Today’s NBA targets break down the 9-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
- Jrue Holiday vs. LAL ($7,400) – It doesn’t seem that anything should affect Holiday and his numbers against the Lakers, although there is some concern that he should be moved along slowly due to his injury last season. I love the minutes he’s getting and the almost 33 FPPG he’s putting up on the board. Look for a new seasonal high in this one.
- Ty Lawson vs. POR ($7,000) – Lawson is just coming back from injury, or at least he did on Sunday where he seemed just fine as he picked up 40.5 fantasy points. Some players you know you can count on, and Lawson is one of them. And, it’s just a special kind of deal when a PG can get you consistent rebounding numbers too. You’ll take the baskets and assists, plus the steals, but rebounds? Ding-ding-ding!
- Reggie Jackson vs. MIL ($6,500) – I’m sticking with Jackson who is coming off a 45.5 performance on Tuesday – Why, yes, I did suggest him for Tuesday’s games – as he was 12-21 from the field while getting some rebounds, assists, steals and just about every other contributing stat that you’d go ga-ga over. Jackson’s salary is really going to jump by Thursday or Friday, so enjoy this price on the young point guard.
- Mario Chalmers vs. IND ($4,400) – Chalmers gets a 27th OPRK matchup and he’s giving us wild and crazy DFS owners 22.5 FPPG to this point. I’m kind of going with my gut on Chalmers, but at this price I think I can risk things on him. I just wish he built a bit more consistency early on, although there’s plenty of time for him to level off as the season wears on.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
- Tyreke Evans vs. LAL ($7,600) – The poor Lakers. It just seems every time I find a player I truly love in my write-ups it’s been against my Lakers. Oh, I never told you? Yes, I’m a Lakers fan and have been since I was about 10-years old growing up in the lovely suburbs of Los Angeles. I have fond memories of Magic Johnson, James Worthy, and of course my favorite of all time… Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. I was certainly spoiled as a kid with those old Lakers teams, so it’s tough to watch what’s on the court now. Players like Evans, who still produce points even when their shot is going horribly wrong (Monday), are huge coups in the DFS world.
- Joe Johnson vs. PHO ($6,900) – Just when you think Joe Johnson’s skills may start to decline, he manages to prove you wrong. I mean, he is 33-years old and playing in this 13th season in the NBA. He’s getting minutes, producing with those minutes and I love his personal one-on-one OPRK matchup. You should see much of the same as his earlier games, where he’s putting up 19.8 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 3.8 APG all rolled into 34 FPPG.
- Kyle Korver vs. UTA ($5,600) – Korver’s real value lies within the success of his 3-point shot, and he’s averaging almost four three’s a game now. That’s kind of nutty, but I’m certainly not going to complain. The matchup isn’t great for Korver, but I’m willing to take the chance that his shot is on facing the Jazz.
- Avery Bradley vs. OKC ($4,900) – For the minutes Bradley has been getting I would have figured he’d be giving a bit more overall. I’m likely just being too tough on the guy, but my expectations are for better all-around production as the season wears on will come to fruition. Still, I love what I’m getting for 4.9K.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
- Gordon Hayward vs. ATL ($8,000) – Aside from Carmelo Anthony, Hayward is about as good as it gets on Wednesday. The drop in price between the two is nice too ($600) and Hayward is taking on the lead role for the Jazz in a fantastic way. Expect more of the same from him moving forward, even if he’ll slow at times over the season. Wednesday’s matchup will mean lots of Hayward shots as the Jazz will be playing from behind a lot of the night, although his career 36.2 percent shooting percentage against the Hawks leaves a lot to be desired.
- Josh Smith vs. WAS ($7,800) – I’m running with Smith again considering his all-around game. Smith has always been that type of player, one that can fill a box score while never really destroying your DFS lineup on any given night. Okay, well I’m sure he’s destroyed lineups in the past, but you get my point. Currently, Smith is averaging 36.0 FPPG.
- Solomon Hill vs. MIA ($4,600) – Hill’s production has been sporadic at times so far this year; however, I dig the value at 4.6K. I’m fine with his 23.2 FPPG average for the greenbacks spent. Keep in mind that Hill’s value moving forward will depend on how the health of Rodney Stuckey is overall.
- Andrew Wiggins vs. HOU ($4,500) – The Wiggins suggestion is really only about the minutes he’s getting right now and that he has a boom shot of reaching 20-25 fantasy points. Not bad at the price.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
- Anthony Davis vs. LAL ($11,200) – You definitely get what you pay for if you decide to lock up Davis at 11.2K. The salary really hits hard, but with the matchup facing the Lakers and with his 58.3 FPPG average I’d find a way to work around the salary playing a Stars-and-Scrubs lineup.
- LaMarcus Aldridge vs. DEN ($8,900) – Can you believe that Anthony Davis is averaging almost 20 fantasy points more than Aldridge this season? Shocking, huh? Okay, not that shocking considering Davis’ extreme skill set. Aldridge is obviously lower in salary and I like the 28th OPRK he’s got against Denver, plus he’s hot right now coming off two games where he’s averaged over 48 fantasy points.
- Channing Frye vs. NY ($5,200) – Frye is coming off a wonderful night on Tuesday where everything seemed to fall right. Don’t expect 33.5 points from him like Tuesday, but I’m good with 20-25 for the salary and his 30th OPRK.
- Amar’e Stoudemire vs. ORL ($5,000) – For a player that’s not even getting 30 minutes a game, Stoudemire is putting up solid averages. Stoudemire is doing a bit of everything early on and is a worth paying 5K for. You get rebounds and baskets from Stoudemire, along with someone that can give you a double-double.
- Chris Bosh vs. IND ($8,700) – Bosh is your no-brainer stud if you’re not worried about his price tag. The matchup is good for Bosh and he seems to have adjusted quite well to the lead role with Miami. I mean, when you don’t have to share the ball with LeBron James your numbers are bound to go up, eh?
- Nikola Vucevic vs. NY ($8,400) – There aren’t many players I know I can count on each night, but Vucevic is one of them. I displayed my love for my fantasy superhero just the other day and even when Vucevic is doing things I don’t like (turn the ball over), he still gets the numbers I want out him.
- Roy Hibbert vs. MIA ($7,000) – Hibbert has been hot-and-cold over his last four games played, but some of that can be chalked up to his nagging knee injury. The matchup isn’t the greatest, and the value isn’t the best, although I like Hibbert to start getting some consistent numbers including his points scored and rebounds. I think he steps up in this game.
- Chris Kaman vs. DEN ($3,500) – For the salary, I don’t see a better center option than Kaman. You’re not going to get a ton of minutes out of him, but 9.4 PPG and 6.8 RPG, to go along with 1.5 BLKPG? And for that salary? Kaman is a gimme. Imagine if Kaman was playing 30 minutes a night.
Good luck on Wednesday! Catch me on Twitter @TheRolyPolyBoy