NBA Bargains –12/26/16

Hopefully everyone got to enjoy their holiday weekend!  We are heading into a nice eleven game set and there is already plenty of value opportunities opening up that we can use to our advantage.

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.

If you have any questions you can reach me on Twitter @EmacDFS or in the premium Slack channel.


Point Guards

Austin Rivers and Raymond Felton – LAC vs DEN – It sounds like Chris Paul will be out at least until this Friday and J.J. Redick will be joining him on the sideline after straining his hamstring as well on Sunday night.  Raymond Felton has been dealing with a fever the last couple days, but with the Clippers so short-handed, he looks to be in line for as many minutes as he can handle.  While he started out hot in the first quarter nearly posting a triple-nickel, he did not even reach a double double as he looked gassed in the fourth quarter.  One more day of recovery will be a good thing for him, but keep an eye on the Clippers news feed today.

Shabazz Napier – POR vs TOR – Damian Lillard is doubtful for tonight’s game against the Raptors after spraining his ankle on Saturday.  If he does get the night off, Shabazz Napier will be the direct beneficiary of a chunk of minutes and potentially draw the starting nod.  In his last three games he has averaged just over 15 minutes and 14 fantasy points per outing.  He has a shot at 20 fantasy points and can be found at the minimum price on most daily fantasy sites.  This is one of the last games of the night, but even if Lillard does play, Napier isn’t going to submarine our lineups.

Emmanuel Mudiay – DEN at LAC – Mudiay gets a matchup against a depleted Clippers backcourt and he is a solid option in the late games and can be used as a tournament play in the full-slate contests.

Ty Lawson – SAC vs PHI – While Lawson is not the starter, he has carved out 25-28 minutes in the rotation and has been producing with 22+ fantasy points in four of his last six games including 27+ in each of his last three.  This is a good matchup for him against the less-than-inspiring ‘Sixers backcourt.

Malcolm Brogdon – MIL at WAS – This will be the third meeting between these teams in the last two weeks, including a rematch of the game last Friday.  The minutes have been there for the former University of Virginia star, but what has really boosted his production is the increase assist totals.  He is still just a tournament option because he does have single digit fantasy downside, however, he is a nice countermove to The Masses who will be heavy with the Clippers options.


Shooting Guard

Gary Harris – DEN at LAC – We can shake off his last two dud performances when we keep in mind that he has missed the majority of the season with lower leg injuries and is behind the curve for practice time as well as game action.

Jamal Crawford – LAC vs DEN – With Chris Paul and J.J. Redick both out, Crawford becomes even more important as one of the few remaining healthy Clippers who can generate his own offense.  Fortunately the matchup tonight is against Denver, otherwise LA’s other team seriously be in dire straits.



Small Forward

Kent Bazemore – ATL at MIN – Bazemore did not treat his supporters well on Friday with a measly 15.4 points in a healthy 31 minutes of action.  Now at the low, low price of $4,300 on FanDuel he is a fine option in all formats tonight.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – CHA at BKN – Over his last two games, MKG has tallied 58 fantasy points and is a tournament-worthy option in this matchup with the feeble Brooklyn Nets.  Jeremy Lamb would also see a boost if Marco Belinelli is out after leaving Friday’s game with a sprained ankle and not returning.

Shabazz Muhammad – MIN vs ATL – Shabazz was solid on the featured slate yesterday, however, he is only in play as an EXTREME PUNT option if you are trying to skimp on small forward and what are the odds that the Shabazzii are both potentially in play on the same day?!


Power Forward

Markieff Morris – WAS vs MIL – Tune in tonight for the Final Countdown at 6pm ET on FanVice Live to see if Dan Strafford is playing Morris, then do the exact opposite.

Marvin Williams – CHA at BKN – Williams has tallied 18+ fantasy points in six of his last seven games and he has been over 23 in four of them.  He gets a tasty matchup against a Brooklyn frontcourt that is pretty feeble.  Frank Kaminsiky  is also in play even off the bench against Brook Lopez & Company.

Marreese Speights – LAC vs DEN – With all of the injuries to the key offensive components for the Clippers, Speights is in play across the board in all formats, even with his increasing price tag.  He should see 24-27 minutes against the Denver BIGs and that is enough time for him to flirt with the forty fantasy point plateau.



Cody Zeller – CHA at BKN – Yes, his price is up nearly 20% in the last two weeks, but he has earned it with his consistent play and the last time these two teams met, he posted 10 points, six rebounds, six assists and three combined blocks/steals in just 21 minutes.  Enjoy!

Tristan Thompson – CLE at DET – There is a good chance that either LeBron James (40 minutes) or Kyrie Irving (44 minutes) gets Monday night off after their draining victory against the Warriors on Sunday.  Thompson would get a boost with a couple more shot attempts and should be in the mix for a double double against Andre Drummond.

Montrezl Harrell – HOU vs PHO – Now with back-to-back solid outings with 28 minutes and 16.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5bpg, we can feel more comfortable with Harrell, though he does run the risk of foul trouble with his extended minutes.  Nene Hilario will likely continue to spell him off the bench, but he can be ignored on this eleven game slate.


Good Luck Gamers! ~ EMac