NBA Bargains 1/16/17

This is one of the signature NBA days with nine games beginning at 1pm ET and cascading start times throughout the remainder of the day.

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.  Don’t forget to tune into the special Fast Eddie Fear NBA periscopes at Noon and 6:30pm ET on Twitter @FanViceDFS.

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Point Guards

Sergio Rodriguez – PHI at MIL (EARLY) – With T.J. McConnell ruled out with a wrist injury, Sergio Rodriguez moves to the front of the line for the early game set cheapies.

Brandon Jennings – NYK vs ATL (EARLY) – There are not many discount point guard options in the early game set player pool, but we can look to Brandon Jennings off the bench since he does see fairly steady minutes as evidenced by his 23+ in four of the Knicks last five games.  Of course even with minutes, his production is all over the place since he is heavily dependent on scoring and he has a 39.0 FG% over his eight year career.  Today is about tournaments however, so we can assume some extra risks while we search for sneaky upside potential.

Jameer Nelson – DEN vs ORL (EARLY) – The thirteen year veteran welcomes his former team to the Pepsi Center in the Mile High City in this late afternoon holiday game.  Nelson is a solid punt option because he sees close to 20 minutes per game backing up both guard spots and if he can knock down a couple three pointers, he will pay off his price tag handsomely.

Austin Rivers and Raymond Felton – LAC vs OKC (LATE) – If Steven Adams (potential concussion) is out, then there will be temptation for both teams to go with three guard lineups and that definitely benefits the Clippers since that is where five of their six most productive players are listed.


Shooting Guard

Jodie Meeks – ORL at DEN (EARLY) – Meeks should continue to start with Evan Fournier doubtful for the next two games.  He is another player that is heavily dependent on his scoring for his fantasy production, but he does help fill one the pesky two-guard roster position.

Gary Harris – DEN vs ORL (EARLY) – With this being the last game of the early contests, I am a little nervous locking in Gary Harris who has been dealing with a groin injury.  He did play 33 minutes on Thursday and has had four days of rest, so he should be good to go.  Again, since this is a tournament-centric day, we can do things we normally may not consider.

Marco Belinelli – CHA at BOS (LATE) – There is a high likelihood that Jeremy Lamb is out of commission tonight, which would elevate Belinelli into the conversation as the top discount shooting guard option.

J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford – LAC vs OKC (LATE) – Do you feel lucky Punk?  Well do ya?  Since I never seem to get these guys correct on a regular basis, I am listing both of them since they are options at their respective price points in the matchup with the Thunder.


Small Forward

Aaron Gordon – ORL at DEN (EARLY) – The upside is unmistakable with Gordon as he has topped 30+ fantasy points in five of his last night games, however, he also has two single digit fantasy performances during that stretch and those are the outings where he can single-handedly torpedo our hopes and dreams.

Mindaugas Kuzminskas – NYK vs ATL (EARLY) – This is the early game, so we should have definitive word on Kristaps Porzingis.  If he is out, then we can look to Kuzminskas as an extreme punt option with the usual caveats about volatility.

Andre Iguodala – GSW vs CLE (LATE) – Ugh, there are not many good plays at the small forward position outside of the three most expensive players (LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Gordon Hayward).  We do know that Iguodala should see more minutes in the matchup as the Warriors tighten up their rotation for a little 2016 Finals / Christmas Day revenge.

Joe Johnson – UTA vs PHX (LATE) – With Rodney Hood likely out with a hyperextended knee, Johnson should see a boost in minutes, though it is always hard to predict when he will actually perform.  Five to twenty-five fantasy points is well within his range of outcomes tonight.


Power Forward

Ersan Ilyasova – PHI at MIL (EARLY) – Don’t look now, but the Ghost Faced Ilya’ has posted 19+ fantasy points in his last nineteen games.  He should be familiar with the shooting backdrop in the Bradley Center having spent the first seven years of his career with the Bucks.

Terrence Jones – NOP at IND (EARLY) – It will be interesting to see if Jones draws another start or if the Pellies elect to go with Omer Asik or Alexi Ajinca since the Pacers have a fairly tall frontcourt.  If Jones starts, he is a steal at his current price point, if he is back to a reserve role then he is an adequate discount dandy.

Enes Kanter – OKC at LAC (LATE) – While not a true discount dandy, if you are playing any of the “all-day” contests, you will want to get a jump on your competition with the knowledge that Steven Adams is potentially dealing with a concussion which would leave the Thunder thin on the frontcourt.

Derrick Favors – UTA at PHO (LATE) – It looks like the minutes restriction is essentially lifted for Favors, though it is unlikely we see him playing more than 30 minutes in any single game through the All-Star Break.  This is a nice “pace up” game for the Jazz and one where we should see Favors produce 25-27 fantasy points.



Joakim Noah – NYK vs ATL (EARLY) – Noah will draw the assignment of guarding Dwight Howard, so he should see 25-30 minutes in this matchup and has the ability to reach the thirty fantasy point plateau.  If Kristaps Porzingis is out, then Kyle O’Quinn is worthy of consideration, but just be aware that he will likely be in foul trouble early in this matchup.

Cody Zeller – CHA at BOS (LATE) – While his brother Tyler is on the Celtics, he is questionable with an illness tonight so we may not get to see any Zeller on Zeller battles in the paint.  Regardless, this is an excellent matchup for Zeller who should be in the mix for a double double in this contest.

Tyson Chandler – PHO vs UTA (LATE) – While he is averaging just under 20 fantasy points this season against Rudy Gobert and the Jazz, it is a four game player pool for the evening contests and Chandler has tallied 15+ rebounds in five straight games.  He is a fine contrarian option in all formats.

Good Luck Gamers! ~ EMac