NBA Bargains –12/27/16

We are on a thin four game slate today, but the prize pools are insane in the low dollar tournaments on the main two sites.  Just remember to play within your means and that there will likely be several ties at the top of these tournaments with the number of entries needed to support these prize pools.

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

Shelvin Mack UTA at LAL – This is a pace up game on the road for Utah which is nice because they prefer to play at Mach Snail speed.  It looks like both Dante Exum and George Hill will be out for this matchup which means Shelvin Mack is very much in play, even if Raul Neto gets a ceremonial start.

Tyler Johnson – MIA vs OKC – Johnson continues to see secure minutes and production with the many injured Miami players and while he does not really have tremendous upside potential, he is a solid play for his price point and he does have a decent 18-20 fantasy point projection and a 30 fantasy point game is in play.  He won’t knock our socks off, but he won’t knock us out of contention tonight either.


Shooting Guard

Tony Allen – MEM at BOS – Allen is no stranger to Bean Town having spent several years there with the Celtics.  He should see around 25-28 minutes and be able to approach twenty fantasy points.  Again, we do not have many exciting options to choose from, but Allen is a solid choice.

Seth Curry – DAL vs HOU – Since it seems that Dallas will never have everyone healthy for more than one game, J.J. Barea is back on the shelf for a week or two.  This should keep Curry in the mix for 20-25 minutes as the third guard and he is another serviceable option who should approach close to a fantasy point per minute in this matchup with the up-tempo Rockets.

Eric Gordon – HOU at DAL – Gordon is about 15-20% more expensive than the two previously listed option, but he does have access to 35 fantasy point upside and a higher floor.  This is not the best matchup with Dallas because they will try to slog along, but as long as Gordon’s shot is falling, he should not be effected too much.


Small Forward

James Johnson – MIA vs OKC – “Neck Tat” has been outstanding over the last two weeks, however, this is usually about the time he pulls the rug out from under his supporters and ends their night early with a single digit fantasy point performance.  Just be careful and cognizant of the risky downside.

Luol Deng – LAL vs UTA – Deng has been performing well for the Lakers and this is a nice matchup for him in a “pace down” game which should see more half court sets.  In eight of his last nine games he has posted 25+ fantasy points and he has been flirting with the thirty fantasy point plateau in most of those.

Joe Ingles – UTA at LAL – Ingles has been getting run with Rodney Hood dealing with the runs (cwidt).  He is still an option tonight for tournaments with the Jazz potentially looking to “play big” with their limited backcourt options.


Power Forward

Zach Randolph – MEM at BOS – Yes, he is old, slow and coming off the bench, but he is a solid option, particularly on FantasyDraft/DraftKings where we have more position flexibility.

Amir Johnson – BOS vs MEM – Look at some point it is going to all come crashing down and with his price increase that could be tonight.  However, with the aforementioned Z-Bo as well as JaMychal Green and Marc Gasol playing for the Grizzlies, Boston is going to need to give minutes to Johnson to combat the Memphis frontcourt plays in the paint.

Enes Kanter – OKC at MIA – Kanter is a wild card in this matchup because so much of his value is tied up in getting good run with the second unit.  If Hassan Whiteside is on the court then it will be tough for Kanter to work his magic, if he gets opposite shifts then we could see him approach the 24/10 he posted in the November meeting between these two teams.



Montrezl Harrell – HOU at DAL – Trust may not be the right word to use with Harrell, but he is averaging a fantasy point per minute since moving into the starting lineup as the replacement for Clint Capela.  His price is still palatable and he will likely be a popular option today, particularly with Andrew Bogut still likely to be out.

Kelly Olynyk – BOS vs MEM – This is all about hoping Olynyk knocks down a couple of three-pointers, otherwise his night is going to end in a short shift and we will be left holding an empty bag.


Good Luck Gamers! ~ EMac