NBA Bargains –1/6/17

There is a very exciting eight game set tonight courtesy of The Association.  We have a fair amount of injury news to keep an eye on as it will help us see even more bargain options and it looks like the majority of the games are projected to exceed 220 total points.

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

Austin Rivers – LAC at SAC – Once again it looks like Chris Paul will be out of action due to his ailing hamstring.  Coach Doc Rivers’ kid is coming off an outstanding 44 minute/43 fantasy point game against Memphis where he poured in 28 points to go along with seven assists, four rebounds, a block and an assist.  While he is unlikely to see that sort of production again this season, in this matchup thirty fantasy points is in play.  Teammate Raymond Felton is also an option, particularly if Chris Paul is out again, and he has notched 30+ fantasy points in three of his last four appearances.

Malcolm Brogdon – MIL vs NYK – In seven of his last eight games, Brogdon has surpassed 20 fantasy points and four of them have been over 30 fantasy points.  He has been playing heavy minutes as well averaging 35 over his last four outings with no fewer than 32 minutes.  At $11,300 and $5,700 he has pretty much moved out of play on FantasyDraft and FanDuel respectively, but at $4,600 on FanDuel he is very much in play, though it will cost us one of our two point guard slots.

Tyler Johnson – MIA at LAL – With all of the injury woes plaguing the Heat (Justise Winslow was just lost for the season), the former Fresno State star is very much in play in this up-tempo matchup in Los Angeles against the Lakers.  Over his las four games he has surpassed 33.8+ fantasy points in three outings and he should be penciled in for 30 minutes in this affair as the backup for both guard positions.


Shooting Guard

Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick – LAC at SAC – Over the last four seasons the Sacramento Kings have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing shooting guards (hello there Ben McLemore!).  Both of these two-guards are options in the late-game contests.

Josh Richardson – MIA at LAL – Depending on your site of choice, you may find Richardson at either the shooting guard or small forward position.  Over his last half dozen games he is averaging 36.1mpg, 15.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.7apg and 2.8 combined blocks/steals.  That is a reasonable projection for this matchup tonight against the Lakers.


Small Forward

Jae Crowder – BOS vs PHI – While we have seen just two 30+ fantasy point performances since the beginning of December, Crowder has only been below 20 fantasy points once in that seventeen game stretch.  He is a safe “cash game” play and possess enough price/potential to be considered in tournaments as well.

Brandon Ingram – LAL vs MIA – If Luol Deng (upper arm) is out for another game, we should see the #2 overall pick in the most recent NBA Draft draw another start.  He is at a near minimum price point across the industry and a fine option in all formats if he is a starter tonight.


Power Forward

Dario Saric – PHI at BOS – If at least two of Joel Embiid (flu), Robet Covington (back) and Gerald Henderson (hip) are out tonight, Saric is a sneaky discounted option, though Ersan Ilyasova is a more desirable play, he does cost a few farthings more.

James Johnson – MIA at LAL – Johnson has even been seeing minutes at the five with Hassan Whiteside back in Miami dealing with an eye injury (he has not yet been cleared to fly, but potentially could head to Los Angeles this afternoon (Miami plays the Lakers tonight and then will square off against the Clippers on Sunday).  We should have word prior to lock on Whiteside’s status and if he is out, Johnson is a tremendous option (and Whiteside is a premiere top-shelf play himself if he is a full go).  If Whiteside goes, Johnson is still a solid play, but may lose out on half a dozen minutes or so.



Greg Monroe – MIL vs NYK – In six of his last seven games, Monroe has been over 23 fantasy points and he has topped the thirty fantasy point plateau in four of those.  He continues to be the beneficiary of playing with Malcolm Brogdon and as long as Coach Kidd doesn’t put a Coach Kidd, we can continue looking to the former Detroit big man for solid discounted production with 35+ fantasy point upside.

Willie Reed – MIA at LAL – If Hassan Whiteside is out, we will want to get Willie Reed in our lineups.

Montrezl Harrell – HOU at ORL – This is another solid matchup for Harrell as long as he gets some of his minutes against Nikola Vucevic.  Regardless of his starting status, Nene Hilario will not really impact his total minutes and would actually be helpful the more minutes he absorbs against Bismack Biyombo who is a much better rebounder than Vucevic.  Harrell should be in the mix for a double double in this matchup tonight.

Good Luck Gamers! ~ EMac