NBA Bargains – 12/12/2016

There are seven 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.  With five of the seven games already projected for at least 210 total points scored, it should be a wild ride tonight.

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

Patrick Beverley – HOU vs BKN – This is a great matchup for Beverley against arguably the worst defensive team in the league.  While he is known more for his defense, he has averaged 27 fantasy points per game over his last half dozen outings after missing the early portion of the season with an injury.  He is clearly back to full strength and should be able to flirt with the thirty fantasy point plateau in this matchup Monday night.

Tyler Johnson – MIA vs WAS – The Wizards have one of the worst defensive efficiency ratings in the league and as long as James Johnson and Justise Winslow are out, there will be plenty of minutes to go around for Tyler Johnson, heck in this matchup even if Josh Richardson is playing, TJ is still a fine discount option with his ability to back up both guard spots and create his own offense.


Shooting Guard

Sean Kilpatrick – BKN at HOU – This sledding should be much easier for Kilpatrick against the Rockets after he was held to just four NBA points and six fantasy points against the Spurs in San Antonio on Saturday night.  Heading into that game he had posted 30+ fantasy points in six of his previous eight contests and even if Jeremy Lin returns to action, Kilpatrick should be able to produce something in the 25-30 fantasy point range with a handful of points still remaining for upside if everything goes his way.

Will Barton – DEN at DAL – One would have thought that Barton would have had a field day against the Orlando Magic on Saturday with teammate Wilson Chandler sitting out, but that was not the case.  This is not the easiest of matchups since he will likely be dealing with the solid and tenacious defense of Wesley Matthews, but with the friendly price tag on FanDuel at $5,500 we can consider Barton for tournaments.  He is too expensive on FantasyDraft and DraftKings for this road matchup against the Mavericks who will try to suppress the pace.

Eric Gordon – HOU vs BKN – For some reason, Gordon continues to be overlooked by the average daily fantasy gamer.  One important thing to consider is that with the Rockets sitting at 14.5 point favorites, there is a good chance that James Harden may not need to play his usual heavy workload and that would create some opportunities for Gordon where he is running the offense and getting to look for his own shot.


Small Forward

Trevor Ariza – HOU vs BKN – Even though Trevor Ariza has been dealing with a back issue (tightness/spasms) he continues to churn out solid fantasy production.  Personally I am always iffy of playing Ariza since he is so scoring dependent, but if there are no worries about his back, he is in play tonight since there is not a ton of intriguing bargain small forward options.

Luol Deng – LAL at SAC– If he is in the starting lineup, Deng is a decent option on the last slate of the night where we will be scrambling for value options.  On the main slate, he falls into the contrarian bucket because of the danger he holds for posting duds (sub-12 fantasy points).


Power Forward

Dwight Powell – DAL vs DEN – Though he does not have massive upside, Powell has been a solid play this season and he has tallied 20+ fantasy points in seven of his last eight games.  He will be needed to battle with the Denver BIGs tonight and should see a secure 25-28 minutes with both Dirk Nowitzki and Andrew Bogut still out of action.  He should approach 25 fantasy points and he does have 30 fantasy point upside in this matchup, which is nice for his very reasonable price tag.

Ed Davis – POR at LAC – If he is in the starting lineup, Davis is an extreme punt option who should be able to flirt with a double double against the Clippers frontcourt who are not the most tenacious of rebounders.

Marreese Speights – LAC vs POR – If Blake Griffin is out again, then we will want to roll with Speights who was amazing on Saturday ordering a forty burger in just 25 minutes of action.  In the previous two meetings this season even with Blake Griffin playing and averaging 50+ fantasy points, Speights has averaged 13.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 0.5apg and 1.5 combined blocks/steals in just over 15 minutes per game.  Gimme some Mo’ in tournaments tonight regardless of Griffin’s status.



John Henson – MIL at TOR – Having played 20+ minutes in ten of his last eleven games and averaging 25 minutes in those contests, we can have some comfort knowing that at least Henson should be on the court long enough to play off his salary.  While it can be infuriating to trust Coach Jason Kidd, this is a good matchup for Henson who does possess 35 fantasy point upside when everything goes his way.

Clint Capela – HOU vs BKN – This is the perfect spot to roll with Capela who is going to see plenty of minutes against Brook Lopez who is still dealing with his violent allergies towards rebounding.

Al Jefferson – IND vs CHA – Back in early November when Big Al Jefferson made his first return to Charlotte, he posted 12 points and nine rebounds on his way to a solid 25 fantasy point night.  At his low price point and against the combination of Cody Zeller and Roy Hibbert (also facing the Pacers for this first time since his departure), Jefferson is an extreme punt option for tournaments.

Koustas Koufos and Timofey Mozgov – SAC vs LAL – In the late express game slates we may need to strongly consider rolling with one of this duo since they both tend to get more run for their respective teams when the opposition has a more traditional BIG on the court.


Good Luck Gamers! ~ EMac