NBA Bargains – 12/11/2016
We close out the week this Sunday with a six game NBA slate tonight and 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.
Tim Frazier – Frazier was someone I wrote up yesterday and I am going back to the well today. He got the start for the injured Jrue Holiday and with Holiday questionable for tonight’s game, Frazier could be in line for another start. The matchup is one that favors him as the Suns are amongst the top nine in fantasy points allowed per game to point guards. In addition, they play at a faster pace, creating more opportunities for Frazier.
Terry Rozier – Rozier has played 25 or more minutes in back-to-back games as Isaiah Thomas is out with a groin injury and Thomas has been officially ruled out for tonight’s game, which means that Rozier could be in for another busy evening. In his last two games, he has topped 20 fantasy points. He remains reasonably priced and faces a Thunder team that plays paced up, potentially creating some extra touch opportunities.
Langston Galloway – Galloway played 30 minutes last night and has played at least 28 minutes in three consecutive games as the Pelicans deal with injuries to their backcourt. If Moore and Holiday sit this one out again, Galloway could be in for decent minutes once again. In the last three games, he has taken at least 13 shots a game and is averaging over 20 fantasy points. Tonight he faces a Suns team that is yielding the seventh most fantasy points per game to shooting guards.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – Caldwell-Pope has cooled off recently, but remains a consistent 20+ fantasy point shooting guard. He is averaging 33.1 minutes per game and has a solid 20 percent usage rate. His peripheral stats have also been there as he has contributes often to steals, assists, and at times rebounds.
Marcus Morris – Morris is not a “sexy” play, but he has been fairly consistent throughout the season and has a solidified role on this offense. He is averaging 32 minutes per game and has topped 30 fantasy points two times in the last six games, while scoring fewer than 20 fantasy points once (site dependent). He faces off against a Sixers defense that is yielding the third most fantasy points per game to opposing small forwards. He is $5,000 on both DraftKings and FanDuel, putting him in a favorable situation to pay off his salary.
Ersan Ilyasova – Ilyasova has been shooting the ball well as of late and the peripheral stats have been there, which is why the fantasy points have been steady. Over his last four games, he is averaging over 35 fantasy points and has scored fewer than 30 fantasy points just once over that stretch. His price has gone up, but he remains under $6,000 on both FanDuel and DraftKings, which is reasonable considering what he has done in recent games.
Gorgui Dieng– Dieng has scored at least 10 points and has grabbed at least seven boards in three straight games, which has led to three straight games of over 23 fantasy points. He faces a Warriors team that is giving up the most rebounds per game to power forwards, to go along with the fifth most points per game.
Tyson Chandler – Chandler is not going to get you a ton of points, but it a great source of rebounds and adds his occasional blocks and steals. He is averaging 26.4 minutes per game, but has played 28 or more minutes in two of his last three. He already faced off against the Pelicans this season and has a big game, scoring 12 points and grabbing 18 boards against them. He is in a favorable spot once again and comes at a very reasonable price.
Joakim Noah – Noah does not play consistent minutes, so he is definitely volatile, but he has been somewhat productive in recent games, topping 20 fantasy points three times in his last five. In addition, he faces a Lakers team that is giving up the third most fantasy points per game to opposing centers. Noah is under $4,000 on DraftKings which is far more enticing than his $4,400 price tag on FanDuel and has a good shot to provide a nice 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.