NBA Bargains – 12/09/2016

There are nine games on the schedule tonight tipping off at 7:00pm ET with the larger sites also running express game sets at 7:30pm, 8:00pm, 8:30pm and 10:30pm.  Unlike Thursday, there are several high-end options that we will need to choose amongst, 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 CLE – With Dion Waiters, James Johnson and Justise Winslow all staying back in Miami, Tyler Johnson was outstanding off the bench backing up both guard positions.  He saw 35 minutes against the Hawks and while it will be hard to expect him to order another forty burger, it is definitely on the menu tonight in Cleveland.

Jordan Clarkson – LAL vs PHO – Depending on your site of choice, you may find Clarkson as a point guard or a shooting guard.  The Lakers are needing to get very creative with their lineups with D’Angelo Russell, Nick Young, Jose Calderon and Tarik Black all ruled out for tonight.  Things are so dire that Metta World Peace actually got a start earlier this week.  Marcelo Huertas is also an extreme punt option, but do not be too fooled by his 28 fantasy point performance as it was on the strength of five steals.


Shooting Guard

Wayne Ellington – MIA at CLE – Ellington has tallied 23+ fantasy points in three of his last five games and the other two were in the high-teens.  He should continue to see close to 30 minutes with the Heat effectively having just an eight man rotation.

Lou Williams – LAL vs PHX – Williams salary continues to climb, but he has been outstanding for the Lakers with 102 real points in his last three games, including just a 25 minute outing against the Houston Rockets.  Sweet Lou is most definitely in play against the Suns and this should be a competitive game.  Targeting Phoenix with two-guards has been a rewarding strategy this season and that should continue once again.

Norman Powell – TOR at BOS – ONLY IF STARTING, but there is a chance that DeMarre Carroll will be out of action tonight.  If Powell is starting, he is an intriguing tournament option at a near minimum salary on all sites.


Small Forward

P.J. Tucker – PHX at LAL – Tucker will at least be on the floor for upwards of 30 minutes tonight as the Lakers will be forced into playing small ball for large portions of the game with their thinning ranks.  We only have to look back two games ago to see Tucker’s downside which was a zero fantasy point performance in 20 minutes against Utah.  He had been in the middle of a three game stretch where he was averaging just over 25 fantasy points per contest, and that is a realistic target for tonight.

Andre Roberson – OKC vs HOU – Roberson is another option who also can disappear from time-to-time, but this matchup against Houston projects to a robust 224.0 combined point total so there will be plenty of opportunity for him to reach 20-25 fantasy points in this up-tempo affair.

Thabo Sefolosha – ATL at MIL – With Kent Bazemore out and Kyle Kover relegated to bench duty, Sefolosha should be on our radar as a discounted option in all formats tonight.  When he sees 25+ minutes he generally produces 20+ fantasy points and things are lining up for that to happen again on Friday.


Power Forward

Dwight Powell – DAL vs IND – Just like on Wednesday, both Dirk Nowitzki and now Andrew Bogut are shelved for the Mavericks, so that means that Powell is definitely in play again as a bargain option against the Pacers.  There is a good chance that he will be tasked with guarding Myles Turner so he should see a secure 25-28 minutes and he has been averaging about 0.8 fantasy points per minute over his last four games as the Mavericks have been asking him to expand his role.

Josh McRoberts – MIA at CLE – The downside with “McBob” is he does not look for his own shot, however, he is going to be on the floor close to 30 minutes in this matchup and a chunk of that will likely be in mop up duty as the Cavaliers are expected to dominate at home.  Hopefully McRoberts will not feel the need to defer to his fellow understudies in that situation.



Bismack Biyombo – ORL at CHA – After laying an egg on Wednesday in Orlando against the Celtics, ideally some of the game log watchers will be off of this play.  While most of Biyombo’s fantasy floor is tied to his rebounding prowess, the Hornets are a middling of the pack team with regards to cleaning the glass.  Tournaments only, but Biyombo does have 30 fantasy point upside if everything goes his way.

Jonas Valanciunas – TOR at BOS – This is the opposite of Biyombo in that it sort of feels like chasing points since JoVal is coming off a 20/10 performance against the Minnesota Timberwolves.  That was the first time in five games where he exceeded 20 fantasy points.  The key will be for him to hit the boards hard against the Celtics who are one of the worst rebounding teams in the league on both ends of the floor.

Timofey Mozgov – LAL vs PHO – With Tarik Black out, Mozgov should approach 20 minutes in this game as the Suns will likely counter with Alex Len whom they like to use against the more “traditional” centers in the league.  We can actually consider Tyson Chandler and yes, even Alex Len from the Suns in tournaments or on the late night game slate.


Good Luck Gamers! ~ EMac