NBA Bargains – 12/07/2016

There are ten games on the docket tonight tipping off at 7:00pm ET with the larger sites also running express game sets at 7:30pm, 8:00pm, 8:30pm and 9:00pm.  Unlike Tuesday, there are several superstars in action so we are going to need to find some value plays in order to be competitive with our rosters.

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

Tyler Johnson – MIA at ATL – With Dion Waiters, James Johnson and Justise Winslow all staying back in Miami for the Heat’s upcoming three game road trip, Tyler Johnson should continue to see steady minutes as the secondary ball-handler behind Goran Dragic along with time at shooting guard as the backup to Rodney McGruder/Wayne Ellington.  While most gamers do not like to play reserves, Johnson has seen 28+ minutes in eight straight games and produced 23.5+ fantasy points in seven of those contests.

Jamal Murray – DEN at BKN – Tournaments only, but the former University of Kentucky guard has 30+ fantasy points upside and if it is going to be unlocked, it will be in a game like this one with a 221.0 projected point total against one of the worst defenses in the league.

Jordan Clarkson – LAL at HOU – Clarkson is a “safer” option, but he is on everyone’s radar at this point with all the discussion about the dearth of healthy guards on the Lakers.


Shooting Guard

Will Barton – DEN at BKN – While his price is bumped up yet again after his first forty burger of the season, this is a fine matchup on both sides from a DFS perspective.  Over his last three games, Barton is averaging just under 34mpg with 19.7ppg, 6.7rpg, 4.0apg and 2.7 combined blocks/steals for a healthy 36.3 fantasy points per contest.

Monta Ellis – IND at PHX – Tournament salary relief only, since Ellis has managed 22+ fantasy points in only half of his last eight games.  On the other hand, this is a terrific matchup against the Phoenix Suns who have been dreadful all season against opposing shooting guards.

Wayne Ellington – MIA at ATL – In theory Ellington would be a safer play than Monta Ellis, but he will likely see the defense of either Kent Bazemore or Thabo Sefolosha which will not be an easy task.

Lou Williams – LAL at HOU – Williams salary continues to climb, but he has been outstanding for the Lakers with 78 real points in his last two games at home against Utah and in Memphis.  The Lakers continue to be shorthanded, so there is a realistic chance that he continues to flirt with the fifty fantasy point plateau in this matchup against the Rockets in Houston.

Small Forward

Jae Crowder – BOS at ORL – This is another solid matchup for Crowder, who unfortunately has not been scoring like he normally does.  The Magic are on a back-to-back having played Washington last night and if Isaiah Thomas (groin) is out, Crowder should get a handful of extra shots and that will be enough to push him into fantasy relevance once again.

Brandon Ingram – LAL at HOU – With D’Angelo Russell, Nick Young and Jose Calderon all out, the Lakers rookie has been seeing heavy minutes at both guard positions, even drawing the nominal start as “point guard” on Monday night.  While he has not really knocked anyone’s socks off, this is a high total game with defense seemingly optional.  We can go back to the well one more time for tournament salary relief.

Power Forward

Dwight Powell – DAL vs SAC – Both Dirk Nowitzki and now Andrew Bogut are shelved for the Mavericks, so that means that Powell is definitely in play as a bargain option against the Sacramento Kings tonight.  While he could easily end up in foul trouble against DeMarcus Cousins, there really no other options for Dallas, so he should get to use up all six.  In his last three games he is averaging just shy of a 13/8/1 which is a solid target line at his current price point.

Josh McRoberts – MIA at ATL – This is not a play for the faint of heart, but those who are willing to take on the risk could have a gem here.  In his last three games with all of the Miami injuries, he has averaged 26mpg and 21 fantasy points per contest.


John Henson – MIL vs POR – Over his last five games, John Henson has averaged nearly 25 minutes and 30 fantasy points per outing.  While it is always tough to trust Coach Jason Kidd, this is a tasty matchup and we know that Henson has a realistic chance for 40+ fantasy points if everything goes his way.

Jusuf Nurkic – DEN at BKN – This is a dream matchup for Nurkic since he should be able to stay out of foul trouble and with Brook Lopez being violently allergic to rebounds, we should see Denver’s giant center in the mix for a double double tonight.

Bismack Biyombo – ORL vs BOS – This play is better on sites that allow multiple centers or have a utility spot.  Taking BIGs against the Celtics is a rebounding boost for opponents and Biyombo has a solid floor as long as he continues to start.

Good Luck Gamers! ~ EMac