NBA Bargains 1/14/17
The weekend is here and we have a small four-game main slate at hand with some affordable options that can open up some salary relief in order to fit in some of the higher priced players, so let’s jump right into it and go over some of tonight’s bargains.
T.J. McConnell – McConnell has done well since moving into the starting lineup. In fact, the Sixers are on a three-game winning streak and have won five of their last six games. McConnell is averaging 34.8 minutes, eight points, nine assists, five rebounds, 1.7 steals, and over 29 fantasy points per game in his last six. The Wizards are 21st in defense efficiency, so this is a favorable situation.
Tony Parker – I know, I know, it is tough to click on “draft player” for him, but Parker has actually been solid as of late. Over his last nine games, he is averaging 26.2 minutes, 15.3 points, six assists, 2.6 rebounds, and over 25 fantasy points per game. He faces off against the Suns who are giving up the fifth most fantasy points per game to point guards and are 24th in defense efficiency. In addition, they have allowed +3.76 points above expectations to the position. There is always risk when playing a Spurs player in a potential blowout, but this is a four game slate so options are limited.
Rodney Hood – Hood is coming off of a season-high 27 point game, while making seven three-pointers. He has now put together two back-to-back 29+ fantasy point performances, but remains less than $4,500 on both DraftKings and Fanduel, and is reasonably priced across the industry. The Magic’s defense is middling at best, so he should have no trouble having another productive evening.
Tyreke Evans – Evans has now played at least 20 minutes in three consecutive games and continues to be a high fantasy point per minute player. Over his last three games, he is averaging 23 minutes, 15 points, 4.3 assists, three rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game. He topped 45 fantasy points in his last game, while scoring a season-high 29 points. If Anthony Davis sits out tonight, the Pelicans could lean on Evans’ scoring once again. Even he Davis does play, Evans has shown the ability to scored 24+ fantasy points in limited minutes. He is a tournament play only due to the volatility in playing time. Another bonus is that he is SF eligible on DraftKings.
P.J. Tucker – The small forward position is extremely thin and it is very likely I will be paying up at this position tonight. However, if you are thinking of taking the cheap route at SF, Tucker is an option. He is averaging 31.6 minutes and a tad under 20 fantasy points per game in his last nine. He is very volatile, but is also very cheap across the industry.
Taj Gibson – Gibson gets a good matchup against the Pelicans, who are giving up the fourth most fantasy points and second most rebounds per game to power forwards. New Orleans is actually surrendering the most rebounds per game (49) to opponents, with a -4.4 differential. His minutes have been inconsistent as of late, but the Bulls have been involved in some blowout games, so this should not be an issue tonight. Gibson is not a high-ceiling player, but is steady and is in a favorable situation at a fair price.
Derrick Favors – The Jazz are on a back-to-back, but Favors played just 27 minutes in the blowout victory against the Pistons last night. Despite playing the light minutes, he was able to score 24 fantasy points. He has now scored over 24 fantasy points in four of his last six games and fewer than 19 fantasy points once during that stretch. Orlando is giving up 20.3 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game to opposing power forwards. They are also yielding the fourth most rebounds per game to opposing teams (45.4) with a -2.4 differential. At his cheap price tag across the industry, he should be able to pay off his salary with ease.
Tyson Chandler – Chandler has grabbed at least 15 rebounds in four straight games. During that stretch, he is averaging 32.5 minutes, eight points, 18 rebounds, one block, and over 30 fantasy points per game. This is a tough matchup nonetheless, but Chandler is too cheap for the minutes he is playing and how efficient he has been.
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Note: It is always wise to keep an eye out for injury news later in the day as this could open up immense value at some positions. Usually the last hour before lock is filled with news that can be very helpful.