Today’s NBA targets breakdown the 8-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
- Brandon Knight vs. IND ($7,500) – It’s not a large sample size but Knight has been averaging 44 FPPG to start the season over his first three contests. Knight is doing everything for the Bucks – rebounding, dishing assists, getting steals and putting up points. The individual matchup is nice for Knight as he draws the Pacers’ Donald Sloan. I’m not calling for 40 points, but Knight will get close since the offense is running through him right now.
- Kyrie Irving vs. POR ($7,300) – Irving was a bit off against Chicago last time out as the Bulls were able to keep him from playing his defensive game with only one rebound and zero steals. Let’s not forget about his lack of assists too, although I like Irving to bounce back in this one even with the Trailblazers being a tough overall matchup. Irving will get his shot back and he’ll pick up more points via assists and steals.
- Isaiah Thomas vs. LAL ($5,400) – Thomas has been averaging about 23 minutes a game to this point, so he’s making his minutes count with the production he’s giving. He’s being worked into the Suns rotation enough that I’d look at him as a smart snag for the salary. A 35-point night is not out of the question for Thomas against the lowly Lakers.
- Kirk Hinrich vs. ORL ($3,800) – I like the idea of taking advantage of Hinrich with the Bulls fighting some injuries right now in their back court. Hinrich won’t give you spectacular numbers, but he’s a decent fill-out option if you need a value PG option. Most of Hinrich’s fantasy value lies within his ability to score and steal as he hasn’t done much anywhere else. He should at least give you 25 minutes on Tuesday.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
- Kobe Bryant vs. PHO ($7,800) – It’s all about consistency for me when I’m locking in Kobe Bryant. He’s someone I can count on each and every night for solid point production. Sure, he may have an off night now and then but if you want a strong and consistent option at SG lock Kobe up. So far this season he’s giving DraftKings DFS owners 37.3 FPPG. I don’t see the Suns stopping Kobe defensively.
- DeMar DeRozan vs. OKC ($8,000) – DeRozan has been on fire over his last two games with a .500 FG% going 20-of-40, and he’s giving owners 42.2 points a night on average so far. DeRozan does enough to fill the boxscore for owners and should be considered an auto-play on most nights. Lock DeRozan in considering the Thunder is hurting injury-wise, and don’t be surprised to see a 50-point night out of him on Tuesday.
- Eric Gordon vs. CHA ($4,400) – It’s only a matter of time before Gordon’s shot starts to fall, considering his new role and the minutes that he’s getting with the Pelicans. I like the drop in salary here of $600 from the previous game for Gordon, and consider him a gift option for Tuesday’s game.
- Iman Shumpert vs. WAS ($4,000) – I expect Shumpert’s production to go up some but I’m okay buying him now at his 4K price. Shumpert is getting solid minutes early on and like most players should improve as his minutes stay consistent. Expect to see Shumpert’s assists and rebounds bump up a bit in this one.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
- LeBron James vs. POR ($10,700) – There isn’t really much to say here except that LeBron is LeBron. He had a poor opening night in his return to the Cavaliers, but don’t expect to see many 25-point nights from the superstar shooting forward. I’ve got LeBron rebounding in a big way against the Trailblazers.
- Carmelo Anthony vs. ($8,700) – If you’re not going with LeBron at the SF slot then Anthony is the way to go on Tuesday, assuming you’ve got the bones to throw his way. His shot has improved each game, albeit a very short sample size this season, while Anthony has been sinking three’s. I expect a bump up very soon in all-around production, even as soon as now.
- Tobias Harris vs. CHI ($5,800) – Harris gets noticed for his decent salary range and that he’s getting minutes with Channing Frye and Victor Oladipo out to injury. He will continue to get a good run of quality time, which means I like him to get around 15-20 points, 6 rebounds and a steal on Tuesday. Let’s not forget about Harris’ ability to knock down some three’s.
- C.J. Miles vs. MIL ($4,100) – I’m not crazy about Miles’ shooting percentage early on, but I do love the minutes you can get for about 4K – hard to beat actually. The matchup pushes Miles into my lineup, not the 10-minute cut in minutes he received last game out. Don’t worry about Miles playing only 20 minutes on Tuesday, as he was only 3-of-13 against the Hawks. I’m confident Miles provides one of the better values on the night.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
- Anthony Davis vs. CHA ($11,500) – Hmm. Am I okay paying 11.5K for Davis? You better believe I am, but that’s because I have confidence in finding values so I can run a Studs-and-Duds lineup. It doesn’t get much better than this, folks. And, yes, I’m assuming Davis won’t get 15 rebounds every single night… or nine blocks.
- Pau Gasol vs. ORL ($7,400) – Gasol is safe suggestion for points at the salary listed. Expect around 35 points and for him to fill the boxscore for you in the process. I love players that do a little of everything, which again builds towards that consistent production you can rely upon each DFS night.
- Nene Hilario vs. NY ($5,800) – I’m buying-in on Nene, at least for right now I am. I’m taking the chance at 5.8K, so should you. I know his consistency issues and injury woes pop up all the time, but there has been quality production from Nene early on as he’s contributed across the stat sheet.
- Chris Copeland vs. MIL ($4,600) – Copeland has improved in every single game since the start of the season, increasing his point production from 19, 26.5 and finally to 37.5 in his last game played against the Hawks. It’s nice to see the effort early on, although the question of consistency will come into play. Still, I like what Copeland has done off the bench for the Pacers and that he’s been averaging 30 minutes a game to this point.
- Chris Bosh vs. HOU ($9,000) – Bosh has been a monster this season with LeBron James no longer in Miami. Expect to see much of the same moving forward and for Bosh’s salary to skyrocket above the 10K mark here very soon. Enjoy the value while you can on Bosh, even though he’s certainly a stud option as well right now.
- Nikola Vucevic vs. CHI ($8,500) – When Vucevic stops rebounding, I’ll stop suggesting him. Be prepared for Vucevic’s salary to continue to climb as well, as in Chris Bosh’s case. I don’t see anything stopping Vucevic considering his talent and skills and that he has “superstar” written all over him. Take advantage of the salary level on him while you can – he’s already jumped up $900 in three games.
- Anderson Varejao vs. POR ($4,200) – I’m harping on consistency once again, but at this point in the season it’s all I have considering it’s so early yet. Varejao isn’t going to light up a scoreboard, but he’ll do enough in the 25 or so minutes he gets – a highly undervalued play.
- Lavoy Allen vs. MIL ($3,300) – You better hop on Allen while you can. We’ve got a serious value here with the amount of points he’s putting up while David West is injured. West’s return is questionable, but could happen very soon so watch closely before you automatically put Allen into your lineup. What does 3.3K get you? 22.4 FPPG.
Good luck on Tuesday, and don’t forget you can catch me on Twitter @TheRolyPolyBoy.