NBA Bargains 2/6/17

Well, with the culmination of Super Bowl LI, we are now in the doldrums of winter until MLB Opening Day.  The Association has gifted us an eleven game schedule Monday night so we will have plenty of ways to distract ourselves raging against the prediction of Punxsutawney Phil and his six more weeks of winter weather.

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.  Don’t forget to tune in for the FinalCountdown on FanVice Live tonight for all of your last minute news and advice until the first tipoff.

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Point Guards

Jamal Murray – DEN vs DAL – It is never fun trusting coach Mike Malone, however, with five straight 20+ fantasy point performances and 20+ minutes of court time per game during that stretch, we can look to the rookie from the University of Kentucky as a punt option on Monday.  Just keep an eye on the news coming from Denver since Murray is dealing with a sore right groin muscle.  Fellow point guard Emmanuel Mudiay is questionable with back spasms, so we can also consider veteran Jameer Nelson as an option as well.

Yogi Ferrell – DAL at DEN – Just think, pretty much any team in the league could have signed the undrafted Indiana University star.  Ferrell who bounced around between the Brooklyn Nets and the D-League this season made the most of his ten day contract with the Mavericks and has agreed to terms for a two year deal.  With his salary escalating 50% over the last two games on DraftKings and FantasyDraft, Ferrell is more of a tournament play, but he is a viable one if J.J. Barea and Deron Williams are still on the shelf.

Ty Lawson and Darren Collison – SAC vs CHI – The Kings had a fantastic win against the Warriors in Sacramento on Saturday night and they get a matchup with a reeling Chicago team that has lost three of their last five games.  While we have not seen big games yet from the Kings backcourt duo, they are discounted enough that we can take a chance on them against the “defense” of Rajon Rondo and Jerian Grant.


Shooting Guard

Will Barton and Gary Harris – DEN vs DAL – If Emmanuel Mudiay is ruled out, extra minutes will be available to keep both Barton and Harris as viable shooting guard options.

Iman Shumpert – CLE at WAS – While Shumpert is a better “real life” NBA player than a fantasy one, he is getting solid minutes and the Cavs are relying on him more and more in crucial situations.  He will see time on John Wall and Bradley Beal and should be on the court for at least 30 minutes Monday, which will give him plenty of opportunity to “pay off” his reasonable price tag.

Nik Stauskas – PHI at DET – This one is not for the faint-of-heart, but “Sauce Castillo” has been getting 30+ minutes with Robert Covington injured and if he remains out, we can consider Stauskas as an extreme discount dandy.



Small Forward

C.J. Miles – IND vs OKC – Miles can be an infuriating player to roster, but he does have the ability to reach the thirty fantasy point plateau if his shot is falling.  With Rodney Stuckey likely out once again, we can consider Miles as an option to fill the pesky small forward or shooting guard position depending on your site of preference.  He has posted 19+ fantasy points in six of his last seven games and most gamers are continuing to eschew him for other “shinier” toys.

Matt Barnes – SAC vs CHI – The soon to be 37-year old veteran is in line for a ton of minutes on Monday night as the Kings best wing defender and their only real hope of slowing down Jimmy Butler.  Barnes can contribute across the box score, making him a reasonably safe option.  Just be careful going forward as he is a candidate for a surprise “rest” day with the recently increased workload.


Power Forward

P.J. Tucker – PHO at NOP – Tucker has once again been playing heavy minutes for the Suns (34mpg over his last three outings) and his hustle/helper stats give him a solid baseline of fantasy production.  If his shot is falling, he can reach 35+ fantasy points and in his two matchups this season with the Pellies he is averaging 37.4 minutes and 27.1 fantasy points.

JaMychal Green – MEM vs SAS – After taking just one shot and fouling out on Friday night, Green did a 180 with 29 points and 6 rebounds on Saturday night.  Now we can’t expect production like that again since he went 8 of 11 from the field and 12 of 12 from the line, but with Zach Randolph potentially in line for a night off, keep an eye on Green.

Willie Cauley-Stein – SAC vs CHI – Goodness, this is another Sacramento recommendation, however, I would not consider playing more than one per roster in the full game set or more than two on the “turbo” game sets.  WCS has been solid with 23+ fantasy points in three of his last four games and even though Kosta Koufos has been starting, it is Cauley-Stein who has been the more productive big man.



Guillermo “Willy” Hernangomez – NYK vs LAL – Over his last three games, Hernangomez has averaged 15.6 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists.  Coach Jeff Hornacek has said he wants to get the rookie more minutes and with Joakim Noah (hamstring) already ruled out for Monday, we can safely roster the youngster in a phenomenal matchup against the less-than-formidable Lakers frontcourt.

Tyson Chandler – PHO at NOP – This will be the third time that Chandler has squared off against the Pelicans this season and in the two prior meetings he is averaging 13.0 points and 19.5 rebounds.  There is a very good chance he will be overlooked on Monday, making him a fine option in all formats as a differentiation play.


Good Luck Gamers! ~ EMac