaMarcus Aldridge, but I like Duncan’s tag for what he has given to this point. You get Duncan for $1,300 less than Aldridge, and while Duncan may have had a stinker of a game last time out he’s an excellent option to bounce back against the Warriors.
- Zach Randolph vs. LAL ($7,100) – The Lakers are giving up almost 113 points a game and that means Randolph has a chance to get a bit nutty with his shot. We know he can rebound with the best of them, but if his shot is hitting as well? Then we’re looking at a serious double-double here today, folks. Throw in a steal, some free throws, bada-bing! Randolph is b-a-n-k!
- Jordan Hill vs. MEM ($6,500) – Hill may not be a great value here, but I like the consistency he has given to this point. Also, Hill gives DFS owners a shot at a double-double every night, which isn’t too shabby. The minutes are nice to see as well. Hill is a good player to snag around some high-ceiling boom-or-bust guys when choosing your lineup.
- Amir Johnson vs. ORL ($5,100) – Speaking of boom-or-bust, Johnson sort of fits the bill early on. He’s a decent buy with the possibility of a huge game. Johnson’s 25th OPRK gives him a solid advantage on Tuesday and I can see locking him in here if the idea is to save some dollars.
- Nikola Vucevic vs. TOR ($8,400) – Vucevic has not only been my early-season hero, I’m sure he’s been yours too. Anytime you can grab a center that can double-double for you without spending the world, you do it. Points, rebounds and blocks are Vucevic’s game and consider it gravy if he gets you anything else.
- Marc Gasol vs. LAL ($7,500) – Let’s load up on the Lakers. I mean, why not? If they can’t defend their end of the court then we need to do our DFS duty and get Gasol in our lineups. This game has big-time boom production written all over it. I can see Gasol having a seasonal fantasy point high on Tuesday.
- Tyson Chandler vs. SAC ($5,900) – There’s nothing I can’t say here that I haven’t said before. Give me Chandler with his consistency and value stepping things up a bit over his last two games. Chandler gets a nice matchup with a 25th OPRK against the Kings, while giving owners 28.4 FPPG on average. I’m taking that at 5.9K.
- Nick Collison vs. MIL ($3,000) – Collison is your “diggin-deep” pick at the big-man slot. Nothing fancy here, just 20-25 minutes with five points and five rebounds. Oh, and a chance at a block or two for you. Well, likely one block. If you’re lucky. Yee-haw.
Good luck on Tuesday! Catch me on Twitter @TheRolyPolyBoy