NBA Bargains 11/21/2016

Happy Holiday Week!  We have a nice nine game schedule for tonight with several large contests in play across the industry.  Just a reminder, there are no NBA games on Thanksgiving Day so we are going to see MEGA SLATES on Wednesday (13 games) and Friday (15 games) so get ready for a wild ride!

As always, more information will be released by the teams closer to tip-off, but this should give us plenty of discounted options to work with in the meantime.

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Point Guards

Ish Smith – DET vs HOU – Smith has been a solid option over his last half dozen games averaging 30.1mpg, 10.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 6.0apg and 1.8 combined blocks/steals.  While these are not eye popping numbers he generally scores 25ish fantasy points per game and this should be a nice freewheeling affair with plenty of fantasy goodness to go around with the 206.0 projected point total.

Patrick Beverley – HOU at DET – Sticking in the same contest, we have Patrick Beverley who is back in action after missing the first part of the season with a knee injury.  He should be in line for close to 25-27 minutes and through the first two games back he is averaging in the low 20 point range depending on site scoring systems.

Tyler Johnson – MIA at PHI – Dion Waiters is going to be a game-time-decision tonight with a sore groin.  If he is out, then Tyler Johnson becomes an outstanding value play as one of the key Heat players who will absorb the extra shot attempts.  Small forward Justise Winslow has already been ruled out as well.

Shooting Guard

Monta Ellis – IND vs GSW – With Paul George and C.J. Miles questionable again on Monday after sitting out Sunday’s game, Ellis should be in line for 37-40 minutes against the ‘Dubs tonight.  While he gets more usage when he is running with the second unit, this workload should provide him ample opportunities to produce fantasy points tonight in the game with the highest projected point total (220.0).

Josh Richardson – MIA at PHI – Richardson has seen his price steadily increasing with his solid production over his last six games with 32.2mpg, 15.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.0apg and 2.0 combined blocks/steals.  This will be a pace-up game for Miami and there should be frequent three point opportunities for the Heat’s youngster who is averaging just over 4.5 attempts per game.

Small Forward

James Johnson – MIA at PHI – With Justise Winslow already ruled out for tonight’s game, Johnson should again see a solid 25-30 minutes of action and he has been scoring nearly a fantasy point per minute over his last seven games.  Enjoy this discount dandy while the majority of the DFS community continues to overlook him.

Marcus Morris – DET vs HOU – After a three game mini-slump where he scored seven points in each contest, Morris found his shot on Saturday night against Boston dropping four three-pointers on his way to 24 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks.  He gets a matchup tonight with the team that drafted him so he should be focused and ready to add to his career high field goal and scoring rate.

Power Forward

Frank Kaminski – CHA vs MEM – With Cody Zeller already ruled out for another game with his shoulder injury and Roy Hibbert on a minutes limit (18 per the coaches), Frank the Tank should be in line for a heavy workload against Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph.

Jon Leuer – DET vs HOU – While Defense versus Position is not the end all, be all, it does show us that once against the Rockets are not very effective against opposing power forwards.  Leuer has carved out a nice role with his new team as a stretch-four and Coach Stan Van Gundy continues to encourage him to take more shots.

Markieff Morris – WAS vs PHO – Morris was sidelined with an ankle injury on Saturday, but he has already stated that he wants to be sure he is on the court tonight against his former team.  What are the odds that both of the Morrii (which is more fun to say than the Morrises or the Morris twins) have games against the teams that selected them in the 2012 NBA Draft on the same night?  Clearly someone in the scheduling office has a sense of humor!


Alex Len and Alan Williams – PHO at WAS – If Tyson Chandler (personal) is away from the team for another game, both Len and Williams are in play.  Len because he generally gets more minutes against traditional centers like Marcin Gortat and Williams because he has been an amazing surprise the last two games averaging 24.5mpg, 13.5ppg, 13.0rpg and 2.5bpg for nearly forty fantasy points.  Granted  he did make 11 of 15 shots after having only played eight total minutes this season prior to his eye-popping appearance on the DFS radar.

Clint Capela – HOU at DET – Capela is on a heater with 29+ fantasy points in six of his last seven games and in his last two meetings against the Pistons he is averaging just shy of 30 fantasy points per game.  While not as cheap as he was a week ago, Capela is still a fine differentiation play on Monday, particularly on sites that have him listed as a power forward or with utility/flex roster slots.


Good Luck Gamers! ~ EMac