Today’s NBA targets breakdown the 12-game NBA slate we have with a look at the studs, sleepers and mid-range players you want to have rotating in your lineups.
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POINT GUARD TARGETS
- John Wall vs. IND ($9,600) – Wall is about as hot as a player can get at this point in the season, unless you consider Anthony Davis. The Wizards point guard has been averaging 50.7 FPPG and gets a solid individual matchup against the Pacers on Wednesday as he draws Donald Sloan. Wall is a no-brainer option if you’re looking for a superhero PG play.
- Jeff Teague vs. SA ($7,500) – The Spurs aren’t exactly a pushover defensively, so Teague isn’t going to have it easy. Still, I like him enough to slot in here considering he’s 15-for-26 on the season so far and 13-for-14 at the free throw line. Plus, Teague has been playing great defensively with six steals and two blocks through two games.
- Donald Sloan vs. WAS ($6,000) – As a short-term fill in option for the Pacers, Sloan has played pretty well offensively averaging over 13 points from the field while giving owners six assists and a steal a night. I know Sloan isn’t an extreme value at this price, but he represents a good enough value for the points he’s providing at $6,000.
- Mo Williams vs. BKN ($3,400) – Williams’ shot wasn’t on in his last game like it was over the first two games of the season, but I like him to bounce back in the 20-25 minutes he should receive against the Nets on Wednesday. We should see around 15-20 points here, with that being a nice value at his current price.
SHOOTING GUARD TARGETS
- Dwayne Wade vs. CHA ($7,500) – I brought this up in Tuesday’s Targets under my Chris Bosh suggestion, but with the departure of LeBron James I see Wade’s numbers jumping significantly along with Bosh. Wade is currently averaging 16.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 6.7 APG and 1.7 STLPG, all pointing to 36.4 FPPG. The price is decent enough for the expected point production you’ll get from Wade.
- DeMar DeRozan vs. POR ($8,000) – Aside from Klay Thompson, DeRozan is putting up the most points on average at the SG slot. He gets the Celtics, who I may be underrating some at this point. Still, the odds are that DeRozan gets 30-35 points against the Celtics on Wednesday.
- Tony Allen vs. PHO ($4,600) – Allen gets the suggestion here because of his defensive skills and that he’s getting over 30 minutes of playing time a game right now. Sometimes that’s all it takes – the minutes and the ability to rebound and steal the ball.
- Evan Fournier vs. PHI ($4,200) – Fournier has played good basketball through his first three games and should continue to get the minutes he’s seen moving forward. He’s currently 17-for-31 on the young season from the field, while knocking down six three-pointers in the process. He doesn’t do a ton defensively, but that’s okay considering what Fournier has been doing with his shot.
SMALL FORWARD TARGETS
- LeBron James vs. UTA ($10,700) – I’ll probably write this piece 100 times this season, with LeBron appearing in 99 of them. I mean, why wouldn’t I suggest him with the obvious production he’ll give yet again this year. You just have to be okay spending that kind of cash on one player.
- Jeff Green vs. TOR ($6,700) – Green has been giving stud points so far this season and the price on him is fantastic. I don’t see Green keeping up this kind of pace, but the matchup is solid as well as his nine three’s in three games played. Snag him.
- Draymond Green vs. LAC ($5,000) – I usually like to dig a bit deeper regarding price value, although I’m okay with Green in this slot today. He’s giving consistent numbers in place of the injured David Lee, so only use Green if Lee is out yet again. Over the first games of the season, Green is giving owners 23.6 FPPG.
- James Johnson vs. BOS ($3,700) – Johnson is the perfect example of what a player can do in limited minutes. Sure, you’re not going to see dominant numbers from Johnson but 14.2 in the minutes he’s given? Take it. And, this is assuming you’re not looking for a superhero at this price range.
POWER FORWARD TARGETS
- Blake Griffin vs. GS ($10,100) – Count Griffin as a for-sure option, but you knew that already. I’d like to see him get another 50-point fantasy night, but I’d be okay with 40 points. That’s not asking for too much, is it? Griffin is doing his thing, snagging rebounds and scoring points. He’ll throw in some blocks now and then, same with assists, but you draft him for the points and rebounds he gives from the field.
- Paul Millsap vs. SA ($7,700) – Millsap is a big drop in salary from Blake Griffin, and if you’re okay taking a 10-15 FPPG reduction then I’d actually consider him over Griffin overall on Wednesday. Even on an off night facing the Spurs, I’ve got Millsap giving 25 points for DFS owners.
- Boris Diaw vs. ATL ($4,500) – By now, if you’ve been reading me since the start of the season, you know how important I gauge consistency especially so early in the season when choosing a lineup. Diaw provides his points by scoring, rebounding and dishing assists. And, you also know how much I like multi-contributing players at a value.
- Brandon Davies vs. ORL ($4,200) – A lot of Davies’ production will be determined on the minutes he receives, but even if Henry Sims gets the start in this one I’d gamble that Davies gets 15-20 minutes anyway. He’s done well with the limited opportunities he’s been given.
- Nikola Vucevic vs. PHI ($8,800) – I’m sure you’re fine with a two-day in a row suggestion, as I advised starting Vucevic yesterday and got rewarded with 19 points and 13 rebounds. I see much of the same for him on Wednesday, and love his matchup facing the 76ers. I expect at least 35 points.
- Roy Hibbert vs. WAS ($7,000) – I’ve got Hibbert pegged as one of the better values at center on Wednesday. How many times will we get a shot at Hibbert for $7,000? If he keeps a 35 PPG pace up then we’ll see a jump in salary. The matchup is pretty solid for Hibbert as well facing the Wizards.
- Andrew Bogut vs. LAC ($5,400) – As long as Bogut keeps putting up double-digit rebounds, he’ll retain his value. Plus, the dude can block shots with the best of them while not really hurting owners in any one category. Don’t be surprised to see another double-double out of Bogut on Wednesday.
- Javale McGee vs. WAS ($4,100) – McGee has a lovely .647 FG% so far on the season, while he’s averaging three blocks a game. There’s a great chance his minutes could increase as the season wears on, but I am a bit concerned that he’s only averaged about 13 minutes or so per game. Still, I’m taking a chance he can block and put up enough shots to be worth slotting into your lineup.
Good luck on Wednesday and don’t forget you can catch me on Twitter @TheRolyPolyBoy!