NBA Bargains –12/20/16

With eleven games on tap tonight, the player pool is twice as large as it was on Monday.  This can make finding the bargain options a lot easier, however, there are so many “top shelf” players on days like this that it can be frustrating to miss out on the ones that hit.  Remember to play within your means and have fun with daily fantasy sports.

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 SAS – This is not the same fearsome defense for San Antonio that most gamers are used to.  Pau Gasol is a major downgrade even from an aging Tim Duncan and Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are both another year older.  Over the last month, the Spurs have been in the bottom third of the league against opposing point guards from a fantasy perspective and they are no longer a team to avoid.  Beverley has seen his price creep up, but he has tallied 25+ fantasy points in nine of his last ten games.  He is a fine option in all formats on Tuesday night.

Matthew Dellavedova – MIL vs CLE – This should be a fun matchup for Dellavedova against his former team and he is a solid discount play in both tournaments and “cash games” with he discounted salary.  He has 25 fantasy point upside and the matchup against Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith is definitely in his favor.

Austin Rivers – LAC vs DEN – With Blake Griffin out of action for the next month, there will be temptation for the Clippers to run with a smaller lineup which puts Rivers in play.  We will want to keep an eye on how the rotation shakes out going forward, however, in this matchup there should be enough minutes in mop-up duty against the inept Denver Nuggets that Rivers has value in his current price tag.


Shooting Guard

Gary Harris – DEN at LAC – This is the first back-to-back game for Harris who missed a month with a foot injury.  All signs point to him being a full go, but watch for any late breaking news after shoot around.  Historically the Clippers struggle against swing men, however, they have been a middle-of-the-pack team this season from a fantasy perspective.  Harris is a better option in H2H formats, but he is still viable in tournaments coming off a career high 24 points last night against the Mavericks.  We can also consider teammate Will Barton who is at a similar price point on FanDuel, but more expensive on FantasyDraft/DraftKings.

Garrett Temple – SAC vs POR – Keep an eye on the Rudy Gay news, over his last three games Temple has been solid averaging nearly 28 fantasy points per game as he has stepped up to help fill the offensive void for the Kings.  Additionally, Arron Afflalo chose not to enter a game last week when requested, so Temple has moved up in the pecking order.

Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick – LAC vs DEN – Similar to the bump for Austin Rivers, this two-guard duo will also be part of the collective that sees an increase in shot attempts as Blake Griffin’s offensive load is absorbed by the rest of the rotation.


Small Forward

Luol Deng – LAL at CHA – Yeah, it isn’t a sexy play, but Den has been solid with 27+ fantasy points in four of his last five games.  He seems to do better when the Lakers are playing an opponent with a more deliberate pace and that is exactly what we have in Tuesday’s matchup with the Charlotte Hornets.  This is more of a “cash game” recommendation, but if you are trying to fill one of those two pesky small forward slots on FanDuel, Deng can be pressed into duty as a discount tournament option as well.

Robert Covington – PHI vs NOP – With Nerlens Noel annoying the coaching staff with his attitude about playing time (understandably) he has been told he will not see action unless one of the other BIGs is in trouble.  This eliminates one player from the rotation who would be competing for playing time with Covington.  It seems that Bobby C. has finally regained his shooting touch and he is back in the mix as a tournament option on all sites in this matchup.


Power Forward

Kenneth Faried – DEN at LAC – The Denver Nuggets are an infuriating team to figure out when it comes to how they are utilizing Kenneth Faried.  While they do have a glut at the frontcourt position, The Manimal is a phenomenal daily fantasy talent.  He is also quite a tease as evidenced by his 40 fantasy point night against the Knicks on Saturday night and his two fantasy point game in Dallas last Monday.  He has had double doubles in his last three meetings against the Clippers, so the upside potential is definitely there for those willing to take a leap of faith.

Marreese Speights – LAC vs DEN – With The Blake Show on holiday hiatus, Speights will be one of the most popular plays Tuesday, even on an eleven game slate.  There is merit to “fading” him in tournaments because even with a good matchup and extra minutes available, he can still lay an egg.  Of course he can also approach 10x on his current salary, so it will be a difficult decision to zig while everyone is zagging.

Luis Scola – BKN at TOR – Word is that Brook Lopez will not be making the trip north of the border for rest purposes.  This frees up a boatload of frontcourt minutes for Luis Scola who will likely get the start as an undersized center.  He does have double double upside when he gets minutes, however, this is only an extreme discount option because he could also end up with single digit fantasy production.



Guillermo Hernangomez – NYK vs IND – With Kyle O’Quinn posting back-to-back duds, Hernangomez has had a chance to earn more playing time and the rookie has not disappointed.  On the Knicks road trip through Denver, Golden State and Los Angeles he averaged 23mpg, 10.3ppg, 10.6rpg, 1.7apg and 2.0 combined blocks/steals culminating in a 17/10/2/2 line on Saturday night against the Nuggets.  The Pacers are on a back to back and horrible against opposing BIGs, making Hernangomez a fine pivot play away from Marreese Speights.

Tristan Thompson – CLE at MIL – With Chris Anderson (ACL) out for the season and Kevin Love already ruled out for Tuesday night with a sore knee, Thompson should see 30-35 minutes against the soft Bucks frontcourt and that is enough run for him to flirt with a double double.  He is a safer H2H format play, but he does have 30 fantasy point upside in this matchup.


Good Luck Gamers! ~ EMac