NBA Bargains – 12/10/2016

It is Saturday and we have a nice 10-game NBA slate tonight with some intriguing bargain plays that can open up some salary relief in order to fit in some of the high-end expensive players in good spots. Let’s jump right into it and go over some of tonight’s bargains.

POINT GUARD

Tim Frazier – If Jrue Holiday sits this contest out, Frazier could be in for another start and an increased role once again. Although the matchup with Chris Paul is not a favorable one, Frazier peripheral stats increase his floor, so if he does not score many real points, he still has ways to accumulate fantasy points.

Elfrid Payton – Payton is not playing a ton of minutes, but he has been productive. He owns a 20 percent usage rate, but his peripherals are what make him more valuable. His price has decreased across the industry and he is just too cheap to ignore. This is also a great matchup against the Nuggets team that plays paced up and surrender the third most fantasy points per game to opposing point guards.

SHOOTING GUARDS

Langston Galloway – With the injuries to the Pelicans backcourt, Galloway has played at least 28 minutes in back-to-back games and that has translated into 27 or more fantasy points in each of those games. He could once again see some court time this evening and comes at a very affordable price across the industry.

Evan Fournier – Fournier has not been shooting the ball well recently, but he is still attempting double-digit shots. Tonight he faces a Nuggets team that plays paced up and struggles to defend opposing wings, allowing the most fantasy points per game to the positon. With some of the injuries on this Magic team, Fournier could see an uptick in usage. We have seen his 30+ fantasy upside numerous times this season and this is a very good spot for that type of outing.

Wesley Matthews – Mathews has been shooting like a possessed man, especially from beyond the arc, draining 20 three-pointers in his last four games. He does not offer much peripheral stats, so if his shot is off, he could burn you, but based on his recent production, that is a risk worth taking. He is averaging 19 real points per game in two games against the Rockets this season.

SMALL FORWARD

Aaron Gordon – Much like Fournier, Gordon could benefit from some of the injuries to the Magic and see an uptick in usage. The last time he took double-digit shots, he scored over 20 fantasy points and if some of the bigs such as Vucevic and/or Biyombo sit this one out, he could have a shot at some extra rebounds.

POWER FORWARD

Dwight Powell – If you rostered Powell like I did last night, you were likely sweating all evening, but his big fourth quarter helped prevent a disastrous game out of him. In his last four games, he is averaging 26.5 minutes, 13 points, six rebounds, and at least 24.3 fantasy points per game (site dependent). Tonight he should once again see some run and even if the Rockets blow the Mavs out, Powell should see his minutes.

JaMychal Green – Green has grabbed double-digit rebounds in four consecutive games and has topped at least 27 fantasy points in each game during that stretch. In addition, he has played fewer than 34 minutes in just one game in the month of December. He is taking complete advantage of his opportunity and remains at an affordable price across the industry.

CENTER 

Greg Monroe – Monroe has played at least 20 minutes in six consecutive games and appears to have a solidified spot in the rotation, which has resulted in three games with over 30 fantasy points and only one game with fewer than 26 fantasy points. During that stretch, he is averaging 11.3 points, seven rebounds, and two steals per game. Tonight he faces a Wizards team that is allowing the fifth most rebounds per game to opposing centers.

Myles Turner – Turner has a favorable matchup tonight against Portland who is allowing 22.9 points per game to centers (the most allowed by any team), to go along with 14.8 rebounds. This is the second time that these two teams have faced off this season and in their first meeting, he scored 19 points and grabbed 10 boards. He is under $6,000 on both FanDuel and DraftKings, and can provide a solid return on investment.

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.